1. Adding Marcus Maye to the secondary
Losing Marcus Williams was a huge blow for the Saints but it was one that the team was likely expecting. Williams was a tremendously talented player but his age paired with his production priced him out of NOLA’s range.
To help keep their safety position in decent shape, the Saints brought in Marcus Maye, who spent five years with the Jets. Maye was drafted near Williams in the 2017 draft and was playing relatively on the same level until an Achilles injury limited his abilities in 2021.
Maye was playing on the franchise tag last year so the injury was unfortunate but the Saints showed they believe in him by giving him a three-year deal. The hope is that Maye can give New Orleans a solid replacement option for Williams.
Maye had a down year in 2021 but he was on Williams’ level for the first three years of his career. If he gets back to that level of play, New Orleans will be in a good spot going forward and that’s why it’s strange that this move isn’t getting talked about much.
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