NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Unique Orleans Saints bear placed the franchise tag on free safety Marcus Williams, customary manager Mickey Loomis announced on Tuesday.
The dedication prevents the 24-year-old Williams from entering free agency and successfully locations him below a one-year contract for roughly $10.5 million.
Williams used to be a 2nd-round draft desire out of Utah in 2017, who has started since the origin of his rookie year and has intercepted 13 passes at some stage in his first four NFL seasons.
Final season, Williams intercepted three passes to stagger along with seven passes defensed.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Williams additionally has rebounded to bear three largely productive seasons since his missed kind out try on Stefon Diggs allowed the then-Minesota receiver to hotfoot for a winning, 61-yard landing as time expired in a divisional-round playoff game in January 2018.
This past offseason, Williams acknowledged he used to make certain to pork up his tackling after coaches suggested him that used to be a weak point in his game.
In 2020, he ranked fifth on the Saints with 59 solo or assisted tackles.
Maintaining Williams supplies the Saints a measure of continuity within the defensive backfield, with fellow safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Marshon Lattimore additionally peaceful below contract.
Nevertheless the stagger additionally will complicate the Saints’ efforts to end below the NFL salary cap, likely precipitating more designate-cutting across the roster.
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