Lofton was last with the Saints, where he spent the previous three seasons. A defensive captain for the past two years, Lofton totaled 145 tackles and a forced fumble in 2014. Prior to joining the Saints, Lofton played for the Falcons, which drafted him in the second round in 2008.
In his seven-year career, Lofton has combined for 885 tackles, 11 forced fumbles and three interceptions.
Williams, 27, spent his first five years in the league with the Cardinals. He started nine of 16 games last season, registering 24 tackles and one sack.
Lofton, 28, has started all but one of his first 112 games in the NFL. His three-year run with the Saints ends with 271 tackles, three sacks and four forced fumbles in 48 games.
Williams has drawn interest from the Redskins and Giants, while Lofton was released Monday after the Saints were unable to find a trade partner.
Lofton was due to receive a $4.5 million roster bonus and would have cost the Saints $9.5 million against the salary cap in 2015.
Lofton hasn't missed a regular season game since entering the league in 2008. He had a team-high 144 total tackles in 2014.
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