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  • Ravens' Marcus Williams: Signs huge deal with Baltimore

    Williams has agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Ravens, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. After playing under a franchise tag in New Orleans last season, Williams will head to Baltimore to replace fellow free agent DeShon Elliott (pectoral) as the Ravens' starting free safety. A 2017 second-round pick, Williams started 14 or more games in each of his five seasons with the Saints, averaging 64 tackles, 7.6 pass defenses and 3.0 interceptions per season. He earned a top-10 PFF grade among safeties for four of those five campaigns, and he's one of the younger players from the 2017 draft class (he'll turn 26 in September, a few days before Baltimore's season opener).
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Plays well on franchise tag

    Williams registered 74 tackles, eight pass breakups, two interceptions and one forced fumble over 16 games in 2021. While his numbers aren't great for IDP purposes, Williams kept establishing himself as a top free safety in the league while setting a new career high in tackles along the way. Retaining his services will seemingly be a top priority for New Orleans this offseason. However, it's fair to wonder if the 25-year-old priced himself outside of the team's budget, considering the Saints are currently projected to be $60 million over the salary cap. If he does take his talents elsewhere, it would be a big hit to a defense that allowed the sixth-lowest completion rate in 2021.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Ready for Week 18

    Williams was a full participant at Wednesday's practice. The safety was not on the injury report to open the week Wednesday after missing Week 17 while dealing with COVID-19. Williams will likely return to his starting role in the Saints' secondary ahead of a must-win Week 18 game versus the Falcons.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Won't play Sunday

    Williams (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Panthers. Williams was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, but he was listed as questionable and has now been ruled out for Week 17. In his absence, P.J. Williams is expected to draw the start at free safety.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Questionable for Week 17

    Williams (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday but remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. That may mean that Williams has yet to clear protocols in regards to testing negative. If he's unable to play, P.J. Williams would likely step in at free safety.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Lands on COVID list

    Williams (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, John Sigler of USA Today reports. The Saints returned numerous players from the COVID-19 list Wednesday, but Williams is now caught in the health and safety protocols. His availability for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers is now up in the air. P.J. Williams could be more involved in the secondary if Marcus Williams is unable to play Week 17.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Makes plays in Week 4 loss

    Williams had six tackles (four solo), one pass breakup, one interception and one forced fumble during the Saints' loss to the Giants in Week 4. Williams is attractive as an IDP asset mostly due to his big-play ability, rather than his tackling floor, but he's come through for managers through the first four weeks of the season. Thus far, Williams has 17 total tackles, three pass breakups, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: No agreement on long-term deal

    Williams and the Saints did not agree on a long-term contract before last week's deadline, George Faust of KLFY reports. The two sides won't be allowed to resume contract negotiations until next offseason. Williams thus will play the 2021 campaign under the franchise tag at a price of $10.6 million, which represents the Saints' largest cap hit of the season in the absence of a high-priced quarterback.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Tagged by cap-strapped Saints

    The Saints are giving Williams a franchise tag, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. It's surprising given the team's cap situation, but less surprising when we consider that Williams is one of the league's top players at one of the cheaper positions. The Saints can lower the 2021 cap hit with a long-term contract or a tag-and-trade, or they can just find other ways to become compliant. Williams has 60 starts and 13 INTs to his name through four pro seasons.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Garners full practice workload

    Williams (ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday. Williams' status is looking promising for the Saints' wild-card matchup against Chicago, with the safety already having overcome practice restrictions from Wednesday. Given that New Orleans doesn't kick off until Sunday at 4:40 pm EST, Williams will be afforded extra recovery opportunity compared to players in earlier time slots. The 24-year-old is in line to make his first appearance since suffering a low-ankle sprain Week 15 against Kansas City, and his presence in the lineup will be welcomed. The opposing Bears had scored 30-plus points in four straight games before being stymied to the tune of 16 points by the Packers in the regular-season finale.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Limited in Wednesday's practice

    Williams (ankle) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report. Williams has missed the past two games due to an ankle injury, but it looks like he's beginning to improve as he was able to participate in some of Wednesday's practice. Expect P.J. Williams to continue taking over the safety's duties if Marcus Williams remains injured for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Bears.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Won't play on Christmas

    Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the VIkings. The 24-year-old safety has been unable to contribute even a limited practice session this week, making it unsurprising that he's been confirmed out for Christmas Day due to his high-ankle sprain. Williams' absence will mark his first of the 2020 campaign and just the third of his four-year NFL career. P.J. Williams is the expected replacement at free safety, with the opposing Vikings aiming to keep postseason hopes alive by way of a road win.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Sustains ankle injury versus Chiefs

    Williams (ankle) has been labeled questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Chiefs, John Hendrix of SI.com reports. The 24-year-old's absence depleted New Orleans' secondary down the stretch, as Kansas City proved capable of icing the win by virtue of a seven play, 34-yard drive on the game's final possession. Williams departed the contest at the 9:49 mark of the fourth quarter with two tackles to his name, leaving P.J. Williams as the fill-in at free safety. New Orleans faces a short week with a Christmas showdown against Minnesota on the schedule for Friday.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Another pick in Week 9 victory

    Williams totaled one solo tackle and an interception in the Saints' 38-3 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. Williams came away with one of the Saints' three interceptions Sunday - his second of the season. The ball hawk is now up to 12 career interceptions halfway into his fourth NFL season. He'll look to add to that total when the Saints face Nick Mullens and San Francisco in Week 10.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Six tackles in Week 7 victory

    Williams totaled six tackles (three solo) in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Williams tied with Marshon Lattimore for team lead in tackles Sunday, accomplishing that feat for the first time since Week 2. He'll look to build on this performance in a Week 8 date with the Bears.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Working on improved tackling

    Williams plans to focus on his tackling this offseason, Luke Johnson of Nola.com reports. According to Williams, "I definitely have to improve my tackling. Last year was a down year." Head coach Sean Payton echoed those sentiments as well. Aside from the career-low 55 tackles (40 solo) in 2019, Williams had a solid season, nabbing four picks and scoring his first defensive touchdown, while breaking up a career-best 13 passes (second in the NFL). If he can indeed improve in the tackling department, Williams' value -- both real-world and fantasy -- should grow in his fourth NFL season.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Misses practice Wednesday

    Williams (groin) did not participate in Wednesday's walk-through. Williams departed Sunday's win with the issue. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson saw the largest uptick in playing time due to the 23-year-old's absence.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Grabs third interception of season

    Williams recorded seven tackles (five solo) and an interception in the Saints' 26-9 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. It was his highest tackle total of the season, likely due to the Falcons putting up an unexpected 26 points in the Saints' blowout loss. Williams snagged his third pick of the season and his first since Week 4. He's been a bit light in the tackle department this season, though his interception upside makes him a boom-or-bust IDP option.
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Grabs game-sealing interception

    Williams recorded two tackles (both solo) and an interception in the Saints' 12-10 win over the Cowboys on Sunday. Williams sealed the win for New Orleans when he picked off Dak Prescott's last-second heave as the Cowboys were driving downfield. Williams has now recorded two interceptions this season and has showcased his solid play at safety via the pair of picks and 13 tackles (10 solo).
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  • Saints' Marcus Williams: Second interception of season

    Williams had four tackles (three solo) and an interception in Sunday's win against the Bengals. Williams intercepted an ill-advised deep ball at the Saints five-yard line and returned the pick, his second of the season, for 78 yards. With only 33 total tackles through nine games, Williams has not had the breakout season many had hoped, but the second-year free safety continues to play nearly every defensive snap for New Orleans and still ranks fourth on the team in tackles. With the Saints scheduled to face a number of pass-happy offenses in the second half, Williams could still be a quality defensive-back option in deeper IDP leagues.
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