Williams signed his franchise tag Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Williams is expected to continue negotiating a long-term deal with the Saints. The 24-year-old safety has started in all 60 of his NFL appearances, and he's recorded at least 55 tackles in each of his first four seasons. The 2017 second-round pick has also collected 30 pass breakups and 13 interceptions.
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.
Williams totaled 59 tackles (39 solo), seven passes defended and three interceptions across 14 regular-season games in 2020.
He's now picked off 13 passes through his first four seasons and racked up at least 50 tackles in each campaign. Williams has been a key contributor on New Orleans' defense since arriving in the league, though his future with the team is unclear as he's set to become a free agent in 2021.
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.
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.
Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Williams will miss a second straight game. P.J. Williams started at free safety in Williams' place during last week's win over the Vikings, and he should assume that role once again for the season finale.
Williams (ankle) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.
Williams is nursing a low-ankle sprain and missed last week's victory over the Vikings as a result. He will likely need to show some signs of life at practice this week in order for him to have any chance at suiting up in the Saints' regular-season finale. Should the 24-year-old end up having to sit out again, look for P.J. Williams to be the primary beneficiary.
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.
Williams suffered a low-ankle sprain during Sunday's 32-29 loss to the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Williams was forced out of Sunday's narrow loss midway through the fourth quarter, but it looks as though he's avoided a serious injury. Still, it remains to be seen whether the starting safety will be available against the Vikings on Dec. 25. He'll undergo additional medical testing Monday.
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.
Williams recorded seven tackles (five solo) in the Saints' 24-21 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
Williams paced Philly in tackles Sunday, racking up seven for the second week in a row. He'll likely be busy in Week 15, when the Saints host Kansas City and its explosive offense.
Williams produced three tackles (two solo) and an interception in the Saints' 24-9 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Williams came away with his second pick in three games, as New Orleans' defense stifled Matt Ryan and company all afternoon. Williams will look to keep up the strong play in Week 12 when the Saints face the turnover-prone Drew Lock.
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.
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.
Williams totaled nine tackles (seven solo) in the Saints' 34-24 loss to the Raiders on Monday.
Williams led the team in tackles Monday, as he improved significantly from his one-tackle performance in Week 1. With a primetime matchup against Green Bay on tap for Week 2, Williams should have his work cut out for him against Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones and Co.
Williams finished with one tackle, one pass defended and an interception in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Saints.
Williams recorded his 11th career interception, though he only managed one tackle in the victory. After talk of improving his tackling this season, Williams isn't off to a great start in that category, though his ability to force turnovers certainly keeps him in the discussion as a weekly IDP play.
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.
Williams recorded 10 tackles (five solo) in the Saints' 26-20 overtime loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
Williams led the Saints in tackles Sunday, though he was unable to force any turnovers in the narrow loss. He ended the regular season with a career-low 55 tackles (40 solo), though he recorded four interceptions for the second time in his three-year career and scored his first touchdown. Williams is under contract for just one more season in New Orleans, and, with 10 interceptions to his name already, he'll likely be looking to capitalize on that production in the form of a more lucrative deal.
Williams (groin) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Williams appears to have fully recovered from the groin injury that caused him to sit out Week 17's win over the Panthers. He's on track to draw his usual start at safety during Sunday's playoff contest against the Vikings.
Williams (groin) won't play in Sunday's season finale against the Panthers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Williams suffered the injury Week 16 and consequently sat out all three practice sessions this week. With fellow safety Vonn Bell (knee) also sidelined, it appears Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and D.J. Swearinger are in line to receive the starts at the safety positions.
|Sun 09/13||vs TB||W 34-23||0||1||1||0||1||1||0||0|
|Mon 09/21||@ LV||L 24-34||7||2||9||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||vs GB||L 30-37||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||@ DET||W 35-29||5||0||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mon 10/12||vs LAC||W 30-27||2||0||2||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||vs CAR||W 27-24||3||3||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/01||@ CHI||W 26-23||2||2||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||@ TB||W 38-3||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||vs SF||W 27-13||4||5||9||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||vs ATL||W 24-9||2||1||3||0||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||@ DEN||W 31-3||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/06||@ ATL||W 21-16||5||2||7||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||@ PHI||L 21-24||5||2||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||vs KC||L 29-32||1||1||2||0||0||1||0||0|
|Fri 12/25||@ NO||L 33-52||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||@ CAR||L 33-7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/10||vs CHI||W 21-9||3||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/17||vs TB||L 20-30||4||1||5||0||0||0||0||0|
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