Saints, Marcus Williams Unable To Reach New Deal, Safety To Play 2021 Season Under Tag
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Utah and current Saints safety Marcus Williams and New Orleans failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, leaving the defensive back to play out the 2021 NFL season under a franchise tag.
Williams and the Saints failed to come to terms on a new deal before the league’s deadline on Thursday, July 15.
The former Utah standout will be one of six players in the league to play the upcoming season under a franchise tag.
In addition to Williams, Marcus Maye (New York Jets), Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears), Brandon Scherff (Washington Football Team) and Cam Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars) each failed to sign new contracts with their teams.
New Orleans tagged Williams in March.
The move allowed the Saints to retain Williams for the 2021 season and prevent him from becoming a free agent this past offseason. It also allowed New Orleans more time to try and negotiate a new deal with Williams, which ended up not being reached by July’s deadline.
Williams will be entering his fifth NFL season in the fall.