PJ Williams, Saints Agree to 1-Year, $2M Contract for Return to New Orleans

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 22:  P.J. Williams #26 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after sacking Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Saints defeated the Titans 38-28.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran cornerback PJ Williams to a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $2 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. 

Williams, 26, started eight games for the Saints last season (14 total appearances), registering 44 tackles, an interception and a sack.  

In his four-year career, Williams has accumulated 151 tackles, four picks, two forced fumbles and two sacks.

The Saints are loaded in the secondary. Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins will start at cornerback, while the team signed Malcolm Jenkins this offseason to pair with Marcus Williams at safety. Add in Patrick Robinson, who is capable of handling slot duties, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson providing depth at safety and the return of Williams, and the Saints are in good shape. 

Williams can also play some safety in a pinch if needed. And with Jenkins capable of playing slot corner, the Saints have a ton of versatility on the back end. 

Luke Johnson @ByLukeJohnson

@lkinler60 P.J. Williams advanced stats are roughly equal to (or better than) some more high profile slot defenders Chris Harris: 67.1%, 14.9 yards/comp, 112.3 rating Justin Coleman: 63.1%, 12.1 y/comp, 103.1 rating Desmond King: 83.3%, 11.4 y/comp, 124.3 rating PJ: 65.6%, 12.5, 110.4

John Sigler @john_siglerr

Saints missed tackles leaders last year, per @pfref 11 - PJ Williams (unsigned) 9 - Vonn Bell (Bengals) 9 - Marcus Williams (contract year) 7 - AJ Klein (Bills) 6 - Eli Apple (Raiders) 6 - Craig Robertson (contract year)

It's another reason why the Saints have a strong case to be among a handful of teams with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations this season. The offense is already loaded behind Drew Brees, with Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Emmanuel Sanders and a strong offensive line giving the Saints more firepower than most teams.

But the defense is also fearsome, and bringing back Williams on an affordable deal was smart business for the Saints. His experience and versatility in the secondary provides them with excellent depth at an important position.