New Orleans re-signs P.J. Williams

While there was no guarantee entering the offseason, former Florida State defensive back P.J. Williams and the New Orleans Saints have reached a one-year deal to keep him on Bourbon Street. At one point, the Saints were evaluating other DBs, one name that floated around was Chris Harris Jr, to add to the roster but they didn’t have the cap space necessary to sign an upgrade.

Williams enters his sixth year in New Orleans as a rotational piece in the secondary after an injury-plagued start to his career. He tore his hamstring prior to the start of his rookie season and was sidelined for the year. In 2016, a concussion limited him to just two appearances.

Since then, the tides have shifted for Williams. Over the past three seasons, he’s played in 45 out of 48 regular-season games, starting 21 of them. Williams also started in two playoff games, appearing in a total of 5, over that period as the Saints came up one bad call short of a Super Bowl appearance in 2018.

The 6-foot, 196-pound cornerback has recorded 151 total tackles, 24 pass deflections, 4 interceptions, and 1 defensive touchdown during his tenure in New Orleans.

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The Florida native has been solid as a hitter but he’s showed his fair share of inconsistencies in pass coverage. Expect Williams to be a steady face among the Saints’ defense in 2020.

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