According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the New Orleans Saints are re-signing defensive back P. J. Williams. Rapoport reports that the deal is for one year at a guaranteed $2.3 million dollars.
Williams was a 3rd round pick in the 2015 draft by the Saints out of Florida State. He was the Defensive MVP of the National Championship Game and a teammate of New Orleans QB Jameis Winston with the Seminoles. He missed all of his rookie year with a hamstring injury and was limited to just two contests in 2016 because of a neck injury.
Williams played a full season in 2017, starting six games at cornerback, intercepting two passes and breaking up nine others. He has missed just four games in the last three seasons. Williams has 5 career interceptions, 4 fumbles either forced or recovered, 2 sacks, and has one defensive touchdown. He has allowed 65% completion percentage when targeted over the last three seasons.
More effective off the ball than in man coverage, the Saints have used Williams in slot coverage or at safety in recent years. His versatility and experience will be counted on in the New Orleans secondary in 2021, along with his special teams contributions.