A report came 10 days ago that Saints safety Marcus Williams was signing the franchise tag. It didn’t officially happen until Tuesday.
The franchise tag guarantees Williams $10.612 million for this season. It buys the sides until July 15 to keep working on a longer-term extension.
Williams has 246 tackles, 13 interceptions, one interception return for a touchdown, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a sack in 60 regular-season starts for New Orleans. He also has 38 tackles and an interception in seven playoff games.
Every player who was tagged this offseason now has landed either a long-term deal or signed the tag for the coming season.