1. Top free-agent landing spots for Marcus Williams – New York Jets
There may not be a more dire safety situation in the NFL than the one the New York Jets are facing. Marcus Maye, who received the franchise tag a year ago, underperformed and suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon during the season while LaMarcus Joyner played just one game before landing on season-ending IR.
What made matters worse was the fact that 2020 third-round pick Ashtyn Davis failed to make meaningful gains in his second season, showcasing the fact that the Jets’ safety pipeline is bone dry. New York was running out waiver claims and practice squad pickups at safety at the end of the season, which is a major problem since Robert Saleh’s defensive scheme is at its best with strong safety play.
Those factors would make the Jets a favorite to land Williams if he avoids the franchise tag. New York also has a ton of salary cap room to address its multiple needs so GM Joe Douglas can afford to pay top dollar for an ascending young player like Williams.
There are few better spots for Williams to land if he wants to get paid and be a star in a defensive scheme perfectly tailored for his skills. The challenge here is that the Jets are one of the furthest teams away from a Super Bowl in the NFL, a factor Williams will have to weigh if he decides to commit the rest of his prime years to New York.