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Saints' Ryan Ramczyk, Marcus Williams decline to discuss contract status

6/10/2021 3:59:19 PM
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Three of the New Orleans Saints young core stars are in line for a new contract soon, and now all three have declined to discuss where they may be in potential negotiations with the team, Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune/Advocate reports. 

A day after cornerback Marshon Lattimore politely declined to speculate on a potential long-term contract, right tackle Ryan Ramczyk and free safety Marcus Williams did the same. 

All three were part of the Saints' banner 2017 draft class. One player from that group, running back Alvin Kamara, already inked a long-term deal last year. New Orleans used a franchise tag on Williams, and executed the fifth-year options on both Lattimore and Ramczyk. All are set to become free agents next offseason. 

Ramczyk, who will make about $11 million this season, said he did not want to speak about a potential extension, but also indicated he has no plans to hold out until a deal is struck. 

"It’s not going to change what I’m doing, how I train, how I approach the offseason," Ramczyk said. "When camp comes around, I’m going to be here."

Williams was set to hit unrestricted free agency for the first time this offseason until the Saints exercised their right to use the franchise tag. It was only the fourth time in the Sean Payton era the team had used the tag, and the first since it used it on Jimmy Graham in 2014. 

While Williams was not able to immediately secure a long-term contract — the one-year tag will pay him $10.6 million this season — he and New Orleans can still negotiate an extension that will offer him long-term financial security. Essentially, it gave the Saints exclusive negotiating rights for at least one year.

"That is what it is," Williams said about the tag. "I’m just happy to be back, happy to be with my teammates again and I’m ready to get it rolling."

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