New Orleans Saints Working on New Deal With All-Pro Defensive End

The New Orleans Saints are doing what they can to make sure one of their most established veteran leaders retires a Saint. According to the Associated Press's Brett Martel, the Saints are in extension talks with eight-time Pro Bowl and one-time All-Pro defensive lineman Cameron Jordan.

Jordan is in the final year of a three-year, $52.5 million deal and is set to account for a little over $15.1 million against the cap this year. An extension could help the perenially cap-strapped Saints lower that number for the 2023 season. Per, they currently have about $14.27 in cap space.

Jordan is the Saints' longest-tenured player and remains effective even at 33 years old; he earned his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl and tallied 8.5 sacks in the 2022 season. Given his age and longstanding loyalty to the organization, he's unlikely to command a top-of-the-market contract. More than likely, he and the Saints will work out a deal that benefits both parties, and Jordan will wrap up his career with the team that drafted him. He should go down as one of the true legends of the franchise.

Jordan first joined the Saints as their 24th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has been a remarkably durable and reliably productive edge rusher ever since, compiling 114.5 sacks over 176 starts. Whenever he decides to hang up his cleats, he'll have a legitimate shot at enshrinement in Canton and will be a shoo-in for the Saints Ring of Honor.

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