New Orleans Saints Sign Defensive End Cameron Jordan to Record-Breaking Deal

An eight-time Pro Bowler has a chance to retire with the team that drafted him. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints and defensive end Cameron Jordan have agreed to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million extension that is the richest deal ever handed out to a defensive player over the age of 34. Jordan has been with the Saints since they made him the 24th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has rewarded that initial investment with an astonishingly durable, productive career: Jordan has appeared in 16 games for 12 straight seasons and amassed 115.5 career sacks. 

Jordan is unquestionably one of the greatest Saints in franchise history and remains an effective player even today. He earned his sixth-straight Pro Bowl and a 74.5 overall grade from Pro Football Focus in 2022.  With another solid year or two, he'll have a chance to surpass Saints legend and Hall of Famer Ricky Jackson's franchise record of 123.0 sacks and perhaps even cement himself as the greatest defensive player in team history.

In a league where organizations and players are increasingly ruthless about their bottom line, it's nice to see the Saints and Jordan maintain their relationship. If all goes as planned over the next three seasons, Jordan has a chance to be the rare player to spend an entire Hall of Fame career with a single team. At the very least, he's already assured himself a hallowed place in the Saints Ring of Honor.   

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