Saints Invest Further in Defense, Extend Cameron Jordan
The New Orleans Saints continue to prove they’re quite serious about building a foundation behind sound defense and a run-based offense. Most of their moves throughout the off-season to this point have displayed that running theme, and so has their latest.
Per reports, the Saints have agreed to terms with defensive end Cameron Jordan on a new five-year extension. The deal, running through 2020, is worth up to $60 million with roughly $33.6 million guaranteed.
New Orleans still has plenty of work to do in order to get exactly where they want to be on defense, but keeping around a disruptive force like Jordan had to be at the top of their list. New Orleans’ version of J.J. Watt, Jordan is a perfect fit on the outside of their 3-4 base defense and has only gotten better and more well-rounded over the past three seasons.
During that span, Jordan has been a bit of a sack artist, reaching a career high 12.5 sacks in 2013 and recording a total of 28 sacks over those three years. Jordan’s impact is expected to be as good or greater in 2015, as the 25-year old continues to hone his craft as a menacing pass rusher and supportive run defender.
Jordan has made his presence known outside of the pass rush, as he’s recorded as least five pass deflections in three of his four NFL seasons, along with five career forced fumbles and six career fumble recoveries. Jordan even registered his first career interception in 2014 and with a completely balanced game, could take his play to new heights in 2015.
That’s what the Saints will hope, as Jordan is a big piece to the puzzle in what figures to be a big defensive turn around. Their changes on offense and personnel should only help that, but landing a player like Jordan for the next five years goes to show they’re serious about this year and the future.
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