Saints defensive end Cam Jordan was given a contract extension today, one that much of the Who Dat Nation had been awaiting. With his previous deal set to expire after the 2020 season, Jordan and the Saints inked a 3-year extension that will keep him in the Big Easy through 2023. Jordan has made it very clear, time and time again in fact, that his intent is not to become the highest paid defensive end in the game as much as it is to finish his career where it started in New Orleans.
Now, Jordan’s “lifer” status is in great condition as he’ll be turning 30 years old in July, meaning he’ll be 34 when his new deal comes to end in 2023. As for the hometown discount, he certainly took one, no matter how you slice it. Focusing on the $52.5M extension alone, that APY breaks down to $17.5M. Add in a few incentives and what’s left in his recent deal and it averages out to a mere $14.9M. Now, “mere” is not the word I might use for nearly $15M, but considering the fact that Demarcus Lawrence just penned a 5-year $105M contract.
When you look at Jordan’s performance over his career, he stacks up as one of the best defensive ends and edge rushers in the league:
2011 – 2018
Despite consistently being a top-10 – borderline top-5 – player at his position all that time, he was willing to take a deal nearly $7M a year cheaper than Lawrence, who he’s clearly outperformed since he entered the league in 2014.
2014 – 2018
Some may wish to point at the fact that Demarcus Lawrence has missed quite a few games with injury and other various circumstance throughout his career. Which is indeed true, of the 80 regular season games he could have played, he has only been available for 64. However, that is actually part of the reason that Cam Jordan deserved this extension and to have his wish to spend his entire career with the Saints granted. Jordan, in his nine-year career, has never missed a single game. On top of that, he has 127 of those 128 notched as starts. The only exception was Week 16 of the 2011 season.
Despite all of that though, Jordan’s $17.5M per year extension now sits as the 4th on the list of Defensive Ends behind Lawrence ($21M), Frank Clark ($20.8M), and Trey Flowers ($18M). However, he sits 15th on that same list when it comes to total cash, 8th in guaranteed money with $42M, which equates to 80% of his new salary total. Cam Jordan is illustrating exactly what he said he would. 100% dedication to the team he loves.
With several more hopeful extensions on the way with WR Michael Thomas, RB Alvin Kamara, RT Ryan Ramczyk (w/ 5th year option), DT Sheldon Rankins S Marcus Williams, and CBs Marshon Lattimore (w/ 5th year option) and Eli Apple among others, we can only hope that the new 2nd highest paid Saint has some influence in the nearing negotiations.
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