In a key move for New Orleans’ offseason, Chris Banjo and the club have agreed to a 3-year $9M contract extension. That will keep the key depth and special teams contributor in New Orleans through 2021.
The $9M price rag over three years might seem steep at first glance but if you take into consideration the NFL’s new price on RFA tenders ($2.025M) it makes sense. For the extra 975K the team locks down a special teams ace and depth at a position where the team is slim.
After announcing the impending release of S Kurt Coleman, only two safeties were left on the roster in Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell. Banjo will provide much needed depth to help round out the position and will continue to join Justin Hardee and Taysom Hill as part of one of the best special teams units in the league. Hardee they were able to retain on his ERFA tender earlier last month.
A positive start to the free agency period for New Orleans who have made their intentions clear that they want to keep last year’s team intact as much as possible as their first priority. They can now continue that endeavor as they work to resign other key players like Mark Ingram and Alex Okafor.
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