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Cameron Jordan extension a win-win for Saints; Michael Thomas next?

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Sean Payton must have had contract extensions on the brain Tuesday after he finished talking about defensive end Cameron Jordan’s new three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Because when Payton was asked a question about receiver Michael Thomas’ growth, the coach said, “He’ll be the next one, I’m sure. [General manager Mickey Loomis] will be working, and I know that they’ve probably already begun discussions.”

Thomas, who is scheduled to become a free agent next year, should command a new deal in the neighborhood of $20 million per year at some point this year or next.nfl jerseys cheap wholesale

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the Saints, who also have guys such as Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater and Andrus Peat scheduled to be free agents in 2020. Alvin Kamara, Larry Warford, Sheldon Rankins and Demario Davis have expiring deals in 2021; Marshon Lattimore, Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk would be free agents in 2022.

A roster this talented doesn’t come cheap for long.3

But the Saints can only hope that the rest of their megadeals come together as smoothly as this one did with Jordan, who is now signed through 2023. He had two years and $19 million remaining on his previous contract.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the extension is worth between $17.5 million and $18.5 million over the three additional years, with more than $42 million guaranteed.wholesale cheap nfl jerseys

That practically feels like a bargain in this era, when defensive linemen Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald, DeMarcus Lawrence and Frank Clark have recently signed deals worth more than $20 million per year.

But it is probably a fair market value for Jordan, as the four-time Pro Bowl defensive end turns 30 next month and wasn’t scheduled to hit the open market until 2021. And it does make him the seventh-highest-paid defensive lineman in the NFL based on average salary, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Most importantly, the two sides got this deal done without any holdouts or contentious negotiations. Jordan told ESPN earlier this offseason that he just wanted to be paid fairly — but more than anything, “I just want to be a Saints lifer.”

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