Nov, 7, 2010; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) and Jason Kyle (57) on the sidelines. The Saints defeated the Panthers 34-3 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead receives 6-year contract extension


The New Orleans Saints and punter Thomas Morstead reached an agreement on a six-year, $21.9 million extension on Thursday. Obviously the Saints must think highly of their punter to lock him in for this long.

Morstead, a fifth-round draft pick in 2009 that the Saints traded up to acquire, has become a weapon for the Saints on special teams both in the punt and kickoff game.

Of course, he will forever be remembered for successfully pulling off “Ambush,” the successful onside kick to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV.

He was fourth in the NFL last year with a 48.3 average. His net average per punt (44.0) was second. The Saints have a truly talented punter on their hands, and have done a great thing by keeping him in the fold.

Of his 161 career punts, a stunning 52 have been inside the 20, and 19 more have been inside the 10.

The “Ambush” hero is here to stay for quite some time. While it may be an often overlooked position, the Saints are smart to keep him around and the deal reportedly makes him the 2nd highest paid punter currently in the NFL.

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