As reported by national NFL Writer Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Saints have no plans to tender an offer to restricted free agent defensive tackle Tom Johnson.
Johnson, who will turn 30 in August, will now become an unrestricted free agent on March 11th.
Johnson played in 12 games for the Saints in 2013, and out of the 975 snaps the defensive played in this season, Johnson played in 224 (23%). He would finish the season with twelve tackles (six solo) and two sacks.
He was a find by general manager Mickey Loomis in the Canadian Football League, and has played for the Saints since 2011. His size was intriguing, as the 6’3″, 288-pound defensive tackle worked out for the Packers, Eagles, Steelers, and Redskins worked Johnson out prior to him landing with the team.
I ranked Tom Johnson as the #14 priority among all of the possible Saints free agents. Here’s what I had to say over a month ago:
Tom Johnson was mostly known as the ‘guy behind Cam Jordan’ this season. Johnson finished with two sacks on the season, and since joining the Saints back in 2011, has seen his fair share of action. The only bad news? Johnson finished out with a -4.9 grade on 229 snaps this season via Pro Football Focus.
2014 Outlook: Johnson will turn 30 in August, and could be one of those guys that will be on the fence. What will ultimately dictate that is if the Saints would rather have Tyrunn Walker play behind Cam Jordan.
It appears the Saints are content with Walker.
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