Teams are allowed to place a fifth-year option on a first-round pick from the 2011 NFL draft as part of the current collective bargaining agreement. If the Saints didn’t exercise the option, a possible franchise tag for Jordan after the 2014 season would cost at least double the price of the option.
Jordan will be scheduled to make a base salary of $6.969 million in 2015, which will prevent him from hitting the open market as a free agent. The team is also eligible to extend a fifth year option on running back Mark Ingram, as reported from our news article from April 16th, but clearly Jordan was the first priority. The deadline on Ingram is May 3rd.
Jordan has only improved each season since debuting in 2011 as a rookie from California. His sack production has increased (1 sack, 8.5 sacks, 12.5 sacks), and the team has benefitted from Jordan never missing a game. Jordan graded out as the fourth ranked 3-4 defensive end on Pro Football Focus, finishing behind J.J. Watt, Calais Campbell, and Kyle Williams.
After making his first Pro Bowl last season, Jordan will definitely remain hungry to increase last year’s totals.