The deal will keep Jordan under contract in the Big Easy through the 2020 season. The former first-round pick gets $33.6 million in guaranteed money and will be receiving nearly $27 million during the next two years.
It was reported during the NFL’s annual owners meeting in March that both parties were in talks about a new deal, but an agreement has finally been reached.
After leading the Saints in sacks with 12.5 in 2013 and making the Pro Bowl, New Orleans exercised his fifth-year option. Jordan struggled a season ago, finishing last year with just 7.5 sacks, which is not bad, but it doesn’t measure up to the 16-sack prediction he made during the offseason. Although, he was still quite effective against the run and a factor in quarterback hurries.
He often faced problems last season, seeing his fair share of double teams. After breaking out in 2013, of course opponents would attempt to exploit him — it worked. Jordan is a force to be reckoned with, but it’s tough to maximize your abilities when you’re constantly being manhandled by two blockers. Cam Jordan would get better as the year progressed though, eventually finding 6.5 of his 7.5 sacks during the final half of the season.
Perhaps Jordan’s best trait is his durability — he has not missed a single game during his four-year career. He’ll look to remain strong again in 2015.
Given his explosive capabilities off the line, and hopefully a boost at the nose tackle position after a splash in the draft and undrafted free agent market, Cam Jordan certainly has the opportunity to reclaim his glory as the New Orleans Saints’ leading pass rusher and a top-tier NFL defensive end.
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