Cam Jordan and Thomas Morstead both restructured their contracts with the New Orleans Saints early Tuesday morning, paving the away for additional free agent signings.
It was speculated that the New Orleans Saints would find a way to restructure the contract of generously-paid punter Thomas Morstead, as well as extending somebody like center Max Unger (still waiting), who’s now in his contract year.
But in addition to Morstead, defensive end Cam Jordan agreed to adjust his current deal to help the team land guys like defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who the Saints signed this week to a free agent deal.
At times, professional athletes tend to get greedy with their money rather than see the bigger picture — improving the team. For Cam Jordan, it’s quite the opposite. While I’m sure he is thoroughly enjoying his $55 million after signing a five-year extension last summer, he’s also hungry for a Super Bowl, a feat that is hard to reach with a historically bad defense.
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Jordan doesn’t lose any money. It’s just stored away for future seasons, dropping his cap number for 2016 and giving the team money to add Josh Hill and Nick Fairley in the books. Backloading contracts like the Saints often do can be risky as history has showed, but if they’re going to do it, there’s no better player to do it with than Cam Jordan, who hasn’t missed a single game in his five-year career, while adding two Pro Bowl appearances to the resume.
“I’m more than willing to restructure my contract, especially when it gives us guys like Nick Fairley,” Jordan said. That’s a team player right there. Anybody who is willing to take less money in a season to benefit the team as a whole is a true team guy. That goes for Thomas Morstead and many other players as well. That’s something other athletes can learn from.