Number Three: Re-signing of David Onyemata
David Onyemata came into the NFL as a fourth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2016 and has been highly effective in his tenure. The Saints inked Onyemata to a thre- year, $27 million dollar extension this offseason and it’s arguably the best move they made.
Onyemata, a 6-foot-4 300-pound defensive tackle is about as good as they get at the defensive tackle position. He is a reliable run stuffer who can also make his way to the quarterback on occasion.
Onyemata led the Saints defensive tackles in snaps played per game with an average of 37.7 and has helped form what is one of, if not the best, defensive line group in the Sean Payton era. The defensive unit as a whole accumulated 51 sacks and still maintain an NFL record of 43 consecutive games without allowing a 100 yard rusher.
Bringing back Onyemata means they get to return everyone from last year’s defensive line and try to maintain the same level of success. Sheldon Rankins could depart in free agency next year so locking up Onyemata made a lot of sense.
In four seasons, Onyemata racked up 123 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three passes defended, and one forced fumble. Onyemata is also very reliable, missing only one career game due to a suspension in Week1 of the 2019 campaign.
Onyemata will be back in the black and gold for three more years bringing his reliability and run-stuffing with him.