Former Saints’ guard Larry Warford opting out of 2020 season
Former guard Larry Warford had not found a new team after being released by the Saints, and now we know he won’t be looking for one at least in 2020.
After drafting Cesar Ruiz in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints decided to was worthwhile to cut Larry Warford, a three-time Pro Bowler.
Warford had been a stud for the Saints, but releasing him saved the team around $8 million dollars which could be invested into potentially signing a player like Jadeveon Clowney or extending a star like Demario Davis.
Either way, the Saints will have their options when it comes to using their savings.
Releasing the veteran guard may have been the right decision all along especially since he’s planning to sit out of the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus that has kept several others and about half a dozen Patriots out.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news. But, he also notes that Warford is not out of football but will continue to train. The man behind the bulk of NFL news also chipped in that Warford had received multiple offers.
Elite offensive linemen, which the Saints have many of, are rare. Warford could’ve been a prized addition for a team like the Cincinnati Bengals that truly could be completely transformed with a better line.
After four seasons with the Lions, Warford played all but four games in the three seasons with New Orleans.
He’s been a steady and consistent force, one that was only released to save money. He was a casualty of the cap, but if he was already going to be out as he starts a family, it may have just further justified the Saints’ decision.
The Saints will have Erik McCoy, Cesar Ruiz, Andrus Peat, Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk starting on their line, one that should be among the best in the NFL in 2020.