5 New Orleans Saints that no one talks about
Last offseason, the Saints signed Nick Easton to a four-year, $24 million deal. While that deal seems large, the team only had $3 million in dead cap over the next three years if they were to cut him this season.
They initially signed him to replace Max Unger, and he was somewhat of an insurance policy if second-round pick Erik McCoy didn’t pan out. Well, McCoy did thrive, forcing Easton into more of a backup role.
Easton has played both guard and center throughout his career, and that was a huge benefit for the Saints in 2019. He played in ten games, starting six. In over 400 snaps, Easton totaled just two penalties.
He filled in well for Andrus Peat and others that missed time due to injury. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Easton will be a key backup yet again in 2020, and with Peat already close to missing Week 1, his experience may come extremely helpful this season.
Easton is seldom talked about, but his consistency and expertise needs a bit more recognition.