The New Orleans Saints paid Andrus Peat this offseason, and they have a starting five offensive line that’s among the best in the league and shouldn’t need high-paid backups. Nick Easton, who joined the team a few years ago, is just that.
Given Peat and Terron Armstead’s injury history, having Easton is basically the insurance policy, and he’s come up huge in games in the past. However, if they have to cut costs, getting Easton out of the pick shouldn’t be a problem.
It seemed he was halfway out the door when the team seemed overly serious about adding Jadeveon Clowney.
Easton signed a four-year, $23 million deal back in the 2019 offseason, and given that he’ll have a $1.5 million dead cap tied to his name while owed over $12 million in the next two seasons, it seems more than likely he may be cut before the start of the 2021 season.
That said, Easton has managed snaps in all five games, playing every single offensive down in two of the five. With 11 penalties in his career and just two with the Saints, Easton has been valuable but at what cost.