The New Orleans Saints continue to take blows.
After being forced to cut big-time names like Janoris Jenkins and Emmanuel Sanders, the team has now lost Trey Hendrickson. The star defensive end had a quiet career until he exploded onto the scene last season, totaling 13.5 sacks.
He was tied for the second-most sacks in the NFL. This is a huge addition for the Bengals who just lost their star pass rusher to New York. Now, Hendrickson will get a chance to prove if he can truly be the superstar of a defensive line.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Cincinnati Bengals are expected to sign New Orleans Saints star defensive end Trey Hendrickson.
Hendrickson was drafted by New Orleans in their stellar 2017 draft class. He filled in nicely for Marcus Davenport, the team’s first-round pick in 2018.
He was a backup until this season when Davenport started the year injured. Since then, Hendrickson has taken the role and ran with it. He ran so far he’ll end up in Cincinnati with a massive new contract.
It will be interesting to see Hendrickson’s development. Playing alongside Cam Jordan shouldn’t be left unnoted either as the former All-Pro commands double teams often. With Lawson out in Cincinnati, Hendrickson will be alongside Sam Hubbard.
It’s sad to see him leave the Big Easy, but it was destined to happen. The Saints will on with Jordan still as the clear leader of the unit. On top of Jordan, the Saints will still have Davenport for another season.
With a track record of injuries, Davenport may not be the most reliable.
That may force the Saints to add more talent on the defensive line in the draft. Having re-signed Jameis Winston to a $12 million deal, the Saints cap space is even more limited after all their cuts they made to allow that signing.
Expect another piece to be added to the line before the 2021 season. That said, the Saints went with Marcus Williams over Hendrickson, a move that is far from shocking.