Post-free agency Saints hot seat: Andrus Peat
The New Orleans Saints lost both Will Clapp and Nick Easton this offseason. Entering the offseason needing to clear nine figures in cap space, the franchise, managed by Mickey Loomis, did what had to be done.
But, their movement will force Andrus Peat to get to and stay healthy. Peat has had an injury-prone history. After signing an almost $60 million extension, Peat will need to prove his worth as his dead cap hit is decreasing by the year.
This past season, immediately after the extension, Peat played in 13 games, up from the mere 10 he played in the season prior. If Peat can hover around that 12-15, then he should be just fine. The three-time Pro Bowler has four penalties in 766 snaps.
While it’s expected the Saints add some depth at offensive line late in the NFL draft, the team will need Peat to step up in a big way this season. Managing to protect Jameis Winston will be a tall task, and one the Saints can do with Peat in the lineup.
Without many good alternatives, Peat must step up or start to feel the heat.