Saints: 4 players who should receive extensions in the near future
By Justin Fried
3. Terron Armstead, LT, New Orleans Saints
Even at 29-years-old (he turns 30 in July), Terron Armstead remains one of, if not the best left tackle in the NFL.
He’s made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons and has finished with a PFF grade of 76.0 or higher in all eight years of his career — a remarkable feat unmatched by any other player in the game today.
Armstead is as elite as they come and arguably the most valuable player on the team. For that reason, the team shouldn’t hesitate when it comes time to give him a new contract.
The former third-round pick is set to play the 2021 season on the final year of a five-year, $65 million contract he signed with the Saints back in May of 2016.
The Green Bay Packers recently inked star left tackle David Bakhtiari to a massive four-year, $105.5 million extension. And while that might seem like a hefty sum to pay, it’s the going rate for an elite left tackle.
It’s hard to argue that Armstead doesn’t deserve it.
The Saints could look to get a deal done with Armstead before the start of the season in an effort to create a bit more cap flexibility. And, in doing so, they’d lock up their stalwart left tackle.
Armstead could be looking at a third contract with the Saints in the near future.