Saints: Extending Ryan Ramczyk needs to be priority No. 1 this offseason
The New Orleans Saints struck gold when they selected Ryan Ramczyk with the No. 32 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Some were a bit surprised by the pick, as the Saints offensive line wasn’t an issue at the time but the front office proved they knew what they were doing in adding the Wisconsin tackle.
Since joining the Saints in 2017, Ramcyzk has gone on to be quite the force at right tackle. He was named All-Pro in 2019 and has missed just one start in his four-year career. With all of this in mind and how important having two solid bookends on the o-line is, the Saints have to extend Ramczyk and they need to do it ASAP.
Marc Sessler of NFL.com agreed with my sentiments in his article detailing what every NFC team needs to do before the season begins in September. Sessler writes,
"The Saints remain mired in a 2008-esque financial crisis, but general manager Mickey Loomis must put his bean counters to work on the Ryan Ramczyk case. The dominant right tackle is one campaign away from hitting the open market. His $11 million earnings for 2021 appear outrageous next to the average annual value Lane Johnson ($18 million) and Jack Conklin ($14 million) are ticketed to nab. This isn’t news to the Saints, who appear interested in working out deals for Ramczyk and juicy cover man Marshon Lattimore. The clock is ticking."
The Saints need to do whatever it takes to extend Ryan Ramczyk.
Who Dat Dish’s own Justin Fried wrote an article earlier this week listing four Saints who needed to be extended and unsurprisingly, Ramczyk made the list. Fried notes that the Saints need to try and keep both Ramczyk and left tackle Terron Armstead but considering the market for left tackles, they might not be able to keep both guys.
If that’s the case, they need to turn their attention to the right tackle, as he’ll be less expensive. He’s going to be worth the money so even though the Saints are in cap hell (which always seems to be the case), they need to bite the bullet and give him what he wants to keep him in the Big Easy.
Having a top-notch offensive line is crucial in the NFL and the Saints have been fortunate to have the best unit (or one of the best units) in the league for quite some time now. Keeping Ramczyk is key to making sure that continues past this year but they can’t let the season begin without extending the former Badger.