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What should the New Orleans Saints do with pending free agents?

Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Ryan Ramczyk #71 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Saints OT Ryan Ramczyk: Overall Verdict

This is definitely the toughest decision of the three. Offensive tackle is a position well-paid on the open market, and avoiding deficiencies in pass protection is critical.

Then again, what is the value of an elite offensive tackle?

Based on what we now about passing offenses and offensive lines, it probably isn’t as great as their salaries would lead you to believe. Thus, I’m not sure what type of surplus-value the Saints are getting with a Ramczyk contract.

In terms of likelihood, I would imagine head coach Sean Payton makes Ramczyk a priority. Not only is he an offensive player, but New Orleans has been much more successful as a rushing offense with him, and he’ll want to protect whoever starts for them at quarterback in the future.

Due to the stigma around right tackles compared to left tackles, though, perhaps they can sign him for less than his market value should be. The current top right tackle average annual value is Lane Johnson of the Eagles at $18 million, making a four year, $80 million deal a general reasonable expectation.

I’d lean against signing that contract if I’m the Saints, but I don’t say that with tremendous conviction.

Verdict: Slightly Against Extending

Likelihood of Being Extended: High

Contract Projection: Four Years, $80 Million