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Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Saints CB Marshon Lattimore: Overall Verdict

The top of the cornerback market would put Lattimore in line to seek a contract worth $18-$20 million. If the Saints are going to pay a player that much, they better know what they’re getting from him and a consistent basis. Sadly, there is little track record of Lattimore proving to be able to provide the Saints with that.

I do concede that he has a harder role that a lot of cornerbacks in the league as someone asked to consistently guard No. 1 receivers in a lot of press-man looks. Still, re-signing him would prevent New Orleans from being able to build a deeper coverage unit, and without being able to consistently rely on Lattimore, that is a tough pill to swallow.

Lattimore is currently dealing with legal issues that make a current contract extension unlikely. As the top pick of that historic draft class, I’m sure the Saints front office would like to retain him and continue to benefit from that draft pick.

Still, there hasn’t been much recent traction based on reports, so I’d expect Lattimore to play out this year without a new contract extension. Remember, the franchise tag is always an option.

Verdict: Would Not Retain Him

Likelihood of Being Extended: Not This Offseason, 50/50 Next Offseason

Contract Projection: Five Years, $100 Million

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