You would have thought another Mardi Gras broke out or something as they’re singing in the streets of Crescent City. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what happened. On the final day of June, the New Orleans Saints made sure that Ryan Ramczyk‘s grandchildren would never have to work after they inked him to the largest extension any right tackle has ever signed in the National Football League.
Sorry Lane Johnson! Your deal ranks as number two now!
Sure, the initial reaction now is to make guesses about what comes next. Does another big-name Saint get signed? Is this a sign that someone’s out the door? Regardless of what side you’re on in that argument, here’s something that most of us can agree on. They need to take care of their left tackle as well. 2021’s a contract season for Terron Armstead.
The New Orleans Saints must extend Terron Armstead now.
According to Over The Cap, New Orleans had about $5.8 million in cap space before inking Ramczyk to his deal. If you’ll also remember, they were in cap purgatory prior to the start of the 2021 offseason but somehow made things work.
New Orleans has many nicknames, the aforementioned Crescent City’ There’s also The Big Easy, although most of the city’s residents can’t tell you where the latter nickname came from. Their football team sure hasn’t been living up to it. They don’t make anything easy on themselves.
If they aren’t losing playoff games in heartbreaking fashion, they’re playing Russian Roulette with the salary cap. Somehow, Mickey Loomis makes things work. He’ll need to do so again. New Orleans has done a great job of keeping their right tackle in the fold for the foreseeable future, but they’ll have to hold onto their left tackle as well. What’s the play here?
Armstead is one of the best in the business, but he knows his value. A quick glance would make one believe that there’s no way that New Orleans can get this done. They have to be strapped right?
Keep both eyes on this one if you’re a New Orleans Saints fan. It’s hard to imagine that they’d open the purse so widely for Ramczyk if they didn’t have a plan for the guy that’s expected to bookend the offensive line on the other side. There’s also hope for a larger cap number in 2022 as well.
It’s enough to make one’s head spin, but if you’re like most NFL fans, you stopped trying to understand this salary cap a while ago. Just cross your fingers, throw up a couple of Who Dats, and let’s all hope Loomis has thought this thing through. A couple of blindsided hits on whoever the starting quarterback is could be on the way if he hasn’t.