New Orleans Saints: 10 players to protect in a hypothetical expansion draft

Leigh Oleszczak
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Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Saints to Protect – No. 7: Cameron Jordan

It probably seems wild to have Cameron Jordan this low but the big factors in who the Saints should protect and not protect are age, contract, and positional value. Jordan is still a productive player but he’s 32 years old and is on a three-year deal worth $52 million.

All of this being said, Jordan is still one of the best in the league at his position. He’s coming off a season where he had 7.5 sacks and prior to that, had double-digit sacks in three straight seasons. The dude is an absolute monster.

The best part about Jordan, however, is his durability. For as hard as he hits playmakers, Jordan hasn’t missed a regular-season start in his career. That’s pretty darn impressive and he continues to be a wrecking ball on defense.

If Jordan was left unprotected, the incoming NFL team wouldn’t care about his age or salary, they’d be stealing Jordan from the Saints so fast. He’s an obvious answer to protect because of the leadership he provides the defense and the fact that he’s arguably the most popular player on the team now that Drew Brees is gone.

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