1. Terron Armstead
This one pains me but it’s time for Saints fans to start looking ahead to life without Terron Armstead. The former third-round pick out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff is a tremendous left tackle and gives the Saints’ offensive line the stability it needs.
Unfortunately, Armstead isn’t going to come cheap. We saw Trent Williams get paid handsomely this offseason and considering that Armstead is younger, he’s trending toward a similar contract to that of Williams.
The Saints paying Armstead that amount of money might not be frowned upon if the guy didn’t have a lengthy injury history but that’s not the case. He’s missed the past two games after going down in Week 3 and has yet to start all 16 games in a season during the course of his career.
While left tackle is an important position in the NFL, paying an oft-injured left tackle who’s 30 going on 31 isn’t the best business decision, especially for a team in cap hell. James Hurst has played well at left tackle when subbing in for Armstead and he’s under contract for the next two seasons (though there is an out on his deal after next season).
The Saints should plan to move on from Armstead this offseason unless he’s willing to take a hometown discount to stay with the organization. Otherwise, let him sign elsewhere because the money and injuries aren’t something New Orleans should mess with moving forward.
These three Saints feel destined to be rocking another team’s jersey next season.