Saints rumors are sure to fire up in the coming months with the NOLA Saints not looking like a playoff team despite still technically being in it with a 6-7 record. One player likely to be in the midst of those rumors is left tackle, Terron Armstead.
New Orleans spent a third-round pick on Armstead in the 2013 NFL Draft and he’s remained in the Big Easy ever since. Armstead came from a smaller school in Arkansas-Pine Bluff but he’s emerged as one of the best left tackles in the league.
With Armstead being so dominant, why would the Saints let him walk then?
Well, they might not have a choice honestly, as the team is in cap hell and have more players they’d like to keep than they’ll be able to afford. Marcus Williams is also entering free agency and is going to be the bigger loss, though that could just be me who thinks that.
Pro Football Focus ranked the 75 best free agents and has Armstead as the second-best free ageny hitting the market this offseason. They wrote that Indianapolis would be a great spot for Armstead.
"There are plenty of teams with cap space next offseason — such as Jacksonville, Miami and Washington — that could make use of Armstead’s services if the Saints opt against bringing him back. Slotting in next to Quenton Nelson in Indianapolis would be the most intriguing potential landing spot for the 30-year-old."
It won’t be that the Saints opt against bringing Armstead back but he’ll likely be out of their price range. They’ve extended both Ryan Ramczyk and Marshon Lattimore, who are two young guys in the prime of their career. Armstead is on the wrong side of 30 who has experienced his fair share of injuries.
Saints Rumors: PFF thinks Terron Armstead is a good fit for Indy
Indianapolis has built up one of the best offensive lines in recent years (too little, too late as far as protecting Andrew Luck is concerned) but Eric Fisher is only signed for this season. If the Colts decide to go in a different direction, Armstead could make a lot of sense for them.
While we’d all love for New Orleans to keep Armstead, money is tight and with the injury history he’s piled up, it might make sinking a lot of money into him a major risk.