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4 leaders returning to New Orleans Saints’ defense for 2022 season

Marshon Lattimore #23 and Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Marshon Lattimore #23 and Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints
Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

1. Cameron Jordan

It’s appropriate to put the longest-tenured Saint as the No. 1 defensive leader here. Cameron Jordan is still going strong despite being in the league for as long as he has.

The Saints’ first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft looked to maybe be slowing down early in the 2021 season but once he got that first sack, he never stopped. It says a lot about the man when he didn’t get a sack until Week 7 but went on to post 12.5 total sacks for the season. He struggled early but then got it going and didn’t slow down.

Jordan had to miss his first-ever game due to testing positive for COVID and that was a bummer but once he returned, he came back stronger than ever.

The long-time Saint has two years remaining on his contract and like Davis, some people flirted with the idea of trading him, but it’d only save NOLA roughly $2 million. Not worth it.

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The biggest leader on the Saints’ defensive side of the ball is coming back in 2022 and that means this unit should be in good shape.

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