3 Saints contracts we were happy to see end, 2 we’re eager to see expire
By Randy Gurzi
Saints contract we're eager to see expire: Andrus Peat, OG
A product of Stanford, Andrus Peat was considered one of the top offensive line prospects in the class back in 2015. The Saints wound up bringing him in as the No. 13 overall pick and while the 6-foot-7, 316-pounder looked the part of an offensive tackle, he moved inside to guard.
Since that season, he's been a fixture at left guard playing in 95 games with 90 starts. During that span, there has been a couple of issues that have been constant with Peat. The first is that he's struggled with health — every year.
In eight seasons, he has yet to play a full schedule. He was close in 2016 and 2017 with just one missed game in each but he's been absent for 17 games the past two years and 35 in his career.
The other issue is that he's not been near as good as New Orleans acts. For years, he's been one of the lowest-graded guards in the league according to PFF. It's true that the analytical site isn't perfect but he's consistently at the bottom of the rankings and even scored a lowly 39.8 in 2018 and 49.1 in 2019. The Saints responded by signing him to a five-year, $57.5 million contract ahead of 2020.
Since signing that deal, he's still been a fixture on the injury report and finished 68th out of 77 guards this season.
With one more year on his massive contract, fans are ready to see this union come to an end.