A busy offseason for the New Orleans Saints continued on Tuesday with a big new contract for a key member of the defense.
A source told FOX Sports the team has agreed to terms with defensive end Cam Jordan on a five-year extension worth a maximum of $60 million that will keep Jordan under contract through the 2020 season. The 2011 first-round pick got $33.6 million in guaranteed money and will receive close to $27 million over the next two years.
Jordan’s camp had been negotiating with the Saints since last year, though the sides drew closer in recent weeks, and Jordan’s agents Doug Hendrickson, Ben Dogra and Eugene Parker of Relativity Sports were able to put the finishing touches on the contract this week.
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Jordan, who will turn 26 in July, had a huge season in 2013, when he recorded 12 1/2 sacks. He added 7 1/2 last season, which was a solid number on a team that gave up the fifth-most points in the league and was often playing from behind. Jordan had 28 sacks in the past three seasons combined and hasn’t missed a game in his four NFL seasons.
The Saints are hopeful a happy Jordan will get after opposing passers while their veteran acquisitions (cornerback Brandon Browner and linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Anthony Spencer) mesh with their six defensive draft picks to give coordinator Rob Ryan’s defense a much-needed boost.
Jordan was entering the final year of his rookie contract and was slated to earn $6.969 million this season.