The Saints have a pair of decisions to make on fifth-year options for 2011 draft picks, and they’ve made half of them.
According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints have picked up the option on defensive end Cam Jordan, locking him in through the 2015 season with a $6.969 million salary.
The option years are nearly automatic for most useful players, and Jordan has been one, and then some. His 12.5 sacks last year were an eye-opener, with the shift to Rob Ryan’s defense helping him perhaps more than any Saints player.
They haven’t yet made the call on running back Mark Ingram, and that call isn’t nearly as clear-cut. Ingram has looked good at times, but hardly worth the move up they made to get him.