Saints pick up fifth-year option on Cam Jordan

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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.


12 responses to “Saints pick up fifth-year option on Cam Jordan

  1. Cam really emerged this past year and refined his pass rush. When he first came to the league he maybe didnt have the moves down or veterans just knew had to beat him, but those early struggles never made you doubt an athletic freak like cam was gonna get his one day.
    Next up, young seahorse aka Akiem Hicks

  2. Are the fifth year options fully guaranteed?
    If not, then I can see them exercising the fifth year option on Ingram, if they are, then I doubt they would pull the trigger on that.

  3. A true bargain at under $7 mil. This guy is a stud with a great motor. Ingram, on the other hand…
    not worth picking up the option. Draft Jeremy Hill.

  4. Let’s hope they renegotiate his contract b4 the end of next year. Or else it’ll be another cap busting signing or the Saints will lose this young stud. I doubt we’ll be able to trade Mark Ingram bc what hasn’t done nearly enough to make him a viable trade option.

  5. That’s great for Jordan…had really done nothing but get better…Ingram is a definite beast….you saw it late in the season and the playoffs when he finally got carries….on another team he’s a pro bowler. Runs harder than any back that the saints have ever had….great vision, physical and finishes runs….He’s not a 5 carry a game back…gets better with touches and has great ability to get better as the game goes on.

  6. Mark Ingram pretty much proves that you don’t need to spend a first round draft pick on a running back. Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory provided more success than Ingram and they were both undrafted walk ons. Barry Sanders may have been worth a first round, but how many have there been since him?

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