Tim Lelito expected back with Saints after passing on Cowboys offer

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The Cowboys signed defensive end Benson Mayowa this offseason and it seems he wasn’t the only restricted free agent to catch their eye in the last few weeks.

Guard Tim Lelito got an original-round tender from the Saints before free agency opened, leaving him available to sign an offer sheet with other teams without any draft pick compensation going back to New Orleans if they opted not to match. Lelito said the Cowboys extended him an offer, but that he passed on it because he didn’t want to resign himself to life as a reserve in Dallas.

“You have to weigh your options and it’s a gamble,” Lelito said, via WWL. “So you can go somewhere else and be a backup for a couple years with less money or you can try to go into a one-year tender and do the best you can and hopefully come out with a little better contract after it.”

Lelito hasn’t signed his $1.67 million tender yet, but expects to return to the Saints barring a late (and unlikely) offer that trumps it in terms of money and opportunity. Lelito started 13 games for the Saints last year and his chances of remaining with the first team don’t look bad with Jahri Evans out of the picture and no new arrivals at guard in free agency.

6 responses to “Tim Lelito expected back with Saints after passing on Cowboys offer

  1. For some guys, the spotlight is a little too bright when you have a star on your helmet. So it’s better to wear a… whatever that thing is on the side of a Saints helmet. Is that a fork or something? I’ve always wondered.

  2. His reasoning makes sense. He would be a backup only in Dallas, barring injury, and his chances of starting in NO are a lot higher than they would be in Dallas. If he does end up starting in NO, he would have a reasonable expectation of a higher contract in 2017.

  3. abninf says:
    Apr 4, 2016 12:09 PM
    For some guys, the spotlight is a little too bright when you have a star on your helmet. So it’s better to wear a… whatever that thing is on the side of a Saints helmet. Is that a fork or something? I’ve always wondered.
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    With the saints beating the cowboys 9 of the past 11 times I guess I would start to see a lot of forks if I were a cowboys fan.

    Its become an annual ritual to stick a fork in the cowboys season.

  4. His statements give Brees all the confidence in the world next season.

    I can’t compete over there, so I’ll give it a go here.

  5. abninf says:
    Apr 4, 2016 12:09 PM

    For some guys, the spotlight is a little too bright when you have a star on your helmet. So it’s better to wear a… whatever that thing is on the side of a Saints helmet. Is that a fork or something? I’ve always wondered.
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    Maybe if you hadn’t dropped out of school, you would recognize a fleur-de-lis which dates back to the 9th century or so.
    Also, the only fork I see around is the one Your owner Jerrah keeps sticking in the team every year by remaining their general manager. keep up the good work. Saints fans and most other NFL teams love it.

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