Cameron Jordan not worried about being paid like peers

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Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan keeps noticing defensive stars collecting gigantic new deals.

And while he’s got a strong case for an eventual extension, Jordan said wanting to stay with the Saints is about more than stacking up the next big contract.

Jordan has two years left on his five-year, $55 million extension, but the guys performing at his level are making about double that on average. And with a pair of All-Pro honors in the last two years, Jordan’s poised to eventually get a raise,

“All that can take care of itself. Honestly, I just want to be a Saints lifer. I want to go after this record by Rickey [Jackson],” Jordan said, via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.  “I would love to say, ‘Hey, I want a megadeal.’ I don’t really. I just want to be secure in my job. Now to be sure, do I need to be updated? No doubt. But do I want to be like, ‘Hey, I want to break Aaron Donald bank or go after Khalil Mack money even though I have better than Khalil Mack numbers in most categories?’ No. For me it’s all about just being around my team, making sure that my family and my team is gonna be my family and my team for as long as I can play.

“When it comes down to it, I feel like to miss out on training camp two years out is just no point. I feel like the Saints and I have a phenomenal repertoire, so why would I want to damage that? For me it’s not even about money; it’s about solidifying a legacy. It’s about pushing and furthering what I’m doing. And I love our team to the fact that I want to continue doing what we’ve been doing. We’ve gone through some 7-9 seasons, but we’ve gone through some great times as well.”

The 29-year-old Jordan’s on pace to catch Jackson. His 71.5 sacks are 43.5 behind Jackson’s 115, and Jordan has collected 25 in the last two seasons.

If he keeps playing the way he has, that is well within his reach. And the contract to put him more in line with his peers will likely follow.

8 responses to “Cameron Jordan not worried about being paid like peers

  1. That’s refreshing to hear, I wonder if it’s just talk, or honest. New Orleans does love him though.

  2. He is a great player, but also 29 years old. I doubt he would get anywhere close to Mack money over a long term deal.

    It is good to hear he isn’t planning an AB-like scorched earth exit, and i think he is smart enough to realize maximizing his salary reduces the chance that the Saints can field a good team around him.

  3. Easily one of the better players in the NFL, but he’s talking as if his production is better than Mack across the board. He fails to mention that it’s because he’s played 3 more season’s. Mack has higher averages in every single statistical category besides PD.

  4. Love it when players say they just want to be taken care of. As if the fact that minimum wage players make more money in one year than the average person does in ten isn’t already “being taken care of”

  5. Cam Jordan is a better all-around player than Khalil Mack. That’s a fact, Jack!

  6. greenwhodat26 says:
    May 24, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Cam Jordan is a better all-around player than Khalil Mack. That’s a fact, Jack!

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    No it’s just an opinion of a goofy Saints fan. That’s the real fact.

  7. I met him for 5 minutes at the right after he was drafted. He was waiting to do an interview with ESPN and signing everything the kids put in front of him. My buddy and I congratulated him on his plaid suit, said he was best dressed. Lol. He turned around and said somebody finally recognizing my style. He talked with us for 5 more minutes until somebody on ESPN grabbed him.

    I bleed Giants blue but he has been my favourite player since. Hes a genuinely great dude. I love watching him on Mic’d up. Dude is hilarious. I dont think he gets enough attention on how dominate he is. He is always double teamed and he never complains. The NFL needs more like him.

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