Saints exercise Marcus Davenport’s fifth-year option

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It looks like Marcus Davenport will go at least five years in New Orleans.

The Saints have exercised Davenport’s fifth-year option, the team announced Thursday. That means Davenport’s 2022 salary of $9.553 million is now fully guaranteed.

Davenport has appeared in 37 games, starting 14, in his first three seasons. The Saints picked the defensive end at No. 14 overall in 2018, trading up from No. 27 to do so. They gave up their 2019 first-round pick in the process.

In 11 games last season, Davenport picked up 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, and eight QB hits. He started 13 games in 2019 — his best year so far — recording 6.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, five TFLs, and 16 QB hits.

3 responses to “Saints exercise Marcus Davenport’s fifth-year option

  1. wasnt worth all that draft capital, but hes a good player who the saints can probably re-sign on a team friendly deal. the saints had rankins and hendrickson leave, going to battle without a full rotation of DLine talent is a terrible plan. True Whodats will remember when we started Bobby Richardson and Paul Kruger at DE, that was not good.

  2. When will they give it up and face the reality of bad trade moves – he is a bust, lower to mid level player at best. Please prove me wrong and have a breakout like t-rex henderson, it would do the team and your career a lot of good.

  3. Seem uncharacteristic of the saints to just refuse it was a mistake and move on. No way is he worth 9mil. The guy played like he should be on the bubble. All that draft capital to move up for a below avg tweener

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