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Saints Pick Up Option On Cameron Jordan, Lock Him Up Through 2015

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The New Orleans Saints made a wise decision Monday, picking up the 5th year option on pro bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan’s contract, according to an ESPN report.

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to pick up a 5th year option on 2011 first round draft picks. The deadline to pick up the option is May 3rd. Jordan is now under contract for the next two seasons in New Orleans, and will be paid a base salary of $6.969 million in 2015.

The decision is a no brainer. Jordan is one of the best young defensive players in the NFL. Last season Jordan earned his first pro bowl selection, generating a career-high 12.5 sacks, flourishing in the Saints 3-4 defensive scheme.

Jordan wasn’t the only 2011 first round pick by the Saints. Running back Mark Ingram currently has a 5th year option sitting on the table. If the Saints do not pick up the option before the May 3rd deadline, Ingram will enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2014 that will pay him $2.36 million.

Chances of Ingram’s option being picked up are slim, considering he’s currently the highest paid running back on the roster. New Orleans is unlikely to pay any running back more than $5 million in a single season, which is what it would roughly cost the Saints by picking up Ingram’s 5th year option.

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