NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - From top five in his debut season to 31st a year ago, Rob Ryan's defense has been all over the map. In year three, Ryan and company are planning on a similar campaign from 2013 when the Saints D helped fuel a playoff appearance.
One of the key pieces to getting the defense back on track is Cam Jordan, the fifth-year defensive end who just signed his five-year, $60 million extension on Tuesday.
Jordan has been steady during his career in Black and Gold, with 28 sacks over the past three seasons. That ranks seventh-best in the NFC during that span. Coach Sean Payton spoke about what makes Cam Jordan so valuable.
"He's a versatile player, and what I mean by that is, he plays the run well, he plays in the sub well," Payton said. "He gives you some flexibility as to where you want to line him up. We thought going back to the owners meetings I mentioned we thought that was an important sign for us in the off season and heading into the fall to see that we were able to get that done and I'm sure we will continue to use him. The key is how and where we want to deploy him in the nickel. You know he'll be a part of us getting better on defense this year for sure."
The Saints continue offseason OTAs next week in Metairie.