Saints free agent spotlight: K Wil Lutz

Saints free agent spotlight: K Wil Lutz
Wil Lutz lines up for a field goal attempt against the Cleveland Browns (Courtesy: Fox 8 New Orleans)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Saints kicker Wil Lutz has quietly become one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL, and 2018 was the best season of his young career. Lutz went 28/30 onfield goals with a long of 54-yards and hit 52/53 extra points.

Lutz enters the offseason as a restricted free agent, meaning the Saints can offer him a one-year tender based on three levels: first round, second round or lowest (no compenstion) level. If another team decides to sign Lutz to an offer sheet, the Saints would then have a chance to match. If the Saints would refuse to match the offer, they would receive either a first round, second round or no compensation depending on the level they elected to tender Lutz.

Saints head coach Sean Payton has deep trust in Lutz, and, at 24, he can be the kicker in New Orleans for a long time. Given their past problems at the position, it’s seems highly unlikely the Saints would let him walk away. The Saints would also have the option of bypassing the restricted free agent tender process and just sign Lutz to a long-term deal.

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