Senio Kelemete Reportedly Re-Signs with Saints: Contract Details and Reaction

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIMarch 6, 2016

New Orleans Saints guard Senio Kelemete (65)  pulls in a pass during mini camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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The New Orleans Saints reportedly agreed to a two-year extension with 25-year-old offensive tackle Senio Kelemete, according to Nick Underhill of the Advocate.

Underhill reported Sunday the deal is worth close to $4 million. Kelemete was a fifth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2012, but he's spent the last three seasons as a member of the Saints. He started five games for New Orleans in 2015.

Although Kelemete spent only one year with the team that drafted him, he made a noticeable impact in the only game he played in Arizona. On Dec. 30, 2012, Kelemete made his first career reception against the San Francisco 49ers.

While New Orleans hasn't used Kelemete as a weapon in the goal-line passing game, his progression over the last three seasons convinced head coach Sean Payton to give him more opportunities on the offensive line.

He signed with the Saints' practice squad in 2013 and was available in 10 games for New Orleans in 2014. The former University of Washington product was set to become a restricted free agent once the new league year begins March 9, per Underhill..

New Orleans addressed its offensive line in last year's NFL draft by taking Andrus Peat in the first round. Kelemete could also earn some more playing time with a solid camp. Brees was sacked only 31 times last year, but providing the 37-year-old signal-caller with as much protection up front as possible is a necessity.


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