Report: Ryan Ramczyk, Saints Agree to New 5-Year, $96M Contract; Is Highest-Paid RT

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJune 30, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 16: Ryan Ramczyk #71 of the New Orleans Saints in action against the Indianapolis Colts during a game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on December 16, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints and offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk reportedly agreed on a five-year, $96 million contract extension Wednesday to make him the NFL's highest-paid right tackle at $19.2 million annually.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported details of the deal.

The extension, which goes into effect after the 2021 season and runs through 2026, includes $60 million in guaranteed money, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ramczyk joined the Saints as a first-round pick in the 2017 draft following a standout finish to his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin, highlighted by being named a First-Team All-American in 2016.

He immediately joined New Orleans' starting lineup as a rookie and has proceeded to appear in 63 of a possible 64 regular-season games over the past four years. He was voted a First-Team All-Pro in 2019.

Ramczyk started all 16 contests for the Saints last year and earned a strong 81.5 overall grade from Pro Football Focus.

The 6'6'', 314-pound tackle previously said he didn't have any plans for a holdout if the extension didn't come before the start of the new season.

"It's not going to change what I'm doing, how I train, how I approach the offseason," Ramczyk told reporters in early June. "When camp comes around, I'm going to be here."

Now he'll arrive at training camp with an extension already in place.

Along with the highest annual value among right tackles, the contract is also $24 million higher in total value than any other player at the position (Lane Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles is in second at $72 million), per Spotrac.

Ramczyk and the Saints will kick off the 2021 season Sept. 12 when they host the Green Bay Packers in the first game of the post-Drew Brees era. Whether the star tackle will be blocking for Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill will be one of the key questions of camp.


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