Cameron Jordan, Saints Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 2, 2015

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The New Orleans Saints locked up young defensive end Cameron Jordan with a huge long-term contract extension Tuesday, the team announced, per its official website: 

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” said Jordan. “I would like to thank Mr. Benson, the entire organization, my teammates and coaches and the New Orleans Saints fans for their support the last four years. New Orleans has become my home and I look forward to continue making an impact both on and off the field for a long time here. Now we can put our focus on the most important thing, which is working hard day in and day out towards our ultimate goal of a championship.”

“This is a great day for the New Orleans Saints and for Cameron,” said Loomis. “Since his arrival, Cameron has progressed into one of the core players on our team both on and off the field. He’s had a great start to his career here and we’re excited about him being one of the mainstays to our defense moving forward.”

According to Fox Sports 1's Mike Garafolo, Jordan's new deal with the Saints is for five years and up to $60 million:

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that $5 million of the potential $60 million Jordan can earn is incentive-based:

Garafolo also reported Jordan receives $33.8 million in guaranteed money, with most of that coming over the next two years:

Jordan posted a photo on Twitter of him signing his new contract:

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who is seeking his own contract extension, chimed in with a message after news of Jordan's deal broke:

Not a lot went right for New Orleans on defense last year, though not for a lack of effort on Jordan's part. He finished second on the team with 7.5 sacks and ranked fourth with five passes defended

The Saints selected Jordan 24th overall in 2011. He had a career-high 12.5 sacks in 2013 when the team won the NFC South before losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs. The former California star has 29 sacks in four seasons with New Orleans. 

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Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune noted the pressure New Orleans will be under after devoting this much money to the pass rush:

The Saints allowed the second-most yards and the fifth-most points in the NFL last season, but they have taken steps to ensure improvement now and in the future with the additions of Brandon Browner, Dannell Ellerbe and Anthony Spencer. 

Jordan, who was entering the final year of his rookie deal, gives New Orleans stability on the defensive line for years to come. The 25-year-old is the anchor who will lead coordinator Rob Ryan's defense for a long time and has earned this commitment from the Saints. 

Stats via Pro-Football-Reference.com.