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Andrus Peat Re-Signs with Saints on 5-Year Contract Reportedly Worth $57.5M

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 27: Andrus Peat #75 of the New Orleans Saints reacts during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints announced Friday they reached an agreement with offensive lineman Andrus Peat on a five-year contract.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported it's a $57.5 million deal with $33 million in guaranteed money.

Peat has spent his entire career with the Saints, who selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. He's earned Pro Bowl selections in each of the past two seasons.

The 26-year-old Stanford product has recorded 65 appearances (60 starts) in five years with New Orleans.

His approximate value (43) ranks 13th among all offensive linemen since 2015, per Pro Football Reference. He received a lackluster 49.5 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2019, though.

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"He's been one of our most versatile o-linemen, because he's played guard, he's played tackle," quarterback Drew Brees told reporters in February. "I can think of many situations, just mid-stream, mid-game where all of a sudden he's flip-flopping to tackle and then he's back at guard or whatever it might be."

Tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk both remain under contract for 2020, so Peat should once again slot in as a starting guard in 2019 along with Larry Warford. Erik McCoy will slot in at center to round out the offensive line.

Football Outsiders ranked the group first in run blocking and third in pass protection in 2019.

Peat's extension does come with some risk since he's never played all 16 games in a season and has missed a total of 15 games in five years because of injuries.

But the Saints' championship window is only guaranteed to stay open for as long as Brees, 41, remains under center, so re-signing Peat to a lucrative contract is a worthwhile chance to take.

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