Record contract for Ryan Ramczyk with the New Orleans Saints

Under a five-year extension and $ 96 million in new money, Ryan Ramczyk is now the highest-paid right tackle in the league.

METAIRIE — Los New Orleans Saints have not yet identified their next quarterback, after the retirement of Drew Brees. However, they made sure that it will be well protected, signing this Wednesday to the All-Pro, Ryan Ramczyk, to a five season extension.

The deal is for $ 96 million in new money, a source told Adam Schefter, making Ramczyk on highest paid right tackle in the NFL.

The annual average of $ 19.2 million per year in the extension of Ramczyk sets a new standard for right tackles from the NFL, topping the $ 18 million average in the agreement Lane Johnson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019.

It makes sense, given that Ramczyk has been among the league’s elite offensive linemen since being drafted with the 32nd overall shift coming out of Wisconsin in 2017. Named to the first All-Pro team in 2019 and the second team in 2018 and 2020.

Sign to Ramczyk in the long run it was not a difficult decision for New Orleans, even at this high price. The left tackle All-Pro, Terron Armstead, is also heading into the final year of his contract, which could lead to a difficult financial decision next year. But the Saints they certainly couldn’t afford to lose both, while enlisting to build the future behind Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill or a candidate who would be known later.

Ramczyk, 27 years old, was scheduled to collect $ 11.064 million in the final year of his contract, this season. But the Saints they could actually save some money under the salary cap in the short term, depending on how they structure the deal.

To the Saints They had about $ 5 million to $ 6 million of room under the salary cap before the new deal to Ramczyk. Now, they might have room to add some veteran help if needed heading into the season, with potential needs at cornerback, wide receiver, defensive tackle and possibly linebacker.

Ramczyk Y Armstead have formed an elite duo over the past four years, while the Saints have won four consecutive titles from NFC On and produced best regular season record in the league.

Ramczyk was part of an outstanding draft class for New Orleans in 2017, one that also included the runner Alvin Kamara, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Marcus Williams and defensive end Trey Hendrickson.

Chamber signed an extension last year, and Williams O Lattimore could be the following. The Saints placed the franchise player designation on Williams this year, and they have until July 15 to reach a long-term extension. TO Lattimore He has one year left on his rookie contract. Hendrickson signed a lucrative free agency agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals in the current campaign recess.

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