The New Orleans Saints and cornerback Jabari Greer have agreed on a 3-year extension worth about $23 million. Last season Greer started all 16 games for the Saints and recorded 71 tackles and 1 interception. After playing his first 5 seasons with the Buffalo Bills the 30-year-old Greer has been a key member of the Saints’ defense for the past 3 seasons. Greer’s extension is quite a relief since the Saints’ secondary has become depleted as of late; the Saints lost cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Leigh Torrence to free agency. Furthermore, Greer had one year left on his current contract but the Saints opted to give him an extension and have him through the 2015 season.
Greer’s agent, Mark Bloom, had this to say in regards to his extension, “This shows how well Jabari has played, and the Saints have recognized and rewarded him for it.” Greer has played great for the Saints during his first 3 seasons with the team; he has totaled 173 tackles and 5 interceptions in 39 games. Greer was also one of the reasons for the Saints’ success in the postseason last year. Greer made an interception in the first round playoff game against the Detroit Lions and helped secure the win against the Lions.
Greer needs to continue to have good production for the Saints because he will be the number one corner and will often get the toughest matchups against wide receivers. However, the Saints’ need for a cornerback has become imminent and I would expect them draft a cornerback or two in this year’s NFL draft. Greer’s signing is great for the Saints because he is a very good corner and the Saints continue to be productive and make great signings during their tumultuous offseason.