The Pro Bowl is coming up this weekend and the New Orleans Saints will be more represented than before. Originally only punter Thomas Morstead and offensive lineman Jahri Evans were going to Hawaii to represent the Saints. Later it was announced that quarterback Drew Brees would represent the Saints on the NFC roster after Washington Redskins’ quarterback, Robert Griffin III, got injured during the 2013 playoffs.
Now it was announced earlier in the week that offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod would also be representing the Saints at the 2013 Pro Bowl. Bushrod will be replacing San Francisco 49ers’ offensive lineman, Joe Staley as he and the 49ers prepare for the Super Bowl. This is Bushrod’s second consecutive Pro Bowl selection and his addition to the NFC roster marks the fourth consecutive year the Saints will have at least four players in the Pro Bowl.
Bushrod is a name Saints fans will be hearing a lot of this off-season considering that he is set to be an unrestricted free agent. Saints’ general manager Mickey Loomis stressed the importance of retaining Bushrod, but also expressed that it will be difficult to retain him.
Bushrod is the Saints’ starting left tackle, and one of the better linemen in the NFL. Bushrod is probably looking for a new contract in the area of five to seven million dollars a year and if the Saints want to keep him they will have to pay up. However, the Saints will be faced with some salary cap constraints this off-season and Loomis will definitely have to work some of his “magic” to pull things off.
Nevertheless, Bushrod is still with the Saints and will be representing the team in Hawaii. Bushrod is a good player that the Saints cannot afford to lose and hopefully the Pro Bowl will not be the last time Bushrod puts on a Saints’ helmet.