The New Orleans Saints are in the process of restructuring some contracts of their higher profile players. With all of that going on the team still needs to fill out their roster and have players compete for starting jobs. One thing all NFL teams value is depth so it is no surprise that the Saints re-signed an offensive lineman.
Specifically the Saints have re-signed offensive guard Eric Olsen. Olsen appeared in all 16 games last season for the Saints including four starts at right guard. Olsen was signed by the Saints in January of 2012 and has provided great depth for the team on the offensive line.
Olsen was an exclusive rights free agent and the Saints have reportedly signed him to a one-year deal worth about $555,000. Olsen is a big lineman that can fill the gap with his 6’3” 305-pound frame and is clearly a valuable asset for the Saints to have.
Furthermore, Olsen has proven to excel in run-blocking for the Saints. With new running backs coach, Dan Roushar, the Saints would like to run the ball more effectively this season. There were definitely moments last season where the Saints’ ground game looked great but Roushar will help make the ground game more consistent.
Olsen will be with the Saints for another season and he will obviously provide depth for the Saints’ offensive line. However, he has proven that he can come in and start so all in all the re-signing of Olsen was a smart move by the Saints.