The New Orleans Saints exercised the fifth-year option on defensive end Cam Jordan yesterday. It was an easy decision to make for the Saints’ front office as a franchise tag would cost double the price of the $6.969 base salary he will now receive in 2015.
Teams have the option to go that route this year with their first-round picks from the 2011 draft due to the league’s new CBA. Jordan’s career with the Black and Gold will likely be extensive and he’ll certainly make the best of it.
Jordan was selected 24th overall by New Orleans in the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of California, and has emerged as the team’s top pass rusher, earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl last season. Obtaining defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was ideal for Jordan, as he jumped from eight sacks in 2012 to 12.5 in 2013.
After a year with Ryan under his belt, No. 94 will look to increase those numbers, having been able to adapt to the Saints’ new aggressive-style 3-4 scheme.
Standing at 6-foot-4, Jordan’s size and strength complement his speed and explosiveness off the snap, rendering him a long-term threat to opposing offenses. His ability to pressure quarterbacks ranked among the league’s best in 2013 and will carry over into the seasons to come.
Aside from the heat he casts upon challenging quarterbacks, Jordan can also play the run by stacking well and shedding blocks to make the tackle on the ball carrier. He is an all-around beast on the line.
Jordan’s leadership and determination play a huge role in that defense, and with the departure of so many veterans this offseason, it’s time for him to step it up another level and become the face of that unit. It’s his time to shine in the Big Easy, and he’ll be doing so for the long haul.
New Orleans is lucky to have such an amazing athlete. The Saints have been lacking a first-class sack machine for some time now, but it looks like they have finally found their guy. Cam Jordan was great last season. He will be elite in the upcoming one.