Saints Extend Thomas Morstead for 6 Years

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Thomas Morstead #6 of the New Orleans Saints kicks the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 18, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)

Thomas Morstead has just become the second-highest paid punter in the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints and Morstead have agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $21.9 million, according to Brett Martel of the Associated Press.

Vann McElroy says the deal pays Morstead an average of $3.65 million during the final six years of what now becomes a seven-year deal running through the 2018 season.

The signing isn't making as many headlines as the new contract of teammate Drew Brees but The Leg is still quite valuable to the organization. Locking him up for the long-term is a smart move by the Saints and one that is fully endorsed by this particular blogger.

Field position isn't flashy, but it's crucial; Legatron's punting gives them an advantage in that department. Puntmaster Flex also handles kickoff duties and set an NFL record last year with 68 touchbacks.

And to think how upset we all were when the Saints not only used a draft pick on him, but actually traded up to do so!


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