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Saints Pick Up Option for Kenny Vaccaro

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New Orleans has locked up the University of Texas product for the 2017 season after the organization exercised his contract option this afternoon.

Kenny Vaccaro will be in New Orleans through at least 2017
Kenny Vaccaro will be in New Orleans through at least 2017
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The Saints have picked up the fifth-year option on Kenny Vaccaro’s contract, NFL.com reported today. Vaccaro, who was set to become a free-agent following the upcoming season, has spent all 3 season with New Orleans after being drafted 15th overall back in 2013.

The 4th year safety is set to make $1.7 million in base salary this upcoming season, with his salary for the following year to be an average of the salaries of the 3rd-through-25th highest-paid safeties in the NFL in 2016. Vaccaro becomes the first player from his 2013 Draft class to have their fifth-year options picked up.

His option is team-friendly, with it being guaranteed against injury, also meaning the Saints can choose to part ways with him before it goes into effect.

Vaccaro appeared in all 16 games last season for the Saints. In his career, he has only missed 3 games. he has 3 interceptions in 44 career starts for the Saints, racking up 5 sacks and 185 tackles.

All stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com