The New Orleans Saints have reportedly signed special teams ace Justin Hardee to his exclusive rights tender, as his 2019 base salary will be $645,000. The Saints make a quiet, but big move by keeping one of their top special teams flankers and reserve cornerbacks. Over the past two seasons, Hardee has had team-leading special teams numbers with 19 solo tackles in his first two seasons.
Against the Washington Redskins, Marshon Lattimore went down with an injury and Justin Hardee stepped in and came down with an interception and almost returned it to the house for a touchdown. His value to the team is huge, and showed week in and out.
The Saints inked a deal with former Dolphins special teams coach Darren Rizzo to continue their recent success on special teams. Bringing back Hardee will help lead Rizzo’s unit, who ranked in the tops in special teams efficiency, per Mike Sando of ESPN.com.
Justin Hardee makes his first career interception on a HUGE 4th down play! #WASvsNO pic.twitter.com/JAFLPqAk7g— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 9, 2018