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Extending Ryan Ramczyk a no-brainer for New Orleans Saints

After an offseason of hard decisions, this one had to be one of the easiest.

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On Wednesday, news broke that the New Orleans Saints and 2019 All-Pro right tackle Ryan Ramczyk agreed upon a five-year $96M extension. This will keep the 2017 first-rounder under contract through the 2026 season. Though another extension is certainly possible if Ramczyk continues to be one of the best tackles in the game.

The former Wisconsin Badger has been one of the best and most consistent young stars on the Saints roster since he was selected four seasons ago. He’s started all but one game for which he was eligible, which is impressive considering he was drafted while Zach Strief was still on the roster ahead of an unfortunate injury that sidelined him for Ramczyk’s rookie season. He’s played no less than 95% of offensive snaps throughout his career, and no less than 97% in the three seasons he’s played 16 games.

According to Pro Football Focus he’s allowing only 3.5 sacks per season, including only a pair in 2020. This includes two game sin2 017 where he played over 55 and 62 snaps in two games at left tackle. He was also recognized as the third best offensive tackle (left or right) in the NFL by PFF, with his running mate Terron Armstead at fourth.

Keep Ramczyk in New Orleans is a huge win for the Saints. Being made the highest paid right tackle in NFL history at the age of 27 is also a win, but the mutual interest in staying in the Big Easy was clear at Ramczyk’s Wednesday conference call with media.

“Yeah, I think it means a lot. Obviously, the offensive line is very important position and like you said, they dedicated a lot of resources to the offensive line. So it means a lot and we as a group take it very seriously and we go out and put everything we got into this game. And I think we have a really solid group of guys here and definitely looking forward to this season.”

Now that a major piece on one of the NFL’s best offensive lines remains for New Orleans for the foreseeable future, attention turns to other names on the roster for possible extensions.

Both Terron Armstead and Marshon Lattimore have been restructured, but the void year payment amounts leave room for active negotiations on their future deals. The team still has until July 15th to get a deal done with Marcus Williams to ensure he doesn’t play the 2021 season on his franchise tag salary. However, at least the Saints have found a way to afford it should a long-term deal not yet be reached.

Not bad for a team that started the offseason more than $100M over the salary cap.

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