Saints re-up Lattimore
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Saints and Pro Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension worth $97.6 million.The deal carries a max value of $100 million. $68.3 million of it is guaranteed.
The Saints drafted Lattimore 11th overall in 2017. He has earned Pro Bowl honors in three of his first four NFL seasons. The 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year was entering the final season of his rookie deal.
For his career, Lattimore has 10 interceptions and 56 passes defended.
With Lattimore, superstar running back Alvin Kamara and offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk all signed long-term, safety Marcus Williams is the last major piece from the Saints’ franchise-changing 2017 draft class that needs a new deal.
Williams signed the franchise tag earlier this year. He is eligible to enter the free agent market, but the Saints will undoubtedly do all they can to keep him in the fold.
Up next, the Saints will visit the 1-0 Carolina Panthers in Week 2. NFL Odds currently list the Saints as a -3 favorite.
Following a close 41-33 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, the Detroit Lions received some brutal news: Second-year cornerback Jeffrey Okudah is out for the year after suffering a ruptured Achilles, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Okudah, the No. 3 overall selection of the 2020 NFL Draft, had four tackles and one pass defensed in Sunday’s game. 2021 is year one of a massive rebuilding period for the Lions, but losing the promising cornerback this early makes things all the more difficult for head coach Dan Campbell and company.
Pelissero later reported that X-rays came back negative, and Jeudy has a high ankle sprain, so it won’t be season ending. Jeudy was the Broncos leading receiver with six catches for 72 yards.
Washington Football Team starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a hip subluxation in Sunday’s 20-16 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Backup Taylor Heinicke had to finish the game, and it looks like he’ll be the starter for the foreseeable future.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that Fitzpatrick is headed to the injured reserve, though the hip subluxation doesn’t appear to be season-ending at this time. Heinicke will now take over as the starter with Fitzpatrick set to miss several weeks.
The New York Jets received more bitter injury news on Sunday. Safety Lamarcus Joyner is expected to miss the remainder of the 2021 season after suffering a torn tendon in his arm, per Rapoport. The injury will require surgery.
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The Jets also lost starting offensive tackle Mekhi Becton in the 19-14 road loss to the Carolina Panthers. Becton suffered a knee injury and had to be carted off, but it doesn’t look like his injury will be season-ending.
According to Schefter, the expectation is that Becton will miss four to six weeks. Schefter added that Becton will have to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery to fix damaged cartilage.
The Jets have been hit hard by injuries over the past month. In August, They lost free agent signing Carl Lawson for the season after he suffered a ruptured Achilles in training camp Jarrad Davis, who was also added in free agency, suffered an ankle injury in preseason play against the Packers on Aug. 21 and is expected to be out until mid-October.
Lamar Jackson not worried about contract status
The Baltimore Ravens have star quarterback Lamar Jackson under contract for two more seasons. Apparently, there isn’t a rush on either side to get a deal done.
According to Schefter, the two sides are optimistic about a deal getting done. Schefter noted that they “have had positive and ongoing dialogue about a lucrative contract extension.”
At this time, however, Jackson “ is immersed in his quarterbacking job.” Schefter added that both parties “expect to complete a deal.”
Jackson and the Ravens open up their season with a road tilt against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday.
Baltimore has gone 30-7 in the regular season with Jackson as the starter. He has led them to the postseason in each of his first three NFL seasons, including AFC North division titles in 2018 and 2019.