Four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan and the New Orleans Saints reached agreement on a three-year contract extension that will contractually tie the two sides together for the next five seasons, through 2023, sources tell ESPN.
Jordan’s extension — engineered by agent Doug Hendrickson of Wasserman and the Saints’ vice president of football administration, Khai Harley — is a three-year, $52.5 million deal with a max of $55.5 million that includes over $42 million in guaranteed money, per sources.
Jordan, who turns 30 on July 10, wanted financial security now, and the Saints wanted to keep one of their top players and leaders happy, with the team trying to ensure that he finishes his career in New Orleans. He now has five years and a maximum value of $74 million left on his deal after Tuesday’s extension.
Jordan wouldn’t confirm he had agreed to a contract extension Tuesday but discussed how important it was to him to play for just one team in his career.
“My goal is to win a Super Bowl here. Then my goal will be to win another Super Bowl. I’ve always said that New Orleans has become my home,” Jordan said Tuesday. “My kids are in New Orleans. I’ll be in New Orleans ’til they decide they don’t want me no more. … My dad [Steve Jordan] played for the Vikings for 13 years. I always said I want to be with the same team for the rest of my career.”
The first-round pick in 2011 had two years left on a five-year extension that he signed in 2015 worth between $55 million and $60 million.
But that deal was signed before Jordan became the player he is now: a first-team All-Pro in 2017 with 13 sacks and a second-team All-Pro in 2018 with 12 sacks. It was signed before he established himself as one of New Orleans’ core leaders in the locker room and in the community. And it was signed before the NFL’s elite edge rushers started getting paid almost as much as quarterbacks.
ESPN’s Mike Triplett contributed to this report.
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(8:52) (Shotgun) J.Samuels left guard to PIT 41 for 1 yard (L.Sims).
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Dolphins cut McDonald in wake of position switch
The move comes as a bit of a surprise as McDonald has been one of the Dolphins’ defensive leaders, who seemed to embrace a role switch becoming a hybrid safety-linebacker in Miami’s new scheme.
McDonald, a starting Dolphins safety over the last two seasons, was due a $5 million salary in 2019. He was already guaranteed $3.6 million of that sum.
The Dolphins haven’t hidden the fact that 2019 will be a rebuilding season for them and they will part will several veteran players to make room for younger players to shine. McDonald is the latest in a busy offseason of departures.
Veteran safety Reshad Jones was rumored to be on the trade block this summer, but he said Sunday that he got assurances from the Dolphins that he would remain in Miami for the 2019 season. Instead, it seems McDonald was the veteran safety the Dolphins decided to move on from before the season began.
The Dolphins are expected to start Bobby McCain at free safety and Reshad Jones at strong safety while promising second-year defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick is expected to play both nickel cornerback and safety.
McDonald, 28, signed with the Dolphins in 2017 after spending the first four years of his career starting for the Rams.
The Dolphins offseason departures include quarterback Ryan Tannehill and defensive end Robert Quinn via trade, receiver Danny Amendola, defensive end Andre Branch, guard Josh Sitton via release. More veteran departures could be coming before cutdown day.
McDonald had three interceptions and 86 tackles in 14 games (all starts) last season. He won the 2018 Good Guy award voted upon by the South Florida media that cover the Dolphins on a regular basis.
Sportsbooks left scrambling after Luck retirement
Andrew Luck’s retirement Saturday impacted the odds to win the Super Bowl for six teams, flipped the perceived hierarchy in the AFC South on its head and even caused some bookmakers to refund bets on the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback.
Luck announced Saturday that he was retiring from the NFL after seven seasons, citing mental fatigue and injury concerns. The landscape-altering news sent bookmakers scrambling to halt betting on much of the NFL. When odds on the Colts began to re-emerge and steady on Sunday, there were significant changes.
The Colts went from second-tier Super Bowl contenders, with odds in the 15-1 range, to 60-1 long shots, along with the New York Jets. The Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Colts’ three AFC South divisional opponents, the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, each saw their Super Bowl odds improve.
Indianapolis had been the odds-on favorite to win the AFC South, but without Luck became an underdog in the up-for-grabs division. The Texans are now the favorites in the division at most sportsbooks.
“Just basically everything we have involving the NFL, we changed,” Jeff Sherman, vice president of risk for the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas, said Sunday morning. “From the Week 1 number to the Games of the Year, to the season wins, odds to make the playoffs, division, conference, Super Bowl … yeah, it affected everything.”
The Chargers had been 3.5-point favorites over the Colts in their Week 1 meeting, before concerns over Luck’s lingering injury status increased. Luck had not appeared in the preseason while dealing with a strained calf. With his status in question, several sportsbooks stopped betting on the Colts-Chargers matchup earlier in August. The SuperBook, which elected to keep the game open for betting, reported taking a limit bet on the Chargers -3.5 on Thursday.
The MGM sportsbook took multiple limit money-line bets on the Chargers from respected customers in mid-August and took the game off the board.
“Once we took a couple pops on the money-line, we said maybe someone knows something, and we suspended it,” MGM director of race and sports Jeff Stoneback said.
After Luck’s announcement, the line on the game grew to as high as Los Angeles -9.5 at Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology before settling back at -7 at most books on Sunday. Jacoby Brissett is expected to become the Colts’ starter.
Indianapolis’ season win total was sitting at 10 or 9.5 on Saturday. New Jersey sportsbooks DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBets each trimmed the number to 6.5 after the Luck news. In Las Vegas, the SuperBook moved to 7.5, and Caesars Sportsbook went to 7.
“We did take two sharp plays on the under this week,” the MGM’s Stoneback said.
Las Vegas sportsbook operator Circa Sports also reported taking multiple limit bets on the under on the Colts’ win total earlier in the week.
Luck was a popular bet to win NFL MVP at sportsbooks, with 12-1 odds. Only favorite Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs had better odds than Luck at some shops. The SuperBook and PointsBet elected to refund bets on Luck to win the NFL MVP.
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