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The New Orleans Saints will reportedly be solid on their offensive line for the foreseeable future.
NFC South agrees to five-year, $63.8 million extension with center Erik McCoy, according to ESPN’s Adam Sheft Dollar.
McCoy has been with the Saints since they were drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft with a second-round pick from He was selected in Texas A&M.
He played in 16 games each of his first two seasons and 12 in 2021. McCoy, who missed time last season with a calf injury, was part of a bigger concern for New Orleans, which used an NFL record with 58 different players in its starting lineup.
The 25-year-old may be healthy and at his prime now, this deal Guaranteed to spend with the team that drafted him. Pro Football Focus gave him a solid but last season’s player total of 63.6 was well below what he was as 76.2 for the rookie and 70.1 for the second year.
Maybe injuries have played a role in his game, and he’s not primarily responsible for the offensive line. The nature of this contract makes McCoy one of the top five highest-paid centers each year, a testament to New Orleans’ trust in him.
As the 2022 season unfolds, the organization no longer needs to worry about negotiating with centers. The new campaign begins with a divisional matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.