The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with defensive end Cameron Jordan on a five-year extension worth a maximum of $60 million on Tuesday and that deal could potentially wind up being a preview of what Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward will come close to receiving between now and the start of the 2015 season.
Jordan, who was picked seven spots ahead of Heyward in the 2011 NFL Draft, recorded 7 1/2 sacks last season for the saints. According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, Jordan will receive $33.6 million in guaranteed money as part of the extension and close to $27 million over the next two years.
The Saints had picked up Jordan’s fifth-year option last offseason just as the Steelers did with Heyward, who also recorded 7 1/2 sacks last season. That option included a salary of $6.969 in 2015.
Heyward’s value is probably right around $9.5-10 million a season mark and will be interesting to see Jordan’s deal figures into the negotiations. As soon as we get the full breakdown of Jordan’s contract numbers, which look like they include some sort of incentives, we will pass them on to you.