- The New Orleans Saints have signed All-Pro right tackle Ryan Ramczyk to a five year extension deal.
- Ramczyk’s deal is worth $96M, making him the highest paid RT in the NFL.
- New Orleans is a +110 underdog to make the playoffs in their first season after Drew Brees’ retirement.
The New Orleans Saints have not yet finalized who will play under center replacing Drew Brees. But the team has made sure that he will get the best protection possible after signing RT Ryan Ramczyk to an extension deal.
Ramczyk’s new contract is worth $96M over five years and has a $60M guarantee. With the deal, Ramczyk becomes the highest pair NFL player in his position. His $19.6M average annual salary becomes the new standard for RT salaries, surpassing the $18M average salary per year of Philadelphia’s Lane Johnson which was signed in 209. A
Pretty Nice Offseason for the Ramczyk Family
Pretty nice offseason for the Ramczyk family 👶 ⚜️ pic.twitter.com/af1IMEgvNY
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) June 30, 2021
After the eventual champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers eliminated the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional playoffs last January 17th, it has been a pretty nice offseason for the Ramczyk family. His wife gave birth to son Jaxon Mark on January 26th. Now he is only $60M richer and is the highest paid Right Tackle in the entire NFL, and deservedly so.
Ramczyk was named to the 1st team All-Pro team in 2019 after not allowing a sack the entire season. He was a 2nd All-Pro selection this past season and in 2018 as well. The 27-year old from Stevens Port, Wisconsin was New Orleans’ 32nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin.
He’s come a long way in his unique journey which saw him quit football for one year after high school while seriously considering of becoming a welder. He would end up attending five different colleges, ending up in Wisconsin before the Saints took him in the draft, as part of a superb 2017 class by the franchise.
New Orleans Saints’ Odds
— Jared Block (@jaredrblock) June 30, 2021
Entering the post Drew Brees era, the Saints are currently second in the NFC South odds boards at +325, behind the heavy favorites and defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are at -175 at the BetOnline App. The Saints are also tied with the 5th best odds to win the NFC at +1400 and they have the 8th best odds to win Super Bowl LVI.
The best NFL betting sites have set their win total for the upcoming season to just 9 games. The Saints have won at least 11 games in each of the last five seasons but without Brees, they aren’t expected to find as much success. The oddsmakers have them as +110 underdogs to make the playoffs and a -140 to miss the postseason.
But perhaps the most important odds for the Saints at this stage of the year is on who their starting quarterback will be. As of the latest odds boards, Jameis Winston is favored to start on Week 1 over Taysom Hill and rookie Ian Book. Whoever it will be, he will have huge shoes to fill, as Brees retired as the NFL’s all-time passing leader.