The Saints have re-signed Offensive Lineman Andrus Peat on a five year $57.5 million deal per Ian Rapoport. This move keeps the Saints offensive line intact for another year of protecting Drew Brees. Brees inked a two-year deal earlier in free agency, citing the chance to make another Superbowl run. With a quarterback Brees’ age, it might be a good idea to keep the unit in front of him intact. The cost may be a bit high but that is what it takes to keep one of the lines in football together.
Andrus Peat, Offensive Line
Peat has been a valuable part of the Saints offensive line since being drafted in the first round of the 2015 draft. Over his time with the team, he has played every position except center in his 65 games. Peat has settled in as the left guard on a line that has allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL since he was drafted. The Saints offense has also been the most potent in the NFL over that same time.
Peat made only ten starts last season because of a broken arm. In those ten games, Pro Football Focus gave him an overall grade of 49.5. In 575 snaps, Peat allowed three sacks and committed three penalties. At just 26 years old, the Saints are banking on a bounce-back season from their left guard. Based on the contract given, I would guess they feel pretty good about it happening.
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