Cameron Jordan will be Saints lifer like he wanted after agreeing to reported 3-year extension

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The Saints are locking up their best pass rusher through 2023.

According to ESPN, New Orleans has agreed to a three-year, $52 million extension with defensive lineman Cameron Jordan.

He has two years remaining on the five-year, $55 million extension he signed with the Saints in 2015 and is now locked up with the team through 2023.

Jordan, 29, is coming off a 12-sack season with the Saints and has had more than 10 sacks in four of his eight years in the league. He has had more than seven sacks in every year but his first one.

The 2011 first-round pick has 71 1/2 sacks in his career.

Jordan has never been the type of player who would outwardly complain about what he was making, but he has said in recent months he would like a new deal and the Saints made it happen for him.

“All that can take care of itself. Honestly, I just want to be a Saints lifer. I want to go after this record by Rickey (Jackson),” Jordan said in May, via ESPN. “I would love to say, ‘Hey, I want a mega-deal.’ I don’t really.

“I just want to be secure in my job. Now to be sure, do I need to be updated? No doubt. But do I want to be like, ‘Hey, I want to break Aaron Donald bank or go after Khalil Mack money even though I have better than Khalil Mack numbers in most categories?’ No. For me it’s all about just being around my team, making sure that my family and my team is gonna be my family and my team for as long as I can play.”

Now the Saints will likely turn to receiver Michael Thomas and look to lock him up long-term as well.