The NFL’s New Orleans Saints announced Wednesday that they had signed a 5 year extension on Ryan Ramczyk’s contract. During that time, he is expected to receive $96 million, with $60 million guaranteed.
Ramczyk has become the highest-paid right tackle in the NFL by signing new contract extension
Ramczyk, with an annual salary of $19.2 million, has dethroned Eagles’ Lane Johnson as the NFL’s richest right tackle, who earns $18 million per year. Ramczyk’s new contract is also one of the most lucrative for offensive players overall. In fact, he is now the highest-paid offensive tackle in the league.
Ramczyk’s statistics show that his salary is well-earned
The fact that Ramczyk has only missed one game in his four seasons in the NFL demonstrates how vital the 27-year-old is to the Saints.
His professional football career began in 2017 when the Saints drafted him in the first round. Ramczyk was an instant fit for New Orleans’ offensive line, earning a spot on the PFWA All-Rookie Team in his first season.
Ramczyk improved even more in his second season, earning a spot on the All-Pro Second Team. He was named to his second All-Pro team the following season, when he allowed no quarterback sacks.
His third straight All-Pro selection arrived in 2020, which came as no surprise given his outstanding performance that season. We saw him allow only two sacks while playing 1,038 snaps in 16 regular-season games.
Ryan Ramczyk’s pay raise appears to be a somewhat logical decision for the Saints, who want to keep one of their key players on the team.
The Blind Side of the Saints is Safeguarded
The Saints really needed Ryan Ramczyk, especially in the first season after Drew Brees’ departure (As a reminder, after 15 seasons in New Orleans, legendary QB Drew Brees has decided to retire at the end of the 2020 season).
There are three candidates for the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2021:
- Jameis Winston
- Taysom Hill
- Ian Book
At this point, no one can predict who will receive Sean Payton’s vote. Still, one thing is certain: whoever is named starting quarterback will have big shoes to fill. Fortunately for him, he’ll have excellent offensive line support. Ryan Ramczyk, who has only allowed 10 QB hits and 10 sacks in his career, will be on the right side to protect the quarterback. Terron Armstead, a three-time Pro Bowler, will play left tackle on the other side.
The big question is whether that will be enough for the Saints to win some championships. According to online sportsbooks, the answer is most likely no. With +2500 odds at MyBookie and Bovada, the Saints are one of the underdogs in the Super Bowl. They are also not expected to win the Divisional title, according to the oddsmakers. The odds on that happening are +1400, putting the Saints in seventh place among NFC favorites.
In fact, odds suggest that the Saints will have a difficult time making the playoffs. Their total win margin is only 8.5 points!
The Saints’ 2021 schedule appears daunting, but they appear capable of winning at least nine of their 17 games. After all, they’d done it nine times in the previous 15 years.