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Updating a previous item, Saints LT Terron Armstead's five-year extension is worth $64.5 million and contains $38 million guaranteed.

Armstead gets $25 million fully guaranteed. His new $12.9 million annual average is now third among left tackles, behind Trent Williams and Cordy Glenn, who also inked a new five-year pact on Tuesday. Glenn's deal was a tick larger at $65 million overall, containing $26.5 million fully guaranteed.
May 4 - 9:32 AM

Saints signed LT Terron Armstead to a five-year, $64.5 million extension through 2021.

He gets $25 million fully guaranteed at signing. The 2013 third-rounder was owed $705,000 in the final year of his rookie contract. Locking up Armstead became an offseason priority for the Saints after he emerged as one of the league's best tackles last season. Still only 25 (in July), Armstead graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 3 overall tackle in 2015.
May 3 - 3:17 PM

Saints signed Texas A&M CB De'Vante Harris.

Harris (5'11/176) primarily played nickel back for the Aggies, starting for 1 1/2 seasons and tallying 29 career pass breakups, including five interceptions. Harris showed well at the Combine, running 4.54 but shining in the vertical (38 1/2") and broad (10'4") jumps. Harris is too light and lanky to play perimeter corner in the NFL, and not a good enough tackler to man the slot. Harris has potential, but he needs to get stronger while adding at least ten pounds.
May 1 - 9:50 AM

Saints signed Colorado CB Ken Crawley.

Crawley (6'0/187) started all four years for the Buffaloes, logging three career interceptions and 36 pass breakups. He offers impressive athletic tools, running 4.43 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine. Crawley's tape is more concerning after allowing 19 TD passes in his career and committing 12 pass-interference penalties as a junior and senior. Crawley's plus size-speed combination got him here. Now it'll be up to NFL coaches to mold him into a big-league player.
May 1 - 9:46 AM

Saints signed Alabama DE D.J. Pettway.

Pettway (6'2/256) was a rotational defensive end for the Crimson Tide, logging 12 career tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, also playing special teams. Pettway's Combine numbers revealed why he couldn't earn a starting job in college, running 4.99 with a 28-inch vertical. Pettway isn't a serious candidate for defensive playing time in the pros, and may not even be athletic enough to win on special teams.
May 1 - 9:42 AM

Saints signed Ole Miss S Trae Elston.

Elston (5'11/193) earned second-team All-America and first-team All-SEC as a senior, finishing his career with 11 tackles for loss, 29 pass breakups, and five interceptions as a four-year starter. Elston's Pro Day was mediocre, running 4.50 with a 9-foot-11 broad jump and sluggish agility scores. A rover linebacker and safety at Ole Miss, Elston is a 'tweener slot corner-safety whose NFL ticket is likely on special teams.
May 1 - 9:39 AM

Saints signed Texas A&M OT Joseph Cheek.

Cheek (6'6/295) was a two-year starter at right guard for the Aggies, showing plus athleticism on movement-based blocks but struggling in the power run game and often getting pushed around inside. Cheek's frame is indeed that of a tackle's, but he has short arms (32 3/4") and is short on tackle experience. In order to hang on in the NFL, Cheek will have to demonstrate position versatility as a swing guard-tackle reserve. He is unlikely to grow into a starter.
May 1 - 9:35 AM

Saints signed Wisconsin S Michael Caputo.

Caputo (6'1/207) had a ho-hum college career, spreading 10 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and three INTs across 40 starts. He was a second-team All-Big Ten pick as both a junior and senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Caputo didn't help himself by running 4.70 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump at the Badgers' Pro Day. Caputo draws high marks for his leadership and run support, but he isn't athletic enough to function in the back half of an NFL defense. He'd do well to carve out a Chris Prosinski-like career.
May 1 - 9:30 AM

Saints signed Auburn OT Avery Young.

Young (6'5/328) made 36 starts on Auburn's offensive line, mostly playing right tackle but also seeing action at both guard spots. He was a third-team All-SEC pick as a senior. Young turned in sluggish pre-draft workouts, managing a 5.39 forty, 25-inch vertical, and slow agility scores. Adequate-not-special as both a run and pass blocker in college, Young's skill set would fit best inside at guard. He could prove useful as a multi-position swing reserve.
Apr 30 - 8:59 PM

Saints sign Western Kentucky WR Jared Dangerfield.

Dangerfield (6'2/214) spent two seasons with the Hilltoppers after transferring from community college, parlaying 151 receptions into 1,669 yards (11.1 YPR) and 19 TDs. Dangerfield's Pro Day numbers weren't made available to the media, but he's known as a sub-par athlete with concerns regarding his separation skills and ability to win versus man coverage. Lacking NFL-level movement skills, Dangerfield is a pretty extreme long shot.
Apr 30 - 8:40 PM

Saints signed Ball State WR Jordan Williams.

Williams (6'3/227) was a second-team All-MAC pick as both a junior and senior, concluding his Ball State career with a 200-2,723-24 (13.6 YPR) receiving line. He tested poorly at the Cardinals' Pro Day, managing a 4.64 forty, 33 1/2-inch vertical, and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Although Williams offers NFL size and solid college production, he likely lacks the athleticism to win outside in the pros. Williams' best chance at a big-league career might be to try his hand as a "big slot" receiver.
Apr 30 - 8:09 PM

Saints signed Michigan State C Jack Allen.

Allen was one of the draft's most surprising free agents. Allen (6'1/294) was a 2015 first-team All American, finishing his Michigan State career with 47 starts — 42 at center and five at left guard. Likened to longtime Bears C Olin Kreutz by O-Line guru Lance Zierlein, Allen overcomes size and athletic deficiencies with big hands (10 1/8"), an ability to anchor and sometimes even overpower bigger nose tackles and a tenacious playing demeanor. Rotoworld college prospects guru Josh Norris rated Allen as a top-50 player in this year's class.
Apr 30 - 8:00 PM

Saints signed Alabama LB Dillon Lee.

Lee (6'4/240) was a reserve linebacker and special teamer for the Crimson Tide, managing 68 career tackles on defense and three interceptions. He generated some buzz at Alabama's Pro Day with solid forty times (4.77, 4.83) and excellent agility scores. Although Lee's college resume is unimpressive, he offers core special teams value and could carve out a career as a No. 4 or 5 linebacker.
Apr 30 - 7:31 PM

Saints signed Boise State C Marcus Henry.

Henry (6'3/300) made 39 starts for the Broncos, earning first-team All-WAC honors as both a junior and senior. With short arms (32") and small hands (8 7/8"), Henry is a center-only prospect, albeit a decent one with adequate athleticism and a competitive, gritty playing demeanor. Snubbed for a Combine invite and a career overachiever, Henry has a chance to overcome his physical limitations on sheer will.
Apr 30 - 7:19 PM

Saints signed North Carolina OG Landon Turner

Turner (6'4/330) made 42 starts for the Tar Heels, earning first-team All-America as a senior after a dominant run-blocking season in the ACC. A thickly-built road grader, Turner has short arms (32 7/8") but huge hands (10 3/8") and a mauler's mentality. He has bust potential due to plodding athleticism, running 5.58 with a pathetic 7-foot-4 broad jump in Indy. An old-school, straight-line power blocker, Turner will have a chance to become an NFL starter only if utilized correctly.
Apr 30 - 7:18 PM


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