Last season, the New Orleans Saints took a risk. During a season in which he was injured, they signed cornerback Marshon Lattimore to a massive extension. It was a 5-year, $97 million deal with an AAV of $19.5 million. So far, it is paying off.

Many of his reps this season have come against Mike Evans, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts. Accordingly, the numbers aren’t shallow for the Saints defensive back. He looks to be completely healthy again, and he is playing like the top CB that the Saints paid him as last September.

At the time, some folks scoffed at the deal from the Saints. It came during a rough patch of Lattimore’s season. People thought that the injuries had caught up to him. Others felt like he was already on the downslope of his career. That was not the case for the Saints’ star.

For Lattimore, his expectations have always been sky-high. That happens when you perform as a top five cornerback in the NFL as a rookie. Lattimore did that in 2017 and followed it up with impressive campaigns in 2018 and 2019.

2020 and 2021 saw more inconsistent glimpes of the star Saints’ CB, but the talent was never in question. A few injuries were sprinkled in during those years, too.

Regardless, it looks like the risk that the Saints took may have been a smart one. it’s early, but Marshon Lattimore is playing like the elite cornerback that the Saints’ defense needs.

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