The New Orleans Saints made a decision recently in hopes of keeping two of their key players.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Saints’ defensive end Marcus Davenport and defensive tackle David Onyemata had the void dates on their deals pushed from February 17 to March 14.
In other words, the Saints made this decision because they would likely like to bring the two back for the 2023 season. This gives more time for the two sides to work out a deal to come back with both of the players.
Saints fans may think this is the wrong decision, because of how they have produced this season, but I think it was the right one.
Let’s just start with Davenport, who was a guy a lot of Saints fans didn’t like in terms of where he was drafted. Fans thought the team traded up to draft Lamar Jackson and instead they grabbed Davenport, who just had not even a full sack in 2022.
So, there is definitely a reason to be upset. I mean, he played in 15 games, started nine games, and finished with half of a sack.
But, last season he had nine sacks in fewer games played. So, he can play ball, he just had a bad year. Maybe the Saints think the same thing.
As far as Onyemata, he still produced some this last year with five sacks on the year at the defensive tackle position. For a guy who mainly plays in the three-tech position (lines up across from left guards left or outside shoulder) five sacks are good.
The Saints’ defense didn’t start the season great, as they were once a defense that allowed the most points in the league. However, they ended up tightening things up toward the end of the season.
A lot of that had to do with the play of these two guys, mainly Onyemata, and their defense getting back healthy. Of course, the dominant Cam Jordan makes a difference too.
I think this was the right idea. Onyemata is a very good, and very underrated defensive tackle. Davenport has shown several times he can be the guy on the edge, so why not give it another shot?
For fans of Saints cap minutiae: DE Marcus Davenport & DT David Onyemata had the void dates on their deals pushed from 2/17 to 3/14.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 10, 2023
This prolongs the window to negotiate an extension & avoid dead money accelerating onto the cap in 2023. Also prevents either from getting tagged.
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