The New Orleans Saints signed right tackle Ryan Ramczyk to a five-year, $90 million contract extension on Wednesday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
This massive payday makes Ramczyk the highest-paid player at his position in the NFL, and deservedly so.
Since being drafted 32nd overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Ramczyk has been an absolute rock on the right side of the Saints’ offensive line. He was a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2019 and made the second team in the two years around that season.
Ramczyk has missed only one start since beginning his NFL career and was part of a phenomenal Saints draft class that netted New Orleans star cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Marcus Williams and stud tailback Alvin Kamara.
It’s been a tough offseason for the Saints, as they fought through salary cap issues, free-agent losses and the retirement of legendary quarterback Drew Brees. Ramczyk’s extension is a breath of fresh air for New Orleans and was an obvious priority due to his sustained, elite play.
With Ramczyk locked up for the foreseeable future and a stellar offensive line in place, the bigger question is: Whom will Ramczyk be blocking for in 2021?
Jameis Winston figures to be the favorite to succeed Brees in 2021, unless all-purpose playmaker Taysom Hill proves he’s most valuable at QB as opposed to lining up anywhere in the offense and making plays.