As a sports athlete, you’re taught that you should always do what’s best for you. That you should always keep the main thing the main thing because, at the end of the day, sports clubs value money over the player. This goes double for anyone playing in the National Football League.
That said, there are exceptions to everything. There’s been many instances of players starting, and finishing, their careers with one NFL team. Those players often times go on to become franchise legends, with their names eventually immortalized in their teams’ Ring of Honor. For the Saints, it looks like they’ll have longtime star DE Cameron Jordan as one of those players.
Jordan is currently in the final year of his current deal, but rumors suggest that both Cam and the Saints are in talks to work out a 2-year contract extension. The expectation for the alleged contract talks is for things to be completed before the start of training camp. Now, whether that’s true or not remains to be seen; however, recent comments made by General Manager Mickey Loomis on SiriusXM NFL Radio does shed some positive lighting on these rumors.
Rod Walker, a sports columnist for The Times-Picayune, posted a quote by Loomis on Twitter when speaking about Jordan:
“He’s going to be able to play for us as long as he wants to and as long as he can. Then when the time comes, his name will be up in that Ring of Honor and the Hall of Fame and all those other accolades that come with a player of his stature.”
Since being drafted in 2011, Jordan has played in 192 games in a Saints uniform, good for the fourth-most in franchise history. This season, he’s set to move ahead of Saints legends Rickey Jackson (195) and Morten Anderson (196) for the second-most games as a Saint, behind one of the best quarterbacks to have played the game, Drew Brees (228).
In those 192 games, Jordan has put together one heck of a resume for himself. He’s amassed 115.5 career sacks, with 23 of them coming against longtime Falcons QB Matt Ryan (most in the NFL). To along with those sacks, his accolades include:
- First-team All-Pro (2017)
- 2× Second-team All-Pro (2018, 2019)
- 8× Pro Bowl (2013, 2015, 2017–2022)
- NFL 2010s All-Decade Team.
If the Saints can put all the pieces together, and win a Super Bowl before he decides to hang them up, it will be virtually impossible to argue against him being a lock for the NFL Hall of Fame.
Mickey Loomis on Cam Jordan:
“He’s going to be able to play for us as long as he wants to and as long as he can. Then when the time comes,his name will be up in that Ring of Honor and the Hall of Fame & all those other accolades that come with a player of his stature.” #Saints
— Rod Walker (@RodWalkerNola) May 30, 2023