The New Orleans Saints are rewarding one of the NFL’s most promising young offensive linemen.
Left tackle Terron Armstead is signing a five-year extension that will keep him in New Orleans through 2021, a source involved with the deal told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
ESPN first reported Armstead’s deal.
Perhaps the most anonymous of last year’s Pro Bowl snubs, Armstead emerged as a top-notch blindside protector in his third NFL season.
“There’s not a left tackle I would trade him for in the league,” coach Sean Payton raved in late December. “I really like the way he’s progressed. He’s smart, he’s athletic. And last week if you watch the tape, you can see that he’s not 100 percent and he fights through it.”
Armstead turned in one of the most astonishing performances in offensive-line history at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, blazing an official 40-yard dash time of 4.71 seconds at 6-foot-5 and 306 pounds.
Originally viewed as a developmental prospect coming out of tiny Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Armstead already has the look of a perennial Pro Bowl left tackle.