New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore will have plenty of time to count the cash from his newly-signed five year, $97.6 million extension, but he’ll only have one hand to count it with. The three-time Pro-Bowler injured his thumb during his team’s dominant 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and will need to have surgery to repair it, according to Pro Football Talk.
Per Ian Rapaport, the new extension includes $44 million in guaranteed salary and $68.3 million in total guarantees, making it the most guaranteed money in NFL history for a defensive back. Rapaport says if Lattimore reaches certain milestones, the deal will max out at $100 million. The deal will keep the 25-year-old locked in for the Saints, as he would’ve been a free agent in 2022 had he not signed the extension. He’s clearly worth the bag, as evidenced by New Orleans’ stifling defense on Green Bay during their week 1 matchup.
The Saints have clearly not been hesitant to pay their young stars, as they have also signed right tackle Ryan Ramczyk and running back Alvin Kamara to long-term deals (all three players were drafted by the Saints in 2017).
Lattimore is reportedly “week-to-week” with this thumb injury. The Saints still have other great defensive players like Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport, but Lattimore, former Defensive Rookie of the Year, will surely be missed for however long it takes him to recover.