Saints Expected To Sign DE Mario Edwards Jr.

The Saints are adding a defensive end. Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate tweets that the team is expected to sign Mario Edwards Jr. today. It will be a two-year, $5MM deal with $1.5MM “upside for sacks,” according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com (via Twitter).

The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers by the Giants in September after having spent the first three seasons of his career with the Raiders. The former second-rounder proceeded to play in 15 games for the Giants, compiling 14 tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble.

While Edwards didn’t play enough snaps (232) to earn a spot on Pro Football Focus‘ interior defender rankings, his grade indicates that he performed as an above-average lineman in 2018.

We heard earlier this week that the Saints had interest in Edwards. The lineman would likely play a backup role behind Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport. Edwards would also be competing with Trey Hendrickson and Tomasi Laulile for reps.

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  1. whodat37

    Good value but if this is the case, we should kick him inside. He’s not fast or agile enough to come off the edge in our 4-3. But pairing him with Rankins and Onyemata would be formidable for the DT spots. Meanwhile, Malcom Brown and Stallworth would rotate in and out of the Nose. I would still love to see them sign another veteran pass rusher. Clay Matthews doesn’t have much left in the tank, but the leadership he would bring is invaluable

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