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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The New Orleans Saints have declined the fifth-year option on cornerback Eli Apple’s contract, according to a report by NFL Network on Wednesday (May 1). Apple, the 10th overall pick by the New York Giants in 2016, would have received ...

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Old 05-01-2019, 11:04 AM   #1
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The New Orleans Saints have declined the fifth-year option on cornerback Eli Apple’s contract, according to a report by NFL Network on Wednesday (May 1).

Apple, the 10th overall pick by the New York Giants in 2016, would have received $13.7 million for the 2020 season had the Saints added the option to his deal. All draft picks sign four-year contracts, but first-round picks have a fifth-year team option.



The Saints acquired Apple in a trade last October as they sent the Giants a 2019 fourth-round pick and a 2020 seventh-round pick. New Orleans was seeking cornerback help after a rough start by Crawley, and Apple helped improve the secondary play in the second half of the season. In 10 games with New Orleans, Apple had 52 tackles, nine passes defensed and two interceptions, and he’s projected to start again in 2019.

However, the $13.7 million price tag of the fifth-year option would have made Apple among the highest paid cornerbacks in the league in 2020, and the Saints aren’t ready to commit to that high salary. The deadline for teams to pick up the option is Thursday (May 2).

Apple is still under contract for 2019 with a base salary for $2.5 million, but he’s now set to become an unrestricted free agent next March.

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Seems like an easy decision... too much money and too many guys that have to be paid soon.

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No brain'er - likely the best CB tandem in the league. With all DBs healthy for the playoffs, and Gardner stepping up as a safety, Saints will likely have among the best secondary in the NFL...
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Eli needs to ball out of control in 2019, then set himself up for a better/long term deal with the Saints or on the open market elsewhere.
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Re: Saints Will Not Pick Up Eli Apples 5th Year Option

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Seems like an easy decision... too much money and too many guys that have to be paid soon.
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No brain'er - likely the best CB tandem in the league. With all DBs healthy for the playoffs, and Gardner stepping up as a safety, Saints will likely have among the best secondary in the NFL...
Have the Saints come around on the ways of the New England Patriots?
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2019 make or break year for him......great move Saints.
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Eli needs to ball out of control in 2019, then set himself up for a better/long term deal with the Saints or on the open market elsewhere.
Or he could just play at the level he was after his initial games by fire and that still will be great for us...
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He's good but he's not $13.6 million good. I hope he understands that and signs an extension for a lot less.
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These guys make $12m+

I like Apple, but obviously he is not in the same class

Josh Norman
Trumaine Johnson
Xavier Rhodes
Patrick Peterson
Desmond Trufant
A.J. Bouye
Stephon Gilmore
Janoris Jenkins
Malcolm Butler
Aqib Talib
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Tbh, I'm not worried about our defense at all this year(which is hilarious considering just a few years ago it was our Achilles heel). Our WRs/TEs will make or break us this year.
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T Our WRs/TEs will make or break us this year.
In my mind, these two positions will be the most improved in 2019.

It helps adding an All Pro TE to the mix.
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