The New Orleans Saints have picked up the fifth-year option on Andrus Peat's rookie deal, according to NFLPA records, making Peat the first rookie taken in the 2015 draft to be locked up through the end of his deal.
All first-round picks sign four-year deals with a team option for a fifth season.
Peat, who suffered a broken fibula in the Saints' wild-card win over the Carolina Panthers and underwent surgery shortly after the injury, will earn a base salary of $9.625 million in 2019, another sizable investment in a New Orleans offensive line that was one of the league's best in 2017. With Peat officially locked up through 2019 now, the Saints' entire starting offensive line — left tackle Terron Armstead, center Max Unger, right guard Larry Warford and right tackle Ryan Ramczyk — is under contract through the 2019 season.
Originally taken as a potential heir to Zach Strief at right tackle, Peat struggled at first with the move to the right side before the Saints found a home for him at left guard, and he's developed into a bruising, road-grading player on the interior. Peat's past as a left tackle has also allowed him to kick out to the outside to play the left tackle spot when Terron Armstead has been hurt.
For New Orleans to pick up his option, the Saints must be happy with the way Peat is recovering from the injury he suffered against Carolina.
Peat has emerged as the gem of the nine-player class the Saints drafted in 2015. Fellow first-round pick Stephone Anthony was traded away last season, third-rounder Garrett Grayson was released after two seasons, and fifth-round picks Davis Tull and Damian Swann, along with seventh-round kick returner Marcus Murphy, are all gone.
Second-round pick Hau'oli Kikaha, third-rounder P.J. Williams and fifth-round nose tackle Tyeler Davison all played supporting roles for the defense last season.