Cam Jordan hadn't officially signed the paper work when he addressed the media Tuesday afternoon after Saints minicamp.

But there was no way the Saints All-Pro defensive end wasn't about to.

He had 52.5 million reasons to sign it.

Or in Jordan's case, 52.5 million and one reasons.

The one represents the city of New Orleans, the only place Jordan says he wants to ever play football.

"I've always said it's not about being the highest paid player," Jordan said. "I've got personal goals. As embedded as I am to this community, as much as I love this place, as much as my family is at home here, uprooting isn't really an option for me."

So for Jordan, whose contract extension was confirmed to The Advocate by a source Monday, he won't have to uproot anytime soon. He's with the Saints now through at least 2023.

The extension is worth $52.5 million, $42 million of which is guaranteed, according to the report. It has a maximum value of $55.5 million.

In a nutshell, the Saints took care of the guy who for the past eight years has taken care of the left side of the defensive line. Jordan has been to the defense what Drew Brees has been to the offense: a reliable, steady force and a locker room leader who puts up big numbers. 

"It's much deserved," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "He's someone who has been extremely productive."

Jordan has been as consistent as they come, never missing a game since his arrival as a first round draft pick out of Cal in 2011. Since he's been here, he's stacked up the numbers much like the celebratory stacking of his hands after a sack.


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His 71.5 sacks rank fourth all-time. He trails only Pat Swilling (76.5), Wayne Martin (82.5) and franchise leader Rickey Jackson (115). If he continues the pace he's on of nine sacks per season, he'll eclipse Jackson by the time this contract expires. His annual salary now puts him in the upper echelon of the highest paid defensive ends in the league, where his productivity has shown he belongs.

Jordan, who had two more years remaining on the last contract he signed, said it's good to have the extension out of the way. 

"That's something you can relax and know that you're wanted in the area," he said.

Now, he can just focus on football. He wants to add to an already impressive resume that includes four Pro Bowl selections while at the same time adding  one thing that's missing.

"My goal is to win a Super Bowl here and then to win another Super Bowl eventually," Jordan said. "I've always said it. New Orleans has become my home. My kids are from New Orleans. l'll be in New Orleans until they (the Saints) don't want me no more. I want to be here until they kick me out."

That won't be happening anytime soon after Tuesday's news.

"We might dance tonight," Jordan said. "My son's fourth birthday might be a little better today. My daughter turns one (Wednesday). So somebody's going to have a heckuva birthday. At the end of the day, I'm fully blessed to be a part of this team, to be a part of this organization."

And the Saints, as they showed Tuesday, are glad to have him here.

"I think he's one of the better defensive ends, run or pass," Payton said. "I'm glad he's on our team."

For Jordan, there's no other place he'd rather be.

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