The Saints and their first round draft pick, defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, have come to terms on a five-year deal that reports say will include $19.5 million guaranteed. Ellis will be in camp Wednesday and will right away go to work for a Saints team that moved up in the draft to get him.
Out of USC, Ellis is expected to be a force on the Siants D-line. Last season in 13 games he had 58 tackles, 12.5 tackles for losses and 8.5 sacks. He even broke up seven passes. He missed the first 12 training camp practices, and even coach Sean Payton was getting upset with the #1 pick on Monday when he spoke about him after pracitce.
“He’s missing opportunities to get better, and that can affect his play,” Payton said. “If you just look at the history of guys who have held out for longer than a period of four or five days, it hasn’t been real good.” The Saints are hoping that Ellis will buck that trend, and come in and be a trend setter on the defensive line and make plays that can put the Saints back at the top of the NFC South.