The Saints restructured Lattimore's contract Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Lattimore originally signed a five-year, $97.6 million contract in September 2021, but with the Saints in desperate need to shed salary cap, they opted to convert the cornerback's base salary into a signing bonus, which creates $18.45 million in cap space for 2022. The 2017 first-round pick appeared in 16 games last year and totaled 68 tackles (55 solo), 19 pass deflections, three interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Lattimore racked up one solo tackle and six pass breakups during Sunday's win over Washington. Lattimore made up for a lack of production as a run stopper by his involvement in coverage, and he only needs two more pass breakups to tie his 2020 total. The cornerback isn't necessarily trustworthy as an every-week IDP asset, but he does play an every-down defensive role and possess a fairly high upside. Based on his performance against the Football Team, Lattimore earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Lattimore recorded 10 tackles (eight solo) and an interception during Sunday's 28-13 win over the Patriots. Lattimore missed Week 2 with the thumb injury but returned to action Sunday, and he grabbed his first pick of the year, led the team in tackles and played all 72 defensive snaps. The 25-year-old shouldn't be expected to post double-digit tackle totals most weeks and has limited IDP value, though his overall impact on the New Orleans defense cannot be understated.
Lattimore (hand) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game in New England, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Lattimore's thumb injury sidelined him Week 2, but that will be the extent of his absence. The standout cornerback's return will likely further discourage the Patriots from throwing the ball downfield, so rookie quarterback Mac Jones should be in for another week of handing the ball off, and dinking and dunking when asked to throw it.
Lattimore (hand) will not play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports. Lattimore chipped a bone in his thumb last week against the Packers before undergoing surgery Tuesday. While the cornerback was able to get back onto the practice field before week's end, Lattimore ultimately won't be available to play in Sunday's game. His next chance will come in Week 3 against the Patriots.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|2||09/18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6|
|8||10/30||Las Vegas Raiders||26|
|11||11/20||Los Angeles Rams||32|
|12||11/27||@San Francisco 49ers||18|
|13||12/05||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6|