As reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network Saturday morning, the New Orleans Saints have re-signed running back/receiver Ty Montgomery to a one-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed, but are expected to be around the veteran minimum at close to $1 million.
Montgomery, 28, entered the league as a 3rd round pick in the 2015 draft by the Green Bay Packers out of Stanford. Injuries at running back forced the Packers to move Montgomery from wideout to the position in 2016. He’d respond by leading Green Bay in rushing with 457 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Green Bay traded Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens in 2018, where he spent the rest of that season. He signed with the New York Jets as a free agent in 2019, where he was used sparingly. Montgomery joined the Saints last offseason, signing a one-year deal.
Playing on a New Orleans offense loaded with playmakers, Montgomery had just one rush and two receptions for 21 yards in the first two games. A hamstring injury sidelined him for the next 7 contests, and he’d see predominantly special teams duty again upon his return.
Montgomery was thrust into a starting role at running back during the regular season finale at Carolina, when COVID-19 protocols sidelined backs Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, Dwayne Washington, and Michael Burton. He responded with a 105-Yd rushing performance in the Saints victory.
Kamara will be again be the team's top running back in 2020. However, top backup Latavius Murray could be released because of salary cap issues. Montgomery would not only be in the mix to complement Kamara but also adds excellent receiving skills to the New Orleans offense.