Saints Re-Sign J.T. Gray

New Orleans Saints keep another special player in J.T. Gray and maneuvers to create additional salary cap space with defensive tackle David Onyemata.
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According to NFL reporter Ian Rapoport, the New Orleans Saints signed another of their free agents on Wednesday morning. New Orleans agreed to a two-year contract extension with restricted free agent safety J.T. Gray just a day after re-signing DE/LB Noah Spence to a one-year extension. Rapoport tweeted Gray’s contract is worth $4 million, with $2 million guaranteed.

Gray joined the Saints as an undrafted rookie from Mississippi State in 2018. He has appeared in six games over three years as a reserve defensive back but has been one of the league's best special teams players.

Jan 5, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Saints defensive back J.T. Gray (48) before kickoff of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick Hingle-USA TODAY 

Jan 5, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Saints defensive back J.T. Gray (48) before kickoff of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick Hingle-USA TODAY 

Gray has 27 career tackles and 2 fumble recoveries as a special teams contributor. He was named 2nd team All-Pro in 2019 and was part of an elite New Orleans kick coverage unit that led the NFL by allowing less than three yards per punt return in 2020.

Rapoport also reported the Saints restructured defensive tackle David Onyemata's contract to free up $4.34 million in cap space. Onyemata had signed a three-year deal last offseason and is a critical member of a dominant defensive line for the Saints.

NFL free agency officially begins on March 17, but teams may sign any of their pending free agents or negotiate with a player that another team has released.