The New Orleans Saints have restructured the contract of left tackle Terron Armstead, per ESPN's Mike Triplett. The move will create additional salary cap space for New Orleans as they prepare for the official start of free agency on Wednesday, March 17.
Armstead joined the Saints as a 3rd round selection in the 2013 draft out of Arkansas Pine-Bluff. He saw little action as a rookie but started the last two games of the regular season. By 2014, Armstead had earned the starting job at left tackle, where he has blossomed into one of the NFL's best offensive linemen.
Armstead has routinely shut down the league's top pass rushers and is a dominant run blocker. The only criticism against him has been injury issues, missing 22 games over three years between 2016 and 2018.
He has missed just three contests over the last two years, and if not for a positive COVID test that sidelined him for two games in 2020 would have played an entire season for the first time in his career.
Armstead, 29, is the elder-statesman of a dominant New Orleans offensive line and has made three consecutive Pro Bowls. He signed a five-year contract extension with the team in 2016, but two previous restructures had added two voidable years onto his deal. Armstead would have counted over $16.2 million against the salary cap in 2021 before this move.