Delvin Breaux’s future up in air after Saints decline to tender

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Multiple reports have the Saints not offering cornerback Delvin Breaux a contract tender, allowing him to become a free agent tomorrow. The lowest tender possible for the Saints to offer Breaux was just $1.9 million.

The tender would have provided the Saints with the opportunity to match any contract offer made by any other team.

The Saints could still re-sign him on the open market for a lower price but that depends on their level of interest and the level of interest of any other team.

A great story, Breaux recovered from an apparent career-ending injury, fracturing his C4, C5 and C6 vertebrae in 2006 as an elite high school player at McDonogh 35. Breaux, who had already signed with LSU, did not play collegiately. He would rebound to an improbable career in the NFL with his hometown team.

It was thought that he was done playing football as he did not play collegiately.

Breaux got approval to resume playing from his doctors and played for the Louisiana Vipers of the Gridiron Developmental Football League in 2012 before playing briefly with the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League in 2013. He gained the attention of the Saints playing in the CFL with Hamilton in 2013-14, earning All-Star honors.

Breaux was a breakout star for the Saints in 2015, playing well as perhaps the best corner on the squad with three interceptions, a fumble recovery and 45 tackles. He had 22 passes defensed as well, high on the team.

He broke his fibula in the first game of the 2016 season against Oakland and ended up playing in just six games. He broke the same bone in training camp last year and missed the entire season.

Originally not diagnosed properly, the injury resulted in Sean Payton wondering about Breaux’s ability to play through injury before the correct diagnosis erased that thought process. The diagnosis issue helped lead to changes in the Saints medical staff, made by Payton and the organization.

At 28, Breaux is still young enough to be a factor for someone, if healthy. The Saints have Marshon Lattimore, Ken Crawley and P.J. Williams but could still use another solid corner, perhaps another starter opposite Lattimore. They are reportedly interested in veterans Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and even Malcolm Butler.

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