Who are the biggest, oldest and highest-paid Saints? An in-depth look at the 2023 roster

Who are the biggest, oldest and highest-paid Saints? An in-depth look at the 2023 roster
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A new season means a new roster for the New Orleans Saints.

The 2023 Saints roster features players of all sizes, ages and backgrounds.

They come from as far away as Western Australia and as close to home as the Fifth Ward.

They stand as tall as 6-7 and as short as 5-7.

Forty-one players are in their first season with the team, nearly half the roster (45 percent). Nineteen are rookies or undrafted free agents.

An in-depth look at the roster superlatives for the 2023 Saints:

Youngest: At a freshly turned 21, running back Kendre Miller is easily the younger player on the team. The third-round draft pick from Texas Christian will not turn 22 until next June.

Oldest: Demario Davis, 34. The veteran linebacker will turn 35 in January and is six months older than fellow O.G., Cam Jordan.

Tallest: A handful of Saints are listed at 6-7, but offensive tackles Storm Norton and Trevor Penning were the only ones who measured that tall at the NFL Scouting Combine. Norton measured 79.20 inches, while Penning checked in at 79.13 inches.

Shortest: Rookie place-kicker Blake Grupe stands just 5-7, two inches shorter than any other player on the roster. The Lilliputian rookie has earned comparisons to the Fighting Irish mascot.

Heaviest: Guard Yasir Durant checks in a 330 pounds, just edging the 325-pound Penning.

Lightest: The diminutive Grupe holds this distinction, as well. He weighs just 156 pounds. The lightest non-specialist is receiver Rashid Shaheed at 180 pounds.

Highest paid: Quarterback Derek Carr became the highest paid player in Saints history when he signed a four-year, $150 million contract on March 6. Carr received a $28.5 million signing bonus and his 2023 and 2024 base salaries are guaranteed ($31.5 million combined).

Lowest paid: Several players on the roster are set to earn the $750,000 minimum salary for a rookie free agent.

Locally grown: Tyrann Mathieu and Foster Moreau are the only New Orleans natives on the roster. Kirk Merritt is from nearby Destrehan.

Farthest flung: Rookie punter Lou Hedley wins this category by a mile – or more accurately, thousands of miles. The undrafted free agent hails from Mandurah, Australia, where he was a member of the Peel Thunder of the West Australia Football League. Canadian-born Nathan Shepherd is the only other non-American on the roster. Domestically, Calvin Throckmorton hails from the farthest distance. His hometown of Bellevue, Wash., is a 2,600-mile drive from New Orleans.

Longest tenured: This will be Jordan’s 13th season in New Orleans. His 192 career games rank fourth on the franchise’s all-time list. He needs to play in fives to move into second place behind career leader Drew Brees (228).

M.I.A.: The only unused jersey numbers are Nos. 8, 9, 34, 59, 63, 68, 69, 84, 85 and 88. Jersey Nos. 8 and 9 are off limits, having been unofficially retired by the team’s equipment staff.


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