The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with S Chris Banjo on a three-year contract extension. The announcement was made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Banjo, 5-10, 207, is coming off a 2018 season where he played in all 16 games and recorded five tackles (three solo), a career-high two interceptions, career-best three passes defensed and five special teams tackles. The two picks, both of which occurred in a Nov. 18 contest vs. Philadelphia, tied for the team lead. He played a key role on the club's coverage units, where they finished ranked third in the NFL in punt coverage, surrendering only 5.0 yards per return and a league-low 60 punt return yards, the fifth lowest total since the start of a 16-game schedule in 1978. Banjo also played in both postseason contests and recorded one solo defensive stop in the NFC Championship game vs. the Los Angeles Rams.
In his five-season NFL career, Banjo, who originally entered the NFL signing as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville out of Southern Methodist in 2013 and played for the Green Bay Packers from 2013-16 before signing with New Orleans in midseason in 2016, has played in 76 career regular season games with two starts and has posted 28 tackles (22 solo), three picks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble, 55 special teams stops and one coverage forced fumble. In nine postseason contests, he has recorded one solo tackles and six special teams stops.
The Sugar Land, Texas native was a four-year letterman at SMU, who started 47-of-51 games and tallied career totals of 321 tackles (195 solo), including 9.5 for loss, 15 passes defensed, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.