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Bears, Texans among teams interested in Pro Bowl guard Larry Warford

(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

When the New Orleans Saints cut three-time Pro Bowl guard Larry Warford on Friday, the former Wildcat instantly became one of the most talented veterans available on the free agent market.

Less than 24 hours, the Bears and Texans are just two of the many anticipated franchises to officially express interest.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune was the first to break the news of the Bears’ interest, while John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Texans are interested in Warford.

Outside of the Bears and Texans, teams with needs on the offensive line such as the Bengals, Jets, Colts, Dolphins, and 49ers are also expected to express interest.

Despite paying Warford a $750,000 bonus this spring, the Saints opted to cut the Pro Bowl guard to save more than $7 million in cap space, which was a necessity after re-signing Taysom Hill and bringing in Jameis Winston this offseason.

In 2017, Warford signed a four-year $34 million contract with the Saints and started all 44 games in which he appeared. He was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl in 2019 after New Orleans tied for third in the league in points per game and gave up only 25 sacks, tied for the third fewest in the league. Individually, the former Wildcat was PFF’s No. 13 overall guard with a +73.1 grade, surrendering just three sacks and 32 total QB pressures to go with six penalties.

Warford, who played high school football at Madison Central in Richmond, was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft (65th overall) after a stellar career at Kentucky, in which he received Second Team All-SEC honors in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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4 Comments for Bears, Texans among teams interested in Pro Bowl guard Larry Warford

  1. BluKudzu
    12:13 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    Many consider Warford the best guard in the league. Many teams will be showing interest in him. Feel sorry for NOLA Saints QB going forward. They left a hole that will never be filled. The QB is not getting any younger, either.

  2. KyZoneBlitz
    1:20 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    As I seen another poster state, New Orleans let a Pro-Bowl OG go to sign a backup gadget QB and Jameis Winston who will never be even half as good as Brees. Atleast it wouldve made more sense to leave Winston alone, offer taysom hill a backup QB contract, and try their best to keep Teddy Bridgewater who WILL be alot closer to Brees than winston ever will. Saints lose Bridgewater and Warford for hill and winston, IMO, you couldnt make a worse decision for the future of your team. Not a smart decision by the saint and whoever gets Warfords services will see an immediate dividends and strengthen the interior of their Oline. Big Larry Warford still has atleast 5-8 years of ELITE football left, maybe more if he takes care of his body. Hoping he goes to a team already littered with former Cats, hoping either the Bears, jets, or maybe even Green Bay comes calling. They could use some interior line help IMO. If not, wherever he lands, hopefully he’s paid what he’s worth, which IMO is more than the deal he signed with the Saints after going to 3 straight Pro Bowls.

  3. Booher
    3:49 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    That’s saying a lot

  4. Dark Soul
    12:14 pm May 11, 2020 Permalink

    I’m a huge saints fan and yes he did make the pro bowl but he was a average gaurd at best. Brees isnt able to move outside the pocket like he used too so he has to step up in the pocket to avoid pressure. He was towards the end of a back loaded contract and it saved the Saints almost 6 million in cap room. We just drafted the best interior lineman in the draft so it was the only move to make if they want to be able to resign Kamara