The New Orleans Saints knew not to let a good thing get away by extending the contract of Jabari Greer.
NFL.com's Steve Wyche reported Greer signed a three-year extension that will run through the 2015 season. The deal frees up cap space for a Saints team attempting to reach a long-term deal with quarterback Drew Brees.
A talented cover cornerback, Greer became one of the free-agent steals of the decade when he joined the Saints in 2009 after five seasons with the Buffalo Bills.
Though he hasn't been recognized with any Pro Bowl bids, Greer has been a durable presence in the New Orleans secondary, starting 37 or 39 games with the team.
The Saints showed their affection for Greer by choosing to lock him up rather than re-sign Super Bowl hero Tracy Porter, who at 25, is five years Greer's junior. Porter signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos last month.
"It shows the Saints commitment to Jabari and rewards him for his performance and growth over the past few years," Greer's agent, Mark Bloom, told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
With the Saintscloaked in uncertainty, Greer's deal represents some calm during a stormy offseason. He's a high-character guy at a time when character should be a trait the franchise covets.