Derek Carr's contract with the Saints was extended for $44 million before the start of the season.

The New Orleans Saints signed a long-term offensive lineman before the 2023 season. 

Ruiz will help protect Saints quarterback Derek Carr in his rookie season.

In their 2023 home debut, Carr and the Saints will meet the Titans on Sunday. The Titans are a field goal behind the Saints.

The Saint drafted Ruiz in the 2020 NFL first round. His four-year, $12.7 million rookie contract ends in 2023. Ruiz is now a New Orleans player till 2027.

Carr joined the Saints in free agency after nine years with the Raiders. The Saints are favorites to win the NFC South, the conference's weakest division, after adding Carr.

Carr is the division's lone reliable quarterback for the Saints. The Panthers chose rookie Bryce Young. 

Atlanta Falcons second-year quarterback Desmond Ridder is unknown. 

Baker Mayfield, who has played for four teams in a year, succeeded Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.

New Orleans could return to the playoffs with good quarterback play and an above-average offensive line.

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