​After trading for former New York Giants' first-round pick Eli Apple midway through the ​2018 season, the New Orleans Saints are declining his fifth-year option.


Apple helped improve the Saints' pass defense in the latter half of last season, recording 52 tackles, nine passes defensed and two interceptions in 10 games with New Orleans. He'll likely be a starter in the Saints secondary again this season, but his future past 2019 may not be in the Big Easy.



All rookies sign four-year contracts when they're drafted, and first-round picks are given a fifth-year team option. If the Saints were to pick up that option, Apple would've made $13.7 million this season, making him one of the highest paid corners in football.


Although he showed flashes last season and helped their secondary, the Saints just aren't ready to commit that much money to Apple.


It's hard to blame the Saints for this, especially after spending two draft picks on defensive backs; ​Chauncey Gardner-Johnson out of Florida and ​Saquan Hampton out of Rutgers.



Unless Apple balls out in 2019 and has a career year, it seems unlikely he'll be brought back to New Orleans after the season.