METAIRIE — Cameron Jordan wanted to make one thing clear Tuesday: “Nothing has been signed.”
The New Orleans Saints had just completed their first practice of a three-day mini-camp and the team’s four-time Pro Bowl defensive end was responding to a report that he had agreed to a lucrative three-year contract extension.
Technicalities aside, it was clear that Jordan was on the verge of signing a new deal, which reportedly will keep him with the Saints for five more seasons for an estimated $52.5 million.
Jordan said his son was celebrating his fourth birthday Tuesday and his daughter would be celebrating her first birthday Wednesday.
“Somebody’s going to have a heck of a birthday,” Jordan said.
The Saints drafted Jordan in the first round of the 2011 draft and the new deal presumably will extend his career to New Orleans to at least 13 seasons.
Jordan’s father, Steve, played tight end with the Minnesota Vikings for 13 seasons.
“I’ve always said that I want to be a Saint for my entire career,” Cameron Jordan said.
“I’ve always said that New Orleans has become my home. My kids are from New Orleans. It’s a one-way door. I want to be here until they kick me out.
“I’m embedded in this community. My family feels at home so uprooting is not an option.”
Last season, Jordan had 12 of his 71.5 career sacks, which rank fourth in Saints history.
“I think (the extension) is much deserved,” head coach Sean Payton said, “and he’s someone that has been extremely productive.”
Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen said days such as Tuesday’s no-pads workout demonstrate Jordan’s approach to his job.
“He has been as good in the last three years that we’ve been together as I have seen in terms of just practicing individually, just taking it one day, one rep, one thing at a time and just focusing on the task at hand,” Nielsen said. “I have been very impressed with his demeanor, with his mindset this time of year.”
Nielsen said Jordan’s approach has rubbed off on younger players such as fourth-year tackles Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata, third-year end Trey Hendrickson, second-year tackle Taylor Stallworth and second-year end Marcus Davenport.
“(Jordan) has played a lot of football, had a lot of success,” Nielsen said. “The guys look up to him. He’s done a good job on the field and in the meeting room of leading, not only verbally but by example.
“He’s out there doing the drills with as much intensity as one of the young guys and these guys see him doing that and they emulate him and you can see the success that they’re having just by watching him.”
Now that his status as a Saint has been secured for the long term, Jordan can focus exclusively on his primary goal.
“My goal from being drafted here has been to win a Super Bowl here,” Jordan said. “Then I want to win another Super Bowl here. I’m going to keep working hard and keep my same mentality and be the same person I’ve always been.”
QB Drew Brees was absent from practice Tuesday, presumably because he’s still tied up with his lawsuit against a San Diego jeweler. Brees’ participation in the trial took him away from OTAs last week. … Teddy Bridgewater ran the first-team offense in Brees’ absence as he did last week. Bridgewater, Taysom Hill and J.T. Barrett all had impressive performances. … A handful of players, including New Orleans Gold rugby player Tristan Blewett from South Africa, are participating in the mini-camp on a tryout basis. … WRs Keith Kirkwood and Cameron Meredith as well as G Larry Warford did not participate Tuesday because of injuries/rehab.