Granderson defeated 2021 first-round pick Payton Turner for the position during the preseason to enter his fifth NFL season and his first as a full-time starter. He had a forced fumble in addition to a team-high 2 1/2 sacks. On Sunday, the Saints (2-0) visit Green Bay (1-1).
The former top player from Wyoming has made nine starts in 56 NFL games. In addition to 17 sacks, he has blocked a field goal, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.
Turner's foot surgery recovery is ongoing while Grandson's contract extension coincides with his return from injured reserve following an injury sustained in the season opener.
Granderson spent four seasons as a player at Wyoming, recording 16 1/2 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. However, legal issues arose after two women accused him of having inappropriate sexual contact at his Laramie, Wyoming, residence in November 2018, undermining his draft stock.
Granderson entered a plea of not guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and unauthorized contact, and was subsequently sentenced to six months of probation.
He was picked by the Saints as an undrafted free agent, and as a rookie, he was added to the active roster.
NOTES: The Saints activated defensive backs Jonathan Abram and Cameron Dantzler from the practice squad and placed running back Jamaal Williams (hamstring) on injured reserve.