The Saints won’t pick up the fifth-year option on former Giants cornerback Eli Apple’s contract, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Apple is set to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Apple’s option for 2020 would’ve been for $13.7 million, per ProFootballTalk.
The Giants traded Apple to New Orleans in October amid an awful season. He had two interceptions in 10 games with the Saints.
Apple, whom the Giants selected at No. 10 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, seemed like he would become a valuable player for Big Blue after his rookie season, but a tumultuous 2017 season changed his course.
He threatened to walk out of the team’s facility after having his performance criticized. Landon Collins called Apple a “cancer” during a radio interview, and a day later Apple was suspended for the 2017 season finale after a confrontation with coaches at practice.