Item number 2: Older guys versus younger guys
The trade deadline has passed, so your only options at this point are to pick up free agents. There are no more deals to be worked out with other teams. There were obviously no free agent wide receivers the Saints felt good about targeting with a trade. Plus, you have to have assets to trade. The Saints have crafted the team they like. They didn’t want to move any of their assets.
The rumor was to move Teddy Bridgewater for either a receiver or a cornerback. But the Saints like Bridgewater. They don’t want to move him. He’s their backup QB. Taysom Hill might be a guy down the line, but they appreciate the roles he plays on this team now. It’s the old adage, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But adding to it is perfectly fine.
Veterans like Bryant and Marshall have seen a lot of defenses. They can run all the routes from basically any position. They are weapons already. They don’t have to be taught much. That’s the advantage of bringing in a guy with eight plus years in the league over trying a guy with four to five years. And there’s even a greater advantage when you bring a guy who has been a Pro-Bowler and has excelled throughout their career. It helps by giving the younger guys another veteran to watch and learn from.
Item number 3: Why mess with an already great offense?
When you have a Ferrari, do you stop looking at other cars? Do you not want to even see a McLaren or a Bugatti? Yes, the Saints offense is potent. One would want nothing to do with damaging it. But maybe you want a better spoiler or air dam on your car. That’s what Marshall can represent.
He could be that extra bit that can take you over the top. Just because what you have is great doesn’t mean it can’t get better. Even if you only use him in certain situations and on certain occasions, it’s not a bad thing to add a veteran to see if he brings value. And at what it should cost the Saints to have him, it’s a no-brainer.