Cheaper Options/Cap Issues
The Saints have almost nine figures invested in their offense this season alone. The team only has over $2 million in free cap, according to overthecap.com. That means, bringing in Ramsey would force another player out.
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Looking at that even closer means that it’d have to be a player that makes a decent amount.
The Saints can’t just deal Keith Kirkwood and expect the trade could work out. That said, since the Jaguars are already asking for multiple picks, the Saints should view it as too much for multiple picks and an above-average player. They certainly aren’t in the wrong there.
If New Orleans seriously consider their secondary a vocal weakness, which we aren’t sure they do, they could improve it numerous other ways. Many other teams, like Cincinnati, have cornerbacks that could be for sale that won’t expect over $13 million next season.
At the same time, some could argue that you get what you pay for, and if the Saints want a lockdown defense, you have to pay for it. However, at what cost would you bring in Ramsey? What if they forced Marcus Davenport or Cameron Jordan in return?
Cap issues and cheaper options are two similar reasons why it wouldn’t be smart to trade for Ramsey.