New Orleans Saints: Tyler Eifert gaining steam as deadline draws near
The New Orleans Saints may not make a single trade prior to the October 29 deadline, but if they do, Tyler Eifert may be their guy.
There weren’t many expecting the Drew Brees-less New Orleans Saints going 5-0. With his return on the horizon, the team may be looking to add more threats around him as other NFC teams have bolstered their rosters.
The Rams have improved defensively, the 49ers have also added another threat on the edge. The Patriots are improving their receiving corp over losing Josh Gordon for the season. That said, teams are making moves. Should New Orleans?
But, sitting at 6-1, the Saints don’t necessarily need to prove themselves. They’re Super Bowl contenders right now. However, in just a few days, there will be little they can do to get significantly better. That’s one reason why they make a deal for Eifert or another playmaker.
It’s not just a fairytale rumor. Here’s one report from an ESPN Nola contributor linking the Saints to Eifert.
Eifert has been injury-prone. We know that. This season, it’s been different though as Eifert has seen time in each of the Bengals’ seven games. One of just two winless teams left, the Bengals should be in firesale mode, but they seem more inactive than active.
As for Eifert, the one concerning aspect of his game is that, although healthy, the Bengals have yet to have him on the field for over 50% of the offensive snaps in any of the seven games. Do the Saints really want someone frail to join their already banged-up roster?
That’s the question Sean Payton will have to answer. Eifert has the talent. The 6-foot-6 tight end put up 13 touchdowns and 38 first downs in 2015. There’s no denying that the potential is there, but so is the concern.
Eifert played 13 games in 2015 and then just 14 in the next three seasons combined. That’s where teams start to get skeptical. For now, the Saints, who are one of the most active teams in negotiations, may have interest.
This will be a situation to watch moving forward.