Players we shouldn’t get
Then there are the names which keep popping up, inexplicably in my opinion, as targets for the Saints. The most prominent name is AJ Green. First thing’s first – Cincinnati has said they aren’t moving him. What does that mean?
Either it means exactly what it says, or it means if you’re coming after him, you’re going to have to give up a player of similar capability or extremely high draft capital.
And you’re going to have to make that move on a guy who missed 7+ games last season due to a toe injury and has yet to see the field this season. If the Saints were looking for a receiver, they’d be looking for one that can play immediately, not one who is injured and may not contribute much this season.
Plus that receiver would cost you major picks and you due to his contract, you’d truly only be renting him since you couldn’t afford him as an unrestricted free agent.
Tyler Eifert’s name keeps popping up as well. Green’s teammate on the Bengals, Eifert’s injury history looks like a career criminal’s rap sheet. He’s never – not once – played in all 16 games. In his rookie year, he only missed one game, then two seasons later he missed 3 games.
Beyond those two seasons, in the other 4+ seasons of his career, he’s only appeared in 22 other games. He’s only had one start this season. It makes little sense that we so covet a guy who can’t stay on the field. His talent is solid, but a player’s best ability is his AVAIL-ability.
Eifert doesn’t have that so even his unquestioned talent is not useful.
Robby Anderson’s name is also tossed around. Anderson is a deep threat guy, taking the top off a defense. But he’s been kind of quiet this season. Much of that is due to the QB issues the New York Jets have had.
But the word is Anderson might be worth a second-round pick.
The Saints don’t even currently have a second-round pick to trade away this season.
And that seems a bit steep for a guy who’s only had one good season (two years ago), has had some injuries and has a low catch percentage (53.5%; Michael Thomas is 77.4 over the same time frame).