Who would be traded
The name that seems to pop up in many thoughts would be Alvin Kamara. This seems to be some negative recency bias.
After two outrageous seasons, Kamara was more human this season.
Maybe his injury was worse than anyone let on, but he was not the same runner. If the Saints felt that the injury was not bad and he simply came to earth in his game, then he might be one they look to move him. But again, the Bengals have a running back they like in Joe Mixon.
Yes, the Saints have other marketable players in Cam Jordan, a healthy Sheldon Rankins, Vonn Bell, and Demario Davis. But you must think about what the ask is – a number one pick in the draft. Those guys don’t equal a number one pick, even with draft choices.
Lattimore is about as good as it comes and would be a coup for anyone to get.
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I simply don’t believe the Saints can afford to part with him at any price. You don’t get to draft players like that every season, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to replace him. Ramczyk is a top 5 tackle in the game, either side. You just don’t let talent like that go for anything.
Kamara, again, is the one interesting call. He’s going to command top dollar, possibly becoming a holdout threat.
You’re going to have to pay a lot of guys in the upcoming seasons. The Saints don’t use running backs well in the offense. While Kamara doesn’t seem to be expendable, of all the star players on this team, he’s likely the most expendable.
But again, they have Joe Mixon, so we’d likely have to sweeten the pot. You’ve given up one star, so you need to think about another player of some serious quality to move along. This is where you look at guys like Terron Armstead as the second to help the deal out.
Sheldon Rankins. Marcus Williams. Either an established pro or a young guy who is important to your team, and guys you’ll have an issue determining whether you’ll be able to keep or not. That is the blueprint for packaging a deal for that number one spot.
So let’s just say Kamara and Armstead. Now you still have to give picks. This year’s number one, and next year’s number one for certain. They will likely need a filler pick as well.
The Saints only have 2 picks in the top 100 and nothing in the second round, so maybe Cincinnati opts to wait and fill that need with a second-round pick next year. Another pick could be coming off another season as well; it’s hard to say how Cincinnati values this pick.