If accepted, now you have no Kamara, no Armstead, and no picks to draft their replacements.
You don’t currently have a left tackle on the roster you’d comfortably slot in. You’d prefer not to move Ramczyk if you don’t have to, but even if you did, you’d have to find a replacement for him.
This is the issue of doing all it would take to get Burrow on the Saints.
You’d have to bankrupt your present, giving up at least two players who are contributors to your team today, and not have the draft capital to replace them. You’d potentially struggle for two to three seasons rebuilding around Burrow, with no high-end draft picks to do so.
You’d be reliant on free agency to rebuild.
The issue here is that you’re also increasing your payroll paying guys like Vonn Bell and Marshon Lattimore, so you NEED to be able to mine talent in the draft.
But you don’t typically find the caliber player you need in the 3rd round and lower. You’re left to try and find them in free agency. But in free agency, those guys cost a lot of money; money you don’t have.
One more thought. I know Miami is talking much game about picking up Tua Tagovialova with the fifth pick. That could be smoke. Miami has 14 picks in this draft, including three in the first round. If they want Burrow, they have more than enough ammunition to make a deal.
And the Bengals would prefer the three to four high picks they could get from Miami, several this season, over what the Saints could offer.
So again, the Saints will not, should not, and likely CANNOT make this deal work. Sorry to burst the dream bubble Saints fans, but it’s simply not a reality. It’s disturbing that this is very troublesome for some Saints fans.
This team won 37 games over the last three seasons. That’s rare air. No, our seasons haven’t ended the way we liked. But we are a perennial playoff team with a consistent chance to make it to the Super Bowl. How far we’ve come from the Ditka days. Let’s not lose sight of that.