The New Orleans Saints land their successor to Drew Brees in this trade
New Orleans Saints’ future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees’ time is limited and the Saints need to find a replacement soon.
Rumors have been swirling around which news network Drew Brees will join upon his retirement which according to Sean Payton, could be next year. Drew Brees re-signed with the New Orleans Saints on a two-year contract.
However, there is an option for Brees to be out after one year. If Brees decided to retire this year, the Saints had a replacement in Teddy Bridgewater. Now, Bridgewater has signed with the division rival Carolina Panthers and there is no replacement aside from potentially Taysom Hill.
The Saints could dabble in free agency with the likes of quarterback Cam Newton and Jameis Winston, but the cap space the Saints have is very, very limited. Signing one of them would mean them having to take an extreme pay cut.
The easiest way to find a franchise replacement for Drew Brees would be the 2020 NFL Draft. However, the Saints’ first draft spot in the first round is at No. 24. That is after the first wave of quarterbacks and too early for the second wave.
This is where the trade fits in perfectly.
The Detroit Lions have the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and all reports point to them wanting Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons or Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah. The Lions, though, have so many needs — it’s more of a best available case.
That is why this trade could make so much sense.
Obviously, the next question is what do the Saints have to offer for the No. 3 pick in the draft. The Saints have a star who is coming into the end of his rookie contract looking for a big payday.
Alvin Kamara could be the chip that would make the Lions bite. The New Orleans Saints would still need to offer up their No. 24 pick, but this would offer the Lions a lethal weapon at RB and still a first-round pick.
A variation of this trade was first brought to light by 12up.com’s Michael Luciano.
The New Orleans Saints would then have the opportunity to draft any quarterback in the draft outside of Joe Burrow, who will undoubtedly go No. 1 overall. This is where the Saints find their franchise replacement for Drew Brees.
Tua Tagovailoa would then spend one, maybe two, years behind star Drew Brees learning all that he can. Tagovailoa could take over the New Orleans Saints offense after that and for roughly the next decade, like Brees himself.