6 Saints who could be traded before Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season
The Saints brought in Nick Easton on a four-year, $23 million deal in 2019. Their cap hit if they release him is pretty slim compared to his contract.
He has a base salary of $17 million over the next three years and would have only $3 million of dead cap if just released. Easton, a solid backup that can play multiple positions on the line, would be easily gobbled up on the waives.
Easton can play either guard position, having played most of his career at left guard, and can also slide over to center if need be. Easton played ten games with the Saints last season, starting six. He played 38% of the team’s snaps in 2019.
With Andrus Peat injury prone and still projected to be a starter, they’ll likely hold Easton on the second unit until a starter is injured which will likely be not too far after the Week 1 kickoff, if not before as Peat has already broken his thumb and could miss Week 1.
Easton is an elite backup and could be a starter elsewhere. For a Day 2 pick, unless the Saints don’t feel overly comfortable with their other backups, they should deal the big man.