The Saints could use a big-time defensive, and the Houston Texans need draft capital. Both teams can get what they want before the Nov. 3 trade deadline.
The NFL trade deadline is a week away. The New Orleans Saints are sitting at 4-2, sure, but the team’s front office should know that they need more, especially defensively, to even claim a fourth straight NFC South title let along make the Super Bowl.
The Saints are coming off a three-point victory over the Panthers, a game in which they allowed Carolina to score 24 points. Carolina was up 17-14 in the Saints Week 7 matchup. That means, despite having four wins, they’ve trailed in each game.
They need to be better, and it starts on the defensive end, more specifically with their cornerbacks and linebackers. That’s why one potential trade target the Saints could look into is two-time AP Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt.
The Athletic proposed a trade between the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans. In exchange for Watt, one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, the Texans would receive a second-round draft pick and a conditional third-rounder in 2021.
The Texans are 1-6. It’s not completely their fault though; their schedule has been one of the toughest in the NFL and they’ve lost a few absolute shootouts. But, nonetheless, their playoffs chances are in doubt.
Along those lines, Watt has been a legend in Houston for a long time. He’s played there since 2011 and has been a five-time First-Team All-Pro.
This season, he has 24 tackles with three sacks through seven games. Watt, who is 6-foot-5 and 32 years old, may not be a long-term solution, but he would give the Saints a boost they desperately need.
The Saints run defense is still elite, and it’s stayed elite. They need better pass coverage and pass rushing.
Both of those could be brought by Watt who is among the league’s best defensive ends. It’s a smart deal for both sides, and after the season Houston’s had, it might be time to just hit the restart button and build around Watson and a slew of draft picks.