Secondary is a big-time need, but the Saints will likely stay put

Marshon Lattimore #23, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Marshon Lattimore #23, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints don’t typically make trade deadline moves, and despite a few glaring holes, I wouldn’t expect them to this season.

Last season, the New Orleans Saints had issues in the secondary.

A former first-round pick, Eli Apple, just wasn’t playing up to par, and the team clearly needed help. Prior to the trade deadline, they did nothing, but they didn’t leave it that way. The Saints went out and signed Janoris Jenkins.

Jenkins came in and had a massive impact on the roster, taking over Apple’s No. 2 position. Still in the Big Easy, the Saints may look to do something like that again this season as the team’s coverage issues have once against reared its ugly head.

They could go out and bring in a player like Logan Ryan who was signed this offseason by the hopeless Giants, but he’s obviously under contract and may not be cut.

They’ll likely be scouting those that are either about to be waived or released. Carlos Dunlap is a perfect example of one. The Cincinnati Bengals long-time defensive end was traded to Seattle. It cost the Seahawks virtually nothing.

Disgruntled former stars are something the team must keep an eye on, and who knows if one may come into the Saints price range. While it’s nice to dream about trading for Stephon Gilmore, the Saints don’t trade often.

Their last high-profile deal in the middle of the season was one that sent running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals. Typically sellers, the Saints have built their dominance of wise roster moves and elite drafting.

In the bottom half of the league in opponent’s passing yards per game, New Orleans will have to battle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the rights to the NFC South.

With Tom Brady in take-over mode and a slew of high-profile receivers by his side, the Saints need to improve their roster. Their third-string cornerback is a need as it’s either Patrick Robinson or P.J. Williams right now.

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How will they solve that need with little cap space is the million-dollar question that likely won’t be answered at the trade deadline.