The New Orleans Saints made one trade, bringing in Kwon Alexander, at the deadline. That one move is more than the majority of contending teams.
There’s no denying everyone was expecting more action at the trade deadline, but for the New Orleans Saints, who did manage to improve their roster, they should be thankful it was rather quiet.
The Saints won the November 3 trade deadline, bringing in former Pro Bowl insider linebacker Kwon Alexander. Alexander was traded for a conditional fifth-round pick and linebacker Kiko Alonso, who has yet to play in 2020.
Alexander has been out since Week 5 but should return in the near future.
In the five games he’s played in this season, Alexander totaled 30 combined tackles, ten of which he obtained in Week 1 against Arizona. When healthy, Alexander is all over the field and has proven to be one of the more impactful linebackers in the middle of the field.
Back in the 2016 season, he had 108 solo tackles, the most in the league. Alexander is more of a run-stopping ILB while Demario Davis can cover the tight ends and pass-catching running backs well. Davis is one of the best OLBs in the league.
The combination should help the Saints defense tremendously. They improved their roster, something not many teams can say. The Saints, Seahawks and Titans were able to strengthen weak areas on their roster.
Don’t trust just me; CBS Sports also declared the Saints a winner at the deadline, one of just two teams to be considered winners.
“Kwon Alexander isn’t a special addition, but swapping him in for Kiko Alonso at the cost of a conditional fifth? Yes, that’s a deal you make every day of the week. Alonso has been tossed from team to team over the years for a reason, and while Alexander has battled issues in both coverage and the injury department, he represents a high-upside find for a defense that needed reinforcements in the middle. Worst-case scenario, he doesn’t pan out, and the Saints can cut him at no cost in 2021,” Cody Benjamin wrote.
They also went into how “all of us” were losers. What they mean by that is fans just didn’t get what they wanted — movement. The Packers, who were looking for help at receiver, didn’t end up pulling the trigger on a deal.
Many teams that could’ve improved didn’t, feeling their roster is good enough to get by. However, for New Orleans, their defense is significantly improved. It’s a move they needed to do. The Packers didn’t need another receiver; the Cardinals didn’t need any big-name player.
These teams did what’s best for them in regards to hanging onto draft capital and saving the limited cap space many of them have. That said, the Saints won and most teams lost, hopefully boosting their chance to make a deep playoff run this postseason.