Adam Trautman, TE
This is going to be the craziest New Orleans Saints take you have heard all day (maybe this week), but I think that Adam Trautman can be a perennial Pro Bowl tight end once given the opportunity to start and play the majority of the games as the main tight end for the team.
Next year, that opportunity might just be there. Jared Cook’s $7 million per year contract is coming to an end as he is getting older. Knowing Sean Payton is smart, he will most likely let him sign elsewhere and go with the young, cheap talent of Trautman next year.
Trautman has shown glimpses this year of what next year can be like. For example, in Week 9 Trautman caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. In Week 16, Trautman caught two passes for 45 yards.
He has foreshadowed two things for us this season.
No. 1, he is a big, consistent target. No. 2, he can make big catches for big yards. Those two are the main ingredients for getting a tight end to a Pro Bowl. If the above works out and Trautman starts, expect him to make the Pro Bowl.