The New Orleans Saints have officially been linked to trade rumors that involve superstar quarterback Russell Wilson. While it may take a few massive contracts being moved, it seems like many in the fanbase are on board with making taking such drastic measures.
On top of the Saints being included in the rumor mill, Russell Wilson’s agent has noted that he would only accept a trade to the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, or Bears, according to Pro Football Talk.
After signing a four-year, $140 million contract back in the 2019 offseason, the Saints would have a few seasons with Wilson before needing to make a decision on his next contract. Wilson is 32 years old.
That said, CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin proposed a blockbuster trade that the New Orleans Saints should consider for Wilson, and it may not be liked by many.
The trade would bring Wilson to the Big Easy, but the cost is too great. Benjamin has the Saints including Ryan Ramczyk, Taysom Hill, Cameron Jordan, and three first-round picks. That’s just a brutal package for New Orleans.
"“The Seahawks’ haul may appear massive, seeing as it contains three players and three picks, but consider that Seattle would be hesitant to keep Wilson in the NFC, then consider that two of the three players — Hill and Jordan — might very well be cap casualties in a year or two. Hill is more of a throw-in here, but as a one-year stopgap for a run-based attack, he’d suffice. The Saints would save $25 million by parting with the vets, not to mention make a seamless transition from a once-elite QB to a presently elite one. Seattle, meanwhile, would get an instant and long-term offensive line upgrade, an elite short-term edge rusher and plenty of rebuild capital,” Benjamin wrote."
Given that Wilson was an MVP hopeful until a less-than-desirable end to the season, the Saints should take caution when looking at the load of players they’d have to trade away. They’d arguably be trading away their most impactful player on both sides of the ball.
Would the difference between Wilson and whoever else (hopefully Jameis Winston) the Saints could start at quarterback next season be worth it? You’d be hard-pressed to get me to pull the trigger on this deal.
The Saints would have a promising roster with Wilson leading the charge, but there’s almost no way that they’d be better off without Jordan, especially considering they’ll more than likely lose star defensive end Trey Hendrickson as well.
That said, would you make this trade if you were general manager Mickey Loomis?