Trading for Sterling Shepard would give Saints the WR2 they need

Sterling Shepard (87) -Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Sterling Shepard (87) -Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Saints didn’t do much to improve their wide receiver corps this offseason but that doesn’t mean they can’t trade for an impact receiver before the start of the season. Someone they should strongly consider trading for is current Giants receiver, Sterling Shepard.

Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report made a list of one trade every team should make and Shepard was who he put for the Giants.

"The Giants signed John Ross III in March and used a first-round draft pick on Kadarius Toney, and both should get plenty of action in the slot while new arrival Kenny Golladay holds things down with Darius Slayton outside.Where does that leave Shepard? Potentially in another uniform.The steady 28-year-old is slated to cost the Giants $9 million this year, but they can save $7 million by dealing him. It seems like a no-brainer if the right deal is on the table."

The Giants have the opposite problem that the Saints have — They have too many receivers on their roster while the Saints have Michael Thomas and a lot of question marks behind him on the depth chart.

Sterling would be the unquestioned WR2 should the Saints pull the trigger and make this move and he’d be the best WR2 they’ve had in quite some time.

The Saints should trade for Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

Shepard is coming off a season where he had 66 receptions for 656 yards and three touchdowns through 12 games. He started all 12 of those games and was one of the Giants’ best offensive weapons. He also wouldn’t be terribly expensive, especially for the kind of production the Saints would be getting from him. They could absolutely swing this deal.

If the Saints don’t make a trade for a wide receiver, they’ll be forced to roll with Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, and seventh-round rookie Kawaan Baker as their WR2/3/4 (not necessarily in that order), which isn’t the most ideal situation. Smith has been projected by many to have a breakout season but Saints fans are tired of hearing about him on the verge of a breakout when he hasn’t done much yet to merit that kind of discussion.

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Shepard would add an explosive playmaker to an offense that is one wide receiver away from being a scary unit. Adding someone to pair up with Michael Thomas needs to happen and Shepard is an excellent option to consider.