One of the biggest storylines following the New Orleans Saints this offseason is their lack of depth at the cornerback position. Actually, their cornerback position overall isn’t great and fans have been waiting for the team to do something at the position.
They drafted Stanford product Paulson Adebo in the third round of this year’s draft but relying on a rookie to come in and dominate from Day 1 isn’t a likely scenario.
As of now, Adebo joins Marshon Lattimore and Patrick Robinson as the starters for the Saints. Lattimore has been good in the past but he’s definitely declined in production. Robinson is past his prime and is better suited in a backup role but this is what the Saints have to work with, unfortunately.
All of that being said, there is one option that could take the Saints from lackluster in the cornerback department to one of the best in the league and that’s trading for Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins.
The Saints would be a Super Bowl contender with Xavien Howard on board.
While trading for Howard would take a lot from the Saints, it’d more than be worth whatever the asking price is. The Saints don’t have much dough but Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report said they could offer a 2022 first-round pick for Howard. This seems like a low-ball offer and it’s doubtful the Dolphins would accept such a deal.
Bob Rose of Sports Illustrated wrote an article with five players the Saints could offer up if they were to seriously go in for Howard. Those players consisted of Marcus Davenport, Cameron Jordan, Tre’Quan Smith, Latavius Murray, and Marshon Lattimore. The Dolphins obviously aren’t going to want Davenport or Murray on their own but pairing them with one or two of these other options, it could tip the scale in their favor.
The question then becomes — Is trading Jordan worth it? Jordan is still one of the best in the league at his position. He’s older than Howard, yes, but still playing really good football.
Depending on what New Orleans had to give up to land Howard in a trade, this would be a move that could make them relevant in the NFC South again. It’ll be tough to slow down the speedy Bucs’ passing attack but Lattimore and Howard are the perfect duo to do just that.
Not only would the Saints be relevant again in their own division, but they’d also be Super Bowl contenders once again. This is a testament to how good Howard is considering that the Saints have a new quarterback taking over and people are sleeping on them as a result of that.
If the New Orleans Saints can figure out a way to get Xavien Howard to the Big Easy, they would be factors in the NFC South again and their Super Bowl odds would steadily increase.