Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report put together a list of one trade every NFL team should make ahead of the season and while it wasn’t his entry for the Saints, he said the Cardinals should send Hicks to New Orleans.
"By moving Hicks, the Cardinals can save nearly $3 million and add an extra draft asset. The Saints, meanwhile, want to improve at linebacker and recently brought in Kwon Alexander for a visit, according to Adam Schefter."
Hicks is expendable in Arizona now that the Cardinals added Zaven Collins to tag team with Isaiah Simmons at the linebacker position. Hicks is a good player but he’s not great and that’s why he could be made available throughout training camp and preseason activities.
There’s no doubt that the Saints could benefit greatly from having Hicks on their team. The dude is a tackling machine, having notched over 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons. He’s not someone the team should rely on to rush the passer but that wouldn’t be why he was brought in.
Hicks is also durable, starting all 32 games over the past two years. He’d fit in well with what the Saints are looking for.
Would a trade for Jordan Hicks make sense for the New Orleans Saints?
The Saints had Kwon Alexander in for a visit not long ago but no deal has been agreed to, unfortunately. This means that the Saints are still searching for a sure fire starter to pair with Demario Davis.
After the first day of practice, Davis was joined by Kaden Elliss and Zack Baun on the starting team with rookie Pete Werner swapping in with Baun later on. Hicks would give the Saints a guy who is used to starting and could help out enough to open things up for Davis to be the monster that we all know he can be.
This is a trade that was proposed for the Cardinals but since it involved the Saints, it made perfect sense to write about it. Hicks would bring a veteran linebacker to New Orleans and he’d instantly help out at a position of need.
With Hicks not being a superstar, the Saints might not have to pony up much to land him either. This is certainly something that could happen and should happen. Here’s to hoping.