Saints News: Unused quarterback Ian Book evidently has value around the league
The New Orleans Saints defeated the Jaguars on Monday night and during the game, which was broadcasted on ESPN, an interesting bit of information was revealed.
While Taysom Hill was still on the field trying to outdo the magic Jameis Winston performed earlier in the night, the Monday Night Football broadcast team started talking about fourth-round rookie Ian Book. During that discussion, Steve Levy made a remark about how there have been teams that have called the Saints about Book.
Now, whether or not this is true is unknown at this point but it definitely caught the attention of many people in Who Dat Nation.
Are teams interested in trading for NOLA Saints QB Ian Book?
Maybe this is one of those situations where the Saints “leaked” that information because they want to stir up interest in Book. After all, the quarterback battle is between Hill and Winston with Book likely serving as a third-stringer this year. They also have Trevor Siemian on their roster so trading Book wouldn’t be an impossible scenario.
Would teams really be interested in Book, though? He’s a rookie out of Notre Dame who probably isn’t ready to start anytime soon. The Saints spending a fourth-round selection on him was a bit surprising, as he looked to be someone who would go a bit later on Day 3.
Book’s senior season saw him through for 2,830 yards, 15 touchdowns, and three interceptions while dashing for 485 yards and nine more scores on the ground. He’s very much the quarterback Sean Payton has seemed to like in recent years and compares more to someone like Hill than Winston.
This comment could have been one made as small talk and the MNF team not really thinking anything of it but Saints fans’ ears definitely perked up. Trading Book might not be something the Saints are actually interested in but if teams are interested, it’d definitely be something to explore.