New Orleans Saints should consider trading for Austin Seibert

Austin Seibert (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Austin Seibert (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints have been dealing with kicker woes this summer but they might be able to temporarily solve it by trading for current Bengals kicker Austin Seibert.

Before we dive into more of why this would make sense for New Orleans, let’s jump into why the Saints are in the predicament they’re currently in.

It started with Wil Lutz’s injury, which is going to keep him out for at least the first quarter of the season, if not longer. The Saints signed Brett Maher to fill in temporarily for Lutz, but Maher was injured after one preseason game, so New Orleans was hoping that third time was a charm with Aldrick Rosas, their third kicker of the offseason.

Rosas missed an extra point during the Saints’ win over Jacksonville and considering that was previously his strength (he went 9-for-9 on extra points with the Jaguars in 2020) isn’t a great sign moving forward.

Now, to the point of this article.

Seibert spent the last half of 2020 on the Bengals’ roster and connected on all eight extra points he attempted while missing two of his eight attempted field goals. He was in a battle with rookie Evan McPherson this summer but the rookie has wowed in Cincinnati and is going to win the job there.

This leaves Seibert on the outside looking in and while it’s obvious he won’t make the Bengals’ roster, they still allowed him to make kicks during Sunday’s game. This could be to put him on display if a team wants to trade for him and the Saints should consider being that team.

Austin Seibert makes sense for New Orleans Saints

With the third and final preseason game canceled due to Hurricane Ida, we didn’t get another chance to see what Rosas could do, making the kicker decision even more difficult. The Saints won’t need this kicker for the entire season, as Lutz is hopefully going to be able to return but Seibert is an option who could make sense for them.

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We’ve seen games can be won or lost by kicking woes and the Saints need all the help they can get this year. Trading for Austin Seibert would make them better at the position.