6 most disappointing trades in New Orleans Saints history

Leigh Oleszczak
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The New Orleans Saints have made many disappointing trades in the organization’s storied history. Let’s take a look at the six most disappointing. 

Trades can make teams better but it comes with a risk. Will the players the team parted ways with go on to do great things and be better than the player the team traded for? That’s the risk that comes with making a trade and the New Orleans Saints have had their fair share of disappointments when it comes to trades.

We’ll take a look at six of those disappointing trades today. Perhaps it was disappointing because of what the team gave up to acquire said player or maybe because the player was a fan favorite. Either way, these six trades made the cut. Check ’em out!

Trading Akiem Hicks in 2015

The Saints spent a third-round pick on Regina’s Akiem Hicks in the 2012 NFL Draft and he played for them for three full seasons and was traded to the Patriots in his fourth and final year. Hicks had 6.5 sacks through 48 games in New Orleans but the team wasn’t going anywhere in 2015.

In exchange, New Orleans received tight end Michael Hoomanawanui who had just 17 catches for 128 yards and four touchdowns through 18 games. He was out of the Big Easy and the entire league after 2017 while Hicks is still going strong as a member of the Bears.

The Saints could have used Hicks’ pass-rushing ability but they gave up on him too quickly and for nothing more than a backup tight end.