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6 most disappointing trades in New Orleans Saints history

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Trading Jimmy Graham in 2015

Aside from Drew Brees, there might not have been a more popular Saint between 2010-2014 than Jimmy Graham who the team spent a third-round pick on in the 2010 NFL Draft. Graham broke onto the scene in a big way in 2011, finishing his sophomore season with 99 receptions for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The big man from Miami continued putting up monster numbers over the next few years, collecting 982 yards in 2012, 1,215 yards in 2013, and 889 yards in 2014. To go along with those numbers, Graham caught nine touchdowns in 2012, an astounding 16 touchdowns in 2013, and had 10 touchdowns in 2014.

Yet, the Saints made a head-scratching decision and traded their star tight end to the Seahawks in the 2015 offseason, infuriating Who Dat Nation in the process.

This was not a popular decision made by the Saints, who received Seahawks center Max Unger and Seattle’s first-round pick in 2015, which turned into Stephone Anthony. Unger was a good player but Anthony was a complete and total bust.

While trading Graham was painful, his production did go down in Seattle. He had just one respectable season there before doing two more stints with Green Bay and Chicago, where he currently is rostered.

The Saints might have been onto something by trading Graham but it doesn’t mean this trade wasn’t a disappointment. He was one of the team’s best players at that point in time and fans were really upset with the decision to ship him away.

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