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6 most disappointing trades in New Orleans Saints history

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Trading for Billy Newsome in 1973

Now we’ll jump back further to the 1973 offseason when the Saints made the decision to send their first-round pick — which was the second overall selection — to the Baltimore Colts in exchange for defensive end, Billy Newsome and a fourth-round pick. Newsome had been awesome in Baltimore, totaling 22.5 sacks through his first three seasons so at the time, the trade didn’t seem too bad.

Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out for New Orleans, as Newsome played just two seasons for them before moving on. He played in 27 games during that time and 14 sacks.

Meanwhile, the Colts spent their first-round pick on LSU quarterback Bert Jones, who went on to play for a decade in the NFL with nine of those seasons being spent in Baltimore. The Saints didn’t need a quarterback, as they had Archie Manning but Jones went on to win MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 1976 so it still stings.

Newsome fizzled out of the league by the end of the 1977 season and the Saints always looked back on this trade with regret. Even if they didn’t need Jones, they could have gotten an impact player for their struggling team with that second overall pick such as Jerry Sisemore, Dave Butz, or Charle Young.

But instead, they traded it away for Newsome, who did very little and wasn’t worth giving up the second overall pick for. What a disappointing trade for the Saints.