3 Saints players who likely played their final game with the organization
2. Tre’Quan Smith
It’s disappointing to think what could have been for Tre’Quan Smith in New Orleans and he showed on Sunday what Sean Payton and company saw in him when taking him in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He had a great game, hauling in five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown, making it his best game of the season.
Smith’s best season during his time with the Saints honestly might have been his rookie season, when he had 427 receiving yards and five touchdowns through 15 games. The fact that a 427 yard-five touchdown campaign is the best season for a guy who went in the third round isn’t ideal.
Simply put — New Orleans expected more from Smith and he didn’t deliver. He never emerged as anything more than a WR3 during his time in the Big Easy and that’s why I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he’s played the final game of his Saints career.
That being said, the free-agent wide receiver market isn’t all that promising. If the Saints aren’t impressed with anyone there, they could opt to re-sign Smith and add a receiver or two in the draft to help Michael Thomas out when he returns, hopefully fully healthy, in 2022.
For now, however, it feels likely that Smith played his final game as a member of the Saints.