New Orleans Saints should steer clear of trading for Cole Beasley

Cole Beasley (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
Cole Beasley (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images) /

As badly as the New Orleans Saints need established wide receivers in 2022, Cole Beasley isn’t the answer.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Bills have reportedly granted soon-to-be 33-year-old wideout permission to seek a trade. Beasley is coming off a season in which he had 82 receptions for 693 yards and a touchdown through 16 games and eight starts.

Beasley has been in Buffalo the past three years and has done well with Josh Allen as his quarterback. In 2020, he also had 82 receptions and finished with 967 yards and four touchdowns.

New Orleans Saints should pass on trading for Cole Beasley.

My big issue with trading for Beasley is that he’s aging and has benefitted from having one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He averaged just 8.5 yards per reception in spite of Allen being his quarterback and that’s yet another to shy away from him.

Another big reason why NOLA should avoid a trade for the Bills wideout is that they’d take on a $6.1 million cap hit if they were to land him. This is money the Saints can’t afford to take on, especially not for a guy who will turn 33 in April. If this was a younger option, it might be a different story but that’s not the case here.

The Saints have a chance to add an explosive playmaker in the draft and that’s the route they should go in. Beasley might have been a decent wide receiver during his time in Buffalo but his age paired with the $6.1 million cap hit makes him someone the black and gold should absolutely steer clear of.

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Trading for Beasley probably wasn’t a realistic option for New Orleans but if there’s any chance they trade for him, hopefully they use common sense and go in another direction. That $6.1 million could be put to much better use.