After a pretty slow offseason for the New Orleans Saints, Mickey Loomis shook things up by swapping a boatload of picks with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Per Adam Schefter, the trade entailed the Eagles shipping the No. 16 and No. 19 picks in the first round as long as the No. 194 pick in round six to New Orleans in exchange for picks 18, 101, and 237, next year’s first-rounder, and 2024’s second-rounder.
It’s a move that has fans speculating what’s to come for the black and gold. Let’s try to break it down a bit, shall we?
Mike Triplett of ESPN summed it up pretty well. He said that making this trade helps the team stay competitive this year while they wait for the cap to reset. Next year, when the team is without a first-rounder as a result of this trade, New Orleans will have the funds to bring in more high-impact players through free agency.
Ian Rapoport notes that the Saints’ rationale for making this deal is that it gives them three picks in the first 50 picks. This is important for a team with several holes to fill.
It could also be a move that they use to then package all of these picks to move up and nab someone. Fans kind of figured that the pursuit of a quarterback was out of the question once the team re-signed Jameis Winston but maybe there’s someone the Saints really like and might want to target now.
I’m hoping that the team holds onto these picks and takes advantage of having three picks in the top 50 and four picks in the top 100. If they feel it’s worth it to trade this many picks for a quarterback, however, then hey — It’d make things interesting, that’s for sure.
Who knows what the Saints’ real plan is with this deal and perhaps we’ll know more soon. For now, however, all we can do is sit back and see what Loomis, Dennis Allen, and company have in store.
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