Pros and cons to NOLA Saints potentially trading for Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Kadarius Toney (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Another wide receiver could be available via trade; this time, it’s Giants’ 2021 first-round pick, Kadarius Toney. The NOLA Saints might make sense as a landing spot for Toney.

Toney, a standout at Florida, appeared in 10 games for the G-Men as a rookie, recording 39 catches for 420 yards but failed to find the end zone. Saints fans saw how dominant Toney can be at the pro level, as the rookie went for 78 yards on six catches in the embarrassing Week 4 loss to New York.

According to Pat Leonard, however, the Giants might already be willing to part ways with their young receiver.

Obviously, one has to wonder what would drive a team to trade a talented player just one year into his career. Injuries were a problem for Toney in 2021 but that can’t be the only reason New York wants to move on from him already.

The New Orleans Saints know what it’s like not to have good talent at wide receiver, so of course, they’re going to be looped in as contenders to trade for Toney.

Why don’t we look at the pros and cons of doing so?

Pros of NOLA Saints trading for Kadarius Toney

The pro here is that Toney would give the Saints two solid starting options at wide receiver, as the Florida product would team up with Michael Thomas and they’d be a nice duo to have. Marquez Callaway could be the WR3 and that’d be a much better situation than the Saints were in last year or even the year before that, for that matter.

Toney is entering just the second year of his career so he’s still on his rookie contract and he’s only 23 years old. That’d give New Orleans plenty of time to decide if they want to keep him past his rookie deal or if they’d want to move on after his contract is up.

Cons of NOLA Saints trading for Kadarius Toney

The biggest one is that he battled injuries last year and that’s not ideal for a team who didn’t have their WR1 for the entire 2021 season due to injuries. Do they want two injury-prone starting wideouts?

Toney probably wouldn’t command anything higher than a third-round pick due to his injury history and the fact that the team is already moving on from him, so there must be something deeper. The Saints could afford that but what if the Giants want a player in return? The trade is something that could end up being a negative, especially with NOLA needing all of the picks they can get.

Is Kadarius Toney worthy of a trade?

At the end of the day, it’s hard to say if this is something the Saints should pull the trigger on. On the one hand, Toney showed a lot of potential on the field but the injuries aren’t something to overlook.

If New Orleans were to throw their hat into the Toney trade ring, they shouldn’t give up anything more than maybe a third-round pick.

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