Bleacher Report predicts an eventful season for the Saints in the worst way

The New Orleans Saints are entering a big season for the franchise, but some experts are predicting that the season will be dramatic for all the wrong reasons.
Atlanta Falcons v New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons v New Orleans Saints / Chris Graythen/GettyImages

The New Orleans Saints are entering the 2024 season with their backs against the wall. Regardless of the messages the franchise sends out, it’s pretty clear that this year will be a make-or-break season for New Orleans. The Saints have missed the playoffs for three straight years, and another mediocre season will likely lead to a drastic shakeup for the franchise.

Unfortunately, experts are predicting that the shakeup is more likely than New Orleans righting the ship. In a recent Bleacher Report piece, making bold predictions for the 2024 NFL trade deadline, Brad Gagnon predicted that the Saints will finally blow things up at the deadline.

Saints predicted to start rebuild at 2024 trade deadline

Gagnon perfectly described New Orleans’ reality, saying, “the Saints are again just hanging by a cap thread while in football purgatory: not a contender, not a bottom-feeder.” He went on to emphasize that their chances of winning a Super Bowl are extremely low, but winning between seven and nine games again also won’t be shocking. However, Gagnon, like many others, expects 2024 to be the team’s last chance before accepting the need for a rebuild.

"If they're out of the picture by the end of October, I'd expect Mickey Loomis and Co. to make guys like Derek Carr, Alvin Kamara, Cameron Jordan, Ryan Ramczyk and Marshon Lattimore available."

Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report)

This seems like a reality; whether it’s at the trade deadline or after the season, if the Saints can’t get it together, the franchise will be saying goodbye to a lot of familiar faces. It also doesn’t help that New Orleans has a tough start to the schedule. A losing streak could accelerate the inevitable.

This is why the Saints need a strong training camp. They have to start the season swinging, ready to compete with the best teams in the league. If they can’t prove they are on that level, New Orleans is going to look extremely different moving forward.