Saints could be center of trade deadline rumors if they don't start winning

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints / Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints could be looked at by other teams to be picked apart if they don't turn it around, and some already feel the Saints should be selling.

The NFL trade deadline is always interesting. Sure, it may not be as chaotic as the NBA, or MLB trade deadlines, but there's never any shortage of rumors anyway. It'll be interesting to see if the New Orleans Saints choose to buy, sell or hold given their sort of limbo state to this point in the 2023 NFL season. That said, talking heads are already starting to manifest pieces of the Saints becoming available to "contenders". Yes, the quotes are on purpose, and you'll see why,

Like the NBA, rumors around trade deadline time are usually supposed to be meant for contenders, but when it comes to talking heads on television and elsewhere, it's usually reserved for those teams that'll bring the most attention. For the NBA it's the Los Angeles Lakers and for the NFL it's the Dallas Cowboys.

With Skip Bayless being the grand poobah of Undisputed on FS1, the Cowboys are always at the forefront of discussion. With Shannon Sharpe now at ESPN, the show seems to be treading water with the new crew. Still, Sharpe or not, they're going to make sure the Cowboys get their shine. This time, it comes at the Saints expense as it surrounds Michael Thomas.

Sure, never mind that the Cowboys are battered in the trenches and bolster a wide receiver room that features CeeDee Lamb, former Saint Brandin Cooks and Michael Gallup, but go off.

Taking the Cowboys part out of it, the meat and potatoes of this issue is that if the Saint don't turn it around, they're going to be in the center of trade deadline rumors as sellers, even if that's never been their forte. That would be an annoyance Saints fans would have to deal with all week.

Make no mistake, the New Orleans Saints are very much alive, but a lot of it has to do with the NFC South. Still, if they want these potential distractions to be minimized, the only cure is to win.