Saints corner Marshon Lattimore named as a needed trade piece for a contender

Marshon Lattimore is still with the New Orleans Saints but many people are still exploring the possibility of him being traded this offseason.
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The New Orleans Saints entered the 2024 offseason with rumors that they would trade star cornerback Marshon Lattimore. It’s now April, the month of the 2024 NFL Draft, and Lattimore is still a member of the Saints. However, that hasn’t stopped the speculation that he will be traded. To the speculators’ defense, New Orleans hasn’t done much to quiet the rumors.

At the Combine, when head coach Dennis Allen was asked about trade rumors surrounding Lattimore, Allen emphasized that he was important to the Saints and a part of the team right now, but seemingly left the door open, saying a lot could happen in the offseason.

With the door still open, everyone is exploring all of the Lattimore possibilities, including a trade to one of the best teams in the league. That’s what Maurice Moton did in a recent piece for Bleacher Report, naming one trade each contender should consider to fill their biggest weakness. New Orleans wasn’t viewed as a contender, but Marshon Lattimore was named as a player the Baltimore Ravens should trade for.

Marshon Lattimore named as a player Ravens should trade for

Moton highlighted how great of a defense Baltimore was last season, but pointed out that the Ravens lost defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald and key players like Jadeveon Clowney. Moton believes those loses can be addressed with the addition of an elite corner like Marshon Lattimore.

In order to pull of the trade, Moton suggested that Baltimore sends the Saints a middle- and late-round pick, similar to the Carlton Davis trade, where the Detroit Lions sent a third-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Davis and two sixth-round picks.

If Lattimore is ultimately traded, that’s likely what the package will look like. However, New Orleans shouldn’t trade Lattimore, at least not this offseason. He’s under contract for three more years, so it’s not like the Saints are at risk of losing him in free agency anytime soon. Additionally, New Orleans has been holding on to all of their other high-paid veterans. If the team isn’t going to reset completely, there’s no point in trading away Marshon Lattimore.