Saints named a potential suitor for a former top-drafted quarterback

As the NFL offseason continues to unfold, the New Orleans Saints have been circled as a team that could target a once highly-coveted quarterback.

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A lot has already happened around the NFL this offseason, but it’s far from over. The 2024 NFL Draft hasn’t even happened yet. Additionally, there are still quite a few high-profile free agents available. That means there will be several more big moves before next season finally arrives.

Will the New Orleans Saints be involved in any of those big moves? The offseason has been relatively quiet for the Saints so far, with their biggest move being the signing of Chase Young. However, there are still floating rumors that New Orleans could trade Marshon Lattimore, as well as speculation about the Saints adding a veteran receiver.

One move that the Saints were recently attached to was the acquisition of a former top-drafted quarterback. Cody Benjamin, in a recent piece for CBS Sports, explored some of the league’s trade rumors. One of the discussed players was New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. Benjamin went on to name New Orleans as one of three potential suitors for Wilson.

Saints named as potential option for Zach Wilson

Benjamin acknowledged that there isn’t a strong market for Wilson, but did say, “at just 24 with dual-threat traits, Wilson could be a low-risk reclamation project for a contender.” The NFL world has seen similar trades recently with Justin Fields sent to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kenny Pickett traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, and Mac Jones shipped to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Zach Wilson to the New Orleans Saints could be next, or to the Kansas City Chiefs or the Los Angeles Rams, as they were also named as suitors. Whatever team it is, it seems extremely unlikely that the 2021 No. 2 overall pick will remain with the Jets team that he spent the last three seasons with. With New York, Wilson started 33 of the 34 games he played in, completing 57% of his passes for 6,293 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions.

New Orleans has Derek Carr locked in as its starter, but the quarterback room behind him is a little sketchy. The Saints recently signed Nathan Peterman, who’s probably just an extension of the coaching staff, and they still have Jake Haener, who is an unknown as a player. Adding Wilson to the mix doesn’t seem unreasonable, but it also doesn’t accomplish much.