What would a Marshon Lattimore trade look like for the Saints?

Rumors have been swirling that the New Orleans Saints could trade Marshon Lattimore this offseason. What kind of package should the Saints expect for Lattimore?

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There are several different storylines surrounding the New Orleans Saints this offseason. One of the biggest stroylines is Marshon Lattimore’s future with the team. The veteran cornerback has found himself at the center of trade rumors, despite having three seasons remaining on his contract. With the offseason just getting started, it’s unclear what direction the Saints will go with Lattimore.

Head coach Dennis Allen’s recent comments on the speculation surrounding his star cornerback only added fuel to the fire. Allen emphasized that Lattimore is an important part of the team that helps them win games, but he also used the words “right now,” while also expressing that a lot can happen in an NFL season.

It seems like a possible trade is on the table. That begs the question: what will New Orleans get in return if it does trade Marshon Lattimore?

What can Saints expect in return for Marshon Lattimore?

Oftentimes, the best way to project what’s ahead is to look back. In other words, we can gauge what a trade package for Marshon Lattimore would look like by looking at some recent cornerback trades. The most recent cornerback trades with corners near Lattimore’s level happened in 2023.

Rasul Douglas, who Lattimore is better than, was traded with a fifth-round pick from the Green Bay Packers to the Buffalo Bills for a third-round pick. Jalen Ramsey, who is better than Lattimore, was traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Miami Dolphins for tight end Hunter Long and a third-round pick.

Based on those two trades, a third-round draft pick could be in play for the Saints. However, the pick would have to be in the 2025 NFL Draft. If Marshon Lattimore is traded before the 2024 Draft, the Saints would have a $30.4 million dead cap hit. It makes more sense to wait until after June 1, when the trade would only leave New Orleans with $13.4 million in dead cap.

These are the factors that go into a trade, but Lattimore could, of course, ultimately remain with the Saints.