Would the Saints agree to this trade package that sends Marshon Lattimore to the AFC?

The New Orleans Saints have made it clear that Marshon Lattimore could be moved for the right trade package, so what exactly is the right compensation?
Sep 18, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23)
Sep 18, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

One conversation that has surrounded the New Orleans Saints all off-season is the talk about whether star cornerback Marshon Lattimore will be traded or not. After a couple of vague statements, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has made it clear that the team isn’t actively trying to trade Lattimore, but he has also said that everyone is tradeable for the right package.

That brings up the question, what is the right package? Marshon Lattimore, soon to be 28 years old, is a really good cornerback with three years remaining on his contract. He’s also due over $50 million over the final three years of the contract. These are all important factors when determining what a good trade package for Lattimore would be.

Alex Kay, in a recent piece for Bleacher Report, looking at five trades that should happen before the season, put together a hypothetical package from the Houston Texans. In this proposed trade, Lattimore was sent to Houston, and New Orleans received a 2025 third-round pick. Is that the kind of package Mickey Loomis is hoping for?

Bleacher Report proposes Saints send Marshon Lattimore to Texans for third-round pick

If it’s a team that’s willing to come and get Lattimore, the Texans make sense. After realizing they have something special in CJ Stroud, tasting some postseason success during his rookie year, Houston has been all in this offseason, acquiring elite veterans. Alex Kay highlighted that, so it definitely makes sense that the Texans would be willing to trade away a third-round pick for three years of Marshon Lattimore.

The Saints are the question mark in the equation; are they willing to move Lattimore for a third? If they aren’t, they truly have no intentions to trade Marshon Lattimore. In recent years, a third-round pick has been established as the compensation for top cornerbacks. New Orleans is unlikely to get anything more than that.

Surely, Loomis and the Saints understand that. That’s probably why Loomis has said that he prefers to keep Lattimore in New Orleans, unless an irresistible offer comes across the table. In other words, it’ll probably take more than the normal third-round pick for he Saints to say goodbye to Marshon Lattimore.