There was lots of wheeling-and-dealing done on Tuesday in addition to the free agency frenzy, and the team that made one of the biggest moves was the New Orleans Saints. After trading away their Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks, the Saints appear to be starting from scratch, and they are willing to talk to teams about almost every player on the roster.
Obviously Drew Brees is off limits, and it makes sense for the Saints to want to keep their most recent first round pick in Brandin Cooks, but what would it take to pry away some of their other assets?
There are a handful of guys who would fit great with the Jaguars, starting off with free safety Jairus Byrd. After signing a massive contract last offseason, Byrd only played 4 underwhelming games in 2014 for the Saints before injuries ended his season. He was considered the top overall free agent and one of the best safeties in the NFL only a year ago, and the Jaguars biggest position of need now might be that roaming free safety spot.
In addition to Byrd, the Jaguars could use the services of guys like wide receiver Kenny Stills and offensive lineman Terron Armstead. Stills is a quintessential slot receiver, and he’d be essentially a poor man’s version of acquiring Randall Cobb. He’s young and could develop into a fundamental part of the passing game. Armstead started at left tackle for the Saints last year, and he could be an effective and cheap swing tackle.
The Jaguars don’t want to give up draft picks, but they could probably dangle someone like Marcedes Lewis to replace Jimmy Graham. Lewis isn’t cheap, but he comes off the books after this year. Ultimately, I don’t see the Jaguars getting involved with the Saints in a trade scenario, but it’s worth kicking the tires and seeing if any deals make sense.
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