Could the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans still be trade partners?
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about Jon Robinson or “Trader Jon“. Many people (myself included) believe that the Tennessee Titans are poised for a trade down out of the top five.
The New Orleans Saints should have a great familiarity for the Tennessee Titans GM, because just a few weeks ago they discussing a trade for Brandin Cooks. However, just because that deal couldn’t get done, doesn’t mean that another one can’t be made.
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In case you don’t know, the Saints have also been in contact with the New England Patriots about Malcolm Butler their cornerback. However, if a player was suddenly available on the Patriots roster I am not sure I would trust it.
If they really do want a cornerback, maybe the Tennessee Titans are the team they should call.
This is a proposed trade that I think makes a lot of sense between both teams.
New Orleans Saints get: 5th overall pick (Marshon Lattimore CB, Ohio State), 164th overall pick.
Tennessee Titans get: 11th overall pick, 42nd overall pick
That might seem underwhelming for the Tennessee Titans but it is nearly perfect value according to the Drafttek trade chart.
The New Orleans Saints end up with the top cornerback in the draft and instantly solve that problem on their defense. Even after this trade they still have a first round pick from the New England Patriots to grab more defensive help.
In exchange the Tennessee Titans end up with:
11th overall: Solomon Thomas EDGE, Stanford
18th overall: Gareon Conley CB, Ohio State
42nd overall: Zay Jones WR, ECU
So, the Saints end up with a cornerback that they can be a franchise player for them and also help them win now. While the Titans get a:
-Versatile, freaky athletic and productive pass rusher
-A solid CB2 with CB1 upside
-A cheaper more productive version of Mike Williams.
Who wins this trade and who would say no? Everyone seems to get exactly what they need.