The Malcolm Butler saga is still far from over. Still, the Saints have a pressing need at Cornerback right now, and no certain player to vill that void on the roster in 2017. If the Saints and Patriots cannot work out a trade to bring the talented Cornerback to New Orleans before the regular season, that doesn’t mean they won’t trade for a different big-named defensive star.
Richard Sherman has been a cornerstone of the Seattle Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” for five years now. However, there has been talk that the Seahawks are listening to trade offer on the polarizing player, and the Saints could be in the mix.
Sherman is under contract for $22 million dollars over the next two seasons, but the Saints still have plenty of cap flexibility this year after the release of Safety Jairus Byrd. The Seahawks are reportedly placing a high price on Sherman’s services, but it’s possible a trade could materialize between the two teams.
Like New England, the Seahawks are another organization with a recent history of trading with the Saints, most notably with the Jimmy Graham/Max Unger swap two years ago. The two teams’ history along with the obvious fit at Cornerback for the Saints have actually led Bookmaker.eu to list the Saints as the betting favorite for Sherman’s team in 2017:
New Orleans Saints +300
Oakland Raiders +400
Atlanta Falcons +500
Dallas Cowboys +550
Tennessee Titans +600
Seattle Seahawks +800
Jacksonville Jaguars +1200
Green Bay Packers +1600
New England Patriots +3000
It’s interesting to see there that they have the odds as more likely that Sherman plays for the Saints in 2017 than him simply staying put in Seattle for another season.
At worst, the existence of these rumors help give the Saints flexibility in working out a trade with New England and would keep Mickey Loomis from being forced to meet the Patriots’ demands for Malcolm Butler.