Rich Eisen was interviewing Jay Glazer on his show about the Saints interest in Patrick Peterson. Glazer had confirmed the Saints’ interest and he said coach Sean Payton was actively looking for cornerback help. Seconds later Rich’s phone goes off and he turns to Glazer, asking him if he had heard that the Giants were trading Eli Apple to the Saints.
Adam Schefter is my first source saying it is so.
Giants trading Eli Apple to the Saints, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2018
The former Ohio State 5 Star prospect was drafted 10th overall by the Giants in the 2016 NFL Draft. As of week 7 in 2018 Eli has one interception, twenty pass defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, with 123 tackles. Of note is the fact that Apple was suspended by the Giants, for the 2017 finale for arguing with the coaches. Tensions were also high between Apple and his teammates. Teammate safety Landon Collins said Eli just needs to grow up. Hopefully he has.
In 2018 Apple has started 5 games, defending 5 passes, had 20 tackle and 3 assist, with one forced fumble and no interceptions.
The Saints have about 2 mil in cap space and Eli Apple’s cap hit for 2018 was $4,132,451. Of course some of that has already been paid through the first 7 games, but Mickey Loomis may have to massage some other contracts to make the necessary cap space.
Cap info update. Apple cost the Saints $1074,990 this year and 2.51 mil next. Saints can also pick up his 5th year option in 2020. It is also reported that the Saints are giving their up their 4th round in 2019 and a 7th in 2020.
How do you like dem (Eli) Apples Saints fans?
Saints traded a 4th-round pick in 2019 and a 7th in 2020 for former Giants’ CB Eli Apple, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2018
Saints are on the hook for $1,074,990 of Apple’s salary this year.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) October 23, 2018
2019: $2.51 million (fully guaranteed)
Saints will have until first week of May 2019 to decide to pick up his 2020 fifth-year option
How do you feel about the Saints’ acquisition of Eli Apple?
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Great trade, Championship!!!
Good trade, they now have a legit No. 2 corner opposite Lattimore
Meh, he was struggling in New York
Terrible trade, a 4th and a 7th round pick is too much
I like it, it’s like trading for a 4-star burger with bacon