As we get deeper into the offseason, it’s time to start speculating about potential moves the New Orleans Saints could or should make. With that in mind, Bleacher Report recently published a piece on an ideal trade scenario for each of the 32 NFL teams. Some are a little unrealistic (like the New York Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr or the Detroit Lions trading away Matthew Stafford), but the scenario for the Saints isn’t too farfetched:
The New Orleans Saints are in superb shape and low on cash, which is why Saints fans might want to limit their expectations when it comes to ideal offseason scenarios on any market.
Still, they could use a strong presence at the tight end position, and it just so happens the Colts have two high-quality players entering contract years in that spot. Eric Ebron might not be available following his breakout 13-touchdown season there, but that campaign might make Jack Doyle a little more expendable.
Doyle was limited to just six games due to injury in 2018, but he’s caught at least 74 percent of the passes thrown his way in three straight seasons, he’s scored 11 touchdowns since 2016 and is a strong blocker.
The Colts would be smart to get something for the 28-year-old now, while the Saints have plenty of room for a player like that.
Potential trade: Saints acquire Doyle from Colts in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.
With Benjamin Watson set to enter retirement, the Saints could surely use help at the tight end position. Whether it’s via the draft, trade, or free agency, it’s almost a certainty that the Saints do something to address the Watson-sized hole left in the group of Saints pass-catchers. Jack Doyle could very well be the answer, but the Saints front office could still have nightmares about the last former Colts tight end they brought in to replace Watson.
If not Doyle, other possible names to keep in mind through free agency or trades are Jesse James, Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft, Richard Rodgers, and Garrett Celek.