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Several star NFL players could be on the move, would the New Orleans Saints make a move?

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Jalen Ramsey in NOLA? What about Jamal Adams? Is it possible?

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The NBA is either loved or hated because of the power their star players have occupied over the last decade. In response, teams are willing now more than ever to abide by their players wishes to avoid a PR nightmare, and keep a happy and distraction-free locker room.

There are those that go against those mindsets, however, and use contracts as overall leverage, banking on a player not risking salary or sometimes being away from the game they love. There are a plethora of examples that represent both sides.

The NFL for the most part has been able to escape this new-age form of player empowerment. With the lack of fully guaranteed contracts and the annual parity rearrangements, the NFL has always had a leg up on its players. Players have spoken for decades about the control the NFL owners and franchises have over their players.

There’s no punishment other than a meager cap hit on most occasions when teams decide to move on from players. The players, however, can be subject to fines, suspensions, and relationship damaging criticism. Some may chalk this up to the standard boss/employee dynamic that will never change, others believe it’s only a matter of time before the players force a switch.

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There’s a possibility those days are slowly approaching, especially with star-caliber talents. Some trade requests are met swiftly depending on age, time served, and possible futures, with Antonio Brown being the perfect case this past offseason. Others are talked to or convinced to consider returning as in Patrick Peterson’s circumstance last season.

You have others that hold out without a resolution or demanded compensation in sight as with Melvin Gordon, Trent Williams, and Le’Veon Bell.

2018 first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick threw his hat in the ring by requesting a trade last week in the mass exodus camp that is currently the Miami Dolphins. After a fantastic rookie season, the idea that any team would trade a talent like Fitzpatrick in year two of a team-friendly rookie deal would have been unbelievable years ago.

In today’s age, however, reports quickly came out what the dolphins wanted as a return and all the suitors that were in play.

Fitzpatrick was soon traded Monday to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 first round pick. As Fitzpatrick was on the market several New Orleans Saints fans and analysts mentioned the Saints as a possible home for the former Alabama standout.

But before followers could even wonder if the Saints would budge on moving additional future assets there was another supremely talented former first round pick defensive back unhappy and requesting a trade.

Ramsey would make a lot of sense in the big easy especially considering the pressure it would take off of currently number one cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who had a rough day at the office Sunday against the Rams.

Adding Ramsey would give the Saints arguably the best defensive back tandem in the NFL and one of the best man to man tag teams the league has seen in quite a while —at least on paper. How the Saints could afford Ramsey especially considering the future long term contracts they already have will have to look at, is an entirely different story. But if it’s one thing we’ve learned about General Manager Mickey Loomis —never let money overwhelm your concern.

Picturing Ramsey in a Saints uniform yet? Well, hold on, because there’s ANOTHER possibly unhappy stud of a first-round pick who plays defensive back.

Could this be smoke? Or just an unhappy star playing showing frustration after an 0-2 start and a reported benching that Adams later confirmed?

We haven’t heard anything in regards to Adams requesting a formal trade and there was even a tweet from CBS Sports Jason La Canfora downplaying Adams’ social media actions. Either way, time will tell as things change by the hour in the NFL and lately —by the role change.

But if there is fire we all know Adams’ open love and appreciation for the Saints over the past few years, and no matter what you think of the Saints’ safety talents, you can bet they’ll take player like Adams without hesitation if they could afford him.

What’s unknown is if the Saints would make any offers damning their farm and future draft stock with the recent injury to Drew Brees which could possibly bring more losses than the Saints prepared for this season. And if they were to make an offer, would they possess enough attractable assets for a team like Jacksonville or New York to pull the trigger?

It will all be interesting to watch, be sure to comment below and stake your claim on what you think the Saints should do. Can they afford either Ramsey or Adams? What would you be willing to offer? And if you had to pick one which superstar would you rather have?