A massive trade proposal has the New Orleans Saints adding another big-named player to their elite defensive unit.
Despite a plethora of injuries on both sides of the ball, the Saints featured one of football’s best defenses in 2022. They ranked fifth in yards (314.8 allowed per game) and ninth in scoring (20.3 points allowed per game).
General manager Mickey Loomis bolstered the unit by drafting defensive linemen Bryan Bresee (Clemson) and Isaiah Foskey (Notre Dame) with their first and second round seletions, respectively.
But what if New Orleans added one of the game’s top defensive tackles in Ed Oliver to further improve a scary-good defense?
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At NFL Analysis Network, Kenneth Teape proposed a blockbuster trade idea in which the Saints land Oliver from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a 2024 fifth-rounder plus a 2025 third-round selection:
“If the Saints wanted to get aggressive in upgrading the defensive line, they could check in on the availability of Ed Oliver of the Buffalo Bills. Oliver is heading into the final season of his rookie contract and extension talks between him and the team haven’t seemed to get very far…
For the Saints, they would be getting a major upgrade for the interior of their defensive line with Oliver. While he hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations of being the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, he is a solid, durable player that missed the first regular season games of his career in Year 4.”
The 25-year-old Oliver is entering the final year of his contract with the Bills, who picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie deal last year. Buffalo selected the Houston defensive tackle ninth overall back in the 2019 Draft.
With Tom Brady retired, the defending NFC South champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a giant question mark at quarterback. The division is wide open, so trading for a stud defensive tackle like Oliver would go a long way in maximizing the Saints’ playoff hopes.
Through his first four NFL seasons, Oliver has 14.5 sacks, 11 pass defenses, 30 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.