"After" One Season, The Jimmy Graham Trade Has To Be The Least Enticing HIgh Profile Trade In Recent Memory
Well, with Jimmy Graham officially out for the season, and the Saints looking like they have officially packed it in for the season, I guess we can slam the gavel and give a verdict on the biggest trade of the NFL offseason. No seriously, remember when this was considered a blockbuster? Now it couldn't break the lineup at your local AMC. Shit, this exchange has proved to be so ugly that I wouldn't even watch it midday at a drive-in theatre. Regardless, the case for both sides has been thrown out of court, and not even federal court. This trade was so irrelevant that it couldn't even get five seconds of burn on 'The People's Court'. Even the court of public opinion is like "nah, were good". This wouldn't even be worthy of small talk over a slice of 'Sbarro' at you're nearest food court, never mind worthy of actual, legitimate sports chatter.
I know that trading a superstar isn't done with the short term in mind. Obviously it was about more than success in 2015. The Saints needed to unload contracts and get younger (i.e. cheaper), and accomplished both by moving their most effective offensive weapon over the course of the last 5 years. Still, with the present being all that we have to judge off of, it's fair to say that it's been an unmitigated disaster for both teams. The Seahawks turned one of the most potent offensive weapons, and formidable mismatches, in NFL history into a player that is mediocre at a position thats hardly littered with high end talent. Meanwhile the Saints placed a Pro Bowl caliber center in the middle of an offensive line that may very well get Drew Brees killed before he has a chance to finish this train wreck of a season. Sure, Stephone Anthony's emergence has been encouraging, but at the end of the day, he's just the leading tackler on potentially the worst defense in NFL history. Again, the future may prove otherwise, but right now the mere thought of this trade leaves me stone faced and apathetic. The entirety of this Saints team might as well have the same torn patellar tendon as Jimmy Graham, because they are equally as likely to accomplish anything of note over the next 5 games.