According to TheMMQB.com’s Peter King, Schneider said he then broached the topic of Jimmy Graham and eventually the two parties agreed on the trade that sent Graham and a fourth-round pick to Seattle in exchange for center Max Unger and a first-round pick.
Schneider was initially weary of surrendering the pick, but he told King his team only has first-round grades on 16 players. So, with Seattle picking 31st, he felt he was essentially surrendering a second rounder.
The inside-baseball aspect of this is interesting in itself. But it also hits on two levels locally since it is widely rumored New Orleans is shopping wide receiver Kenny Stills.
King didn’t name names, so it’s entirely possible Stills was not one of the two receivers Loomis brought up. Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston, Brandon Coleman, Seantavius Jones, Nick Toon, Jalen Saunders, Willie Snead, and Andy Tanner are also on the roster. While only a few would be attractive enough to bring back meaningful assets, it could have been any two of those players.
The question now is whether or not the Saints would be willing to part with a receiver following the Graham trade. That’s debatable. Taking Colston, Stills, or Cooks out of the offense after the departure of Graham would be a damaging blow.
It’s possible if the right offer comes along anyone on the team will still be available — that’s the case for all players — but it doesn’t yet appear this team is willing to tear the roster apart. If they was a “fire sale,” as it was classified to Yahoo! Sports on Thursday, taking place, the Saints wouldn’t have re-signed Mark Ingram or signed Brandon Browner.
This is a team that is still trying to win. There’s a willingness to retool the roster and to shed bad contracts, but it’s too soon to say the team is being blown up.