Teams are scrambling to add impact players to their existing cores or part ways with talent in order to rebound more significantly next season. Alvin Kamara is one of the players mentioned in trade talks.
The Philadelphia Eagles will buy Alvin Kamara on one condition
Now that Christian McCaffrey has been traded, Kamara appears to be the next big target for teams looking to boost their running game. The undefeated Philadelphia Eagles, as Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer pointed out on Saturday, may be the best fit for Kamara.
As much as the Eagles would like to add another offensive weapon, the only first-round pick they may be willing to give up is their own, which is currently projected to land at No. 31.
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However, what New Orleans is looking for may result in a deal that is too good to be true. The Saints aren’t actively looking to trade one of their best players. Instead, it’s a matter of teams wanting to add one of the game’s most versatile weapons out of the backfield.
The issue is the cost
Surprisingly, the Eagles have one asset that New Orleans regards as extremely valuable, which could be enough to seal what otherwise appears to be an unlikely deal. The Eagles own the Saints’ first-round pick in 2023 as a result of a trade made a year ago.
With the Saints currently 2-5, their pick is projected to be No. 4 in the 2023 NFL Draft. Remember, they traded the 18th pick, as well as their future first, picks 101 and 237, and their 2024 second-round pick, so the Saints could get picks 16 and 19 (and 194), which they turned into Chris Olave and Trevor Penning.
While Olave and Penning have the potential to be great players (Olave is already on his way), losing a top-five pick makes this a terrible trade in retrospect. Of course, the Saints would be willing to trade their 27-year-old running back for what could be a generational talent who could stay on the roster for five seasons at a much lower cost, possibly even landing their future quarterback.
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In other words, if the Saints actually asked for their first-round pick back from Philadelphia six months after trading it, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman would probably laugh his head off.
In 2022, Alvin Kamara has 351 rushing yards and 191 receiving yards. While Kamara is a top talent, he isn’t worth a top-five or even a top-10 pick.