Eli Apple


Deuce McAllister reacts to Eli Apple trade

"Hopefully a change of scenery will help him . . ."

Seth Dunlap
October 23, 2018 - 12:30 pm

The New Orleans Saints traded for the help at cornerback so many people thought they needed.  They just didn't trade for the guy most expected

Former top-10 draft pick Eli Apple is on his way to New Orleans after the Saints sent two draft picks -- a fourth round pick this year, and a seventh round pick in 2020 -- to the New York Giants in a mid season deal.

While Apple hasn't lived up to the expectations surrounding him on draft day, the move represents a relatively low risk, high reward move by the Saints, who were looking to bolster their secondary in a season where they have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. 

"You gave up a 4th rounder this year and a 7th next year, so not a terrible price," said Deuce McAllister, the franchise's all-time leading rusher and current radio color analyst on game days.  "The Saints wanted Patrick Peterson, but they weren't interested or the Saints didn't have enough assets to entice them.  They needed a body, so it's not surprising."

Indeed, the Saints had been rumored to be in pursuit of Peterson, a former All-Pro cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals, however the asking price was reportedly included a future first round draft pick.  That price was apparently too steep for New Orleans who instead get a player with high upside, and who still has over two seasons of possible team control remaining on his contract.

"(Apple) is a top 10 pick.  He's had an up and down career.  Hopefully a change of scenery will help him," McAllister said.  "I haven't seen him enough to know if he's good in the slot, but they needed a body."

We'll see if the newest member of the Saints makes his debut this Sunday in Minnesota.

Listen to WWL Radio for full reaction of the Eli Applie trade tonight on "Sports Talk" (4:00-8pm CST) with Deuce, Bobby Hebert & Kristian Garic, followed by the "Last Lap with Seth Dunlap" (8:00-11pm CST)


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