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Deuce's future with the Saints

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; With both Bush and Deuce having extremely large contracts, it's only a matter of time we try to trade Deuce. How much longer do you envision him in a Saints' uniform? And, what type of compensation would you want back ...

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Old 08-02-2006, 04:18 PM   #1
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Deuce's future with the Saints

With both Bush and Deuce having extremely large contracts, it's only a matter of time we try to trade Deuce. How much longer do you envision him in a Saints' uniform? And, what type of compensation would you want back for him?

a. Til the end of the season
b. 1 more year after this one
c. 2 more years

I personally think we starting fielding draft picks for him this upcoming offseason. I think with his large contract, a second rounder would be fair compensation.
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:23 PM   #2
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Tough to say without knowing if he's fully recovered and durable.


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Neither Edge JAmes or Shaun Alexander drew 2nd rounders, but neither had more than a franchise tender as a contract though. After this year, Deuce will be at the start of the third year of his contract. Maybe that will make it palatable for some teams to go after him with a second. But for me, I hope we don't trade him for at least 2-3 years, and allow Reggie to grow into being an every down back, if that's the plan. I think a healthy Deuce this year can still go over 1300 yards and 8 TDs with Reggie here, and you don't just trade that off. I really just don't wanna see Deuce go, although it's probably inevitable. BUT, with the way the salary cap increased, and how far under we are, and the fact we didn't sign any big name FAs to huge deals outside of Brees, we might be able to keep him. Might.
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:27 PM   #4
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2 years...we need to trade while he has value...big back (like Eddie George) are great but not for long. I love Duce and the Saints will need him for a few years, but as they put the pieces together, they will need to address the d and o-line. He is still our guy this year!
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:33 PM   #5
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I think that's the ideal situation sw... but, that's a lot of money invested in two players at the same position. By trading him sooner than later, especially if he can have a good season, it would leave us more money to manuever in the market. It's been quite a while since we signed ourselves a big time impact defensive player.

And Tally, that's not one of the options!
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:43 PM   #6
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I think that there is plenty of room, both in the offense and in the salary cap to accommodate both Bush and Deuce. Bush may wind up playing more of a role in the passing game than in the running game and the salary cap is expected to go up another $6-8 million next year. Plenty of room. I just wish we didn't pull the trigger on Bennett so fast...
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until he retires
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:07 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by xan
I think that there is plenty of room, both in the offense and in the salary cap to accommodate both Bush and Deuce. Bush may wind up playing more of a role in the passing game than in the running game and the salary cap is expected to go up another $6-8 million next year. Plenty of room. I just wish we didn't pull the trigger on Bennett so fast...
That's what I am saying. We are not in a position where we are FORCED to trade Deuce at any point. Unless we pick top 3 again. We are well under the cap, and freed up more by cutting or trading several players this year. Not more for this year, cause we don't need it, but more for the future. We can keep both, and STILL have money for big name FAs should the team choose to spend it. And with Deuce basically being a jack of all trades on offense and special teams, his value goes way beyond just running.
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:10 PM   #9
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I was watching ESPN, and they said that the salary cap is expected to reach $150 million in five years. That is why teams have made signing first round picks to six year deals such a high priority.

With that in mind, keep him.
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:30 PM   #10
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If the Saints feel that they will trade Deuce than do it in the next two years so we can get something good in return,
I just would hate to see us trade him though..
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