Jimmy Graham traded so the Saints can focus on defense?

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It has been widely regarded as the craziest five minutes in the football off-season when earlier today three trades took place in quick succession.

Haloti Ngata made a big move from the Baltimore Ravens to the Detroit Lions in order to fill the void left by Ndamukong Suh.

The St Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles took part in a blockbuster trade which sent each teams starting quarterback the opposite way as well as several draft picks.

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So while Philadelphia mulls a situation where they have lost LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles and Jeremy Maclin, the New Orleans Saints fans may have an even worse prospect to face.

The biggest trade by far was that of Saints tight-end Jimmy Graham to the Super Bowl runners up, the Seattle Seahawks.

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It had everyone talking and Graham hasn't stopped trending on Twitter ever since it happened.

Graham went to the Seahawks whilst center Max Unger and a first round draft pick went the opposite way to the Saints.

Now the man responsible for the trade that kept the football world talking, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has explained the reasons for the trade.

"At the end of the day, it comes down to this: We've had a good offensive team for a number of years...... We do well on that side of the ball, but we've got to improve ourselves on defense." - Mickey Loomis on the Jimmy Graham trade

Offering an explanation which is as bizarre as the trade itself, Loomis attempts to convince the fans that losing their key offensive weapon was the right thing to do.

The Saints had a sub-par season last year after finishing 7-9 but their once pass heavy offense seemed to be most effective when utilising the running ability of Mark Ingram.

"We kind of believe in using all avenues. So we took one of our assets on offense and turned it into some resources (that) hopefully we can improve our defense with."

Loomis appears to be hinting at a complete change of direction for the Saints to perhaps even become a team of similar play styles to the Seahawks themselves.

Either way, one of the biggest offensive weapons in the very poor NFC South has now left and taken a lot of quality out of the struggling division.

A division going down

Last year the NFC South was widely regarded as the worst division in the league and there are very few signs that that could be changing this year.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the worst team in the league whilst the Carolina Panthers who made it to the post-season were often considered the luckiest team in the league.

The Atlanta Falcons and the Saints struggled for much of the season and those struggles could continue next season.

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