New Orleans Saints fans were dealt the shock of a lifetime yesterday when they saw their star tight end Jimmy Graham traded away to the Seattle Seahawks just hours into the new NFL season.
Shock and Dispair
The Who Dat Nation's reaction to the move has ranged from confusion and anger, to outright denial, but it is the reaction of one seven-year-old Saints fanatic that perhaps best sums up the mode in New Orleans right now.
A video, uploaded by the young girl's mother, shows her heart-breaking emotional reaction to the news that Graham would no longer be turning out for her team next season. We're assuming this is pretty much how Drew Brees took the news too.
It brings a tear to your eye doesn't it...
"Anywhere Jimmy Graham goes, I go..."
Analysts, teammates, hardcore fans, and even the New Orleans Saints front office themselves may try and shed light on the motivation behind the shock trade in the days to come, but surely no-one can better sum up the situation better than that little girl just did.
Saints General Manager, Mickey Loomis, justified sending Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks as a necessary move in order to improve New Orleans' lacklustre defense and, in the cold light of day, the trade does make some sense.
Heading to Louisiana from Seattle is Pro Bowl center Max Unger as well as the Seahawks' 31st pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.
The Saints - will Unger, two first round picks and a lot of money saved - now have a chance to build with significant additions on the defensive side of the ball, and giving away one of their most valuable assets was the only way of doing this.
That is unlikely to appease the Saints masses right now but, after the Saints' (and Graham's) down year in 2014, the franchise had to react.
Now though the question must be how can the Saints remain a threat on the offensive side of the ball now that quarterback Drew Brees doesn't have his favorite target to aim for.