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Saints originally wanted to trade receivers away rather than Jimmy Graham

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New Orleans Saints shocked the NFL on Tuesday when they decided to trade away star tight end Jimmy Graham in their bid to improve their offensive line.

It has been reported today that Saints head coach Sean Payton's desire to improve his offensive line drove him to offloading Jimmy Graham, but even more worrying for the morale of the Saints, it has revealed that other unnamed New Orleans players had been originally offered in a deal for former Seattle center Max Unger.

The Saints offensive line was underwhelming to say the least last season, leaving Sean Payton will a strong desire to change things up headed into the 2015 NFL season.

But according to NFL Network reporter Alex Flanagan - who is an expert when it comes to all things New Orleans - the Saints were originally only willing to let go of one or two of their receivers in exchange for Unger.

It's clear that Seattle valued Unger much higher than the Saints' talented but not star quality receivers, which is clearly why Jimmy Graham's name popped up and was agreed upon, with draft picks included on both sides of the deal.

Although the loss of Jimmy Graham is obviously the main talking point at the moment, the fact that New Orleans were so willing to let go of one or two of their receivers will give their players in those position a seriously uncomfortable feeling as the new season gets underway.

It's likely that Marques Colston wasn't one of those players, especially when you consider that he has only just agreed a new deal that sees the veteran wideout taking a considerable pay cut. However, it is known that the Saints were looking to reduce their cap spend - hence the decision to force Colston to take a pay cut - and maybe Colston was in the conversation, with Brandon Cooks and Kenny Stills also likely to have been thrown out there as bait.

Nothing can be worse than playing for a team that doesn't want you there, and it's clear that there are players on the Saints' offense that are not wanted in New Orleans.

What do you think Saints fans? Do you think trading away Jimmy Graham was a good idea? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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