Originally Posted by big dog cowboy
Maybe the asking price for Howard just came down a little.
The re-signing of Bryant solidifies the Saints' depth at defensive end and I believe it does make the trade of Howard easier for the Saints to manage. But I don't see how the Saints' asking price would be dropped because they re-signed a depth player. The Saints have the cap room to keep him if they desired or they could trade him if the right deal came along. But the right deal wouldn't be to take less than what they feel is fair for a pass-rushing, run-stopping, high character guy who really doesn't want to leave. If it weren't for the fact that they drafted Will Smith in 2004 as the best player available, the Saints wouldn't have the surplus they have at DE and they wouldn't consider trading him. Yes, clearing his cap figure would help them re-sign other players, but isn't putting the best team on the field the main objective? If I were the Saints GM, I'd find a way to keep him and make my defensive coordinator figure out how to get Grant, Howard and Smith on the field at the same time (as they did on passing downs last season).
Now why again would the Saints' asking price for Howard go down?