By Herbie Teope - Around the NFL Writer | NFL.com
The New Orleans Saints sent a 2019 fourth-round pick and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the New York Giants in exchange for cornerback Eli Apple, a scenario leaving the Saints without a 2019 first-, third- and fourth-round draft pick for now.
Saints head coach Sean Payton, however, isn't looking too far ahead in the future.
Instead, Payton's sights are set on the present and what Apple provides to a 5-1 team preparing for the second half of the season.
"We felt like it was in our best interest," Payton said Wednesday in a teleconference with members of the Saints media corps. "We felt like it was going it help us this year."
Payton didn't quite say it, but it would be reasonable to translate the last sentence to the Saints shoving their stack all-in on the 2018 season.
The scenario has merit when considering quarterback Drew Brees isn't getting younger. And numerous Saints players told NFL.com over the summer that they are aware the window is open now given the team's foundation to get the 39-year-old Brees back to the Super Bowl for an opportunity to win another championship. ...
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