April 8, 2004

Saints Trade For Jason Craft

The New Orleans Saints added depth to a weak secondary with a trade for Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jason Craft.

In return the Jaguars received the Saints fifth round draft choice in 2004.

Craft (5-foot-10, 179 pounds), who was coveted by the Saints in 2002, signed an offer sheet with New Orleans as a restricted free agent. Days later, the Jaguars matched the offer and retained the services of Craft.

Things changed this offseason, however, in Jacksonville as the Jaguars felt Craft was expendable because of the progress made by rookie cornerback Rashean Mathis and the arrival of newly acquired Juran Bolden. Mathis took over Craft's starting position mid-way through the 2003 season, while Bolden was signed last week via free agency.

In Craft's five seasons with the Jaguars, he amassed 160 tackles and seven interceptions. In 2003 Craft played in seven games, recording 26 tackles and intercepting two passes.

Craft's 2003 season was limited to only seven games due to a knee injury he suffered.

Now with the trade for Craft, the Saints cornerback situation will look like this heading into training camp (names are in no particular order).

1. Fred Thomas
2. Ashley Ambrose
3. Fahkir Brown
4. Jason Craft
5. Keyou Craver
6. Deveron Harper
7. Ahmad Brooks
8. Maurice Tucker
9. Fred Booker

The Saints will wait until well into the afternoon of the second day to make their first choice, because barring a trade they will have no picks in the 4th or 5th rounds.

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