April 26, 2013

Saints Make Two Trades Friday Night

The Saints picked twice in the middle of the third round, once with their own pick and the second acquired from the Dolphins after Mickey Loomis traded back into the third round.

With their second third round pick, the Saints took Georgia NT Johnathan Jenkins, just seven picks after they selected Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead.

The Saints also traded RB Chris Ivory to the New York Jets for a fourth round pick, as New Orleans successfully talked the Jets up from their reported sixth round pick offer two weeks ago.

Ivory's departure clears his $2.023 one-year contract from the Saints' salary cap, and he is expected to sign a new long-term contract with the Jets.

The two trades were connected.  In two swift actions, the Saints traded Ivory to the Jets for the 106th overall pick.  Then, the Saints traded that pick and their own fourth round pick, the 109th overall, to the Dolphins for the 82nd overall pick.

The Saints are not scheduled to choose again until the fifth round tomorrow morning with the 144th overall pick.

Ivory tweeted minutes after the trade, "Thankful for the opportunity with the saints but now it's time to part ways.. Too all my fans appreciate the love. Chris Ivory is now a #Jet"

UPDATE: With the 106th overall pick, the Dolphins selected Michigan State TE Dion Sims,  With the 109th overall pick, the Packers (via the Dolphins) selected Colorado OT David Bakhtiari.

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