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Saints Enter the Lito Shuffle

Posted Apr 25, 2008 by Roy Cummings

Updated Apr 25, 2008 at 06:08 PM

TAMPA - Word is the New Orleans Saints have entered the bidding for Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard. That’s not good news for the Bucs.

The Saints pick well ahead of the Bucs and own the 40th overall pick in the second round. That’s believed to be what they’re offering for Sheppard, and it’s obviously a better offer than the Bucs have so far mustered. The Bucs are believed to have offered their second-round pick, which is No. 52 overall.

The Eagles would like two picks in return for Sheppard because that’s what the Falcons got for DeAngel Hall, who went to the Raiders for a second-round pick in this year’s draft and a fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft.

So far, the best offer the Eagles have fielded is for just a second-round pick. The Eagles are believed to be seeking an answer from the Bucs as to whether their reported offer of a second-round pick is their best and final offer. If not, this thing could sway back in favor of the Bucs. If so, the Saints could end up with Sheppard.

We’ll try to keep you informed of all that’s happening on this front but a good guess is that the Eagles will take this to the last minute tomorrow. And since they’re seeking primarily a second-round pick for Sheppard, this could drag on well into tomorrow evening.

Reader Comments

Por (James Thomas) on April 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Sounds like the ‘Aints are trying to run up the price for Sheppard. I doubt they’re seriously interested him. Stinkin’ ‘Aints!!!

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Por (James Thomas) on April 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Wow! You mean we don’t have to wait 3 days to see our comments finally posted here anymore? Hmm…2008 and we’ve finally figured it out TBO. Now about Roy Cummings…

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Por (Greg) on April 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Just a second round pick might be ok if Sheppard is healthy. He has had numerous injuries and has missed quite a few games. For a draft loaded with CB’s have to ask Why the need for a beat up CB…oh, he played in Florida.

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Por (Dan Shreve) on April 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

We ought to throw in that 5th round pick next year also.And see how interested the saints are in really getting him. I wouldn’t give up anymore for him. Theres alot of talented CB’s coming out of the draft.
I think we need to just pick up the best CB available in the 1st round “Mike Jenkins” and in the 2nd round WR “Donnie Avery” will be sitting
pretty there waiting for our word. Then
deffinitly 3rd round QB.
I can’t wait till tomorrow.

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Por (Erik) on April 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Positives. Lito will fit well in this system. He is a R. Barber type. Age and experience. He has speed, timing and feel for the game. Negatives. Injuries. Injuries. Injuries. Not worth more than a 3rd round pick. If we want to win the Super Bowl in the next 3 years, get Lito. If not, keep draft picks.

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Por (Chip Black) on April 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

We don’t need a pro-bowl corner right now.  Buchanon did fine last year, Barber is still one of the better corners in the league.  Lets develope a later round pick to take over for Barber in a couple years. 

With that said, if they want Sheppard, they should offer Michael Clayton and a 3rd round pick.  If the Eagles don’t want that then walk away from the trade.

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Por (James Anderson) on April 26, 2008 (Suggest removal)

All smoke.

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Por (James Anderson) on April 26, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Article from profootballtalk.com….

SHOCKEY TO SAINTS ALREADY IN PLACE?
Posted by Mike Florio on April 25, 2008, 6:06 p.m.
There’s a kinda-sorta report from PFW that the Giants and the Saints might have already worked out a deal that would send tight end Jeremy Shockey to New Orleans.

The Giants would receive the Saints’ second-round pick (No. 40 overall) and other draft picks.

So why would the move be kept under wraps?  Because the Giants don’t want to stand in the shoes of the Saints at No. 40 until the Saints are on the clock. 
So the Saints have 2 number 2 picks to trade? NO

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Por (Jared) on April 26, 2008 (Suggest removal)

forget Lito…he is old and over rated. not a good fit for our defense anyway IMO. plus i hear good things about Eugene Wilson. Let the Taints have him…id rather pull the trigger on someone like Shockey or a high caliber WR.

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Por (patrick dotson) on April 26, 2008 (Suggest removal)

the draft is so deep in corner and reciever..just keep our picks and add depth…you look at the last 3 yrs.. injuries have played a very “BIG” role on how this team finished at the end of the season…unless we can add 2 or picks picks without giving up alot…we need to just keep our picks and add depth which we badly need

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Por (raw_as_fuq) on April 26, 2008 (Suggest removal)

James Anderson I agree its all smoke!

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