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The New Orleans Saints have been looking for a cornerback on the trader's market, and it looks like they've found one: per ESPN's Adam Schefter, they are trading for New York Giants former first round draft pick Eli Apple.
Apple's career with the Giants has been rocky at best, but he's still a super-athletic young guy with playmaking upside. With the Saints picking him up this early in the week, he's very likely to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football on Oct. 28.
This is now the third former Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back on the Saints' roster: Apple, a 2016 first round draft pick, now rejoins Marshon Lattimore (a 2017 first rounder) and Vonn Bell (a 2016 second rounder). Those are some good influences to have, not to mention position coach Aaron Glenn.
We don't know what the Saints are giving up to acquire Apple, so we can't fully rule out a blockbuster move for Arizona Cardinals All-Pro Patrick Peterson. But it's not looking good for the Saints to make the big trade happen that so many fans have hoped for. Interestingly, Schefter added that Peterson was 'the ultimate' preference for the Saints, but they added Apple.
The key words, per Schefter's reporting? For now.
Update: Schefter reported that the assets exchanged for Apple are a 4th round draft pick in 2019, and a 7th round choice in 2020. That leaves ample draft capital for Peterson, if the Saints truly still have interest. MORE: Maybe Jon Gruden knows what he's doing after all Bears should shop Leonard Floyd at trade deadline NFL Network proposes Le'Veon Bell trade to Packers Why Jerry Jones felt it OK to trade a 1st-round pick for Amari Cooper Roundup: Giants Remain a Dumpster Fire; Party of 5 Getting a Reboot; & LeBron's Lakers Fall to 0-3
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The Seahawks’ Ed Dickson, left, dives past the Packers’ Ibraheim Campbell, center, to score a touchdown after a reception on Nov. 15 in Seattle. The Seahawks won 27-24.
The Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin (89) takes part in a touchdown celebration with Tyler Lockett, left, and Nick Vannett, right, after Baldwin caught a pass for a touchdown against the Packers on Nov. 15 in Seattle.
The Seahawks’ Nick Vannett (81) gets horizontal above the Packers’ Tramon Williams, lower-center, as Vannett carries the ball just short of the goal line against the Packers on Nov. 15 in Seattle.
Evan Engram of the Giants is unable to make a catch against the 49ers on Nov. 12 in Santa Clara, California. Giants won 27-23.
The Giants' Saquon Barkley jumps past the 49ers' K'Waun Williams on Nov. 12 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott (31) hurdles over Philadelphia's Tre Sullivan on Nov. 11. The visiting Cowboys won 27-20.
Philadelphia's Nelson Agholor, bottom left, is tackled by several Dallas players on Nov. 11.
The Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley (30) runs in for a touchdown against Seattle on Nov. 11. The host Rams won 36-31.
Green Bay's JK Scott (6) has a punt blocked against Miami on Nov. 11. The host Packers won 31-12.
Oakland's Jared Cook, right, flips over the Los Angeles Chargers' Brandon Facyson on Nov. 11. The visiting Chargers won 20-6.
Seattle's Tyler Lockett, left, makes a touchdown catch against the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 11.
New Orleans' Drew Brees dives for a touchdown against Cincinnati on Nov. 11. The visiting Saints won 51-14.
The Bears' Bryce Callahan, left, sacks the Lions' Matthew Stafford on Nov. 11 in Chicago. The Bears won 34-22.
The Cardinals' Josh Rosen escapes a sack attempt by the Chiefs' Justin Houston on Nov. 11 in Kansas City. The Chiefs won 26-14.
Austin Hooper of the Falcons flies through the air after being tackled by Jamie Collins of the Browns on Nov. 11 in Cleveland. The Browns won 28-16.
Indianapolis' Eric Ebron, right, dives for a touchdown in front of Jacksvonville's Barry Church on Nov. 11. The host Colts won 29-26.
The Bills tight end Jason Croom (80) recovers a fumble by wide receiver Zay Jones, left, for a touchdown against the Jets on Nov. 11 in New Jersey. The Bills won 41-10.
The Titans' Corey Davis catches a 23-yard touchdown pass as he is defended by the Patriots' Stephon Gilmore on Nov. 11 in Nashville. The Titans won 34-10.
The Redskins' Adrian Peterson, right, eludes a tackle by the Buccaneers' Jordan Whitehead on Nov. 11 in Tampa, Florida. The Redskins won 16-3.
The Chiefs' Tyreek Hill celebrates a touchdown against the Cardinals with fans on Nov. 11 in Kansas City. The Chiefs won 26-14.
The Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) is sacked by the Steelers’ Bud Dupree (48) and Jon Bostic (51) on Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 52-21.
The Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) celebrates his 75-yard touchdown with Vance McDonald (89) and Ryan Switzer (10) against the Panthers on Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh.
The Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey (22) runs after a catch against the Steelers’ Jon Bostic (51) on Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh.
The Titans' Kevin Byard (31) intercepts a pass intended for the Cowboys' Amari Cooper on Nov. 5, in Arlington, Texas. The Titans won 28-14.
The Cowboys' Dak Prescott dives for a pass against the Titans' Wesley Woodyard on Nov. 5 in Arlington, TX.
New England running back James White (28) rushes for a touchdown against Green Bay on Nov. 4. The host Patriots won 31-17.
The Los Angeles' Chargers' Keenan Allen, right, attempts to make a catch while being defended by Seattle's Shaquill Griffin on Nov. 4. The visiting Chargers won 25-17.
The Los Angeles' Rams’ Malcolm Brown (34) scores a touchdown against New Orleans on Nov. 4. The host Saints won 45-35 to hand the Rams their first loss of the season.
Miami's Jerome Baker (55) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the host Dolphins' 13-6 win over the New York Jets on Nov. 4.
Denver's Devontae Booker (23) fumbles the ball after being hit by Houston's Justin Reid (20) on Nov. 4. The visiting Texans won 19-17.
Tampa Bay's Justin Evans (21) grabs the face mask of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Nov. 4. The host Panthers won 42-28.
Miami's Cornell Armstrong (31) tackles the New York Jets' Quincy Enunwa (81) on Nov. 4.
Kansas City's Travis Kelce (87) scores a touchdown against Cleveland's Christian Kirksey on Nov. 4. The visiting Chiefs won 37-21.
Chicago's Kyle Fuller, right, breaks up a pass intended for Buffalo's Terelle Pryor on Nov. 4. The visiting Bears won 41-9.
Minnesota's Latavius Murray (25) loses the ball at the goal line against Detroit on Nov. 4. The host Vikings won 24-9.
Pittsburgh's James Conner, left, scores a touchdown on Nov. 4. The visiting Steelers won 23-16.
Washington's Josh Doctson, right, pulls in a touchdown pass over Atlanta's Isaiah Oliver (20) on Nov. 4. The visiting Falcons won 38-14.
Minnesota's Danielle Hunter (99) celebrates with teammate Everson Griffen after sacking Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford (not pictured) on Nov. 4.
Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Baltimore on Nov. 4.
49ers linebacker Elijah Lee (47) tackles Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant (12) in Santa Clara, Calif., on Nov. 1. The 49ers won 34-3.
George Kittle (85) of the 49ers celebrates with Raheem Mostert after a touchdown against the Raiders on Nov. 1.
Raiders Wide Receiver Dwayne Harris (17) hurdles 49ers Cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (41) on a kick return on Nov. 1.
Raiders running back Doug Martin (28) is tackled by 49ers outside linebacker Elijah Lee (47) on Nov. 1.
Tom Brady of the Patriots loses control of the ball on a hit by the Bills' Lorenzo Alexander on Oct. 29, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Patriots won 25-6.
The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, right, makes a catch against the Bills' Phillip Gaines on Oct. 29, in Orchard Park, N.Y.
The Patriots' Julian Edelman, right, collects a punted ball as the Bills' Andre Holmes, left, and Ramon Humber tackle him down on Oct. 29, in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Minnesota's Adam Thielen (19) is tackled by New Orelans' P.J. Williams during the visiting Saints' 30-20 victory on Oct. 28.
Minnesota's Latavius Murray (25) leaps for a touchdown on Oct. 28.
New Orleans' Alvin Kamara (41) dives the end zone for a touchdown on Oct. 28.
The Los Angeles' Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay's Randall Cobb on Oct. 28. The host Rams won 29-27.
Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates his catch for a two-point conversion during the host Cardinals' 18-15 victory over San Francisco on Oct. 28.
Indianapolis' Chester Rogers, left, scores a two-point conversion during the visiting Colts' 42-28 victory over Oakland on Oct. 28.
Pittsburgh's T.J. Watt, right, celebrates after sacking Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield (not pictured) during the host Steelers' 33-18 win on Oct. 28.
Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz runs for a gain against Jacksonville during the Eagles' 2-18 victory in London on Oct. 28.
Chicago's Tarik Cohen (29) returns a punt against the New York Jets on Oct. 28. The host Bears won 24-10.
Seattle's David Moore, left, catches a 15-yard pass for a touchdown against Detroit on Oct. 28. The visiting Seahawks won 28-14.
The New York Giants' Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Washington's Matthew Ioannidis (98) on Oct. 28. The visiting Redskins won 20-13.
Carolina's Greg Olsen (88) catches a touchdown pass against Baltimore on Oct. 28. The host Panthers won 36-21.
Tampa Bay's Adarius Taylor, left, tackles Cincinnati's Joe Mixon on Oct. 28. The host Bengals won 37-34.
The New York Giants' Odell Beckham (13) makes a catch against Washington on Oct. 28.
Denver's Justin Simmons, right, attempts to tackle Kansas City's Tyreek Hill on Oct. 28. The host Chiefs won 30-23.
Carolina's Christian McCaffrey, left, catches a deflected pass for a touchdown against Baltimore on Oct. 28.
DeAndre Hopkins (10) of the Texans catches a pass defended by Xavien Howard of the Dolphins on Oct. 25, in Houston. The play was disallowed because of offsetting penalties.
The Dolphins' Mike Gesicki (86) is upended by the Texans' Kareem Jackson (25) after a catch as Tyrann Mathieu (32) looks on, on Oct. 25.
The Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) is lifted by teammate Nick Martin (66) as they celebrate a touchdown against the Dolphins on Oct. 25.
The Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler (8) is hit by the Texans' Josh Keyes (49) as he tries to throw on Oct. 25.
Tevin Coleman (26) of the Atlanta Falcons runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the New York Giants on Oct. 22, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 23-20.
Running back Saquon Barkley (26) of the New York Giants is tackled by DeVondre Campbell, left, Desmond Trufant (21) and Grady Jarrett of the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 22 in Atlanta.
Sterling Shepard, left, of the New York Giants catches a pass against Robert Alford of the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 22 in Atlanta.
Takkarist McKinley (98) of the Atlanta Falcons sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on Oct. 22 in Atlanta.
Kansas City's Kareem Hunt, left, dives for the pylon to score a touchdown against Cincinnati on Oct. 21. The host Chiefs won 45-10.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II (30) runs past San Francisco linebacker Reuben Foster (56) to score a touchdown during the visiting Rams' 39-10 victory on Oct. 21.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during the visiting Saints' 24-23 win over Baltimore on Oct. 21.
Washington wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) is unable to catch a pass during the host Redskins' 20-17 victory over Dallas on Oct. 21.
Cincinnati's Tyler Boyd, center, is tackled by Kansas City's' Steven Nelson, right, on Oct. 21.