Ben Grubbs traded to the Chiefs
Two-time pro bowl guard Ben Grubbs has been traded away from New Orleans to the Midwest, to join Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Saints traded away a very good offensive lineman because of financial reasons, his cap hit was $9.6 million, and New Orleans is in desperate need of cap flexibility. as they are currently in the red. The Chiefs gave up a 5th round draft choice in the upcoming NFL draft, not a lot of compensation for a solid interior lineman.
Grubbs instantly upgrades the Chiefs offensive line, and will be a welcomed addition by Jamal Charles and Knile Davis. With two years remaining on his contract, Grubbs is not cheap, but he will help mentor the young Kansas City line, while competing for a division title in the grueling AFC West.
For the Saints, this is not their first trade of a veteran player, and may not be the last. While the Saints still have franchise quarterback Drew Brees, and they re-signed running back Mark Ingram, it seems like they are taking a step back in New Orleans, and a many pieces away from competing for a championship.