Saints Trying To Find Trade Partner For OLB Hau’oli Kikaha

Doug Kyed of NESN reports that the Saints are actively shopping OLB Hau’oli Kikaha and trying to find the first trade partner ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.

On Monday, Patriots HC Bill Belichick pointed out that teams typically trade players who have been inactive and Kyed points out that the Saints have Kikaha inactive the past two weeks.

For what it’s worth, the Patriots could use some pass-rush help and they’ve obviously done deal with the Saints in the past, most recently trading for WR Brandin Cooks.

A few weeks ago, Ian Rapoport, mentioned that Kikaha was a name worth keeping an eye ahead of the trade deadline.

Kikaha could be an intriguing pass rusher for some team, but there are concerns about his knees, given that he’s had multiple ACL surgeries dating back to college.

Kikaha, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Saints back in 2015. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $5.266 million contract that included $3.199 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $615,000 and $705,000 over the final two years of the agreement.

In 2017, Kikaha has appeared in five games and recorded two tackles and two sacks for the Saints.

We’ll have more regarding Kikaha as the news is available.

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