Buccaneers hated rival weakened after surprising trade

C.J. Gardner-Johnson (22) Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
C.J. Gardner-Johnson (22) Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ most hated rival, the New Orleans Saints are left much worse after a surprising trade which is great news for the Buccaneers.

It’s no secret that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints have a heated rivalry. Both franchises came from rags to riches, both being laughable expansion franchises seemingly forever, until finally getting their days in the sun in recent times, the Buccaneers most recently.

It’s actually pretty funny. The Saints get the bragging rights for beating the Bucs in the regular season while the Bucs get theirs for beating the Saints in the playoffs, winning the division consistently since Tom Brady came to town, and ultimately, the Super Bowl in 2020.

Speaking of Brady, thanks to an eye-brow-raising trade, the Saints no longer have a defensive back that he’ll have to deal with twice this season.

There’s a lot to take in there. For starters, the trade is absolute highway robbery. You have to tip your cap to Howie Roseman for what he’s been able to accomplish with the Philadelphia Eagles, particularly this offseason. It’s an added bonus that this helps the Buccaneers immensely.

As far as the Saints are concerned, players are upset, like Cam Jordan for example, and their fans are downright angry. If you’re a Bucs fan, you can file this under “things you just absolutely HATE to see”. C.J. Gardner-Johnson is a talented defensive back, and a talented trash talker as well. That combination is a welcome exit from the NFC South.

Of course, Gardner-Johnson may no longer be in the division, but if analyst reactions to this trade are anything to be believed, then the Buccaneers may very well be seeing the Eagles, and C.J. Gardner-Johnson, once again down the line come playoff time. One thing at a time though. For now, this trade is a win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as well as the Eagles of course, and a loss for the Saints.