The New Orleans Saints have already been decimated by scandal this offseason as the immediate future looks bleak for the franchise.
Combined with the fact that franchise quarterback Drew Brees is unhappy and the team is tremendously handicapped by the penalties levied by the NFL due to "Bountygate," the Saints have to plan for the future.
Now, it's true that Brees in the best thing to ever happen to the Saints, but the relationship between team and player is less than ideal at the moment.
Not to say that Brees wants to be traded, but every good thing must come to an end and this may be the best ending for both sides.
Given the situation, what are the realistic expectations for Brees and the Saints in 2012?
The Saints first pick in this year's draft is No. 89 and they need to recoup some talent fast.
The team that would give almost everything to acquire such a player as Brees would be the New York Jets. That would quickly put an end to the Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow debate and the Saints would get plenty in return.
In return from the Jets, the Saints would get the Jets' first-, second- and fifth-round picks this year along with their first- and third-round picks in 2013.
All pride aside, this would be best for the Saints.