New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Who Got the Better End of the Stick?

russ autinCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2009

On February 29, 2008, Jonathan Vilma was traded the New Orleans Saints for a fourth round pick in the 2008 draft, and a conditional pick in the 2009 draft. That seems cheap for a player taken 12th overall in the 2004 draft.

Now, he was coming off of major surgery, and the Jets were in the middle of a defensive makeover, plus, Jon was diagnosed in high school, with Osteochondritis Dissecans this can cause loose particles and instability in joints.

It was a relatively low risk, high reward deal the Saints jumped on. One man's trash, is another man's treasure. The 2008 season proved Jonathan to be solid gold. He notched 129 tackles, 1 int., 1.5 sacks, showed no ill effects of his surgery, and played all most every snap.

Now to the conditional pick, if the Saints sign Jon to a deal before free agency, they will have to give the Jets their first round pick. Instead the Saints have a gentleman's agreement with Jon to resign him after the start of free agency.

If the Saints are able to resign Vilma, I would consider this as big a steal as buying Manhattan Island from the natives for a hand full of beads. What were the Jets thinking? In my opinion they wasted more than a great player, but a team leader. The Saints new defensive coordinator plans to make Jon the center piece of their new look defense, all for a fourth round pick.

That's what I think. What do you think? Saints fans, Jets fans, let me know.

Ya'll have any safeties laying around, we maybe interested.