NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Recent Saints moves are painful for some fans. But one former Saints executive believes they could help make a big difference when it comes to getting the team back on track.
Some invested in jerseys, others cheered their big plays, and now, there are only echoes.
"It's hard to get loyalty because they trade everybody. I can't buy a shirt because it changes every year," said Saints fan Lisa Berry.
Longtime Saints followers say they've rarely seen a week like it. And it's all driven by the mighty dollar. The Saints had to act. They were $20 million over the cap, and all they had to show for it was a losing seven-win, nine-loss 2014 season.
"We didn't have a good season last year, maybe it will make things better I hope so," said fan Cheryl Livaudais.
Former Saints vice president Jim Miller says the Saints were fundamentally unsound.
"If you don't have a corner who can lock down a receiver, you're not going to go very far," he said.
This week, the Saints shed six key players. But even though they've acquired the likes of running back C.J. Spiller and center Max Unger, they have nine draft picks to play with in their effort to fill more needs.
"Probably an edge rusher is the priority," Miller said.
Fans hope for the best.
"I am. I try to be optimistic. The next season will tell," said Livaudais.
"I'm still behind Sean Payton," said Berry.
And while some hope for big things, others keep things in perspective.
"I've got some other things to worry about. I take it week by week," said fan Forest Luke.
And for the Black and Gold, oh what a week it was. There could be more trading next week, but many of the big names have been already hired.