I am in the "don't get it" camp when it comes to this trade. Yes, a 7th is better than nothing. But it doesn't seem we got enough value with the trade compared to the value he would have had on the team. Injuries are a complete fluke. We have no reason to think our OLBs will get injured this year, but no reason to think they won't. And we all saw the struggles our D had last year because of injuries.
We obviously weren't resigning Parys, so this difference between his salary and Skuta/Johnson/Lemeonier isn't significant enough to mean we can or can't sign Iupati (or anyone else currently eligible) to an extension.
I just don't buy the "better than nothing" philosophy because if we couldn't get value, it seems to me that there are at least half a dozen other players less valuable to the team we could have released instead of Parys. It's not like we couldn't cut (or trade) him later in the year as players came back from injuries and/or proved themselves if we need the roster spot.
But a 7th rounder who likely won't make the team vs solid depth at a key position doesn't seem like a good trade off. I'd rather have Parys for even part of the season than a 7th rounder.
It's easy to say a 7th can be a Colston, like a 6th can be Brady or a UDFA can be Boone. But those are the anomalies. Just look at our 7th rounders for the past few years:
2009: Curtis Taylor - Did nothing
RJF - Solid player. Good pickup.
2010: Phillip Adams - Did nothing
2011: Bruce Miller - Great pick, But also, FBs rarely get drafted except very late.
Mike Person - Did nothing
Curtis Holcomb - Did nothing
2012: Cam Johnson - Has promise, but has done nothing due to injuries
2013: Carter Bykowski - Has not impressed early
Marcus Cooper - Has not impressed early
So, in the last 5 drafts, picking 8 players, a FB is our only real standout and RJF is the only other player who has shown anything significant at the pro level.
The jury is still our on some picks, but odds are way better than 50/50 that a 7th rounder doesn't make the team or stick for more than a year if he does.
To me, that crap shoot of MAYBE finding a gem in the 7th is not more valuable than a proven backup at a critical position whose roster spot/salary can be purged at any time if needed.
Not to mention the fact that we gave a conference rival, who desperately needed help, exactly the help they needed for practically nothing. This is a team we could easily see in the playoffs and we helped them get better. I would feel a little better about this if Parys went to an AFC team or at least one in the NFC very unlikely to make the playoffs, but I don't see a 7th rounder helping us as much as Parys will help the Saints.
[ Edited by TexasNiner on Aug 27, 2013 at 6:40 AM ]