Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Can someone help me to understand this- Parys Haralson is clearly a starter at OLB in the NFL, has some good seasons under his belt, and is pretty good against the run. I don't know how many starts he has, but I'd venture to say over 40. We traded him for a 7th round pick. How on earth is a player who has never played a down in the NFL, also a 7th round pick himself, supposed to be traded for more than what we got for Parys Haralson? Then we have Anquan Boldin who we got for a sixth, without whom, the Ravens do not win the Super Bowl. What trade value chart are these guys using? Cam was going to rarely play this season, if he was ever going to be active at all.
On the flip side, we lost Marquise Gray (I was disappointed), but we got someone else who we could be developing to be the next Delanie Walker (in terms of versatility). Trent Baalke is playing chess on three levels with the league.
I also must add that I LOVE the way Baalke has salvaged the 2012 draft.
Haralson is not clearly a starter. He is a solid player with poor pash-rushing skills, that will soon be on the decline due to his age. If you don't have a decent player in the position, then he has value to you - like the Saints. He's old, and he isn't going to become a good pash rusher at this point in his career. For those reasons, a 7th sounds right.
Boldin would have never left his team if he had a lower salary cap figure, but he was the 3rd WR for the Ravens, and they weren't prepared to invest that much money in the WR position. So for salary cap reasons they were going to have to cut him, but instead traded him for a 6th. In addition, he is old, and on a 1 year contract, so that along with his salary did not make him an attractive option. 49ers valued his production on the field, and felt they had the salary cap this year to cover the 6 million salary. It ended up being a stroke of pure genius when Crabtree went down and he became our #1 WR.
Cam Johnson is young, and has managed to make a team for the past 2 years. He has also demonstrated some pash rush skill. He has not reached his limit. He could potentially become an above average performer in the league. How many 7th round picks can say that after 2 years? Personally, I think trading him away for a 7th is too low. I think at least a 6th would be more reasonable, but I understand that they didn't want to have so many OLB on the roster. So the Colts instead of having a 7th next year on a player that may not even make the team, instead have a veteran player that has some skills. I would definitely make that deal if I were the Colts and needed depth or a starter at OLB.
P.S. Has it confirmed that he went for a 7th? I haven't seen that report yet.