Originally posted by 5280High:
People realize this was the plan all along right? There was no way we could keep 5 OLBs all season and they didnt want to release Cam and get nothing.
This. We had 5 OLB's. The usual number is 4, so we were overloaded at OLB. Yes, it would be nice to have extra depth at the position. It would also be nice to carry 8 CB's and 15 D-Linemen, but you're limited to 53 players and every "extra" guy you carry at any position effects your depth at some other position.
The front office made a smart play here. Instead of just releasing players like Haralson and Johnson - and getting nothing in return - they've gotten draft picks which will translate into flexibility in future drafts. The 9ers made at least 4 trades in this years draft. Reid, Carradine, MacDonald, and Lemonier were all picked after draft day trades. Many picks equals draft day maneuverability.
Another advantage in trading, rather than releasing, players is that you have some control over where they go, i.e., NOT the NFC West.
[ Edited by Lifer on Sep 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM ]