Lets think about this for a second.....
Trade a 3rd for Hakeem Nicks for 8 - 10 games before he "commands Mike Wallace money".
A player who is injury prone and hasn't broken 800 yards in 3 years, yes he is on pace for 1,200 yards in NYG's offense but how will he translate to ours? He is by everyone elses' account a "young Boldin" so we'll have 3 yac possession receives with Crabtree being the most dynamic and still no deep threat....
Trade a 2nd for Josh Gordon for 2.5 seasons with the POSSIBILITY of him being suspended for up to a season.
A player that is on pace for 1,200 yards and is only scratching the surface of his potential and he has been playing Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and god knows who else(I don't remember if Cleveland has played other QBs...). Gordon would give us a real big play/deep threat that is big and physical, something our offense does not have.
I will take a "character risk" for 2.5 seasons at minimum salary in a trade that we could attach conditions regarding a potential suspensions over an injury prone version of 2 other players that we already have on our roster.
Neither trade is realistic and I don't expect Balke to move on either player so it is an irrelevant discussion.
The only thing that tips the scale in Nicks' favor is his post season experience and I don't think it is enough to warrant it because our team's MO is to have players sit and learn the playbook for a few weeks. So we'd burn 2 or 3 weeks of an 6-8 game(plus post season) rental having Nicks learn the book.
That point makes the acquisition of Gordon that much more likable because the team actually be investing their time and money in a long term investment that we might actually be able to afford a contraction extension on in 2.5 years rather than losing Nicks to FA 4 months after spending a pick on him.
[ Edited by sfout on Oct 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM ]