Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Nobody is going to offer Grant a draft pick that high. You have to remember that Grant was playing in our system, next to a star inside backer, a superstar RDE, and two DB's who were Pro-Bowlers.
Offering something that high would simply guarantee that he would be with the team in 2012.
The simple fact is that when he played for Willis, Grant played very well, in my estimate much better than most thought he would. The quality of the players around him does not diminish his play any more than the quality of those players diminishes the play of Patrick Willis.
Grant, again in my estimation, showed that he can be a good starting inside linebacker in this league. His play increased greatly the chance that teams would be willing to sign him as a restricted free agent.
The idea that some team would be willing to give up a second round pick to sign Grant, a starting-quality inside linebacker, does not seem unreasonable to me.
By putting a second round tender on him we accomplish two things. First, we enhance the chances that he will stay with the team. Second, we insure that team will receive due compensation for losing him.
In my opinion, it is better to keep him, but if we cannot, getting a 2nd round pick (or close to a second if a trade were to happen) would be useful.
We only have two inside linebackers signed to contracts next year—Willis and Bowman. If we lose Grant, we lose a superb back-up. That loss would mean that we will have to use either free agency or the draft in an attempt to replace him.
If we only put a lower tender on him, the original draft pick tender, we would only get a seventh round pick. This lower tender would basically insure that the team would lose him.
[ Edited by buck on Feb 6, 2012 at 1:53 AM ]