Originally posted by theduke85:
Originally posted by truekingcarlos:
I think we've had an A+ offseason. I really do. Acquired Boldin for a 6th, and we acquired potentially two second-round picks over the next two years. That is huge!
Totally agree man, what a disaster. Baalke's played it cheap for 2 years in FA and it's shown. Our best chance to win a SB was the last 2 years, we should have gone all in and gotten proven impact FA's, but we didn't and it's contributed to our inability win the big one.
However, we have added one possible impact player -- Boldin. We also lost Goldson (overrated in my opinion, but still a good player); that was a good long-term decision by the franchise, but our D does take a step back because of it. The Seahawks have definitely added one in Harvin, and Bennett and Avril are both nothing to sneeze at. We both have improved the state of our franchises, it's just the Seahawks will see immediate returns, whereas the picks from the Smith trade may not amount to anything for a couple years. But again, this is not to say that the Seahawks have somehow damaged their future. I don't think they've done that at all.
Whether or not they've damaged their future depends on the Harvin gamble. And, it is a gamble. He's a player with a history of health problems and injuries going to a home stadium that features a cold, slippery, wet artificial surface. They've given up a first rounder plus 30 to 40 million over the next four years. If the worst happens and he has another injury, they've got over $27 million in dead money. And, now while the Seahawks don't have a pick until late in the second, the Niners will have three by then.
The Niners are sitting there with three picks in the first 63 positions and four more after that in the next couple rounds. And, this draft is thought to be the strongest on defense in many years which is exactly what the Niners need. Nobody builds any enduring success through high-priced free agents anymore. Haven't you guys been watching. Who does that and wins these days? Nobody. All the enduring contenders build through the draft and are careful with what they spend on free agents. For years now, teams making a big splash early in free agency almost always tank. I'm not sure why, but that's the way it's been lately in the NFL.