Originally posted by ninergold:
Maybe not Johnson, but I would have hoped that Haralson would have been worth more than a 7th. A guy that potentially starts has to be worth more than a 7th, but that said, it's good that they are getting something back.
Parys Haralson was originally drafted in the 5th round. We developed him into a starter and he played (well) for us for 7 years. Now, he'd lost his starter's position and appeared likely to fall to number 4 this year the way Lemonier was playing (and since he wasn't a key special teams contributer, he was likely to get cut). Since the average player only plays 4 years, it seems like we got great value out of Haralson. Why would a team give up more than what they did for a reserve on the wrong side of his peak years? In his best year he had 8 1/2 sacks, so you pretty much see his top end. So the Saints got a stop-gap, a guy who can fill in capably until their top line guys get back. And what did we give up? A player we were going to cut, because at his age, he wasn't worth his salary. These are the hard, cold facts of the NFL, and teams that don't get it end up like the Niners of 04-07. This team is thinking like a team that wants to stay on top for the next decade.
Did they "lose" this trade? Maybe. Did they "lose" the Johnson trade? Maybe that one too. And Colin Jones? Maybe. And Alex Smith? Okay, probably not. But the point is they're going to go in to next years draft, ONCE AGAIN, with the most picks of any one, and likely with 6 of the top 100 and the flexibility to move around the board to get exactly who they want.
Last year we got AJ Jenkins after waiting for our pick to come around. This year, we were able to move around aggressively and we got 4 guys who look like they're going to help immediately, and we've got 3 more "red-shirting" on IR/PUP. With the same flexibility next year, we'll be able to replace Brown, Rogers, Whitner, Goodwin, and almost certainly more as we rebuild a talented young nucleus around Colin and Aldon, and all the while, remain Super Bowl contenders!
This is not the time for whining, but for marveling at the brilliance of Harbaugh, Baalke, Maraag, and even Jed for putting this together. The way the organization is thinking I anticipate a sustained run of success a la the Pittsburgh Steelers.