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RoanokeFan
04-27-2012, 02:32 PM
MORE DEALS COMING AS NFL DRAFT CONTINUES? (http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html)

"The second round of the NFL draft begins Friday night with St. Louis on the
clock. Unless, of course, the Rams and the rest of the teams are still in a
trading mood.
<p class="shsParagraph2">St. Louis was as active as anyone in the frenzied
wheeling and dealing of the opening round. The Rams actually got it started
weeks ago when they moved down from No. 2 to No. 6, receiving a boatload of
picks from Washington because the Redskins wanted to take Baylor quarterback <a>Robert Griffin
III</a>. The Rams also moved down from sixth to 14th in a deal with Dallas,
which took LSU cornerback <a>Morris Claiborne</a>.
</p>
<p class="shsParagraph3">When the bartering was over, there were eight trades
Thursday night involving 12 of the league's 32 teams. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph4">Those deals affected the rest of the seven rounds, of
course. Minnesota and Tampa Bay traded back into the first round when it was
almost complete, surrendering second-round spots to Baltimore and Denver,
respectively. The Vikings and Buccaneers sent their earlier </p>
<p class="shsParagraph4">first-round picks elsewhere, too. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph5">"This is what makes the draft so fun," Vikings general
manager Rick Spielman said after using the 29th overall pick to grab Notre Dame
safety <a>Harrison
Smith</a>. "The moving up and down and accumulating picks then using those picks
to potentially move back up if you target a player. I know the depth at safety
in this draft was very slim. We wanted to make sure that we started on our
secondary and improving that area. We feel very strongly that Harrison will
definitely do that." </p>
<p class="shsParagraph6">Tampa Bay jumped back into the opening round at No. 31,
one spot from the end, to get Boise State running back <a>Doug Martin</a>. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph7">"There was a guy we targeted that we had a lot of
interest in," Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik said. "For a couple reasons we made
that trade for <a>Doug
Martin</a>. No. 1 who he is, a great team leader at Boise State ... a productive
football player. We felt like we wanted to get a back in this year's draft and
felt he was a complete back. To do that, what happens also is you ... end up
with a five-year deal on a first-year pick's contract, which is important to me
because that is extra value you get that isn't always seen." </p>
<p class="shsParagraph8">Plus, the Bucs sent the fourth-round pick they acquired
from Jacksonville earlier in the first round - the Jaguars took safety <a>Mark Barron</a> of Alabama
- to the Broncos, but Tampa Bay still owns another spot in the fourth round.
</p>
<p class="shsParagraph9">"Obviously we have five more selections to go and we're
very excited about that," Dominik said. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph10">Not that it's a given the Bucs will keep all of those
choices. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph11">The trading frenzy was driven in part by the rookie wage
scale that helps set costs for picks in the first round. With the extravagant
salaries and bonuses toned down, teams are much more willing to move up, whether
it's one spot to ensure getting a player you desperately want - Cleveland
dealing with Minnesota to grab Alabama running back <a>Trent Richardson</a>
- or 11, as the Patriots did with two trades. </p>
<p class="shsParagraph12">"We can't predict what's going to happen, so we just
watch the players as they come off (the board)," Patriots coach Bill Belichick
said. "When we have opportunities, we take advantage of them. We didn't know we
would be able to trade up to where we were for the cost we had to pay. But it
worked out that way, so great." </p>

NYGRealityCheck
04-27-2012, 07:08 PM
During the draft, they had mentioned that the new rookie salary cap system may be the reason behind all these trades. Teams no longer have to break the bank and less risks involved to sign first-round picks.

Could the Giants have traded Jacobs for draft pick(s) instead of just releasing him? Even just for a 7th round pick Asante-Samuels-style....

RoanokeFan
04-27-2012, 08:19 PM
During the draft, they had mentioned that the new rookie salary cap system may be the reason behind all these trades. Teams no longer have to break the bank and less risks involved to sign first-round picks.

Could the Giants have traded Jacobs for draft pick(s) instead of just releasing him? Even just for a 7th round pick Asante-Samuels-style....

No, he was a free agent