I still the the book on how to value a slot receiver in this league is being written. I don't think any owners, coach, player, or agent has any realm of an idea as to what the best slot receiver in the game should be making.
I just dont see any team giving up a first round pick for Cruz AND paying Cruz two or three times what they'd pay a first round pick. They'd be shooting themselves in the foot (twice). Just doesn't make sense, especially the way he played down the stretch.
I still don't think they'll do it, but only because they don't have all of their draft picks in 2013.
Honestly, I can see Cruz in a Patriots uniform. I wouldn't put it past any GM to give up a 1st for Cruz. He's probably the best all-around WR in FA right now. I would certainly give up a 1st if I was already planning on drafting a WR in rounds 1 or 2.
Last edited by Rush4Blitz2; 02-12-2013 at 12:05 AM.
Honestly I could see Dallas giving up a first for Cruz, or at least attempting to (they're in a lot of cap hell as well right now, so we could potentially match any offer they'd make). Cruz was also a cowboys fan before signing with the Giants... yeah it would suck...
Wallace, Bowe, Jennings, Amendola, Welker and Hartline are all FAs that require no draft compensation. Teams looking to pay for a WR can probably find better value and not send Reese a 1st rounder.
Dallas already has a shifty slot guy in Austin.
Cincy has cap space to sign any two guys they want. Why give up a pick ?
NE might do it. The last 3-4 picks in the draft are almost untradeable and the players available are no better than the second rounders. They have some money to spend and like shifty inside guys to pair up with their two TE sets. I could see BB thinking that if he has to pay 7m/yr for a slot receiver he might as well be 26 instead of 32.
There is absolutely no way we could match a NE deal. BB would put a poison pill in the contract so matching it would be impossible.