MMQB Mailbag: Quick thoughts on draft and where Boldin might land
The NFL recently released the
Seven teams look interesting to me:
• Now that St. Louis has released
• Carolina dealt its first-round pick on draft day last year to acquire tackle
• I expect New England to get a third-round compensatory pick because of the loss of prime free-agent
• Because of the failure of the
• New Cleveland GM
• The Eagles and Giants, two receiver-needy teams, are in position to deal for
Now for your e-mails:
Thanks, Bobby. Good points.
All of those points are good, Benny. And there is probably more blame on the side of Taylor than the team. But here's this: The Redskins are without the 44th pick in the draft, and they lost it over a player who had one impact game -- the two-sack performance against Philadelphia. Think of the borderline first-round picks that could be had in a top-heavy draft. It's a big blow to the 'Skins long-term.
No, other than this: The fact that a deal for Peppers didn't get done around the start of free-agency means teams think the price is too high for him. Who wants to pay a first-round pick (or more) plus $14 million a year for a guy whose legend always has been a little better than the reality?
Why introduce race? I like Jackson, have
Tomlinson turns 30 in June and his average per carry has slipped from 5.2 to 4.7 to 3.8 in the last three seasons. Why, other than because of sentimentality, would you want to invest big money in him? I love Tomlinson as a player and a person, but you pay in this game for what a player is about to do, not for what he has done. And you don't pay big to 30-year-old running backs.
Probably not. I said I didn't think Tomlinson should be compensated for anything other than what he is going to do in the future. As for Boldin, it doesn't make much sense for the Cards to pay two receivers a combined one-sixth of their entire salary cap. Imagine your quarterback and two receivers averaging $33 million a year. It's too much. I think Boldin should be dealt for a low first-round pick. It'd be a great trade for the Cards and whatever team lands him.