04-10-2008, 11:34 AM
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Join Date: Nov 2004
Re: If McFadden is available at #7 would you trade Maroney for an additional 1st rd.
Originally Posted by AndyJohnson
It really doesnt make sense.
As of now we have Maroney plus the #7.
If we made such a trade, we'd have McFadden plus what #20 or so?
We would be severely decereasing the value of our pick in order to bring in a player at a position we are already set. On top of this, we know what Maroney can do, and do not know what McFadden will do as a pro. Everyone seems to automatically think this is Adrian Peterson II, but he could also be KiJana Carter, Blair Thomas, Curtis Enis or Lawrence Phillips, etc, etc.
Personally, I have too many concerns about McFadden to bank so much on him when there is no need to. There are numerous observers who think he will struggle at the NFL level "goes down on first contact", "doesnt run with power" are the typical knocks.
If in order to take that risk you are asking me to:
1) Bail on Maroney, who we KNOW can do the job
2) Devalue my first round pick
3) Eat the remaining signing bonus on Maroneys contract
4) Pay #7 money to hand over our running game to a rookie
5) (3) and (4) hurt the cap significantly this year AND in the future, and its very likely we end up worse off on the field that just using the #7 on a corner (or trading down, getting the corner in mid round 1 and adding another day 1 pick.)
I actually think McFadden will be better than Maroney. Far better.
But as you point out there is a helluva lot of risk reward involved in this move - and I don't think the potential reward outweighs the risk.
Especially since the worst case scenario is that we keep Maroney - who while isn't a game changer in my view, gets the job done more than well enough to keep defenses honest guarding against the run and keeps some pressure off Brady - who we all know IS a game changer.
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