Obviously our first preference is to sign Assante. We don't need picks and we do need a #1 corner. In gridiron heaven, I pray they can all get together on a new deal for Assante. But back on planet Earth, we should assume he gets traded. So some observations on that: - I hope the Patriots are initiating and running these talks this time, instead of letting the player influence who our trading partner will be. - Teams we don't send him to: Indy, San Diego, Denver, Jets, Bills, Dolphins. Don't even take their phone call. - Assante' worth is a mid-1st rounder in 2007 (i.e., #15-17). Not a high 1st rounder, not a low 1st rounder, not a next year 1st (unless the team's so bad we might get a top-12 pick). He's a top-tier player, but he's not worth the #6 pick in this draft either. - 2007 1st round best bets: #11 San Fran, #13 Rams, #19 Titans, #20 Giants, #22 Cowboys. For those picks better than #16, we would have to sweeten the pot. For those worse than #16, they would have to sweeten the pot. - 2008 1st round best bets: any of the bottom-10 teams except Miami: Raiders, Lions, Browns, Bucs, Ariz, Redskins, Vikes, Falcons, Texans. The 49ers intrigue me the most as a possible partner: - they have a lot of picks: a high 1st, high 2nd, high 3rd, low 3rd, and three 4th's - so using their 1st rounder on Assante won't be overly painful. - They're on the rise, with a legit chance to go deep in the playoffs next year - so they may think that an Assante Samuel could get them over the top - As a sweetener, we could swap our #28 for their high 2nd (#42), or give them a 2008 pick (say a 3rd).