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    Report: Top four teams have discussed trading down | ProFootballTalk.com

    According to PFT, the top 4 teams have all discussed trading down. Now it makes sense that the Seymour trade was for a 2011 first-round pick, especially given that Oakland was likely to be one of these teams at the time of the trade.

    It seems to me (although I'm no cap expert) that a very uncertain cap/CBA situation will make the draft a sticky situation for high-drafting teams. Players are going to demand a ton of money, arguing that there is no salary cap. Meanwhile, teams are going to be concerned about the long-term implications of signing players to mega-contracts without knowing the future structure of the league.

    PFT also points out that the talent in this draft is very deep, which also makes signing a top pick a bad investment. Of course, draft "experts" have been saying this every year until the draft itself, when suddenly there are must-have players in the top three.

    One other benefit that no one has really pointed out is the 4-5 quarterbacks that are likely to be taken in round one. Since the Patriots are already set at that position, that is 4-5 more relevant quality players that will available when they draft.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    If I'm a deep-pocketed owner picking late, I send my, say, #20 pick in the draft, and a 2nd (at best) for one of those picks, just to see if they bite.

    Then I pick a stud and use this year's salary cap to my dvantage.

    Say the going rate is $10 million a year.

    Structure the contract like so:

    $19 million
    $9.5 million
    $6.5 million
    $6.5 million

    You get a top first round pick with no negative impact on the salary cap.

    You must feel strongly however that the guy will pan out.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    It's only a bad investment if the player drafted is a burst. And also, I don't rookie signings this season being much different than other seasons, for the simple fact that if a rookie holds out this year, they know more than likely there will be a rookie cap next season and not only that, there might not be any football so they won't get paid at all, so it is in their benefit to sign this year, if there was any year teams can play hardball with rookies it's this year.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    4 or 5? I would be shocked if 4-5 go in the 1st round, let alone before the Pats pick. Clausen and Bradford will go for sure, but the others probably won't, unless someone reaches for Tebow (and who knows, that may be New England). Doubt McCoy goes in round 1, if he does he will be at the end of the round. Not sure who you think is the 5th guy, but I definitely don't see anyone else worthy of a 1st rounder (Tebow and McCoy aren't really worthy of 1st rounders either but may get overdrafted).
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    I forgot that Jake Locker is staying in school. I wouldn't be surprised if there are 4 QBs in the first round. The Pats also have lots of second round picks... teams always reach for quarterbacks.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    My thoughts exactly. Any team taking Tebow or Lefevour in the first is over drafting.

    However, I do expect McCoy to have a great pro day and really skyrocket up the draft board. I think McCoy's accuracy is the best in this draft. All he has to do is show decent arm strength and he is a first rounder in my opinion.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    I find it hard to believe that McCoy suddenly is considered a first round possibility. 2nd is more realistic.

    If a team takes Tebow in the first they're unbelievably dumb.

    LeFevour I could see going as a Boller/Flacco fly up the boards type.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    3rd is most likely where he would go. Tebow will probably go in the mid second unless somebody trades up or down. LeFevour isn't a good enough passer to make a Flacco type move up but he could also go in the second.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    I am pretty sure that the following year can't be less than 30% of the previous years salary or something like that. I am not definite but i think i heard something like that would be in place. But maybe it's that the salary can't exceed that 30%. Gist is i think there is something in place to stop that scenario even tho i think that would be a good idea too if possible
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    With the way he structured it, it isn't. Unless you mean the following year can't be more than 30% less than the previous years salary.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    I believe there are stipulations in the $$ rules for the uncapped year that prevents teams from doing this.....otherwise, why not just do:

    $40 million
    $500K
    $500k
    $500K
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes se

    With the potential lockout next year, this year had a record breaking number of underclassman declare for the draft. This is the draft where you want to be in the mid rounds, whereas next year should see a decline in underclassmen and also a possible rookie salary cap. Teams will want to have the highest draft picks they can get next year. That said, I would not be surprised to see the Pats trade into the first round again next year. With 3 second rounders the possibilities are endless. Every year there are teams that trade their future 1st round picks for second rounders
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes se

    I'd still rather have Oakland's 2010 first and a shot at Eric Berry. :(
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    It's 50% max reduction per year to avoid cap penalties.

    So you could go:

    10
    5
    2.5

    And it would be kosher.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    Thanks VJC, good info to know.

    So by this defintion then, upstater1's downward progressive scale fits perfectly.

    19m year1
    9.5 year 2
    6.5 year 3
    6.5 year 4

    All are less than 50%, and fit the scale well.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    Almost as if upstater1 already knew the rules ;)
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    You may be onto something;)

    Either that, or he's got a knack for crazy coincidences--in which case I'm hoping to take him to Vegas.

    Either way, he's a man of many talents, as he correctly generated the playoff scenarios weeks ahead, when all of the media outlets got it wrong.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    I hear he is good at counting cards too
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    I did know the rules.

    I read every single snippet of the uncapped year FAQ.

    Pretty interesting stuff, and there's so much there that an aggressive coach and owner could set their team up for several Super Bowls, if they play it right.

    There are so many variables involved, so much chaos and upheaval, that the franchises with smart management can do an end-run against some of the more dunderheaded clowns in the business.
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    Re: PFT: Top 4 Teams discuss trading down/ Belichick's deferred Oakland trade makes s

    Blot the drool off your chin and don't rub your hands together with such glee - have some dignity now so you can gloat properly down the road. :snob:
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