Trade value for our WRs? Who - to where - and for what?

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  1. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    Barring injury, in great contrast to last year, we have significant depth at WR... so much so that our 5/6 WR could be a solid 3, or maybe even #2 WR on another team.

    So here's the question

    again, barring injury, do you see the team trading a WR? If so, who - and for what? A draft pick? If so where? Or perhaps a trade for a position player. Any insights on what teams have need at WR - and where they might have depth that could benefit us?

    Seems to me that Gaffney and Washington are the most likely trade candidates. One can debate keeping Gaffney or Caldwell - I'd say Caldwell has the edge with timining with Brady - though I think Gaffney does some things better than Caldwell - hence good trade value.

    Washington's effectively in a "show me" first year of a contract that - if he produces for a team, can be a real value. If he doesn't he renegotiates or gets cut - again, worth taking a chance for a team.

    Maybe its conditional picks for either - that always strikes me as fair.

    Doug Gabriel garnered only a 5th rounder from us last year - though I think we'd all agree even that was overpaying. I'd say a 4th round draft pick is possible - maybe higher if its a conditional pick and the players do well with extra playing time on another team. Of course much depends on the performance of the players in pre-season, but let's just assume everyone plays to general expectations.

    So all things being equal, whos' the best trade bait from our WR depth should everyone remain healthy and perform to expectations?
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2007
  2. 37Harrison

    37Harrison 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

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    I don't think the Pats are going to be able to trade with anyone. Teams will just wait until the Pats have to cut one of them and then sign.

    The only way I see this happening is if a team is extremely desperate for a WR (like the Pats last year) and have the luxury of forfeiting one if their draft picks. Even then, it's a long shot.

    Teams are going to wait until after the mandatory cuts are made and then sign whomever gets cut.
  3. italian pat patriot

    italian pat patriot In the Starting Line-Up

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    personally i agree with you
  4. stinkypete

    stinkypete In the Starting Line-Up

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    Maybe the Pats could get a 6 out of someone for Washington. A team like the Texans or Raiders may be willing to cough up.

    While trades are unlikely this time of year, don't forget we pulled off 2 preseason trades last year.
  5. MetalBleachers

    MetalBleachers Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    :agree: Besides, you never know how the WRs will interact and what the best combo will be. I'm rooting for Bam.
  6. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

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    As others have pointed out before, the advantage to not waiting is that there's less competition. I could definitely see the Pats trading one of the lower WRs to, say, the Titans.
  7. Pats726

    Pats726 Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Very possible...I also think an offfensive lineman might be gone.
  8. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi Supporter

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    We can probably get a low pick - no point in waiting for them to be cut then the team has to compete against 30 other teams. Toss a #6 our way and the player is their's.
  9. sieglo

    sieglo In the Starting Line-Up

    The problem with this theory is that it assumes there's only one team out there that needs a WR. As soon as there are more than one team that has need, you create a situation where a team might be willing to compensate the Pats for the surety of a trade.
  10. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    Right - that's why trades happen - if there's a player you want, or a player you need, you trade for him. There's always injuries and high need during pre-season at different positions. It's tough to imagine there won't be a team in need of WR depth.

    If you wait until the player is cut you're pretty much not interested in that player in the first place and willing to take the risk that 29 other teams might sign him before you.

    Most GMs understand this - which is why I think a trade is very possible given our depth.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2007
  11. psychoPat

    psychoPat Role Player Supporter

    Besides those 3 supernumerary WRs,
    i also view Kaczur
    and Josh Miller as trade bait.

    As ever, at this stage of the cycle expect to receive lower value
    for players who are cut candidates anyway. (Kaczur is not.)
    But when several teams could be interested in a guy
    ... each has some small incentive to keep the player under contract thru a trade,
    rather than bidding for him in an auction.
  12. jbb9s

    jbb9s In the Starting Line-Up

    Washington and Stallworth and Brown were all free agents this offseason. I would think that if any team wanted any of those three, they would have just gone and signed them directly instead of giving the patriots the chance to sign and broker a trade for compensation.
  13. Keegs

    Keegs In the Starting Line-Up

    we should trade Caldwell for whatever we can get for him.
  14. patriot lifer

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    yippee, a sixth or seventh round pick. maybe we'll get another insider linebacker with it
  15. Keegs

    Keegs In the Starting Line-Up

    Sounds fine to me, seriously.

    At this point i would be happy with trading him for Monty Beisel. (kinda kidding but not really).
  16. patriot lifer

    patriot lifer In the Starting Line-Up

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    and maybe the replacement won't have great saucer-like eyes that don't blink
  17. shakadave

    shakadave In the Starting Line-Up

    This is exactly what I was going to say, right down to the 6th rounder.
  18. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    Seriously folks, look over the history of trades when there's a need on a team - why we ourselves have given up a 2nd round draft choice for a #3 WR and a CB who will remain nameless. If there's a need or injury elsewhere in the NFL I think we can get more than a 6th round draft choice for a player who could assume #3 or #2 WR duties on another team.

    Obviously Stallworth, Moss, Welker and Troy are not going to be traded for various reasons. Caldwell, Gaffney and Washington all could be.
  19. pats1

    pats1 Moderator Supporter

    Get over it.
  20. patriot lifer

    patriot lifer In the Starting Line-Up

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    they're hypnotic

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