From: Atlanta, GA
ORIGINAL: Tom Sykes
Spielman did that often, either as a result of advertising his willingness to trade back or even initiating calls to do so, and the team may have not gotten fair value at times. However, if it's in the middle or later rounds, the team is about to pick and they have a few equally weighted candidates on their board, and then some team calls and offers an extra pick to move down a couple picks (e.g. drop from pick #101 to #103 in return for a 6th round pick), I don't see a problem with doing that, provided that the extra picks are evaluated as more than fair value for the move back.
Whether you liked Spielman's draft trades or not, based on trade value charts they were mostly neutral to very solidly positive.
What sunk Spielman was Teddy's freak knee accident. I didn't want them to trade the first round pick for a desperation QB Bradford, but they wanted to take a shot with a great defense. Teddy was good enough to win with that defense, and he'd have been cheap enough to keep the defense stocked. Instead they had to scramble from that point on, didn't get lucky enough in the draft, and too much cap got sucked into QB to keep everything else together.
Spielman, for the most part was a pretty good draft position swapper. The issue was leveraging down from the round third rd. on, to beef up his late picks and meet his 10+ pick quota. And the bad draft trades for players like Herndon and Ngakoue.
Teddy would have been devastating for any franchise. I do not fault Spielman for getting abused in the Bradford trade nor the Cousins signing ... every investment of time energy effort by everybody involved hinges on decent QB play. But IMO the OL was never going to be good enough in the Spielman years for Teddy to be better than barely adequate. A healthy Teddy is barely adequate now. I have my doubts that a non-injury Teddy would have been able to match Keenum's out-of-his-gourd play in 2017. Yes, extending a non-injury Teddy would have been cheaper in the long run than the contractual fiasco of Cousins but Cousins is a much better QB and what would Spielman have done with the extra cap space ... more extensions for over the hill favorites? Kalil Robison Greenway Rudolph might still be on the roster.
Wild conjecture yes, but I don't think Teddy was the beginning of the end for Spielman Zimmer era. Only their Phase I Team Building Plan 2014-2017.
2018-2021 was all on them and was simply one GM-HC shot to the foot after another.
Go Kwesi Adofo-Mensah!
Nice summary. I agree. No legitimate argument to keep Zimmer/Spielman after the myriad of mistakes since 2017.