Let’s assume the Giants tender restricted free agent Victor Cruz at the 1st round level, as expected. If some other team around the league wanted to sign Cruz, they would have to forfeit their first round pick to the Giants, if the Giants chose not to match the offer.
Yesterday, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly tweeted a scenario in which it might make sense for the Rams, with 2 first round picks, to make a run at Cruz:
We’ll use Geoff’s initial thought, but let’s apply it to the 49ers instead. The 49ers already have 12 picks, will likely have 15 after comp picks are awarded later this month, and could use a bigtime playmaker like Cruz. Plus, their first round pick is way back at 31, which would be far less difficult to part with than something a little earlier in the draft.
What would you rather have? Victor Cruz at a high salary, or the 31st overall pick in the draft?