Dead on with #1...drafting a WR with the #7 is not worth it...better to draft defense...at least we won't have to look at direct comparisons between Randy and Williams/Edwards all next year (which is bound to happen with the a$$hole media)...better to improve the defense and have a better shot at winning games by stopping people rather than trying to outscore them (which usually doesn't work).
1. Yes, we do have options in the draft, but the only extra pick is that number 7. If we use that pick on a WR, we would have replaced Randy Moss with either Mike Williams or Braylon Edwards. The trade would basically be Moss for Rookie WR + Napoleon Harris - not worth it. Since we got Harris, Claiborne will likely go elsewhere this offseason, so the net improvement to the LB corps in pretty much a wash.
2. Our ability to trade away a back for defense is good, but we could have done that WITH Randy.
3. So far, Fowler seems like a scumbag to me. Anyone who believes he had no knowledge of Randy being traded is nuts. I believe he not only ok'd the move, but was probably one of the reasons it happened.
Im not trying to be a dickhead here, I just think that we could have done everything we needed to do WITH the best WR in the game. The only single difference is having that 7th overall pick. Whoever we select with that pick will not ever have the impact that Randy had on this team.
It is very possible that we will get better as a TEAM this offseason, but if we do actually improve, we could have done everything without taking Randy out of the equation. He freed up 2 mil in cap room this year - not a big deal, as we would have still had around 30 mil anyways.
If we do go after a lot of FAs and have a better team and season as a result, dont let it fool you that it was because of the Randy trade that we got better. A lot of the moves we make from this point on are to try to save face for getting Randy out of here. When you see how good we are next year, add Randy Moss back on offense and picture how good we would be.