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Draft vs. Free Agency vs. Trade

Angel Eyes : 2/24/2021 2:20 pm
Regarding the acquisition of new players, which do you trust the most?

I'll be honest, I'm not sure which one I'd trust.
Big Blue '56 : 2/24/2021 2:22 pm : link
Danny Kanell : 2/24/2021 2:29 pm : link
Chip : 2/24/2021 2:32 pm : link
contracts are cheaper which allows you to get the free agents. Although it is ok to trade later round picks 3rd and lower for veterans especially if they have bonus money that the existing team needs to eat and we have for a lower cap figure
Impossible to generalize. It depends on the specifics. We did very  
Ira : 2/24/2021 3:01 pm : link
well signing Bradberry, Martinez and Ryan last year. But Thomas came around, McKinney looks promising and a few of the later picks contributed.
Define Trust?  
George from PA : 2/24/2021 3:33 pm : link
FA biggest risk is probably injury....or will big dollars change a player is a know commodity. Committing cap and spending big on FA....has its own risks.

Trades is not a common practice in NFL and unfortunately driven by....either a poor season, an internal dilemma or removing a, trading for draft picks is different (see draft). the cheapest way to improve salary are defined. Further down the draft....the chances of landing a player falls. It is the life blood...bad drafts will doom teams....good drafts will support teams....great draft will carry teams to success. Without it....the other 2.... can not sustain success
There is a difference between "trust" and "prefer"  
Mike from Ohio : 2/24/2021 3:42 pm : link
If you mean which is the best avenue to acquire a known quantity, it is absolutely trade/FA. You have already seen what someone is at the NFL level.

It is optimal if you can draft the premium positions (QB, LT, WR, EGDE, CB) and fill gaps with FA for the rest, but the biggest risk is the draft as the washout percentages show.

So I "trust" FA the most, but "prefer" to build through the draft.
A couple different answers  
Eli Wilson : 2/24/2021 3:44 pm : link
Trust - FA, Draft, Trade
Best use of resources - Draft, FA, Trade

I guess I just don't typically like NFL trades. Seems it usually involves one team dumping a player.
With NY Giants?  
Jimmy Googs : 2/24/2021 3:48 pm : link
D. None of the above
How can it not be free agency/trades?  
bw in dc : 2/24/2021 3:58 pm : link
You have video/film of someone who has actually played in the NFL. That is invaluable vs. trying to project what a college kid is going to do when the lights go on...
what BW said  
djm : 2/24/2021 5:04 pm : link
how is this even up for debate? All things equal? Of course give me the 25 or 26 year old FA as I know this guy has played at a high level in the pros. The best collegiate players of all time have washed out once drafted to the big leagues.

I want to trade for a disgruntled star and pay him. I think that's the safest way to get that star player.
If you are talking about “trust”, I like trades better. Usually fills  
Ivan15 : 2/25/2021 12:50 am : link
A need and you know what you are getting. I would not trade much for a reclamation project, however.
Dragon : 2/25/2021 5:56 am : link
Biggest risk is teams overpaying for marginal talents who played the FA year into media and fans overall wishful beliefs.
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