NFC West: trades
The chart below, put together with an assist from Jason Vida of ESPN Stats & Information, singles out those 16 selections. Shading identifies picks currently held by NFC West teams.
The San Francisco 49ers' recent trade for Colt McCoy invovled sending the 164th and 227th choices to the Cleveland Browns for McCoy and the 173rd choice. The Arizona Cardinals' trade for Carson Palmer included Arizona sending the 176th choice to the Oakland Raiders for Palmer and the 219th choice.
The Seattle Seahawks have acquired 13 of them, including current contributors Percy Harvin, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald.
Palmer, acquired by the Arizona Cardinals from the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, joins Vonnie Holliday, Kevin Kolb and Kerry Rhodes as veteran acquisitions for the Arizona Cardinals over the past three seasons.
The chart lists all 27 for NFC West teams. Shading identifies players still on the acquiring teams' rosters.
That makes it tough to criticize the Bills too harshly for making a move that could cost them when the Seahawks face Buffalo in Week 15.
I thought I'd use the occasion to review NFC West player trade acquisitions since early 2010. The time period dates to John Schneider's arrival as the Seahawks' general manager. It also covers Trent Baalke's stint in the role for San Francisco and Les Snead's hiring as GM in St. Louis. Arizona fans might find the subject helpful, too, as they consider whether longtime GM Rod Graves, perceived as relatively inactive, has been aggressive enough in procuring talent.
Players acquired: 12
Overall impact: Significant
Best acquisitions: Lynch, Chris Clemons, Leon Washington.
Worst acquisition: Charlie Whitehurst
Also acquired: Clinton McDonald, Kellen Winslow, Kentwan Balmer, Kevin Vickerson, LenDale White, Robert Henderson, Stacy Andrews, Tyler Polumbus
Comment: Lynch has 3,043 yards rushing since making his Seahawks debut. Only Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice have more over that span. His 27 rushing touchdowns rank tied for fourth. Seattle got him for a 2011 fourth-round pick and a 2012 fifth-rounder. Clemons, acquired from Philadelphia along with a fourth-round choice for Darryl Tapp, has 31 sacks since Seattle acquired him. That ranks eighth in the NFL. Washington, acquired for a 2010 fifth-round choice, has four kickoff returns for touchdowns since the Seahawks acquired him. That is tied with Jacoby Ford for most in the NFL. He averages 31.2 yards per kickoff return this season, a career-high figure that ranks third in the NFL among players with at least 10 returns. The Whitehurst deal was a rip-off, but a least the Seahawks didn't commit too much financially. It's a deal Seattle won't hear about much if current starting quarterback Russell Wilson continues on his current course.
Players acquired: 4
Overall impact: Moderate to high
Best acquisitions: Kerry Rhodes
Worst acquisition: Kevin Kolb
Also acquired: Vonnie Holliday, Charles Scott
Comment: Kolb cost too much for what Arizona has reaped in return. The team was desperate for quarterback help at the time, however, and the move was defensible under the circumstances. Rhodes has been a solid starter since Arizona acquired him from the New York Jets for a 2010 fourth-round choice and a 2011 seventh-rounder. His fumble-forcing sack against Michael Vick triggered a blowout. His pass defensed in the end zone helped preserve a victory at New England. His interception against Miami set up the winning field goal in overtime. Rhodes also had two picks and a forced fumble against the Jets. He and Green Bay's Charles Woodson are the only NFL players with at least eight picks and four sacks since 2010.
San Francisco 49ers
Players acquired: 1
Overall impact: Moderate
Best acquisitions: Ted Ginn Jr.
Worst acquisition: N/A
Also acquired: N/A
Comment: Ginn has two kickoff returns for touchdowns and one punt return for a touchdown since joining the 49ers. He has averaged 11.9 yards per punt return, second only to Patrick Peterson's 12.2-yard average since 2010 among NFC West players with at least 10 returns over that span. Ginn's kickoff return average with the 49ers (23.5) ranks below the NFC West average (24.6) since 2010. Ginn has not made a significant impact as a wide receiver.
St. Louis Rams
Players acquired: 6
Overall impact: Low
Best acquisitions: Mark Clayton, Brandon Lloyd
Worst acquisitions: N/A
Also acquired: Bobby Carpenter, Dennis Morris, Kevin Payne, Wayne Hunter
Comment: Hunter is the only veteran player acquired through trade by the Rams' current leadership. He has been better than Jason Smith, the player St. Louis traded away in the Hunter deal. Clayton was looking like a terrific last-minute acquisition in 2010, but injuries prevented him from making a sustained impact. Lloyd wound up being a short-term rental during a lost 2011 season. He did provide a needed upgrade. I didn't see any "worst" acquisitions for the Rams. These were small-stakes deals.
That had to be one of the better value plays in the 2012 draft, the 49ers' own little penny project.
The fun began when the 49ers traded the 92nd pick to Indianapolis for the 97th choice and a 2013 pick in the fifth round. San Francisco then sent the 97th choice to Miami for the 103rd and 196th picks, plus a 2013 sixth-rounder. The 49ers then sent the 103rd choice to Carolina for the 180th choice and a 2013 third-rounder.
Finally, the 49ers traded the 125th and 196th picks to Detroit for the 117th choice, which San Francisco used for Wake Forest guard Joe Looney.
The chart below shows what the 49ers gave up and received each step of the way. I've underlined the 49ers' original choices in the left column and the choices they kept ultimately in the right column. Those picks represent the net exchange.
The 49ers already have Looney and the 180th choice, Michigan State safety Trent Robinson, to show for the trade. They also have those three additional picks in 2013. That means they could get five players for two choices.
Where Miami, Carolina and Indianapolis finish in 2013 draft order will influence the value San Francisco ultimately receives in return. Those teams had losing records last season.
Dropping from 92nd to 117th and from 125th to 180th was the net price San Francisco paid for these moves. Those drops represented a combined 98.6-point drop on the standard trade-value chart, which equates to roughly the 100th overall choice in the draft.
Put another way, it's as though the 49ers had said, "Hey, we'll trade you an early fourth-round pick this year for third-, fifth- and sixth-rounders next year."
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The mailbag has buzzed with questions about possible trades involving NFC West teams heading into the deadline that recently passed. My answers followed a familiar course. Yes, the trade makes sense on some level, but I'll be surprised if it happens.
A quick look at four of the biggest NFL trades made shortly before the trading deadline the last four seasons:
- 2008: Roy Williams traded to Cowboys from Lions
- 2007: Chris Chambers traded from Dolphins to Chargers
- 2006: Anthony McFarland traded from Buccaneers to Colts
- 2005: Tim Rattay traded from 49ers to Bucs
We've seen several other trades involving lesser-known players -- the Colts landed John McCargo from the Bills in one example Tuesday -- but we spend a lot more time talking about potential trades than actual ones.
Teams generally are not willing to part with their best players. When they are willing, financial factors often complicate the ability to get a deal done.