Agreed, even if they don't land Thomas or Collins there shouldn't be any reason we go into next season with Brice, Jones, or Greene sniffing a starting role. It will be a major failure by the FO if we're starting Tramon paired with one of those guys.
It was a major failure by the FO last season that Brice was starting. And you could even make the same argument about Clinton-Dix, who quit on the team late in the 2017 season.
If we take either Collins or Thomas in FA, we will still need to draft a Safety. One of the top 6 (N. Adderley, D. Thompson, J. Abram, C.G.Johnson, J. Thornhill and T. Rapp) should be available with our pick, #44, in the 2nd round. Once the 3rd Round comes along, most of these guys will be gone.
What is Dee Ford worth. Pick 12? pick 30? I would give them 12. apparently the 49ers want him too. I dont see them offering pic 2 for him and packers can top whatever else they offer. Maybe packers can drop down from 12 in the 20s and give them that one while pickign up another in the top 3 rounds.
Ford would be well worth a second round pick. He’s just 27 as well. From NFL com:
Ford is slated to make around $15.4 million on the tag in 2019, a price tag that the Packers ($36 million in cap space) and 49ers ($66.7 million) are clearly both willing and able to pay, at least for this season.
While there are questions surrounding Ford's fit with the Chiefs, there's no denying his talent and upside. The linebacker contributed to a feverish Chiefs pass rush last season with 13 sacks and a league-high seven forced fumbles.
Green Bay has openly been in the market for an edge rusher, and Ford could be a defining member of Mike Pettine's defense with the Packers.
IDK, if we traded our second pick I look at it like this (not considering the contract $).... the chances of a second round pick being as good as Ford within the next two years are slim, the chances of a second round pick ever being as good as Ford are below average. In addition, we have the 30th pick as a bonus, which we can consider the better replacement for our second round pick. Even if we gave up the 30th pick, we are in essence getting Alexander and Ford for Davenport (who the Saints took with our pick).