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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Denver Broncos landed Vernon Davis and a 2017 seventh round draft pick in exchange for a 2016 and 2017 sixth round pick that was sent to San Francisco. The deal seems like a steal on the Denver Broncos behalf because they finally will have a tight end in their offense that can minimize the loss of Julian Thomas. On the opposite side of the deal you have to really start to feel for the 49ers. The franchise has entered desperation mode and now we will likely see a sell the house mentality from Jim Tomsula and company. While the Niners receive two 6th round draft picks for Davis and if you looked at his recent stats you might think “that’s a good deal”. It isn’t because if you wanted to move Kaepernick and take that offense into the future, Vernon Davis would of been a nice weapon for that next quarterback coming into the fold for the 49ers. Vernon Davis’ production has struggled because Kaepernick struggled to make all of the throws at the NFL level. Don’t be surprised when Davis has a career resurrection playing in that Broncos offense. Manning could use that easy throw down the middle to his tight end to help build his confidence back up. Davis should do the trick nicely, and give credit to John Elway for realizing how close this team is and understanding what he has to do to get this team there. The defense has been terrific in Denver and adding another weapon on offense should yield great results.
One other note there is always weird trades happening in the NFL. Remember when Randy Moss was traded from Oakland to New England for a fourth round draft pick? Or how about when Brandon Marshall was sent packing from Miami to the Chicago Bears for for two 3rd round picks in 2012 and 2013? There have been several head scratchers when it comes to trades in the NFL. Sometimes you have to wonder how experienced these General Managers truly are?
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