Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sam Bradford trade was right move, so shut up

Second-guessing the Sam Bradford trade has become a thing lately.

The argument goes that the Vikings should not have sacrificed a first-round pick to get Bradford because Bradford ended up not being the Vikings' offensive savior.

Hindsight is 20/20!

Fact is, the Vikings after Teddy Bridgewater's injury had no choice but to mortgage their future in order to bring in Bradford.

You don't get that many chances to make a run and the Vikings believed - and most pundits agreed with this assessment if you remember - that this was their year.

They believed they had the O-line thing figured out. They believed they had the defense. They believed they had the offensive weapons in place.

For various reasons, some of the above beliefs turned out to be false. Maybe they should not have been so confident about their O-line, but the point is, they thought what they thought and made the trade accordingly.

Their rationale was sound, proceeding from the assumptions they were obviously making (and many fans were making the same assumptions if you remember).

Has it worked out exactly the way the Vikings hoped? No.

Would it be nice to have back that first-round pick? Yeah.

But Rick Spielman did what he had to do. Now he has to figure out some way to rebuild the offensive line without possessing a first-round pick in 2017.

If Rick is really as great a GM as some people think, he'll figure something out.

If not...the Vikings will get a new GM.

If Spielman does end up being fired, there will be a long list of moves and non-moves to dissect as part of the post-mortem.

The Bradford trade will not be listed among Spielman's worst decisions.

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