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March 30, 2007
Deal with the Redskins?

Question: Do you think that the 49ers would trade draft positions, say with the Redskins to go after a "difference maker" at DT/DE? or trade down to get more picks 'cause it seems like they have a lot of spots to fill?

Zamir, Honolulu

Answer: That's a good question, Zamir, especially since the 49ers have capitalized off Redskins' personnel blunders in recent years (see: Harris, Walt and Lloyd, Brandon) and would be oh-so-willing to do business with them again. If, for example, Alan Branch is still available when the Redskins are on the clock, the 49ers conceivably could make a call. However, I think if the 'Skins make a move, it will be to trade up. Owner Dan Snyder's ego needs periodic inflating, and the way he does this is by making flashy trades and maneuvers that attract attention on SportsCenter but don't necessarily make his team better. (In fact, they make his team much worse). Washington also has rejected the notion of building through the draft. That is, Snyder might not see the value in trading first rounders with the 49ers and accumulating a few more picks in the process. I can't tell from your question whether you're a 49ers or Redskins fans. If it's the latter, well, you might have to hit the mai tais pretty hard this fall.

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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