NFC Links: Falcons, Hardy, Crabtree

Three years ago today, the Falcons traded five draft picks to the Browns for the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft (per Vaughn McClure of The Falcons selected receiver Julio Jones, and it’s probably fair to say that Atlanta ultimately won the deal. The Browns ended up trading one first-round pick (Jonathan Baldwin) and striking out on another (Brandon Weeden). Cleveland selected Greg Little and Owen Marecic and traded the pick that ended up being Vikings receiver Jarius Wright.

Let’s take a look at some more Falcons and NFC notes…

  • Former NFL executive Bill Polian discussed what he would include in a deal for the Texans‘ number-one pick with McClure. Speaking from the Falcons perspective, Polian states that it would take “obviously a swap of first-round picks” in addition to a handful of other picks. Polian says the other pieces could involve another first-rounder or additional mid-round picks to sweeten a deal.
  • Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will receive an advance of $1.3MM if he shows up for the entire offseason program, reports Mike Florio of Hardy has previously suggested that he may avoid the programs as a means of establishing leverage in long-term discussions.
  • While the 49ers may be reaching out to Michael Crabtree‘s camp in regards to an extension, there likely won’t be a deal anytime soon, writes Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle. Branch points to Crabtree’s lack of leverage following his injury, among other reasons.
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