I read the article on Dallas going up to #4 or #6 depending on what Cleveland does and it got me wondering. Could the new rookie pay scale have opened the door for more players to be traded in draft day trades? You think about the cost of signing Mike Jenkins next year if he has a good season. It could be a lot and it might be a tough decision with the penalty and other cap numbers going up. But, the rookie salary for the #4 or #6 overall will likely be half as much as Brandon Carr's contract, probably less than that. Could we see a situation where teams decide to trade players with ability who are in contract years in order to free up cap space for other positions? Granted, in that single year you might get an improvement at a position that may not be needed at the moment but the following year you reap the benefits of not having to pay market price for that player and you can then devote more space to filling in the other spots. In the article, the trade was. Browns #6 For Dallas #14, Mike Jenkins and Conditional 3rd in 2013. Robert Quinn went 14th and he got about 10M for his contract last year. Julio Jones went 16th and he got 16M for his contract. If Jenkins has a really good year I don't think a contract like Carr's is unexpected. Might actually be more, who knows. So, if we look at Carr's 50M and throw on Quinn's 10M, we're talking 60M going to those two players in the next year. If Dallas traded, they'd hand out 16M to Claiborn and essentially have 45M in contract money next offseason to fill the hole they didn't address this offseason at #14. And of course, if Jenkins was paid by someone else Dallas would be out a player at a position that is more important than the one they would likely address at #14. I wonder if the rookie scale may have made draft day more interesting as teams move forward. Before, the ridiculous contracts basically made it pointless to think about moving up because you could get a proven vet for the same price, if not less. Now, there's incentive to move up because you could land a better player at a fraction of the cost if you are willing to forego at a position of need right now. Any thoughts?