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Running back Jerick McKinnon (four years, $30 million) to the Niners

Chopra on whether he thinks the Patriots’ big three (Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft) is on the verge of a split: “…

Ten Things I Think I Think 1. I think these are my 2018 (Very Early) Free Agency Awards: Three Best Decisions Cornerback Patrick Robinson (four years, $20 million) to the Saints. Robinson resuscitated his career in Philadelphia last season, becoming one of the best slot corners in football and starting the Eagles on their way to the NFC title game rout with a pick-six interception. I like the contract much more than Tennessee paying the flawed Malcolm Butler $12 million a year. Robinson started 12 games in the slot and seven games outside for the Eagles. Versatile piece for Dennis Allen in the rising New Orleans defense.

A little rich, but McKinnon’s just 25, he blocks, he’s very physical for a 5’9″ back, and he can catch; he had six, six, seven and 11-catch games last season. Kyle Shanahan already installed him as his starter.

Saturday’s trade will provide rocket fuel to that effort as the Colts continue their ongoing rebuild.

“We still wanted to stay in that top position in that top 10 where we could still get a premium player,” Ballard said in an interview with the Colts’ website. “We feel at (No.) 6, we’ll still be able to acquire a premium player. Plus, being able to pick up the two 2s this year and the 2 next year, that gives up four picks in the top 50 picks of the draft and then three next year — one in the first and two in the second.

“It gives us a chance to really replenish our young talent and start building a core of young talent like we need to do.”

It remains to be seen whether this trade down will prevent the Colts from getting one of the draft’s elite prospects, like pass rusher Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State or Notre Dame standout offensive lineman Quenton Nelson.