Sunday, April 11, 2010
Walker's weekend mailbag
By James Walker
Let's see what's in our division inbox this weekend.
Brian from Newton Falls, Ohio, wants to know if free-agent quarterback Marc Bulger is a possibility for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
James Walker: Bulger is from Pittsburgh so there is a natural connection, Brian. However, I haven't personally heard of any interest from the Steelers in Bulger. That probably won't change now that starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged after an allegation of sexual assault. The team now has more clarity with Roethlisberger and can move forward with him and backups Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch.
Matt from Cary, NC, writes: In the ESPN Mock Draft 4.0, Todd McShay has Joe Haden going 20th to Houston. Do you really think the Steelers would pass him up at No. 18 if he was sitting there?
Walker: I doubt it, Matt. But it depends on who's higher on Pittsburgh's draft board. I can't imagine many players being higher on the team's board than Haden at that point in the draft.
Nick from Baltimore wants to know if the Dallas Cowboys will make a play on Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither.
Walker: Nick, this may be a question more suited for my NFC East counterpart Matt Mosley. But it sounds like Dallas is fairly comfortable with starting Doug Free at left tackle. Trade talks could heat up for Gaither this week, but I'm not sure anything will happen. Teams are not trading first-round picks for anyone this year -- see Donovan McNabb, Anquan Boldin and Brandon Marshall. So that's probably out of the question for Gaither, who has a first-round tender. Of course, the Ravens can always lower their asking price to a second- or third-round pick. But at that price it's probably best to keep your starting left tackle.
Drew from Baltimore wants to know what kicker is the best option for the Ravens.
Walker: I like Steve Hauschka, Drew. Just kidding. It will probably come down to money for Baltimore. The Ravens have a certain comfort level with Billy Cundiff but would rather explore if there's an upgrade out there in draft or free agency. Former Cincinnati Bengals kicker Shayne Graham is certainly a possibility.
Brandon from Euclid, Ohio, wants to know if the Cleveland Browns would be willing to make a move for Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.
Walker: Brandon, I don't like to say things are impossible but chances are very, very slim of this happening. Haynesworth is upset that he has to play in a 3-4 defense in Washington. He would be even more upset to go to a rebuilding Cleveland team which also plays a 3-4 scheme.
Henley from Richmond, Va., writes: Do you think that because the Redskins and Seattle Seahawks have both taken strides to sure up their quarterback position, Jimmy Clausen could fall to No. 7 at Cleveland?
Walker: Yes, there is a very good chance Clausen will be there when the Browns select at No. 7, Henley. But unless something changed after Clausen's solid pro day Friday, Cleveland has more interest in other players like Tennessee safety Eric Berry.
Dan from Phoenix, Ariz., wants to know if receiver Dez Bryant and safety Earl Thomas will fall to the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL draft.
Walker: Hi, Dan, and thanks for being a loyal reader. Of the two, Bryant would be more likely to fall to No. 21. But even that's not a guarantee. It's doubtful Thomas will be there. He is being linked with a lot of teams right now, including the Browns at No. 7. A lot of it will depend on how high Berry goes, because that would raise Thomas' value to other teams looking for a similar playmaking safety.
Dave from Cincinnati writes: What do you think of Sergio Kindle for the Bengals at No. 21?
Walker: Dave, I don't like this pick for Cincinnati. Nothing against Kindle. It's just the Bengals have more than enough linebackers and could fill needs in the first round in other areas.