Thursday, March 7, 2013
Chat Rewind: Browns' free-agency talk
By Jamison Hensley
Here are some highlights from this week's AFC North chat:
Robbo Baltimore [via mobile]: Who do you believe the Ravens will take at No. 32 in the draft?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Hard to predict the 31 players who will be off the board. It will likely be used on a defensive player, either DT, ILB or S.
Richard (Beijing): What are the likely ways and chances for the Ravens and Anquan Boldin to reduce his cap number? I know they could restructure, but over one year that isn't going to do much. They could sign an extension but how much could they move that way. What are the chances he will take a pay cut?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Ravens can't ask him to take a pay cut after that monster postseason. I see him playing out this season under the current deal, which I believe pays him $6M.
bradblackandgold (Berkeley, CA): So It looks like Keenan Lewis will get to at least see what other teams are willing to offer. Do you have a sense of what the going rate for someone like him might be? I was hoping we could resign him this year with a cap hit of under $7 million (yes I realize that's high, but I think it could take up to that much to lock him in).
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): It's really hard to predict what cornerbacks will get in free agency. They all seem to get overpaid because teams covet them so much. But Lewis won't be the CB in highest demand. Brent Grimes, Aqib Talib and Sean Smith will set the market for that position.
Anthony (Pittsburgh): Will the steelers make any splash in free agency this year?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Do they ever?
chris(ky) [via mobile]: Of the free-agent tight ends about to hit the market, which one do you see the Browns targeting?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Tennessee's Jared Cook should be on the Browns' radar.
Brian (Valley Forge, PA ): Jamison, how likely is that the Browns will pursue and/or land Keenan Lewis in free agency?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Would not surprise me at all if that's where he lands. New Browns DC Ray Horton was the secondary coach in Pittsburgh for Lewis' first two seasons.
Joseph V. (Charlotte, North Carolina): Do you think the Browns would pick up Mike Wallace even though he was a Steeler?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Just don't see that happening. There's a better chance of the Browns adding a receiver in the draft.
Allan (Manchester England): Hey JH, which of the Ravens free agents do you see staying and going?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Staying: Ellerbe. Going: Kruger, Cary Williams, McKinnie. Up in the air: Reed.
Eric (Pittsburgh): Would the Steelers consider drafting Marcus Lattimore if they don't believe he will be able to contribute at all this year due to injury but think he will recover to be the work horse of the future?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I really like Lattimore. Of course, I'm not a doctor and haven't seen his medical records. If he can get over these injuries, he's the best RB in this class.
Brian (MD): What on earth would the Ravens do at left tackle if Bryant McKinnie goes? Oher, great teammate and all, is not a starting LT and he's shown that. Doubt there is starting caliber LTs at No. 32.
jamison Hensley (ESPN): If McKinnie goes, Ravens could line up like this (I'm not endorsing this, just speculating): LT Oher, LG Reid, C Gradkowski, RG Yanda and RT Osemele. I don't think Oher is a good fit at LT but they may not have a choice.
Anthony (Cleveland): If the Bengals are able to get both Alec Ogletree and the Honey Badger do you consider that a good draft for them?
jamison Hensley (ESPN): It would be a good reclamation project draft for Bengals.
Johnny (West Carrollton, Ohio.): Hi Jamison, safety Deshon Goldston to the Bengals would be great. Do you see this as a real possiblity or just normal free agency chatter? Thanks.
jamison Hensley (ESPN): FA chatter at this point. If you listen to the radio interview, Goldson was caught off guard when asked about the Bengals. He does have ties with Reggie Nelson, which can only help. I like the pairing as well.