Let's take a quick peek at what's on your mind this week. We'll be doing A LOT more mailbags this offseason if that's cool with you guys:
Ray from Washington D.C., writes: Matt, I've been reading that the Redskins will take either an OT or a QB. But wouldn't it make more sense to drop down to take C.J. Spiller? C.J. can have an immediate impact in special teams (Redskins punt return was awful last year) and a speedy RB -- something the Redskins lack. Further, this draft seems to be full of talented players so why not drop down and get more picks?
Matt Mosley: Ray, that's easier said than done. Unless you find a team that's desperate for a quarterback, there's really no guarantee you can trade out of that No. 4 pick. Teams not in the top 10 aren't exactly dying to move up and pay a quarterback such as Sam Bradford $35 million in guaranteed money. That's about the going rate for a top-five quarterback. So it's more likely that the Skins will stay at No. 4 and take one of the quarterbacks. I think Bradford's the pick, although Mel Kiper has Clausen going to the Skins at No. 4 overall. But again, this whole thought of moving down in the draft to add more players isn't as realistic as you might think.I'd give serious thought to drafting an offensive tackle at No. 4 but I don't think that's the direction Mike Shanahan will go.
Mike G. from Allentown, Pa., has lost faith in Donovan McNabb: Matt, I just read some of your comments about the Eagles' potential P.R. nightmare, with McNabb getting a ring somewhere else. Write this down. He may get a ring, but not as a starter. Matt, I've watched this guy for 11 years. He doesn't have the one thing Peyton Manning, Joe Montana or Tom Brady have or will ever have. The will to win. Does Donavan want to win? Sure. But he's not afraid to lose. That's what separates him from the Super Bowl winning class of past and present quarterbacks. In my opinion, by year 5 of any starting quarterback's career, you know what you're getting in terms of talent, ability to execute and game management. I gave Donovan an extra year in 2004 when the Birds got Terrell Owens and he still couldn't get it done. Time for the Eagles to move on. I enjoy your column Matt. All the Best!
Mosley: Mike, I fear that you suffer from a condition that comes with watching McNabb from up close for too long. Most fans from other teams (say Dallas or Washington) can't relate to the disappointment that Eagles fans have in McNabb. You're saying he didn't show those attributes (execution, game management) even while he was leading the Eagles to the NFC title game on an annual basis. Most of us don't understand that way of thinking because we've seen teams such as the Cowboys spend years in the quarterback wilderness. And if Tony Romo is able to someday match McNabb's playoff win total, I think most Cowboys fans will see his career as a huge success. It took Peyton Manning nine seasons to win his first Super Bowl. Did you really see something from him in his first five years that completely put him on a different plane than McNabb? I'm not sure that I did. But thanks for reading the blog, sir. Oh, and one more thing: McNabb was going to those NFC title games with Reggie Brown and Freddie Mitchell lining up at wide receiver. Let's not get carried away with T.O. You might recall that he missed the playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl. That's not T.O.'s fault for getting injured, but let's not give the man more credit than he's due.
Rob from Shreveport has an interesting question about the Miles Austin contract situation: Matt, I just read your blog about what the Cowboys would offer Miles Austin. If another team knows that Jerry Jones will match its offer, is there anything from keeping a team from offering him an outrageous amount, knowing that Jerry will match it, just to cost the Boys more than what they would have payed? For example, what if a team like Philly or the G-men wanted Dallas to spend some money.....Could they offer Austin a contract for say 4 years, 50 million? They know Dallas will match, so they just cost Dallas more then Jerry wanted to spend. Could that happen?
Mosley: Technically, another team could come in and try to make things difficult for Jones and the Cowboys. There's also something called a poison pill that I'll explain at a later date. But remember that a possible lockout looms in 2011. The owners need to be closer than ever at this point. I don't think Jeff Lurie or John Mara is going to sign off on a blatant attempt to make things difficult for a fellow owner. Jones is one of the most respected owners in the league and that's why he'll be a major voice in the negotiations between players and owners. So while your hypothetical is logical, it's never going to happen.