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Early-evening mailbag

4/24/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

 

Just a quick mailbag to address some of the notes that are coming in rapidly on the eve of the draft.

William in Atlanta writes: Have you heard anything about a trade sending Glenn Dorsey from Kansas City to Atlanta?

Pat Yasinskas: Lots of Atlanta fans are asking this. Nothing to report on this at the moment. I know the rumors are out there. Dorsey was drafted fifth overall last year, but may no longer fit in Kansas City's defensive scheme. I know the Falcons liked him a lot last year and considered drafting him instead of quarterback Matt Ryan. It would be pretty amazing if they could bring in Dorsey now. I think the challenge here could be the price tag -- both in trade compensation and in terms of the salary cap. You have to think the Chiefs would want something like a top 10 pick for Dorsey. The Falcons don't have that to offer. If they could get him for the No. 24 pick, you'd have to view that as a steal. But the other issue would be taking on Dorsey's contract. They'd have to pay top five money to Dorsey and Ryan. Stay tuned. A lot of things can happen between now and Saturday evening. Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff worked together for the Patriots and they put together the Tony Gonzalez deal on Thursday. I'm sure they know how to reach one another.


Jon in Rock Hill, SC writes: Just a question that keeps repeating casually in mind. Peppers wants out of Carolina... bad! Anquan Boldin wants out of Arizona! Any rumbles? Any chance Peppers would take the trade to leave, even though it would mean not going to an ideal team right away?

Pat Yasinskas: Anything is possible as the draft gets closer and I still say the Peppers situation isn't over even though the Panthers are doing their best to clear the way for him staying. But I don't see the Boldin scenario. Carolina's already got a No. 1 receiver in Steve Smith and I don't see them trading for another guy who wants to be paid like a No. 1 receiver. If the Panthers give up Peppers for anything, I think it will be for draft picks, including one in the first round.