Chat with Scouts Inc.'s Jeremy Green
Green writes regularly for ESPN.com's NFL Insider section and is a former NFL scout and director of pro personnel for the Cleveland Browns.
Send your questions now and join Jeremy on Friday at 4 p.m. ET for all the answers.
Jeremy Green (4:05 PM)
Hey everyone. There is no off-season in the NFL with the combine and Free agency on the horizon
Jeremy, With $25M in cap room and 9 draft picks this year, how do you think the Steelers are set up to go for their 7th championship next year? Also, who would be a great fit for the team in the 1st round with pick no. 32?
Jeremy Green (4:08 PM)
They look great going into the off-season and have very few needs. I could actually see them trying to move up in the draft. THey need to go OT though. Maybe Britton from Arizona or Meredith from South Carolina but as we have seen there could be a OT run right in front of them.
Rob in Reno
Jeremy, can Alex Smith ride the pine another year and hope to revive his career in San Francisco with Singletary?
Jeremy Green (4:10 PM)
No I think they cut him. He is not a good fit there but I still think he could revive his career. One of his struggles was going from the spread to a pro style offense but the spread is en vouge now and that at least gives him a chance to re-surface
If you (or your Dad) was coach/GM of The Raiders wouldn't you agree that a major priority of this off-season is ridding your roster of all dead weight? WR Javon Walker, DT Terdell Sands, QB Andrew Walter, C Jake Grove, LT Kwame Harris, and LB Sam Williams are among the players whose "LIFETIME" contracts need to be terminated.
Jeremy Green (4:12 PM)
Yes but if they purge they will just go get more vets. Al Davis thinks he can win now but he can't and because of that he has not been patient in the draft and when they have kept picks they have been spent on athletic prospects instead of quality players.
Ryan (San Diego)
Yo JG, what do you think about the idea floating around to franchise Sproles? I think they should try and get a long term deal with him, if not he can walk. Use that money on other big guys and get a rb in the draft
Jeremy Green (4:14 PM)
I would not franchise him because if they do they will be keeping him at that salary because he is not a Tag and trade guy. No team is going to pay the money or give a high pick for a very good change of pace back.
Daniel K (Toronto, Ont)
Do you think the Vikes can go another year with T-Jack as QB?Should they go after a free agent like Garcia or draft a guy like Josh Freeman or Nate Davis who will be available for them? Who said Canadians dont watch the NFL? I cant stand the CFL..
Jeremy Green (4:17 PM)
If draft a QB I think it will be later in the draft. This team is SB ready at every position except QB. The rest of the pieces are there and a rookie QB is not going to be the last piece now. They should keeo T-jack and sign Garcia who knows the system.
I recently saw a mock draft that had the Broncos taking Knowshon Moreno. Any chance that happens?
Jeremy Green (4:18 PM)
Not if Shanny were still there. McDaniels too though if you look at the Pats they made a living off older veteran backs. The one time they went 1st rd they missed with Maroney so Denver will take a back but now in RD 1
Rob in Reno
Jeremy, if Arizona lets Boldin get out of town, and Warner decides to retire, does Larry Fitzgerald take the Andre Johnson role of the Texans, Great Wr and no one knows?
Jeremy Green (4:20 PM)
No because Breston is still there. He had over 1,000 yards last season. It would put pressure on AZ to take a WR earlier. I know how much they love Fitz who had been around the game his whole life. Even though it is not a critical need I would be this team loves WR Brian Robieske whose dad Terry has been a long time NFL coach.
John, san diego, ca
What do you think of Jamarcus Russel
Jeremy Green (4:22 PM)
Been below average thus far. I give Lane Kiffin creidt for one thing and that is he featured the run game and not Russell. Cable will try to keep Al happy by putting Russell in the spotlight when they shoudl be running the rock
Jeremy-Great work! Who is your pre-season pick to win the NFC West?
Jeremy Green (4:23 PM)
Thanks.. Arizona. I do not believe in just giving that gig to Mora when there were better options, still not sold on the 49ers O and the Rams, well Spagnulo has a lot of work to do
Rocko in Columbus, Ohio
Haynesworth's a beast. What are the odds he leaves Tennessee?
Jeremy Green (4:25 PM)
It is looking like a reality but I just don't see how the Titans can let that happen. I know they like their DL depth but they built the D around him with a lot of outside blitz pressures to funnel the back to the middle where he has been dominant.
Rob in Reno
Jeremy, Julius Peppers said he wants to play in a 3-4, did he mention any particular teams he wants to play for?
Jeremy Green (4:27 PM)
No and he is freak but he is not going to be a stand-up player. Not sure where he was coming from because 3-4 DE's are not feature players. They are not sack guys. He needs to be in a 4-3 with a team that will move him around and occassionally stand him up.
Brian (McKinney, TX)
Who do you see as a 1 rounder for the niners? Popular vote seems to be with picking a pass-rush OLB with Orakpo and Maybin at the top, do you feel that they have a shot at going after FA such as Peppers or Suggs?
Jeremy Green (4:29 PM)
Again where does Peppers fit. They wasted money on Justin Smith who also was not a 3-4 guy. If Suggs hits the market they will be in the mix because Singletary has a relationship there.
HP in PA
I think Peppers was thinking about working in an "Elephant" role similiar to Jason Taylor when he won the Defensive MVP
Jeremy Green (4:30 PM)
correct which is a guy who moves around and is versatile.
Larry (Pasco, WA)
Will the Chargers rebound to be an elite team next year or will they struggle and miss the playoffs?
Jeremy Green (4:31 PM)
They are in the NFC West so they will make the playoffs but there will be nothing ELITE about them with Norv at the controls. Already starting off-season with arressts. Norv might run the loosest ship in the NFL. This team does not have the leadership or drive to be Elite.
do you think Isaac bruce will retire or will he return 49ers. How about the Hall of Fame for him?
Jeremy Green (4:32 PM)
He could come back. Even though Martz is gone they have a veteran OC in 60+ new OC Jimmy Raye who respects and likes to find roles for aging vets.
How many awful WRs do you think Vinny Cerrato drafts this year?
Jeremy Green (4:33 PM)
WOW. I think that is a little harsh Vince. Rookies develoo at different rates and if you look at the history of the draft the WR position is the slowest to develop.
lisa, san francisco, ca
when do you envision the raiders making the playoffs again?
Jeremy Green (4:35 PM)
I can't even see that far... I don't even know if I am having the Steak or Swordfish for dinner tonight at Anthony Jacks. It is not going to happen unless they solidify the QB position.
JG with Farve out of the picture & there still being an issuse about cap space. If the Jets were to inquire about D.Anderson shouldn't they also reach out to the Benegals & inquire about C.Palmer? Yes it's more costly but if your going after a QB why not go after one of the best.
Jeremy Green (4:36 PM)
Yes. They should be searching all their options. I could even see maybe Kerry Collins having another suitor in the Jets as well.
Tyler; San Jose, CA
Jeremy- Thanks for taking my question. Say you are a stock broker and buying low before teams soar. What 3 teams are you buying?
Jeremy Green (4:37 PM)
Atlanta, Miami, Kansas City
Any indication that Gholston can translate his indisputable athleticism into actual football prowess? Rex has gotta have two eyes on him no?
Jeremy Green (4:39 PM)
No question. Players love playing for Rex. Not that it was Mangini's fault he was a wash as a rookie, but Mangini could not motivate a fish back into the water. Ryan will know the buttons to push with Gholston.
Mr. Green, sir, does Mike Vick's contract have any actual trade value? I know Dimitroff is trying to spin it, but is there any shot?
Jeremy Green (4:40 PM)
I do not think so. You have no idea what u are trading for because even if you give him a shot at QB he might end up playing receiver. I think his window has passed to develop as a QB
Larry (Pasco, WA)
So, we have identified that N. Turner is the problem with the Chargers, but AJ Smith will never bring in a coach with a strong personality. So, is AJ Smith the problem and N. Turner just the symptom?
Jeremy Green (4:42 PM)
Nice Larry. I still think you can bring in a fiery guy for the team though. Haley will not clash with say Pioli in KC but he will keep his thumb on the team so I think there is a difference there.
Cosmo (anytown, USA)
Do you think this is the last year of the Reid-McNabb dynamic duo (unless they win the Super Bowl)?
Jeremy Green (4:43 PM)
very possible. They are tied at the hip though because of this team thinks they can develop Kevin Kolb they are going to be waiting for a long time and Reid does not want to go into rebuild mode.
Hey JG!..Do you think Buffalo should be big players in the FA market? How about making a juicier offer for Gonzo?
Jeremy Green (4:45 PM)
Buffalo won't be a big player in FA. They have a coach hanging on by a thread and would not saddle the next guy with vets he wants out if they miss the playoffs. Gonzo to me seems more like hope? Call it a hunch but I am betting Gonzo the California kid does not have the Bills on his brain.
bob peabody mass.
What do you think the Patriots will do .
Jeremy Green (4:49 PM)
I do not think they trade Cassell. I just have a feeling they won't know on Brady for sure until camp and it might be too late by then. Easy call for Pats,,, throw on some USC defensive tape and pick one.
at work (TEXAS)
Do you see Ray Lewis in a Cowboys uniform next year?
Jeremy Green (4:50 PM)
No. I think he is trying to get Jones who would pay the $$ to get the Ravens to up the ante. Even if it is a little less in Balt I truly believe he wants to finish his career as a Raven
Jeremy Green (4:51 PM)
OK Guys,... sorry I have to run a little early this week... Next Week all the Scouts INC crew will be in their weekly chats so I will catch you back here next Friday.