Chat with Ashley Fox
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN.com NFL columnist Ashley Fox stops by to chat.
Fox joined ESPN.com in 2011 after 11 years as a writer and columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she covered the National Football League, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia 76ers. She also has worked at the Louisville Courier-Journal and Sports Illustrated. A North Carolina native, Fox lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and son.
Send your questions now and join Fox on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET!
Ashley Fox (3:00 PM)
Greetings. Thanks for joining me on this Wednesday before free agency. Let's get rolling.
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi Ashley, With free agency starting on March 11, which teams have the most needs, has enough cap money to spend and ultimately fill most of their needs?
Ashley Fox (3:04 PM)
Hi Rich. That is a pretty complicated question, actually. The best teams, in my opinion, use free agency as a filler, not as a significant way to build their team. I talked to John Elway before the Super Bowl, and he said that the Broncos were finally in the position to rely on the draft and be able to take the best player on the board and not draft for need. As to who has the most cap money to spend, I suggest reading my colleague Kevin Seifert's piece on free agency that posted today. The cap is more than most teams expected it to be just a few weeks ago, which is good.
What type of money does Kapernick demand, he has more playoff success than ryan, romo, and stafford?
Ashley Fox (3:08 PM)
That he does. He has fewer overall games played. He's been a starter for a season-and-a-half, don't forget. Kaepernick reportedly wants in the $18-19 million range. Cutler got $18.2 I believe. Given the 49ers success with Kaepernick, it sounds about right, whether they do it before this season or after. As we've talked about in this space many times, if you don't have a quarterback in the NFL you don't have a shot. San Francisco definitely has one.
Ashley,Do you see the Jets trying to upgrade at quarterback? Or are they better off putting more talent around Geno via draft and free agency?Thanks
Ashley Fox (3:10 PM)
I think Geno would benefit from having a veteran quarterback in the room with him. I was in Boston late last week for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselback were on one of the panels. Luck gushed about how helpful Hasselbeck had been just helping him with every aspect of being a young quarterback in the NFL. He said it was invaluable. Geno could use that, whether it is someone like Michael Vick or someone else. Then make the draft focus about surrounding him with more talent.
Who are the Eagles targeting in the draft?
Ashley Fox (3:13 PM)
It has been interesting to watch the Eagles lock up their own free agents before the start of free agency and extend some other contracts. It tells me that Chip Kelly is pretty happy with the talent they have, particularly on offense. As for the defense, I expect that is where they will focus in the draft. They need help in the secondary and at linebacker. If they opt for one of the offensive tackles in the draft, that would be telling, too.
Ed (Queens Village)
Bucs new regime owes Revis nothing. I was upset last year when Jets traded Revis being my favorite player but Idzik was not married to him even though Rex was. Where is Revis playing in Week 1?
Ashley Fox (3:17 PM)
I wrote about this last week. I'm not convinced that Revis is a Buc come Week 1. Lovie Smith and new GM Jason Licht have said that Revis will be back and that there is a spot for him in Smith's defensive system, but I don't know. We will see. As for potential landing spots via trade, I can't imagine TB would move him within the division. He's got an enormous contract. San Francisco and New England might be willing to take it on if they feel that they really are only a couple of playmakers away from making a run at the Super Bowl.
Hi Ashley, how would you go about repairing the Dolphins?
Ashley Fox (3:20 PM)
Well, first of all they need to do a thorough evaluation about the culture that Joe Philbin has set up there after the Incognito-Martin mess. That's got to be addressed. The culture of an NFL team is really important and something that we don't talk enough about. Look at Seattle last season. There really was something to the fact that they payed for each other and there was a brotherhood. There were a mentally strong group and that translated to being physically strong on the football field. No better example than was the Super Bowl. Miami, and every team really, should try to emulate that.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Where will the Minnesota Vikings play their Home Games in 2014 since the Metro Dome is now Torn Down?
Ashley Fox (3:21 PM)
The Vikings will play their home games in 2014 and 2015 at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while their new downtown stadium is built.
Ed (Queens Village)
Of three you covered Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, and Allen Iverson. Who is beloved by Philly fans?
Ashley Fox (3:23 PM)
I think all three are loved. Dawkins and Iverson are beloved, revered, adored, will never buy another meal in town. I'm sure you saw that last week when the Sixers retired Iverson's number. I still remember the venom fans had when Jeffrey Lurie let Dawk get on that plane for Denver and test the free agent market. And look what a disaster that was for the Eagles. They're still looking for his replacement.
Any sense on where Jonathan Martin will end up? He'll be in demand somewhere, right? Is he considered a LT that other teams would like to have if the locker room situation is less combative?
Ashley Fox (3:26 PM)
I think so. I thought it was interesting that Andrew Luck kind of campaigned for Martin to come to Indy. That would certainly be a perfect scenario for Martin. He knows Luck. He knows Pep Hamilton, the Colts offensive coordinator who was the OC at Stanford, Martin's alma mater. Plus the Colts could use offensive line help. So that is one scenario that certainly makes a lot of sense.
Hi Ashley you're great at what you do, in your opinion what position s should the redskins address in the draft and which one's in free agency? Thank you
Ashley Fox (3:31 PM)
Thank you, Jaime. I think it is only natural that Washington's new coach, Jay Gruden, is going to want to focus on the offensive side of the football to give RGIII more skilled players to work with. The offensive line needs significant help. They're going to need another wide receiver, if not two. So those are a couple of areas of great need. The most important thing, however, is that Gruden and Griffin establish a good working relationship that is built on trust.
Jordan (South Florida)
Who will be the starting running back for the Raiders?
Ashley Fox (3:32 PM)
That is a great question, Jordan. I don't think he is on the roster at the moment.
Ashley Fox (3:33 PM)
Ashley Fox (3:35 PM)
Alright. Thanks folks. We'll do it again next week.