Chat with James Walker
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com AFC East blogger James Walker will stop by to chat about the NFL and what to expect from your team.
Walker joined ESPN.com in 2008 after three seasons covering the Cleveland Browns for the Columbus Dispatch.
Send your questions now and join Walker Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET!
James Walker (4:00 PM)
My apologies, but I have to cut our chat time to about 35 minutes today in light of the Jets' quarterback news. I have a Rex Ryan conference call to attend within the hour to find out his thinking on this decision.
James Walker (4:00 PM)
But until then, let's chat.
How many AFC East teams do you think will draft a QB in the upcoming draft.
James Walker (4:01 PM)
At least two teams -- the Bills and Jets -- will take a QB in April, Russell. Both teams will be looking for a guy to compete for the starting job. I doubt Miami or New England is interested other than just to take a flier on a late-round pick. Some teams believe you take a QB every year to see if he's worth developing for the future.
Kevbo (Palm Beach)
Who has had a more upsetting season this year the Jets or the Bills?
James Walker (4:03 PM)
Well, I had higher expectations for the Bills. They were my sleeper pick to make a run at the wild-card. But poor coaching and QB play ended that. I picked the Jets third so they are about where I expected. But a lot of people thought more of them.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who is the worst Quarterback in the AFC East in 2012?
James Walker (4:03 PM)
Stay tuned to the "Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch" to find out. We are getting down to the final weeks.
Who is your favorite to win the super bowl this year?
James Walker (4:04 PM)
I picked the Patriots and Packers and the beginning of the season and I'm sticking with that. I don't like to change my preseason picks.
McElroy!!!! What the Heck?
James Walker (4:05 PM)
Tim, take my advice and request a trade in the offseason. The Jets are a wasteland for QBs. I don't think you're a franchise QB, but you have no shot of reaching your potential there.
James (Ft Lauderdale)
The bills have had mediocre coaches the past decade, Gailey has proven to be worst then them. Gailey seems to have better talent then those coaches did. My question is how can the organization even think of keeping him as the HC next year?
James Walker (4:07 PM)
I think a lot weighs on these final two games. Gailey has done a poor job with decisions. The problem is I have a hard time seeing a team like the Bills paying two head coaches. If Gailey is fired, Buffalo still has to pay his contract, then fork over a large sum to get the new head coach in. That's not Buffalo's way of doing things. But we will see.
Which organization is having bigger issues the Jets or Bills? Which team is more then likely to fire their GM and coaches? Which organization is willing to cut, trade or bench their QB for 2013, Fitzpatrick or Sanchez?
James Walker (4:09 PM)
I would lean toward the Jets, because of thier salary cap issues. I don't expect Mike Tannenbaum to keep his GM role next year, and the new guy will be strapped to the cap with a lot of bad contracts and old veterans. It's not an easy fix.
James Walker (4:09 PM)
In addition to that, two of your best players (Revis, Holmes) are returning from season-ending injuries.
Tom (San Francisco)
Maimi's defense is close to elite! Note how they kept the pats in check, the 49ers and the seahawks, all of which recently put up big points. What is your take on their future? If they sign Bowe or Jennings, they can draft an elite cb in the first round, maybe grab a LB or DE with one of their multiple middle round picks. I have to say I am very encouraged by this team and they are close to competing.
James Walker (4:11 PM)
I don't like to use the term "elite" lightly. The Dolphins won't be there unless they get better defending the pass. They need at least two or three great cornerbacks and probably another pass rusher. Then we can talk.
Hi James, If the the cap hit for Sanchez, whether he stays or goes, is going to hinder them from spending on a proven veteran, then the draft seems like the only option. Do you think the Jets would reach in the first round out of desperation ? I hear there's no Luck or Griffin, how about a Dalton, Wilson or Weedan even like guy ?
James Walker (4:12 PM)
The best two options for the Jets would be to sign a cheap veteran and hope he wins the job or draft a QB in the first two rounds. The Jets don't have enough cap room to spend big money on another QB. So you can rule Alex Smith out. They are already paying Alex Smith money to Mark Sanchez.
Paul (Mooresville, NC)
Brian Hartline has had a solid year in amassing over 1,000 yards (for the first time) and becoming perhaps the only reliable target for the rookie Tannehill. Even though he's really only a #2 at-best option, do you think he's worth keeping around even though he'll likely ask for #1 money? Continuity with a young QB has to mean something, but I dont believe in over-spending either.
James Walker (4:14 PM)
All of Miami's free agents will be interesting. Players like Hartline, Bush, Starks, Smith and Long are solid players -- but only at the right price. Miami has a lot of cap room and need to be careful not to overspend for its own players. It's ok to let some of these players walk. The Dolphins will be chasing other team's free agents to upgrade the roster.
Teo or Barkley to the Bills?
James Walker (4:16 PM)
It's too early in the draft process to make sweeping decisions. But I can tell you, as of December not April, that I hear nothing but great things about Te'o. I'm hearing a lot of questions about Matt Barkley's pro potential. Again, a lot can change in the next five months.
Use the franchise tag on J. Byrd? or should they work out a long term deal?
James Walker (4:18 PM)
I reported a few weeks ago that the Bills have opened preliminary discussions with Byrd, who I think is Buffalo's best free agent. It's a smart move to see what kind of contract Byrd is looking for. If things can't be worked out between now and March, the franchise tag is certainly an options the Bills have.
Paul (Mooresville, NC)
Re: All of Miami's free agents will be interesting. I agree completely. This offseason in Miami is shaping out to be the most interesting one since we had to ask the question "Who will replace Marino?"
James Walker (4:20 PM)
Yes, the Dolphins will be a fun offseason team. Plenty of draft picks and plenty of cap space and free agents. I guess the biggest question is Jeff Ireland. Can he handle the biggest offseason Miami's had in years? This will shape the next 3-4 years for the Dolphins.
Wreck (Gville, FL)
Where do you think Tebow will be playing next season?
James Walker (4:22 PM)
Tim Tebow is under contract with the New York Jets. Owner Woody Johnson really likes him and wants to keep him. The coaching staff obviously doesn't think he's any good. Unless Tebow is traded or released, it's hard to say.
Ryan (Viena, WV)
What are the chances for the Dolphins to land Greg Jennings during the off season?
James Walker (4:24 PM)
Pretty good. Jennings wants to cash in and it appears the Packers don't want to pay up. Miami has plenty of cap room to do it and a head coach who knows Jennings and runs the same system. Sounds like a match.
James Walker (4:25 PM)
Other WRs like Mike Wallace and Dwyane Bowe are also options for Miami. All three bring different strenghts to the table that Miami could use.
Graziano of the NFC East blog has the skins looking at Byrd in the off-season. What is your gut feeling? Is he in Buffalo next year?
James Walker (4:27 PM)
Say hello to Dan for me. Great guy and colleague. I'm told the Bills are already talking to Byrd about an extension. That tells me he's a high priority. If Buffalo doesn't reach an agreement by March, I think the Bills will use the franchise tag. He's Buffalo's best free agent IMO.
Is it basically out of the question for NYJ to cut Sanchez considering all he is owed?
James Walker (4:29 PM)
That's up to the Jets. The cap hit would be enormous. It's not good busines to do that, but the Jets aren't known for their business decisions.
Is Daniel Thomas officially a bust in Miami, or would the Dolphins consider him a viable candidate to be their primary RB next year (assuming that Bush leaves)?
James Walker (4:31 PM)
Thomas is an ok option in a stable of backs. He can carry the ball several times a game and go downhill. But he's not a franchise back the Dolphins wanted. If Bush walks, the workload increases for Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller.
Randy Moss (SF)
Even though NE is the third seed, they handled both DEnver and Houston. Also, they'll be getting Gronk back for playoff time. Aren't they still the team to beat?
James Walker (4:32 PM)
Do you know where New England played Denver and Houston in the regular season? At home. There's a difference.
James Walker (4:34 PM)
It's not to say New England can't make it to the Super Bowl. I think they can. But there is no guarantee any team in the NFL can go on the road win at Denver and at Houston in back-to-back weeks. That's what's facing New England right now.
James Walker (4:34 PM)
If the Patriots get through that, they are definitely deserving the represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Slim chances for Dolphins to get to the playoffs. A lot needs to happen for them. The hardest and most unlikely would come down to beating the Patriots in the season finale. Chances that Belichick rest anyone that game? If you it came down to that, do you think they could pull it off?
James Walker (4:36 PM)
There's a chance. But if Tom Brady plays, it's going to be tough for the Dolphins. At least Miami has a chance and something to play for in the final two weeks. That's a lot better than anyone expected.
James Walker (4:37 PM)
Everyone, thanks again for your questions this week. Sorry, but I have to cut the chat short. I have a conference call with Rex Ryan I have to get to. Be sure to check the AFC East blog for reaction to what he says about his quarterback decision today.
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