Hi everyone. Sorry we missed last week's chat -- the NFL owners meeting got in the way -- but I'm ready to make up for it today. Let's get to it!
what are the packers chances of gettin brian westbrook......i dont think it would hurt and we do an change up back...thx
Yes, my good friend Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead.tv got this ball rolling by writing -- fairly, I think -- that the longer Westbrook remains available, the more likely it is the Packers will sign him. Of course, it's all relative. We know the Packers don't often sign veteran free agents. So perhaps the percentage moves from 1 percent to 20 percent. It's something to keep on the back burner, in my opinion.
Would you expect a decline in production from Rice if Favre isn't under center this upcoming season?
Probably to an extent, but that would be true of pretty much any receiver unless you the Vikings immediately find an Aaron Rodgers-like replacement. All that said, I don't think Rice has anything to worry about. It sure seems like Favre is coming back.
Hey Kevin! Can you please explain how the Montgomery signing makes any sense for the Vikings? He will definitely not be starting, and I thought we have pretty good depth on the defensive line. Especially considering Jared Allen and Kevin Williams almost never come off the field. How is this not a waste of money and a roster spot?
My understanding is it's a near-minimum salary deal, and at this point NFL rosters are at 80. So there's absolutely no risk at this point.
I was wondering what do you think of the rumor that Bradford wont sign a pre-draft contract and if thats true do u think they will pass on him for SUH? Then does that make Detroit the team to watch in the draft and who do you think would trade up with them to take S.Bradford after his oh-so phenomenal work out yesterday?
If Bradford is the player the Rams want, they'll draft him. As for not signing a pre-draft contract, I would classify everything you hear as a negotiating ploy at this point. If the Rams offer a healthy raise off Matthew Stafford's contract, I'm pretty sure Bradford will sign.
Have you heard if the Vikings and Ray Edwards are working on a deal? I am surprised he is not signed by MN or traded for by another team by now. Were the Vikings hoping another team would give up their 1st round pick for him?
I think they believe there was no harm in waiting to see if anything materialized. They could always match any offer he received. To this point, he hasn't gotten much interest. So there is no urgency at this point to do a deal, especially with a lockout looming.
When did the Bears decide they need to cut or trade at least one consistent, reliable starter each offseason? Chris Harris, Thomas Jones, Brendan McGowan (ok, injuries and inconsistency lead to his release but he was great for the Patriots last year), and now Alex Brown. I haven't seen one explanation from the Bears on Brown's apparently impending departure from the team. Is there any chance he stays? I love Idonije as a jack of all trades and Anderson is a decent 3rd or 4th option but they can't possibly think that releasing Brown will make them a better team, especially in terms of rushing defense.
I don't disagree. The only thing I can think of, and I wrote about this on the blog a little while ago, is that Peppers is going to be anchored at right end. The Bears are talking about playing him on both sides, but if that were true, there would be no reason to part ways with Brown. But if Peppers really is going to play the right side, it makes some sense. I don't see Brown as a left end.
There has been talk that if the Lions take Suh, he will be moved all around the line, like Haynesworth in Tennessee. Firstly, do you think that is a smart move, or should they stick Suh with what he's already great at - the DT position? Second, if that's the case, does it build up the idea that the Lions would choose McCoy over Suh, as McCoy was already used all over the line in college?
Your second question first: I have heard nothing to suggest the Lions would choose McCoy over Suh. To do so based on his ability to play multiple positions doesn't make much sense. I think Suh could be a dominant inside player, and the Lions probably would anchor him there.
What are the odds of trading out of the #2 pick?
I know they would entertain offers. But the money at No. 2 is pretty prohibitive. The only way someone trades up is to get a quarterback. And if Sam Bradford goes No. 1 to St. Louis, I'm not sure there is a quarterback another team would want to trade up to get at No. 2.
Do you see a drop off this year with the NFC North. Let's be really honest for a moment. The North got off very easy having to face the NFC West and a very average AFC North. This year they find themselves facing a very tough NFC EAST and AFC east. I just don't see any of the teams making a leap in talent this year. The Bears only added defensive help and a few offensive pieces. The Vikings and the Pack have added no pieces. I see a one to two game drop per team this year. What are your thoughts?
That's not a bad analysis. I think Chicago and Detroit will be better, but at this point not improved enough to challenge Green Bay or Minnesota. I'll leave it at this as we sit here at the end of March: The NFC North really should have two playoff teams in 2010. That's a pretty good outlook in my book.
Now, as there is talk about the Lions to draft Okung, I would like to know how this years OT class compares to the last couple of classes. Also how Okung compares to Jake Long the former 1st overall pick.
There are definitely some blue-chip left tackles out there this year. From what I've heard, though, Okung doesn't measure up to Jake Long in terms of scouted potential.
Hey Kevin, is Tim Tebow a viable option for Minnesota at #30? I keep hearing that he is expected to go late in the 1st round.
Would be stunned if that was the case, but I guess stranger things have happened. I myself have not heard that Tebow will go late int he first round. More like late in the third.
The Lions aren't really gonna sign Pacman Jones, are they? They don't need that kind of distraction or PR hit, I mean they're bad but at least they have avoided players with character issues.
They're really giving it some serious thought, and there aren't many teams you can say that about. I think he would definitely upgrade their talent. But anything they get from him is gravy. No team has ever been able to count on him. The Lions have to look at him as a bonus. If they're counting on him to play 16 games and be a model citizen, history tells us they'll be disappointed.
Minnesota is taking a filling holes through the draft approach...well with the lose of Chester Taylor to the bears how can they fill his shoes through the draft if they need so much help (not so much help but depth) at other positions. Mr. Taylor was a very important player to that offense, i cant see a rookie coming in an doing what he did. Peterson is now going into his 4th season an he cant even do the little things taylor did...i was just wondering how they plan on filling that HUGE hole with a rookie
It's only a huge role if something happens to Peterson during they year. Otherwise, they can use Peterson and Harvin as third-down backs and ease a young player into the role.
Hey Kevin, glad to see the chat back. Is Hargrove to Detroit a non issue now, or are they waiting till April 15th to make an offer?
I think it's still a possibility. There really isn't any rush on it unless he starts talking to another team.
Isn't this the year, since it will probrably be brett's last, to trade orr draft for a top qb for the future? (needless to say the backups are not the answer.
If he's out there, yes. The Vikings are about 3 years too late in identifying their quarterback of the future.
Do you think the Bears will keep their two backup QB's (Hanie and Basanez), or will they go out and get a veteran? I don't think they can afford to spend a draft pick on a QB...
Agreed. And anyone they draft in a late round isn't going to be ready to play any time soon anyway. It's worth watching, because young quarterbacks have fallen victim to Mike Martz's complicated offense before. Maybe they wait until the end of spring drills and decide at that point if they need a veteran.
I have not heard anything about Forte in awhile. Has anyone reported about him and his injury? Is he good to go for the season?
My understand is that he's good to go. I presume you're speaking about his MCL sprain. The recovery timetable on that has passed.
Packers fan in Chicago here! What positions will the Packers go with in this years draft since we know they wont do anything in FA and they have signed a couple players to LTD this offseason? Thanks
I think they need to address both tackle positions and also look for an outside linebacker to play Kampman's spot.
KS, I want the Lions to swap the #2 overall to the Skins for Haynesworth. Tell me why this DOESN'T make sense for both teams and for Albert. Gracias!
I don't have the numbers in front of me, but the Redskins have already paid a good portion of Haynesworth's $41 million in guarantees. I doubt they would want to pay that out and then pay $30-plus million in bonuses to the No. 2 pick.
Are the Vikes really looking at McNabb? Seems they would be better off riding Favre one more year and then make a play for McNabb next year when he's a free agent.
To this point, it doesn't appear they are. This should be the biggest clue yet that they think Favre is coming back. Otherwise, McNabb would make so much sense for them.
OK Kevin so here is my scenario: McNabb to the Raiders for a year. Favre plays in 2010 then McNabb signs with the Vikes for 2011. Can this happen?
A lot of you are suggesting that. I can't see any reason why it couldn't from a rules perspective. Here are the problem: Would McNabb be willing to play in Oakland for even a year? He can't veto a trade, but would Oakland really want him if he tells them he doesn't want to be there?
Do you see my boy Calvin Johnson having a great year? How would you compare him to the top receivers in the league?
He had a great year two years ago and remains capable. I think he has to keep working on chemistry with Matthew Stafford. They were not always on the same page last year.
I've heard that Green Bay could be interested in Tebow among other teams. Any chance my boys the Big Blue NYG take a shot as him as our back up and heir apparent to Eli? I love his leadership.
I'm not sure about the Giants, but let me take this opportunity to again remind everyone what I wrote about earlier this month: There is no evidence that the Packers want to draft Tebow. But it's clear to me that Tebow should want to get drafted by the Packers. They have two of the best quarterback mentors in the game in coach Mike McCarthy and quarterbacks coach Tom Clements. He would be well-taken care of and not be in position to play right away. Will it happen? He will have to fall into the fourth round, I would say, at least for the Packers to consider it.
Hi Kevin. Okay, please give it to me straight -- is Gosder Cherilus another Matt Millen first round bust, or is there hope that he could at least be a decent piece somewhere on a revamped Lions offensive line? Thanks for all the great reading you provide when I should be working!
Ha! Keep reading. Work is overrated. As for Cherilus, I think they're going to give him another year. But he's definitely on the brink there.
Breaking news by the way: CB Tye Hill picks the Titans over the Vikings, according to Adam Schefter.
LOST sucks man, hate to break it to ya
Clearly you're not watching the same show I am.
So, reports were coming out that Pacman would be announced a Lion today, is it just me, or should someone check their sources?
I mean, it could happen. I just don't know at this point.
Do you think that Chester Taylor will start on the Bears offense???...I have heard they will just have him as a 3rd down back
He'll do more than third downs but won't start, I don't think.
We missed you last week, Kevin. How is the rehabilitation of Kevin Smith and Matt Stafford coming along for the Lions?
Thanks Nick. Schwartz said at the meetings that Smith is on track in his recovery but couldn't say if he'll even be ready for the start of the season. I'm guessing someone else is the Lions' opening day starters. Stafford is fine, from what I've heard.
There was debate about Stafford versus Bradford last year as to who was better. As of today, who does GM Seifert pick as his QB of the future between the two?
I'm a big fan of accuracy, and Bradford has shown he's got one accurate arm. On the other hand, he couldn't match Stafford's toughness. If I had a choice between the two, I might take Bradford. But it would be close.
I am a Lions fan. Is there is anything postive I can look forward to this season?
Since you said green bay has a 20 percent chance of signing westbrook what about Minnesota i dont believe a rookie can come in an do the things Chestor taylor did it seems like thee logical thing to do since L.T. went elsewhere
I'm guessing Minnesota has the same fears about Westbrook's health as the rest of the NFL does.
There was an interesting article about teams not taking on RFAs if they had lost some decent ones because they would rather get the compensatory draft picks. Where would the Vikings stand in this situation? Losing Artis Hicks and Chester Taylor should set them up to be getting something. Is that what they are after or are they waiting to see how the draft goes before they make any moves. All they really need are a few decent pick ups as they really don't have many holes.
I think that's definitely part of it. I've also written that the Vikings would have been crazy to pay Taylor what the Bears paid him. He will have a lot more offensive responsibility in Chicago. As for Hicks, I'm sure they think they can find someone younger and cheaper to be a backup.
True or False - Sydney Rice makes the Pro Bowl regardless if Farve plays in 2010.
As always, a receiver's production depends on the quarterback. If the QB is Tarvaris Jackson, the answer is "false." Sorry.
I've heard the Alex Brown thing was a money issue . They were either goint to get rid of Harris or Brown. Do you think they made the right pick?
Yes, I saw Brad Biggs wrote that in the Tribune. Perhaps that's part of it. Maybe they also thought they could better absorb a loss at defensive end than defensive tackle. Doesn't speak highly of Jarron Gilbert, who would replace Harris if he departed.
If the Lions draft Suh, where does that leave Sammie Hill?
Fighting for playing time, the position he should be in.
Hey Kevin do you see Ted Thompson trading out of the 23 over all spot to stock pile more draft picks and address more needs it seems like their is a ton of talent in the second and third rounds that could contribute this year and also be very good starters in a year or two.
It's very possible. He tends to hold on to the picks when they're high, as in top 10, but things get murkier when you're down below 20. Is there a huge difference between 20 and, say, 35 when you get an extra third-round pick out of it?
do you think that the vikings (with favre) is still the best team in their division
Are you happy to finally know the significance of the Black Rock on Lost?
It's about time, but they have been hinting at it for a while.
Kevin, if donovan mcnabb does indeed get traded to oakland, what do you think would happen with his contract? Would the raiders only keep him for a year then let him become a FA? (In which case he signs with MN and wins our 2nd super bowl in a row!!!haha)
It would be bizarre for the Vikings to have back-to-back starters who each needed two years to get themselves into position to play for them.
Arent you afraid of losing street cred by being a fan of LOST?
What street cred?
What are the chances with Martz offense that a Bear receiver make the Pro Bowl?
Who would it be?
Do you think the Lions will stick with either Ko Simpson or Marquand Manuel at safety next to Delmas? Or do you expect them to take a safety early (possibly 2 or 3rd round)?
Neither one of those guys showed much last year. Next man up, as far as I'm concerned.
The concerns have been whether Cutler will be able to pick up the Martz offense. From what I gather Cutler is very intelligent, shouldn't the worry be on the young and inexperienced guys who ran wrong routes in the Ron Turner offense?
Yes! Thanks for putting it so well. I totally agree. The only issue with Cutler is whether he buys into the system, not whether he understands it.
Correct me if I am wrong, but the Packers have not shown interest in Tebow per say. Many, including you Kevin, have pointed out it would be a good place for him. Also McCarthy said he would like the chance to be able to coach Tebow, when he was asked about it. To me none of that says they are interested in Tebow.
Right with you.
hey kevin do you see green bay going after a return specialist in the draft i think thats an area they need to focus on
I wonder if Will Blackmon will be ready to take that job back.
Thanks for the news, Kevin. As a Vikes fan, how should I react to Hill picking TN over Minnesota?
Accordingly: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. VERY marginal guy.
Ok, play Lion's GM. What the heck, they let Millen! Would you attempt to trade the #2 or just take Suh based on his ridiculous talent?
I'd want Suh. If the Lions keep improving, they won't be in position to draft many more blue-chip players.
Olsen showed up to voluntary workouts, has there been any other news on him?
No news is good news. If he wanted to be traded, or the Bears were planning to trade him, he wouldn't have been there.
Kevin Seifert...Are you doing this chat while at SEA? hahaha
So are you in second-grade computer class or third?
Any news on the whereabouts of Pisa Tinoisamoa? Do you think he will be re-signing with the bears as I hope he does.
I thought this would be done by now. Maybe they're waiting to make sure his knee is healed.
My wife is worried that she's going to follow Lost up to the finale, and still not know exactly what the hell is going on.
It's a very real risk. I'm guessing we'll find out a lot, but it will end with us saying, "Wait a minute...."
Hey Kevin, Im a big fan and an even bigger Packers fan just sending my best wishes from Iraq Please post this
Done, and thank you.
Kevin, is there any news of the Bears looking at any safeties at this point? I know that there was a lot of speculation that they should make a move for Oshiomogho Atogwe, and I agree that he would be a strong addition to our secondary.
Nothing at all. Sure seems like they're going to make it a draft priority.
Would Pacman start for the Lions if he signs there?
Oh yeah. He would conceivably be their best corner, their best punt returner and probably would rank among their top 5 receivers as well.
Mike Shannahan says chicago will be proud that they have Cutler as their QB. With the addition of Mike Martz he thinks it will be a great combination. Recently I read an article that at one point Josh Mcdaniels and Tom Brady didn't speak for three weeks. Everyone blasted Cutler for what happened in Denver, but no one ever seems to mention once Cutler found out Mcdaniels tried to trade him he went and tried to work it out and Mcdaniels wouldn't assure him that he wouldn't try to trade him again. If Mcdaniels had a problem with Brady then maybe Cutler was right to get out of Denver. I still think the Bears did the right thing. What do you think?
I think the Bears did the right thing. Cutler has a long career ahead of him. I do think he could have made himself look better in the trade if he had avoided some of the interceptions last year, but he's in a good system to improve those numbers this year.
will you quit with the lame LOST questions? this is football, not a stupid show.
Oh my god! No, not variety! Heavens to Betsy!
What do you think of the Lion's linebackers? Any chance the might address that position in the second or third round of the upcoming draft?
I think Levy is pretty locked in at middle linebacker. Peterson is going to be 32 and I would imagine is at the end of his career. Sims had a hard time holding on to his starting job last year, so I would say it's one of many positions the Lions should be targeting.
Will there be any good offensive tackles left in the second round for the Lion's to draft?
Probably, but maybe not someone who is ready to start right away.
Hi Kevin- What do you think of the Nate Burleson signing>? Seems pretty pricey for an average number 2 (at best).
Agreed for the most part, but I think he has a special connection with Scott Linehan and that the Lions will get a lot out of him as a result.
As a Lion fan, I don't think Kevin Smith is the answer even when 100%. What are the chances of trading down to get Best or up to get Spiller?
Highly doubtful they'll trade up. But I'll say this about running backs: Unless you identify an elite guy like Adrian Peterson or Ronnie Brown, there's a very good chance you can get a game-breaker later in the draft -- second or third round. It's a position you don't have to target in the first round to find a legitimate, immediate starter.
The idea of Asomugha being traded for McNabb was once mentioned. Would it be possible for there to be a three team trade where the Vikings give up a first or second round pick to Philly, Oakland gets McNabb and the Vikings get Asomugha? It gives every team something they need.
I don't see the Vikings getting what they need out of that. The money in his contract is almost prohibitive if he is traded.
Do I play this year?
I haven't heard that to be the case.
Why not bring a healthy Mike Brown back to Chicago, he's still better than any safety on the roster and he stayed healthy last year?
Maybe he did, but history shows you can't always count on him. And I would say he is better than anyone they have only by default. That's not the way to fix this problem.
Per your Bear wideout question. I actually think Bennet stand the best chance of al the Bears WR at making pro bowl. Agree?
Or Hester, I guess, if he can become a big-play, run-after-the catch type receiver.
Yeah, Cutler's "in a good system to improve those numbers this year"... 30 ints is in the future. Remember, Martz's quarterbacks often lead the league in ints.
Ok, one or two more, folks.
Why wouldn't Chicago bring in Torry Holt, does it make too much sense for Angelo to be able to pull the trigger?
I agree. Unless they think he has absolutely nothing left, I think it would be a good idea -- for competition, if nothing else. Knox and Aromashodu might beat him out in the end, but they dont' deserve to have jobs handed to them, either.
Kevin, perhaps my other question was a stretch, however, what are you thoughts on the Packers dropping out of round one and tallying up a couple 2nd or 3rd rounders and picking up Jermichael Finley's counterpart, Jimmy Graham, TE, The U? Could you imagine the potential of this offense?
Not necessary to have two dynamic tight end like that. The Packers need to focus on their line, at least on offense, in my opinion.
What kind of draft pick could the Bears get for Iglesias at this point?
Probably an 8th-round pick.
Kevin, I was just curious, why do you use Eastern time? You are from MN and the 3 most relevant teams in this division are located in the central time zone. Just throws me off a bit, that is all
Because the man in the yellow hat tells us to. No, it's just a software thing. Everything should be consistent site-wide.
Ok, thanks everyone. Chat with you next week!