Today's a big day in the NFL labor battle, but I know business negotiations and legal wranglings aren't always the most riveting topics. What do you want to talk about?
please tell me that miami is not going to take ingram at 15, I say we re-sign Ronnie, go after a 1st tier QB with the 15th pick and maybe and chad henne, and pick up a back with the 3rd round pick. Please tell me something like this is going to happen, last time we took a QB in the first round "DAN" became the legend.
Miami's front office might very well have an eye on acquiring a quarterback in a trade or free agency. But without a CBA, all of that is on hold. As for a "first-tier" quarterback, I'm not sure one will exist with the 15th pick -- or in this year's draft class at all.
Who are some possible trade partners for Miami? I know they're looking to trade down, but what team would be interested in the 15th pick?
It all will depend on what players are on the board. The type of trade you mention happens on draft day, usually when the team holding the pick in question goes on the clock. Teams that have identified a player they want but are nervous he won't stick around will be dialing up the 954 area code at that time. Every year there are one or two players who unexpectedly slip and get teams excited about moving up.
From a professional standpoint, do you prefer working in the offseason where you have to cover the off the field stuff (draft, front office moves, labor stuff, etc) or do you prefer the season itself where you cover mostly what happens on the field?
Interesting question, Ryan. They're totally different approaches. The offseason requires more thought and creativity to come up with angles. In-season, the material simply presents itself as the season unfolds, but there's so much of it to churn through. If given the choice, I'd go with in-season coverage. You're on the scene (press boxes, locker rooms, news conferences, etc.) much more often.
Better abs. Davic Beckham or Tim Graham?
I have a one pack.
Afternoon, Tim! I'm a Detroit Lions fan (in the wrong city). The Dolphins have a new OC Brian Daboll from the Vikes. What's your opinion of him?
My opinion is that people don't know much about him. Because he came from the Browns and has never worked for the Vikings.
HELLO TIM, TO YOU KNOW SOMTHING ABOUTE KAWIKA MITCHEL?HE CAN HELP TO THE BILLS THE NEXT SEASON?
We're on a hot streak with questions. Kawika Mitchell has been with the New Orleans Saints for a few months.
Tim how much is this lockout going to suck??? I want to focus on FA and the Draft this is whole situation is for the birds
One of the byproducts of no free agency is that the draft already has gotten boring because it has been our only real football focus. When we had free agent acquisitions and trades to discuss, we didn't have to rely solely on the draft like we have the past month or so. Now it's draft, draft, draft, draft ...
If you're Tannenbaum, what's your free agent re-signing priority list? Who do you try to re-sign and in what order?
Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie, Brad Smith, Braylon Edwards, Drew Coleman, James Ihedigbo ...
Hey Tim, how much from the talks are you hearing exclusively? Is the lockout truly eminent now?
Nothing exclusively. Our reporters on site in Washington D.C. are handling that. Adam Schefter just reported NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith has informed the players they are decertifying.
All the labor talk has me very disinterested in the NFL right now. I'm only at this chat because I enjoy your humor. Do you have a rooting interest for baseball? As a Mets and Jets fan, I wish the labor issues could swap leagues. I wouldnt mind a baseball lockout for 2011.
Thanks for dropping by the chat, Vinny. I used to be a huge baseball fan. That was my sport for years. I loved playing. I loved the stats. I loved going to the games. Up until I discovered "Earl Weaver Baseball" for the Apple IIe, I used to listen to games on the radio and keep score. I doubt kids do that anymore these days. But I stopped caring when it became obvious half the league was juicing.
Tim Graham is my kinda guy. All about #winning.
What's the chances the owners will use replacement players if now CBA is in place by September?
Owners cannot use replacement players in a lockout because they are the ones stopping work. They can use replacements if the players strike, which won't happen. The players want to keep the CBA just the way it is.
Hi Tim, what are your thoughts on Mark Sanchez? He had a lot of dropped INT's...led the league by far I believe
Yes, you're referring to stats tracked by our friends at Football Outsiders. ... He's still pretty mediocre at the moment, but I think he has a bright future ahead. Sanchez is growing. He's only 24 years old and has started 37 NFL games.
I assume Henne is no longer viewed, nor will be given the chance to be the "franchise QB"?
It's my sense that it will all depend on whether the Dolphins can obtain anybody else they think will be better. He very well could be the opening day starter, and as long as he keeps getting the opportunity to play, he has a chance to find his way in the NFL.
How do you see the roles of Jackson and Spiller playing out for the Bills this season? Will there be a heavier emphasis on getting Spiller the ball?
Chan Gailey doesn't even know yet. When I spoke to him at the combine, he said he still thinks Spiller will be a very good NFL player. The Bills just have to find a way to use him. With Marshawn Lynch out of the picture and a full offseason to sketch ideas, Gailey will have a clearer sense. But the labor situation will impact the development of a guy like Spiller by keeping him off the practice field.
Why wasn't my last question answered?
Because I've been answering other people's questions.
Will Lights Out be on the Bills next year, or even in the NFL?
The Bills signed Shawne Merriman to a contract extension many moons ago. The contract has a lot of guarantees in it, so he'll be around.
If you could keep this chat running until 5:00 when I get out of work, I'll buy you a beer next time I see you
If you saw the number of questions trickling in (and the quality), you'd know that me making it to 5 p.m. will be impossible.
Are you a fan of an 18 game season or do you still want a 16 game season?
I prefer the 16-game schedule. The season is long enough. The players get banged up enough.
Does anyone rate CBs? Is Vontae in the top ten?
ESPN.com will be doing positional power rankings every Tuesday. We started with receivers last week and will look at running backs next week. Cornerbacks are somewhere on the schedule, but I don't have it in front of me. Off the top of my head, I would say Vontae Davis is not a top 10 cornerback. I know Dolfans love him, but a major reason why teams threw away from him last year was because the other guy (Sean Smith or Jason Allen) always was the weak link.
If the NFLPA decertifies, how will this affect the CBA will it just remain as it is?
The moment this negotiation extension expires, there will be no CBA. Decertification is a tactic to prevent the NFL from locking out the players because, ostensibly, there will be no union to lock out. But the owners will contend the NFLPA did this in the past (1993), only to reorganize. So off to court we go.
Personally I would keep Ronnie because of his age, wildcat and blocking... do you agree or more of a Ricky guy?!
If I had to choose between the two, I would go with Ronnie Brown because of his age and versatility. The Wildcat wouldn't play into my decision at all. Time to scrap it.
SO..Tim, if their is no NFL this year how much money do you think you will be spending on delicious bud light every night to make up for the losses in all of our lives no football will leave?
I'm under contract. So I'll have to get creative. I might have to blog about how my team is faring in Madden franchise mode.
So what would you're top 5 WRs in the divison look like? Beast, Santonio, Welker, Stevie Johnson, Braylon...?
That's a good idea, Scott. I'll assemble that list ... But if I did it off the top of my head right now, I'd probably mess up the order. Check back on the AFC East blog after the chat.
Howd you get such a ballin job with basically no personality? Enter typical non helpful answer above.
Liberace had other commitments.
why won't Belichick do everything in his power to put out an adequate pass rush. It is the one thing year after year that is missing from this team. Just looking at how Brady is disrupted by pressure gives you an indication of how important it is.
That is a significant weakness. The Patriots have chosen to address their pass-rush problems in the draft, and it hasn't worked out yet. But I think they check into every big name who enters the free-agency market.
Can we all agree that Tom Brady, not Hines Ward, should have been selected for Dancing with the Stars?
Tim, I haven't checked lately so I'll ask you: How is Joe Ferguson doing these days?
He's doing well, and last I heard everything was in remission. In fact, I recently saw he's scheduled to make a promotional appearance in Niagara Falls within the next couple weeks. For those unaware, he has been diagnosed with lymphoma and leukemia in recent years.
Tim love your chats.The phins biggest need on offense aside from QB is speed at the skill positions. With that in my why does everyone and their mother predict that Ingram will go to the dolphins at 15. Am i missing something here?
It all comes down to projected need. Ingram is a safe fit for the mocksters because he should still be on the board and the Dolphins probably will need a running back.
Tim, do you feel that Leodis McKelvin has been a disappointment for the Bills so far? Do you see the Bills adding more Corners through the draft and/or free agency?
McKelvin has been a disappointment for sure. Chan Gailey said a couple weeks ago he felt McKelvin didn't do all he could last year. I wouldn't be surprised if the Bills took Patrick Peterson with the third overall pick. He's good enough to warrant that kind of selection.
Is it time to give up on Shawn Nelson as a legitimate answer at tight end for Buffalo? He probably got injured while I was typing this.
Shawn Nelson just doesn't have what it takes in terms of ability or commitment (already been suspended four games for drugs). Time to move on.
Sanchez has started 31 regular season games and 6 post-season, not 28.
You're absolutely right. That was a double typo. I meant to type 38, which was wrong. And I typed 28, which was way wrong. But here's proof I knew what I meant: http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/26832/qb-ready-teams-can-handle-long-lockout
Poor execution ...
Feel fairly confident that the Jets will make every effort to retain Santonio, and Braylon can stay or go?
That's my sense. They would prefer to have Santionio Holmes back, and would be OK with losing one of the two receivers. Dustin Keller was an afterthought when Holmes and Braylon Edwards were both playing.
Poor execution....Tim Your reminding me of Chad Henne
A couple more and then I need to put my power rankings together for AFC East receivers.
Is Jared Ordrick that missing piece of pass rush that the Phins need on the opposite side of Wake?!
Jared Odrick will have trouble getting on the field in 2011 unless they go to four-man fronts. They have Paul Soliai at the nose between Randy Starks and Kendall Langford.
"Tim Your reminding me of Chad Henne." Rob from NJ is reminding me of Chad Henne.
It seems to me that the Patriots biggest need is to increase its pass rush. However, some of the mock drafts have the Pats taking a WR to spread the field. The Pats hardly ever draft the way experts think. Given all of that, what position (or person if you're daring) you think they'll pick with their first pick?
Most mock drafts I've seen have the Patriots taking an outside linebacker with the 17th pick they acquired from the Oakland Raiders in the Richard Seymour trade.
why did miami feel that they had to release Donald Thomas at the begining of the year? I thought he was pretty cheap for a lineman and would have provided better depth
The injuries were frustrating, but I think it boils down to the Dolphins being malcontents when it comes to their offensive line. Since Parcells/Sparano/Ireland took over, they can't stop tinkering with their centers and guards. It's an obsession.
Hey Tim! What do you think DC Mike Nolan will do with the Dolphin's defense?
I don't see any reason for it to change. They were solid last year and they have pretty much everybody coming back. They could stand to upgrade at free safety and need better play at right cornerback, but they'll remain an aggressive group.
How is the alpaca btw? Can you make me a sweater?
You got it. Just send me your address. I'll throw in some matching socks.
So Tim youre tellin me that the Phins again wasted a 1st rounder on Odrick and basically a 1st rounder (32 overall) on Merling?! An to top it off... this year's draft is heavy on d-linemen?! Ill go cry myself to sleep.
Odrick doesn't look like a great pick at the moment. Where is he going to get his playing time? Unless somebody gets hurt, he looks like the odd man out. Starks and Langford were tough last year.
Tim, Big Jet fan here. Does it even make sense for the Jets to throw that type of money to 2 WR's? Even with the old cap can teams afford to do that? a 2nd or 3rd WR can be got on the cheap right?
They already have Jerricho Cotchery, too. They can get by with Holmes or Edwards and Cotchery with Keller at tight end.
Tim what would it take for you to convince ESPN to let you do a sponsored chat at a bar in Buffalo? Duff's in Cheektowaga has a nice setup.
That would be a compelling experience. People can drop by and watch me type on my laptop.
All right, guys. I better go. We might have some CBA news about to break. Enjoy your weekend, the college hoops tourneys and NFL purgatory!