Hi everyone. Sorry I'm a bit late. A busier morning here in the NFC North than I expected.
Do you have a guess at what quarterback the Vikings will take in the draft?
I don't think they know yet. But as I wrote this morning, I think they first have to decide if they like Locker. He's the guy who will be available and, more or less, the right value at No. 12.
It seems to me that you can track the owners move from their original requests to a more moderate proposal, but the players are still demanding the same things they were at the start. Isn't bargaining supposed to involve compromise?
The players would say they don't want to budge much until they have proof that the owners need to change the revenue distribution. That's why the whole push for opening the books has become the biggest issue.
The NFLPA is trying to get rookies to not attend the draft. How can the NFLPA do this, since the union decertified last Fri. If that is true, there is no such thing as the NFLPA. If the NFLPA still exists, the named players cannot file the anti-trust claims agains the league. The NFLPA can't have it both ways.Thoughts?
Well, eventually there will be a CBA and eventually the union will re-certify, I'm guessing. In that case, players who "defied" the NFL PA will have started off on the wrong foot with their union brothers. Just trying to look at it from that perspective. Not sure I agree, but that's probably the hope from union leaders -- peer pressure.
Hey, Kevin! I'm a Detroit Lions fan. Tell me, please, that the StarCaps case is over?
Don't think so. Pat Williams is still proceeding with his legal case.
What will Gallery command once Free Agency starts? Think the Bears take a shot?
I'll be curious to see. I wonder if, given the disappointing start to his career, if Gallery would take less money to ensure he was with a good coach and a team that is doing things right. Mike Tice might be able to turn his career around.
With the Packers returning basically a new team (injuries) from a year ago do you think this gives them an advantage to repeat as champions since they Hunger will still be there?
I think that's part of it. I also think the Packers' player acquisition philosophy is well suited for a lockout.
Most days the Star Tribune has a story on location X and location Y for the new stadium. You live in the area - what's your take? Also, does the lock out make the near term issue more complex?
The lockout definitely makes it more complex. There won't be any NFL money available until after a new CBA is agreed to, if at all. That really throws a wrench in what was expected to be the Vikings' financing plan. As for location, I think it would be cool to have the stadium near Target Field to create a stadium district, but it sounds like it would be too complicated from a land acquisition standpoint.
This is our weekly reminder that the PACKERS WON THE SUPERBOWL!
Thanks Nick. You're right on time.
Most likely to be on the Packers next year: Cullen Jenkins, Nick Barnett, James Jones?
Whoa. Tough one. I would say James Jones, especially if the players win their injunction to end a lockout. That would put the offseason rules back to 2010, where a player of Jones' experience would be a restricted free agent.
I know the bears are confident in their wrs but do you see them going after any top wideouts?
In free agency? I really don't. In the draft, you never know. But it shouldn't rank among their top 2-3 priorities.
How does it feel to be making more money than Roger Goodell?
Ha. Roger Goodell is making only $1 now, huh? Is he diverting investment income as well?
Hey Kevin. How does the lockout affect Johnny Jolly's return to the league and to the Packers?
All it means is we probably won't get a ruling right away. But it's not like he could start working out with the Packers during a lockout, anyway.
Brooks Reed to the Pack. Good Fit? Too Early for him at the end of the 1st?
Kiper likes him there, says he's a fast riser with good instincts. Definitely a position of need.
Any update on Stafford's rehab ??? Additionally, do you see him staying healthy as enough to get the Lions a wild card next season (whenever that is).
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has written that Stafford is believed to be rehabbing out at Dr. James Andrews' facility in Florida. Everything the Lions have suggested is that Stafford will be healthy in time for training camp, whenever that begins. As for whether he stays healthy, I have no idea. He wasn't really injury-prone in college, but his history in the NFL hasn't been great top this point.
Two part question: The Vikings stink, and you're a homer.
Which part is the question?
Kevin, is there more than meets the eye with Brett Swain? I know it was one play in the Super Bowl, but it was a big drop. Plus, McCarthy rarely put him on the field even when Driver missed some time during the season. This is the guy the Pack released Ruvell Martin for and who they kept when he blew out his knee or broke his leg, I can't remember. Anyway, what do you think?
Well, that was a tough spot for Brett Swain to be put into. As you noted, he rarely played in the offense last season and suddenly he's thrust onto the field in the Super Bowl. To this point, it seems like his primary attribute is special teams. If James Jones departs via free agency, would Swain step up into the No. 4 role? I'm not sure about that.
best for bears 1st round, Pouncey or the ot from wisconsin??
Gabe Carimi? He certainly thinks highly of himself. If I had to guess, Pouncey is more likely to be available than Carimi at No. 29.
Good afternoon Kevin, If you had a crystal ball when do you think the lockout ends? Also what do you know about the judge that is gonna hear the case?
Well, it could end as early as next month if the players win the injunction. If not, you really have to wonder whether either side could stomach the loss of games. That's why I've always assumed something would get done in August. As for Judge Nelson, I don't know much about here. She's a recent appointee and is not Judge Doty. That should make the owners happy.
Nobody cares about the Super Bowl anymore Nick...it's baseball season! The Packers and their fans are now after thoughts!
I think the Vikes take Mallet in the 2nd round, with that being the QB they take, who do you think the they will take in the 1st round?
A lot of people think they will take UNC defensive end Robert Quinn at No. 12 overall, regardless.
Think Solder will still be available for the Bears? Great luck for them if he does with such a crappy pick
There has been wide disparity among media analysts as to where he will get taken. I think that would be a great pick for the Bears if he's still there. Can play left or right tackle in the short-term.
Good point Eric. Which baseball team were you expecting to discuss in this NFC North chat?
Everyone play nice now or we'll have to start locking people out.
Is starting over with a rookie QB wise for the vikings?
Do they have a choice?
Kevin, shouldn't YOU say "Go Twins"? Every White Sox fan would love to hear those words from you.
Grew up a Braves fan, so if I'm rooting for anyone, it's them.
Unfortunately, dark political clouds are gathering. One congressman says that they might sue the NFL for economic damage to his community. Another says they might revoke the NFL's antitrust exemption: Will the league get a CBA, before the situation get ugly?
There could be lawsuits, but half the time those are for show. It will be ugly here for a while. That's just how these things go.
Aquiring a veteran maybe? I'm sure Kolb would like to play with AP.
Well, it goes back to the basic tenent that no team (knowingly) gives up good quarterbacks unless it is at a premium price. So you might have to spend more than a No. 1 pick to get a guy like Kolb, if he is any good. If you don't, buyer beware.
What happens to the money that is not spent on players salaries? Meaning if the salary cap is $100 million and a team has player salaries of 80 million then what happens to the remaining 20 million? Would that money go back into the owners pocket?
Yes, to cover expenses that would otherwise be covered by game (and TV) revenue, I presume.
Does the SB winning team's ownership receive a bonus? If so, how would that be distributed to the Packers' ownership...a tax cut?
Ha. No, they don't. And Packers shareholders don't receive dividends, I don't believe.
Go Brewers! Growing the league doesn't help current players, but it does the owners and future players. Any chance something along the lines of the same cap number as '09 and then an progressively larger % of future growth goes to owners? This way at least the players total dollar number isn't decreasing.
That's what the owners claim they were offering. The union denies that. But it would make sense if in fact the growth occurs.
It sounds like the NFL offered your solution of having an independent auditor go over the books and present the info to the players, but the players wouldn't accept that. Any idea what more information they are claiming they need?
They want team-by-team reports for the past 10 years. The league was offering 5 years and for the auditor to add all of the teams together.
In the lockout which players do you think it hurts the most?
The ones who need face time with the organization to prove their worth. That's where offseason programs are most important. From a personal side, obviously, those who saved their money are in better shape.
Who wants to work out or die?
Are those my only choices?
How many McCaskey's are employed by the Bears?
Interestingly, that's an example of a question the players want answered by owners. Are owners doing things with the books to artificially drag down profit margins?
The NFLPA just called me and said we're not supposed to be attending ESPN chats re: NFL. Sorry - I gotta side with the former union.
But you're missing a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Do you think Brett Favre takes a TV gig, or drives off into the sunset quietly...
The latter, most definitely. Sounds like he likes the idea of disappearing to his ranch ... for the time being.
Hi Kevin, If you were Ted on draft day, which position (OT, DL, OLB) you would draft in 1 to 3 rounds assuming players grade same?
That would be my order -- OT, DL, OLB. I realize the Packers could use a steady starter opposite Matthews, but is it worth a top pick? Not sure about that, if all things are equal.
Hey Kevin, how is it that Minnesota ended up in front of Detroit in the final Power Rankings? Detroit finished the season stronger, had a stronger strength of schedule and finished ahead of them in the North based on the much better point differentials. Also Minnesota doesn't have a QB and they are picking ahead of Detroit in the draft...
Can't really speak to that because I wasn't a voter for those. Guessing the Lions' four-game winning streak to end the season went unnoticed in some areas. As for the draft, positioning is determined based on reverse order of strength of schedule -- not the final finish within the division.
You may also run!!!!!
How about power walking?
I have $80mil in the bank Kev...I'll treat for lunch.
I'll take the lobster. Two of them.
If Minnesota loses Sid Rice, would it be an upgrade to go for Santonio Holmes, or maybe even Braylon Edwards or Malcom Floyd? There are many WRs in the fictional FA pool...
There are, and maybe that's why the sides haven't agreed. Rice would be one of many receivers competing for free agent money and has a long injury history. But in the end, for all we know, Rice could end up a restricted free agent and come back that way in 2011.
Does Cobra cover red contacts?
Oh my god those things are scary.
No GM likes hanging onto injury-riddled players and Ted Thompson picks upside potential over experience. Given this, which inside LB seems to have a target on his back? (And I don't think Twitter has one iota of significance in this)
I don't think it does, either, but it would make more sense to keep Brandon Chillar because he is used to being a backup as opposed to Nick Barnett. But what if Chillar's shoulder injury doesn't come around? Maybe you need Barnett for insurance in training camp.
Vince Young >>>>>>>>> Jake Locker. Why wouldn't the Vikings go that route?
I'm resisting the urge to be sarcastic because it's a reasonable question. But given Vince Young's history, if you were Leslie Frazier, would you put your career in his hands?
If you had to choose one team's defensive line in the division to take, who would it be?
At this point, the Lions. We don't know exactly how the Packers are going to replace Cullen Jenkins, assuming they do, and the Vikings might have two or three new starters next season. The Bears have the best defensive linemen in the division in Julius Peppers, but I don't think the sum of the parts measures up to the Lions'.
Any backlash so far from AP's "modern-day slavery" comments?
It's gotten complicated. The original author of the past has taken down the "modern-day slavery" quote and tweeted that he wants to give Peterson a chance to respond. But he said it, and people have mostly been shocked. He's not known for talking that way. Totally inappropriate.
Rob Davis transitioned from locker-room stalwart to director of player development. Do any current players on the Green Bay roster fit the mold of someone who could make a similar transition in the next few years? I'm thinking a certain wide-receiver with an infectious grin.
Donald Driver? Perhaps. But he lives down in Texas and I would imagine he would prefer to move back down there when he retires, which should be sometime in the next 10 years.
No Matt Forte on your top ten list??? Blasphemy! You do know he's been one of the top 5 most productive backs since entering the league, right???
Ah, figured that was coming. These things are a no-win deal. Who would you remove from the list to get Forte on it?
Do you see players getting together to work out in the offseason together unofficially, or is that unlikely? Or even allowed?
It is allowed, and yes I do think it will happen. The Lions are doing it with Kyle Vanden Bosch organizing things.
Wouldn't you rather take a chance on Mallett later in the 1st than Locker? Or is he the epitome of million dollar body, 10 cent head?
All I can say is he didn't come off well at the combine. And his mobility is a big question. I'm not sure I would take either at No. 12, actually.
In fantasy football circles, you consider AP the #1 RB over Arian Foster?
It wasn't a fantasy question. But for that purpose, I might go with Foster.
What do you think is a bigger issue for the former NFLPA, an 18 game schedule or losing the revenues in a potentially new CBA?
Definitely, always about the money. So the latter.
If there is no salary cap next year, then what happens once a salary cap is back shortly after if one team pulls a Steinbrenner and goes crazy spending?
Well, hopefully they structure the contracts in a cap-friendly way, even if they're paying a lot of cash.
I know it's not TT'S style, but if Von Miller is the real deal, wouldn't it be interesting if Ted could package some picks and move up to get miller?
There's been some thought about that -- the idea that the Packers are so well-stocked that they should emphasize quality over quantity. I don't see it in this case, though.
OK, y'all. A few more here.
I'm not retiring until I catch a Superbowl TD.
Is it wise for the Packers to hang onto Matt Flynn until his contract expires? That's a lot of invested time with limited return--all excitement in Foxboro aside.
It depends on if they're offered something good. I wouldn't just give him up for a low-round draft pick just because you know he won't be starting for you. Having a proven backup is a relatively rare commodity in this league.
Over under for a new CBA: July 15th
You mean, before or after? I'll take after.
I know the Lions needs are at CB,OLB, OL, but if Julio Jones fell to #13, wouldn't they have to snatch him up? Especially since Mayhew has the BPA philosophy?
That will be awesome, given all of the WR history in the first round for the Lions. Mayhew is a BPA guy, but what we won't know until after the draft, if ever, is where the Lions rate Jones. What if he is there at No. 13 but another player they rank higher is still there as well?
Ok everyone, thanks so much! Chat with you next week.