Hey! I missed you guys last week. Let's get right to it.
There hasn't been much talk about Paul Soliali from Miami and where he might end up. With his size wouldn't he be a great fit for Rob Ryans D? That would give the Cowboys a chance to move Ratliff to Spencer's side which should make them both better.(Eventhough the Jones' insist on watching Ratliff break down year after year at the nose)
Peter, I saw this raised recently on the Cowboys' web site, and I think I posted on it. I think it's a great idea. I think moving Ratliff to end to help the pass rush and getting a more traditional massive NT like Soliai for the middle makes complete sense for Dallas, and while I haven't seen or heard any indication that they're considering it, I agree with you that they should.
Word on the street is the Browns are fascinated with Matt Flynn, aren't willing to give up their second 1st round pick and/or don't have as much interest in general in trading up for RGIII as most people thought. Do you buy any of this, or is this just a negotiating tactic with the Rams?
Any part or all of it could be true, but I'm inclined to believe that it's a negotiating tactic.
With the Redskins placing the franchise tag on Fred Davis, what does this mean for my future in Washington? Could an eventual release become more of a reality or can the front office and I agree on a incentive laden contract?
I think you'd really have to be willing to take a tiny little guarantee and heavy incentives to return to Washington. And I think your name value alone will get you bigger offers elsewhere, from teams that haven't grown frustrated with your ability to get on the field.
Welcome back Dan! We kept the place clean for you.Regarding bounties on hurting players, do you think such things are the norm?I can understand having a sack or int pool, but trying players carted off is beyond the pale IMO.
I agree with you, and I certainly hope that what went on in New Orleans is an extreme example.
Do you think that the Giants are considering starting Petrus full time? He looked pretty good filling in last season. Also, what would the line be in a battle between Jesuits: Georgetown vs. Loyola Maryland? I say Hoyas -7.5
I know they like Petrus long-term, but I don't think they know yet whether he'd be ready to start next year. They like the way Boothe played, and with Snee likely to bounce back, they have a lot of depth at those interior OL positions. Means they can play Diehl at RT if they don't get anyone for that spot.
The complete lack of any clarity in the Redskins QB situation is maddening for this die-hard fan. What is the latest from the Insiders?
I guess I understand why it'd be "maddening," but free agency hasn't even started yet, so nothing CAN happen yet. My sense is that they want to trade up and get Griffin, that they'll be aggressive about it without mortgaging future drafts completely to do it, and that they've got guys like Manning, Orton, maybe Flynn kicking around as potential fallback options in case they can't get it done for Griffin. Not sure what's unclear about it.
Dan, do you have any information on London Fletcher's contract situation? Are you surprised the deal has not been done?
No, I do not, and yes, I am. Fletcher's well regarded and might be able to get good money on the open market, but I thought the Redskins would work hard to make sure he didn't get there.
do you think the eagles will address their linebacker needs in the draft or in free agency. who do you think they will go after
I think they'll poke around in free agency, maybe find some guys who are upgrades over what they have if not big-name guys. I mean, if they could get Fletcher, what a huge thing that would be for them. And I guess they might make a run. But I don't see them hitting free agency as hard as they did last year.
Hey Dan, I'm going to try one more time. Of the Bama guys who do you think the Cowboys will draft, Kirkpatrick or Barron?....Which one do you think fits better?
Barron is most likely to be the guy available with value at their first-round spot. Frankly, I don't think they could go wrong with either. Kirkpatrick is the more talented player, but comes with more baggage too.
Hey Dan, missed u long time. Do you see the Gmen signing a cheap but consistent veteran RB to fill in for Jacobs or do you see them sticking with what they got and have Bradshaw (and his breakdowns) as the veteran back?
No, I think if Jacobs leaves they'll bring in a veteran or two, at least to compete with the young guys in camp.
Dan, we were discussing Dontari Poe, NT for the Cowboys at #14 and you indicated (before the Combine) that you thought 14 was a tad high for him. Given his performance at the Combine, are you still of the opinion that 14 is high for Poe? I think he vaulted himself into the top half of the 1st rd with that performance. How can a man who weighs 345 lbs possibly run a 1.68 10 yard split? Crazy
Well, the history of the draft is littered with examples of guys who shot up draft boards based on combine performance and then fell flat in the NFL. So I'd be careful about putting too much stock into that.
Surprised the Redskins tagged Davis, and not Fletcher?
No, and if you've been reading my blog, you shouldn't be either. Given the difference between the numbers on the TE tag and the LB tag, it was a no-brainer.
Maclin flying a bit under the radar for next year? Dude was really sick last year. He looked like a top 5 WR two years ago. Giant leap forward in 2012-13?
Yeah, I think people underrate this aspect of the DeSean Jackson situation. Maclin was drafted in the first round. The Eagles see him as a guy who can be a No. 1 WR, and they drafted him in part because they weren't sure about Jackson's long-term future in Philly. He was extremely sick this time last year, and it's fair to assume his performance and health suffered as residue of his offseason issues. I believe he's a serious bounce-back candidate.
Dan, if the bounty problem was really just bonuses paid for good clean football plays, wouldn't you expect a few offensive players to come forward? They make good clean football plays too.
You know, I went to college with a John from Rockville. He's running a private school now somewhere in NJ. But I don't recall him ever saying anything as smart as what you just said.
Welcome back Dan! With the uncertain status of Terrell Thomas returning to form from a second ACL injury & Aaron Ross testing the FA waters, do you see the Giants (1) aggressively resigning Ross (2) looking for depth in FA or (3) looking for depth in the draft?
I think they'll re-sign Thomas, let Ross walk and look for depth in the draft. They drafted a CB in the first round last year, as I'm certain you recall.
The Skins have been looking for a "franchise" quarterback since Theisman. Don't they have to give up what ever necessary to get RGIII?
Within reason, Bill. But you can't give your franchise to a kid and then tell him, "Sorry, we don't have a first-round pick for the next three years to help build around you." It's got to be somewhat reasonable.
Any word of Meachem replacing Manningham if that happens?
I think Meachem and Manningham are both going to cost more than what the Giants will want to pay their No. 3 WR.
Are the 2011 Giants the best 9-7 team ever?
Dan,You keep linking the Cowboys to Finnegan, but do you see the Redskins making a run at him? The Redskins have a need at CB and Finnegan seems like he'd be a good fit.
Sure. Makes sense. I just figure the Cowboys' need at CB is so glaring, and the Redskins' needs at QB, WR, OL seem to be more important, so the Cowboys would be more motivated. But Finnegan makes sense for the Redskins. 28 years old, which is in that range that Shanahan likes his FAs.
Morning Dan! Having a good day? Anyway why is everyone so pissy about the "boys bringing back Brooking? I mean yesterday JJT from ESPNDallas went on a mini rant about it claiming its was stupid. I dont get whats so wrong with it. Best case scenario hes an awesome backup and mentor to lee and especialy Carter and worst case hes a 2 down starter with Carter coming in on passing downs while we slowly ease him into the lineup. Why is this concept so hard to grasp?
Those guys out there in Dallas get cranky too easily! (Just kidding, love those guys) But yeah, I'm with you. It's like the Spencer situation. It doesn't FEEL right to bring back Spencer, since he's been a disappointment. But once you look around at other options, he starts to look better to you.
Did ESPN franchise you? How does the tag feel?
Which FA CB would be a better fit in Dallas? Carr or Finn....
I think Carr's the better player.
Hey Pineapple... What do you think is a good trade on our part to get RG3? Keep in mind the other bidders...
It's going to have to be this year's first, next year's first plus probably two more picks somewhere. If neither of those picks was earlier than the third round, I'd do the deal.
who are the giants cutting to get under the cap, besides brandon jacobs?
They have other candidates, including Diehl, but there's some contract restructuring they can do as well. The cuts may not have to be as deep as you think.
I am done submitting questions you Bum.
Osi stays with the giants at least 1 more year. Giants take a Dlineman or BPA in 1st round. Surprise?
No, none of that would be a surprise.
Who do you think wins the Big East tournament and why?
In my own Big East bracket, I went with my heart, and took the Hoyas. But as much as I hate to say it, I'd be surprised if Syracuse didn't win.
remember when you were picking the Giants to finish 3rd in the NFC East?
Yeah. Picked them to be 8-8. I actually came closer to getting their record correct than I did with any other team in the division.
Dan, given Luke Kuechly's performance at the combine, might he have vaulted himself out of the Eagles' first-round draft spot? If so, who do you think might be a good first-round pick for them?
He might have, but he's still a linebacker, and they don't tend to go very early. He's likely to either be there for them at 15 or last long enough that they'd only have to move up a couple of spots if they really want him. He's the pick that makes the most sense, but if he's not there, I'd bet they take a WR, a DL or a QB there. (Tannehill?)
Why are you answering questions about the Big East tournament in the NFE East chat when some people (namely me) have legit questions that don't get answered?
Because I want to.
You really think that Jackson doesn't get traded?
DeSean Jackson? I think there's a better than 50-50 chance they trade him, and I've written why I think they should. But I will say this: If they don't get what they want, they shouldn't fear keeping him. I don't think he's going to give them any problems about the franchise player thing. He just got a $9M raise.
Which coach has the best sideline expression in the NFCE? I'm split between Coughlin and Shanny.
Haha. Very different expressions, for sure. Both more fun than the Andy Reid angry walrus or the Jason Garrett robot. Shanahan's is a classic, but I love the raw emotion you get with Coughlin. Put me down for Tom C.
It definitely is, but the question is whether those guys are going to be ready to man those positions this year, or whether they need to augment their safety position with a veteran or a high draft pick. They do need to have a very good season in 2012, and if they're worried about Allen/Jarrett short-term, they may need to make a move. That wouldn't mean "writing them off" long-term.
With all the talk of a Redskins-Rams trade for the no. 2 pick the most interesting angle, to me, is not the compensation but the timing of a deal. What is the prevailing wisdom about when/if the deal gets done?
No deal can officially be done until March 13. But it's entirely possible they could agree on the parameters of a deal today, tomorrow, Thursday or any time between now and the draft. They just wouldn't be allowed to announce it until March 13.
Isn't saying the Eagles will take a giant leap forward a bit like saying the Redskins need to cowboy up?
You just blew my mind.
Do you think the Giants will stay out of WR fee agency and hope Barden, Jernigan, or Hixon steps up? (or in Hixon's case stays healthy) If they have FA money at all I'd rather see them get defensive depth
Yeah, I think that's the way they'll go. If they weren't thinking that way, I imagine they'd just re-sign Manningham.
Dan the man do you think the Eagles will pursue Laron Landry or Curtis Loftin in FA or any big name FA for that matter.
I think the Eagles will not go as hard in free agency this year as they did last year. Landry would be interesting, but I think any team should be worried about guaranteeing him too much money, because of his health questions. If he'd go there on a team-favorable, low-risk deal, it wouldn't be a crazy idea for them.
I thought Josh Wilson played well last year. If the Redskins sign Finnegan or stay at 6 and draft Claiborne, do you think that Hall is in danger of being cut?
Can you pick some Cowboy questions out of the Hopper?
If I saw any, I could.
Wait. Here's one.
Hey Dan, whats the word on Dallas' interest in Carl Nicks? He's the Best gaurd in football, 26, 6' 5 340ish pounds and fills a MASSIVE (see what I did there?) hole. Sounds almost to obvious no?
It's obvious. He should be their first choice. But the question is cost. He's going to want a lot more money than most teams like to pay their guards, and the Cowboys need to spend to upgrade their defense. My guess is, if they give out really big contracts, they'd be for defensive backs and not guards this offseason.
The Skins' coaching staff seemed to love Weeden during the Senior Bowl. He could be a smart fallback play in the late first/early second. Some people argue that he has already reached his ceiling because of age. Do you agree?
Not sure about the ceiling, and I know there's a lot to like. He's got a monster arm, and a ton of experience, and if he were the Redskins' quarterback in 2012, I imagine they'd be happy with that. But because of his age, if you draft him, you're not getting as much of the player's prime as you are when you draft younger guys. Age is the only issue with Weeden. Is the the long-term answer Washington seeks?
Maybe, but remember, Howard Mudd is the guy in charge of deciding which O-linemen fit his scheme in Philly now. If DeCastro doesn't fit into what Mudd likes to do on the line, he's not going to be the Eagles' first-round pick. They found a starting center in the sixth last year.
Would mario manningham be a good fit for the redskins?
Yes, in that he'd be better than what they have. But I believe they're aiming higher, for a true No. 1.
Dan what are the chances the giants get a middle linebacker in the 1st or 2nd round of the draft?
You'd be able to knock me over with a feather.
About the desean situation, what team would really trade a 2nd round pick and give a pick contract to a player with well-known attitude issues and isn't the most complete/toughest receiver? His pros are well worth a 2nd, but wouldnt that attitude and money shy teams away with other receivers (wallace,vincent,wayne,lloyd, garcon etc) available for basically same amount of money or less?
Well, that's what the Eagles have to find -- a team willing to overlook the outside issues because of the talent and upside. I think that team's out there. The Patriots have been known to do this, for example. And I thought on Feb. 5 that it sure looked as though they could use a deep threat.
I get no respect for my mad skills Dan. I mean HeRowe keeps bashing me and telling people that i am not worth the money, but lets get real here. I'd like to see people try and get through 300+ lbs men and chase down WRs.Do you agree with me?
If you had 10 sacks this year instead of six, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Simple as that.
Graz, don't let too many people put you on blast for your predictions; you did say the Giants had the best WR's in the division last summer!
Blind squirrel, etc.
Who do you think is the Redskins number 1 target in free agency assuming the deal is basically done with Rams for the 2nd pick? Vincent Jackson?
Dan, will Dez bryant ever grow the fudge up?
I do not know the answer. But in his defense, I don't think he's the only 23-year-old about which that question has ever been asked.
Should the Skins try hard to get a deal done with the Rams for the #2 pick before FA opens? Or should they bide their time, see how the QB market plays out and wait for the value to get a little lower? I lean towards the former b/c it would put to bed the QB question and give us a better shot at landing VJax or Colston.
I also lean toward the former.
Who was the last Super Bowl winning team that was as exciting, unexpected, and surprising as this year's Giants? I'm sure there was one.
It's hard to recall one. Maybe the Giants from four years earlier?
What about the Skins packaging the 2 first round picks and one of our RBs for the #2 pick? See any interest in that from the Rams? Been a long time since S. Jackson had a reliable backup to give him a few plays off.
Your logic is sound, but I haven't heard too much chatter about players being involved in the deal. The Rams have a new coach, a good young quarterback and want picks.
Perdue alum battle: Spencer or Kerrigan?
I'm taking Kerrigan.
DeCastro to the Cowboys at #14? Good or Bad?
I don't know. For me, it seems too high to take a guard. But Mel Kiper and Todd McShay know the draft a heck of a lot better than I do, and they have the guy going in that range. So it depends on your point of view, I guess. I feel like you can find interior OL help later.
Is RGIII getting too overhyped because of a lack of competition? I've heard analysts say that he would have been the 4th best qb in the draft if Matt Barkley and Landy Jones had came out. Is RGIII a Mark Sanchez waiting to happen?
Possible, but I remember covering Sanchez's draft, and the positives about Griffin seem a lot more plentiful than anything we were hearing about Sanchez in March of that year.
Do you think the Eagles will go after Mario Williams in free agency to help fill those holes in their LBs?Laces out Dan!
No, I do not. I think he'd be a DE in their scheme, first of all, and they're set there.
It is clear that we are about to start a game of QB musical chairs between WASH, CLEV, MIA, and SEA, who are vying for RGIII, Manning, and Flynn. Who do you think is most likely to be left out in the cold? My guess is WASH, as they will not sign Manning or Flynn in FA and instead go for RGIII, only to be outbid by CLEV. You agree?
I said to somebody the other day that I have this nagging feeling the Redskins are going to screw up quarterback this year. Maybe I've been talking to too many sad Skins fans.
Ive been seeing some links to Super Mario to the Boys? I dont think thats a legit possibility but what are your thoughts?
If they're going to do that, why not just keep Robinson? He'd probably be cheaper, and they know they like him. I don't see how Manningham is a big upgrade over Robinson.
Do you think with the bounty scandal that there's any players on the skins that could face suspension or could the team have to forefit pics?
I think the chances of discipline against the Redskins over this are very slim.
Don't ever post someone's comment when they refer to Mario Williams as "Super Mario". There is only one "Super Mario" in sports and he wore #66 for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
All right, well...
Super Mario = Williamas out of H-Town Dan.
Oooooooohhhh.... Sorry about that. Bad mistake by me. Scratch all that stuff I saw about the receivers just then. Mario Williams certainly would be a huge asset to the Cowboys' pass rush. But their franchising of Spencer says to me that they're not willing to bid on Williams, who's probably going to be the highest paid defensive player of all time.
There is really only one Super Mario, and he's fighting Bowser in the Mushroom Kingdom as we speak (type, whatever.)
That's the guy I thought of first, tell you the truth.
Its supposed to be close to 70 then end of this week in NJ. Too early for a round of golf?
No it is not. I played two weeks ago, and am thinking seriously about playing tomorrow or Thursday.
Think the Skins have a chance at Saints OL Nicks since Brees got the franchise tag? And would that be something the Skins would be open to?
As I said when I was asked about the Cowboys and Nicks, yes, they could do it. But the Redskins need to spend money elsewhere -- at QB and WR and DB, most importantly. So, while they have a lot of cap room, I imagine Nicks ends up with a team for whom guard is a higher priority.
Is Trend Edwards an upgrade from Mike Kafka?
I don't know, and neither do the Eagles. But the Edwards signing is a no-risk deal for them. They worked him out. They liked him. So they signed him. They can cut him anytime they want. If Kafka looks better in camp than Edwards does, maybe Kafka becomes the No. 2 and Edwards goes elsewhere. If they come up with a better No. 2 option, they can get rid of Edwards. But Reid feels it's important to be deep at QB, and he's right about that.
do you see any "respectable" names in FA to back Romo up next season?
If I were the Cowboys (or the Eagles, for that matter), I'd look very seriously at Jason Campbell for backup QB.
In your conversations with scouts, have any mentioned where they think Weedon would have gone if he were 22 instead of 28? Is he the third best qb on the board?
Yeah, they all say that. Clear first-round pick other than the age issue.
Ive read the NYG and Skins listed a sleeper landing spot for Michael Bush in free agency, but surely this makes no sense right?
Not that he couldn't help those teams, but again, other teams are likely to outbid them, since there are other teams that need a starting-caliber RB more than those teams do.
Do you see skins giong for RGIII and Manning if they feel it might take some time to develop RGIII? Haven't done the math, but cap casualty wouldn't be that bad especiall with new CBA
No, I think Manning only happens for them if they don't get Griffin. I think they're fine with Grossman or someone similar as backup QB.
Usually Jerry doesnt make the sort of "we'll be active in F/A" comments before a season, does this mean he is gearing up to make an Eagles type splash?
I don't know. I think it means he's aware of how extensive the Cowboys' needs are.
The market for RG3 doesn't seem as deep as advertised, unless there are sleeper teams out there vying for RG3. It seems tho that it's a 2-horse race for RG3 between Cleveland and Washington, and Cleveland doesnt even seem that interested. Is RG3 to the Skins a slam dunk?
It is not a slam dunk, but it does start to feel as though it's attainable.
Considering Vincent Jackson's character issues (DUIs, holdouts), would'nt signing him contradict Shanahan and Allen's recent emphasis on high-character players? They've made a lot of progress in that regard since the Haynesworth days. Do you think they would risk messing that up by signing V Jax?
Well, the holdouts were all contract-related, and the Chargers did do him wrong a few times on that front. If you give him a big new contract, there's no worry about holdouts. As for DUI, yeah, that's a red flag. But I'll betcha they'd find a way to spin it!
Welcome back Dan. March madness is in full effect...enjoy the ride. I think the skins will begin the Tannehill talk if they don't think they can get RG3/Flynn/Manning. thoughts?
Yeah, I agree. I think Tannehill ends up being taken in the first half of the first round. And if Washington can't get Griffin, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see them take him at No. 6. If they did that, though, I think they'd want a more established guy to start in 2012. Orton or someone.
We are cowboys fans and we want to know one thing. Will Anthony Spencer have more sacks than DeMarcus Ware in 2012?
No, I don't think so.
Hey DG, can i get a prediction on those VCU Rams? Final Four repeat???
Watched them last night. Don't think they're playing defense the way they did last year.
Is RG3 to the Eagles really a good pick for this year? I mean RG just sitting behind Vick and maybe filling in 2-4 games that Vick will be injured. I mean, I can't realistically see the Eagles outbidding the Skins or the Browns.
I can't either. It's not worth it for the Eagles to spend what it'll take to outbid teams that need Griffin to start for them next year.
I know its out there, but if Asante Samuel goes on the block, should the Cowboys give him a look?
Yes, but I can't imagine the Eagles trading him in the division.
Can a FA, like Brees, reject or not sign a Franchise tag tender?
They can refuse to sign, and thereby hold out. But that doesn't make them free to go wherever they want. The franchise designation holds a guy in place. Nothing he can do about it.
No more talk of Orton to the Skins! Zip it! You are going to jinx us! We might as well stick with Grossman then!
Shanahan likes Orton, I promise you that. I have that from the very best possible source.
Could Jason Campbell make a return appearance with the Skins if they end up with Tannehill?
I think any team that needs a backup QB who can step in and win them games if the starter gets hurt should look at Campbell. But I don't see how they sell that move in DC. They like him, but they know the fans won't buy it.
"I have that from the very best possible source."Is this the same guy that told you about Mike Shanahan coaching Joe Montana?
Haha. Yes. But he neglected to point out that he didn't coach him in actual games!
Just read an article (INSIDER) that the reason the Cowboys franchise Spencer was a fallout in case they don't acquire Mario Willimas. Your toughts??? SIR
Risky, if true. If Spencer signs the franchise tender today, they're stuck with him and likely can't get Williams.
Thanks for posting that Dan...made my day! haha
My pleasure. What are we if we can't laugh at ourselves?
And with that, I leave you. Next week's chat will be on March 13. Anybody heard anything about that date?????