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March 7, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Matt Williamson

Matt Williamson
  (11:59 AM)

Okay, this is not going to be a 100% P Manning chat-let's just get that out there now. But here is my list for Best Spot for P Manning: 1. SF 2. KC 3. ZONA 4. MIA 5. SEA 6. NYJ 7. WASH 8. CLEV

Matt Williamson
  (12:00 PM)

That isn't to say that I expect #18 to end up in SF, but that is where I see the best fit. I would bet he ends up in MIA...maybe SEA

Jeff (Nashville)

Right move by Indy?

Matt Williamson
  (12:01 PM)

Yes, right move by Indy. I wonder if they would have done it if they were picking say, 8th or 9th, but considering everything they know, it was right move. Total Rebuild in Indy

Mitchell (San Diego)

Is Nick Perry the best selection for the Chargers at pick #18? Or should they go with an offensive tackle such as Mike Adams?

Matt Williamson
  (12:03 PM)

Both are massive needs and free agency will obviously change that some. But OT looks like the bigger need to me as it stands now, and McNeal could be released.

Aggie (TX)

Ok let's say the Cowboys sign Mario Williams and Brandon Carr and switch to a 4-3. The front seven would be Mario/Hatcher/Ratliff/Ware and Spencer/Lee/Carter. Wouldnt that look GREAT.

Matt Williamson
  (12:04 PM)

Yes, but isn't happening. Doubt they switch to 4-3. Ware is perfect 3-4 OLB and they Franchised Spencer to be a 3-4 OLB.

Curt (Rocklin )

Matt do you think there is anyway that Denver gets into the Manning derby?

Matt Williamson
  (12:05 PM)

Nah, just those teams I mentioned. I think DEN gets more involved in the Campbell/Henne sweepstakes

Frank (Chi)

Is Reggie Wayne going to end up wherever Peyton goes, salary cap depending?

Matt Williamson
  (12:06 PM)

I do think that is very possible, esp if it is MIA.

Aggie (TX)

Is it worth drafting an elite OG with the 14th pick in the draft? Or is the position's value not enough?

Matt Williamson
  (12:07 PM)

DeCastro at #14 would be an excellent pick in my opinion. Interior OL is a major need

Vince (Hoboken)

Hi Matt, best low cost alternative to replace Manningham, Josh Morgan or Steve Smith? Garcon maybe?

Matt Williamson
  (12:08 PM)

Garcon will cost as much as Manningham. Morgan makes sense, but I think I would use a 3rd round pick or so in a deep WR draft and use free agency money elsewhere

Shane (Robins AFB, GA)

Speaking of Campbell, I am not sure why he isnt getting more hype than Flynn. Campbell actually played fairly well last year imo, and he has a better body of work. Could he end up back in with the Redskins?

Matt Williamson
  (12:09 PM)

I doubt that. I think WASH wants to go bigger-prob RG3 is their top target. I like Campbell too, esp to a team like NYJ or JAX

Jay Cutler (ChiTown)

Matt, Will I get some weapons around me through F/A? Who is most likely to be the guy we go after?

Matt Williamson
  (12:10 PM)

V Jax has to be target #1 for CHI..but I bet they will be in the market for Garcon or Meachem too. Need a guy with size.

Curt (Rocklin )

With DT and CB being fairly deep in the draft, wouldn't it be wise for Denver to trade out of the first round to accumulate some more talent for their defense?

Matt Williamson
  (12:11 PM)

Maybe, but they need star power too. I bet they bring back Bunkley-as they should. Secondary needs a lot. Wouldn't object at all if they traded down.

Johnny (Indy)

Where is Carl Nicks going to be signed by most likely? Hearing Chicago?

Matt Williamson
  (12:13 PM)

CHI makes sense, but so does DAL.

Paul (Albany, OR)

I bet you never thought you would use the term Campbell/Henne sweepstakes? So IF the Rams are smart and get value for the #2 pick, do you see them trading out of the 4 or 6 spot and getting even more picks, or do they get Blackmon or Claiborne and feel good going the rest of the way? Thanks.

Matt Williamson
  (12:14 PM)

Would bet they make the pick. Should be able to haul in quite a bit for that #2, so then, it is time for star power. And those guys you mentioned certainly fit major needs.

Kevin (NYC)

Hey Matt! Who's a better player in your opinion, Pouha or Soliai? I know most would take Soliai because he's younger, but is he better?

Matt Williamson
  (12:15 PM)

VERY similar. I just turned in my Top 50 UFA list-should be up in the next day or so-and I have those 2 right next to each other on that list. Neither has a ton of wear and tear on their bodies considering their age and NTs can play a long time. If I am KC, I am all over one of these two.

ryan (nj)

if there is one free agent you expect to go to dallas who would it be

Matt Williamson
  (12:15 PM)

Finnegan or Carr...one of the top CBs

Jeff (Nashville )

GBay had been a top 10 defense for the past 3 years, then hit a bump this past season. Do you think last season was an aberration or something to be really concerned about? I tend to think they get it sorted for out next year.

Matt Williamson
  (12:17 PM)

Would really be concerned. The pass rush just wasn't there-only had Clay Jr. Losing Jenkins hurt bad and they really need a OLB opposite Mathews. Raji took a step back and Collins' injury was huge.

Jody (Denver)

Any chance the Broncos get a WR or TE in free agency? I know Tebow is not a great passing QB but their skill positions are just below level compared to the rest of the league.

Matt Williamson
  (12:18 PM)

I think Green might surprise you next year at TE. I like Thomas and Decker, but a 3rd guy would be nice and I expect Royal to depart. Could be a draft pick though instead of free agency.

Matt Williamson
  (12:19 PM)

BTW, this was just posted: My impressions of where Manning fits: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7655887/nfl-top-offensive-scheme-fits-peyton-manning

Janet (Indy)

I keep hearing the Colts will play a "hybrid 3-4 4-3 defense.What exactly is that?

Matt Williamson
  (12:21 PM)

Well, right now, INDY is about as strict of a 4-3 as you will find, but they want to transition more to a 3-4 like Baltimore, but just don't and won't have the personnel to pull it off. In the meantime, they will need to sorta split the difference. In this case, that is a bad thing, but BALT does a ton of each front and pulls it off extremely well-makes them tough to prepare for and adjust to.

Ed (San Diego)

Being a make or break year for the front office do you see the Chargers going after a Mario Williams or Nicks type FA? I think Jackson is gone.

Matt Williamson
  (12:22 PM)

I think Jackson is gone, but I also think they take a bit more of a quantity vs. high quality approach and fill multiple spots

49erfans (SF)

It would be crazy for the niners to not try to get him. No starting qb on the roster and 1 play away from the superbowl last year..really they want Alex over Peyton?

Matt Williamson
  (12:23 PM)

Couldn't agree more. Let CK learn behind him. MASSIVE upgrade over Smith.

jay (dallas)

Stafford or Cutler and why ??

Matt Williamson
  (12:23 PM)

Very tough one. Cutler doesn't seem particularly likable and Stafford's durability still has to be a concern, but other than that these two can be as good as they want to be. Give me Stafford...slightly

Dan (Virginia)

I was reading the article you just posted up. I do think that Manning to Fitz or Manning to Marshall would be ideal. Honestly I would like to see the Cardinals end up with Manning. What are the chance of it happening?

Matt Williamson
  (12:24 PM)

I don't think Manning to Zona is far fetched. They have just about everything else. Would be a very formidable team. Let Kolb walk.

eric (baltimore)

which WR do you prefer for Ravens: Wayne,Garcon or Meachem? And what do you pay Flacco?

Matt Williamson
  (12:26 PM)

Flacco is an awful tough one, but I think 10/yr is about right. Of that group, I think I go for Meachem. Meachem and Garcon are similar though. Wayne might work out too. All are good calls by you, but I would also rather resign Grubbs.

Bill (DC)

Forte or Rice? why?

Matt Williamson
  (12:27 PM)

Rice...again, barely. You guys are giving me some tough decisions! I like Rice's low running style better. A little more dynamic/dangerous.

James (IL)

Could Lee Evans come to Chicago?

Matt Williamson
  (12:28 PM)

Maybe, but he isn't any better that what they have already. He isn't the answer.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Wanted the Broncos to pursue a DE in FA, but all of them franchised/re-signed..and they ain't gettin Mario...would a LaRon Landry to replace B-Dawk and Finnegan combo still be a huge coup???

Matt Williamson
  (12:29 PM)

The combo of Landry and Finnegan would be a huge coup for sure. Would settle for Landry and Rogers even. Massive upgrade to a poor secondary. Again, Bunkley would be my first priority though

James (IL)

Should the Bears sign Mario Williams and draft Michael Floyd?

Matt Williamson
  (12:30 PM)

I really like Floyd for CHI, but they might address WR in free agency instead. I think CHI really only needs one more WR, but a clear upgrade. I see them going after a DE like Mincey instead of spending that much on Mario.

Jake (Miami)

What is the biggest need for Maimi come draft day. RT or DE?

Matt Williamson
  (12:31 PM)

Finding a true 4-3 DE is def a need, but RT is a glaring hole

James (IL)

Would Mincey be cheap?

Matt Williamson
  (12:32 PM)

Heck no, but he is the ideal tough #2 DE opposite Peppers. No where close to Williams money though.

Jake (Miami)

lets say Couples - DE from UNC and Rieff - OT from Iowa are there at pick 9 for miami who do you select?

Matt Williamson
  (12:33 PM)

Coples. Finding RTs is easier than finding stud DEs. I also think Coples is the superior prospect. Could do a lot worse than Rieff at #9 though

Smeagol (fishing)

Do you think that Floyd would be there for the Bears at #19? I sure don't.

Matt Williamson
  (12:34 PM)

Tough call for sure. Certainly gaining steam. And I think it would be foolish for CHI to count on that...therefore, WR should be addressed in free agency.

King Kevin (Seattle)

At least admit that Peyton makes Seattle the favorite in the NFC West over the 49ers if he signs there and we all know Paul Allen makes big splashes in FA every other year.

Matt Williamson
  (12:35 PM)

I really like Manning to SEA and hopefully they are real aggressive to land him. Makes sense to me. The favorite? It would be close-let's see what both teams do with the rest of the offseason!

George (KC)

Best Nose Tackles in the NFL?

Matt Williamson
  (12:36 PM)

Wilfork is still a total stud. Ngata is more DE than NT, but he is fantastic. Some good ones in free agency like Garay, Pouha and Soliai too

Patrick (Chicago)

Wouldn't the Vikings be silly not to offer some Steve-Hutchinson like contract (i.e. no more than 2 game in Pennsylvania) to Mike Wallace? Either you drop the safety and let Peterson run or you play tight and risk the bomb. Worked with Moss & Smith/Bennett, right?

Matt Williamson
  (12:37 PM)

I hear ya-a speed WR would be great, but Minny would have to give up their VERY early 1st round pick...that aint happening!

Rob (San Antonio)

With Pgh. apparently keeping Hampton does this mean Pgh. will probably go o-line first in the draft?

Matt Williamson
  (12:39 PM)

Seems logical. Could still go DE. Also, I would expect them to restructure Hampton's deal somehow.

James (IL)

I think Sam Bradford is ok, but do the Rams suddenly shock all and draft RG3?

Matt Williamson
  (12:39 PM)

Nope. Fisher went there because he likes Bradford-rightfully so. Go fill other needs. This all works out quite well for STL

Jake (Miami)

Do you have any inside info on NO workin out Moss, how fast did he run,any other teams going to give him a look?

Matt Williamson
  (12:40 PM)

No inside info, but I do think several teams will give him a look. If Moss can still burn, he can be effective

James (IL)

What is the trade value of Briggs? Could the Bears trade him to trade up, get Brandon Marshall, or perhaps Osi?

Matt Williamson
  (12:41 PM)

Maybe Osi, but not Marshall. Actually, not sure why NYG would be real excited about Briggs. Briggs will get you less than you expect-age, the position he plays, contract

Dwight Freeney (Indy)

How long before Irsay shows me the door, too?

Matt Williamson
  (12:41 PM)

Gotta think that is coming very soon Dwight

eric (baltimore)

Was V Leach best dollar for dollar FA signing last year? Who do you think Oz targets early this year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:43 PM)

Fantastic signing, esp for what they paid. Feel like BALT needs to worry about keeping their own. I don't see a fantastic target for them, but those WRs (Garcon/Meachem) would make a lot of sense too. OL needs serious work though

Aggie (TX)

Is Dwight the best player on the Colts now?

Matt Williamson
  (12:44 PM)

Oh yeah...by far. Well, Mathis is back and they are comparable. Their roster is terrible.

Steve (Wash.)

Best slot recievers not named Welker

Matt Williamson
  (12:44 PM)

Cruz...Colston

Jeff (Nashville )

Do you think Bulaga can/should switch to LT? Or, read another way, how do you feel about Marshall Newhouse/Derrick Sherrod in GBay?

Matt Williamson
  (12:45 PM)

Jury is still out on Sherrod, but Newhouse really struggled-backup to me. Not sure I move Bulaga-he has really found a home at RT

Aggie (TX)

Do you think Dre Kirkpatrick would make a great FS? Physical, big, tall, rangy,...

Matt Williamson
  (12:47 PM)

I am sure he could do it, but you don't draft a CB that high and make him convert. Would take time. In the meantime, he should be a very solid big CB, which is prob more valuable

Dr. H. Doofenshmirtz (Tri-State Area)

Are the Saints in real trouble next year? I could see them having a losing record.

Matt Williamson
  (12:48 PM)

I feel ya. I can see them going backwards. Their talent is going to get raided-maybe on both sides of the ball.

Drew ((NY))

Wut Up M-Dub, we need an ipod update along with a KC/Peyton update. thnx

Matt Williamson
  (12:49 PM)

Love Manning to KC-that team would be stacked! No iPod today, instead watching the Mario Lemieux stature tribute, which is going on live.

Will (Tallahassee)

Any RBs worthy of a 2nd round pick this year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:49 PM)

Richardson goes in round 1, but could see three RBs in round 2 including Miller, Wilson and Martin

Frank (Dublin)

Foo Fighters, yes or no?

Matt Williamson
  (12:50 PM)

Yes

Bruce Arians (Indy)

What do I do with this offense now,I have no O-line to work with,no WRs and mediocre RB's. and a rookie QB and I have no cap space to work with.Do Ihave a chance at having the worst offense in the NFL ?

Matt Williamson
  (12:50 PM)

Could be like Troy Aikman's rookie year. Indy's roster is total garbage.

Aggie (TX)

But I think Steve Spags can do wonders as the Saints DC. Much better that Greg Williams imo.

Matt Williamson
  (12:51 PM)

Maybe, but Spags' D is predicated on fantastic DL play...which NO is a long ways away from having.

Aggie (TX)

Lamicheal James will be a second rounder.

Matt Williamson
  (12:51 PM)

Prob right about that-good call

Dr. H. Doofenshmirtz (Tri-State Area)

Don't you think the Broncos should take one of those guys (RBs) in round one?

Matt Williamson
  (12:52 PM)

No, they need too many other things. RBs in Round 1 is just too much of a luxury item.

Ben (Corona)

I would love LaMichael James in the 3rd round for the Giants, speed back and desprately needed return man, thoughts?

Matt Williamson
  (12:53 PM)

Maybe, but he won't be there that late. Would have to use the late 2nd rounder. And NYG needs TE, WR and esp OL much more than a specialty RB

Chris (Broadview Heights, OH)

This draft is RG III or bust for Cleveland in my opinion. Do you think Cleveland management is having the same line of thinking?

Matt Williamson
  (12:53 PM)

I have often said that as well. Are they thinking that way? I hope so, but who knows.

John (GB)

Better RT in the NFL than Bulaga?

Matt Williamson
  (12:54 PM)

He stepped up HUGE in Year 2. Meanwhile, some of the top guys like Carey and McKenzie fell off. There are not a lot of high end RTs in this league right now.

Frank (Chi)

Carimi

Matt Williamson
  (12:55 PM)

Yeah, he could be in that class as one of the better RTs, but CHI might not have any choice but to play him at LT.

Jake (Miami)

Smith from Dal.

Matt Williamson
  (12:55 PM)

No question about it! But I expect Smith and Free to swap sides this year.

Studebaker (NJ)

Which QB has more success early - RG3 or Luck?

Matt Williamson
  (12:56 PM)

I would bet on RG3 just because he almost has to have a better supporting cast-even if he ends up in CLEV

Rick (Pensacola, FL)

Are the Bucs gonna get someone with experience at WR?

Matt Williamson
  (12:57 PM)

Been a lot of talk to Manningham to TBAY, but I think they need more disciplined players that that. Bu they certainly could use a vet WR-esp one with great speed. That O is slow.

Blueman (INDY)

With the first pick in the 2013 Draft the Indianapolis Colts take?????

Matt Williamson
  (12:57 PM)

Sounds about right! Trade the pick to a team that needs a QB!

Blueman (INDY)

Where does Kyle Orton end up?

Matt Williamson
  (12:57 PM)

How about JAX as an educated guess

dolphan (miami,fl)

what do you predict dolphins will do with that number 8 pic? if they end up getting peyton or flynn and if they don't end up with peyton or flynn.

Matt Williamson
  (12:59 PM)

If no Peyton/Flynn, then Tannehill. If they land a vet QB, Rieff or Ingram. Cool?

Matt Williamson
  (1:00 PM)

Okay everyone-great chat. Stop back next week and we will do it again or drop me a line on Twitter @WilliamsonNFL