Greetings from the media workroom at the fabulous Breakers hotel here on the island of Palm Beach. I am here to answer your questions about the NFC East for the next hour. Or until they wheel some sort of awesome food spread in here. Better fire away.
Are the Eagles done with moves prior to the draft? Any chance they add a Shaun Rogers to the DT rotation?
I think the Eagles are looking to add to the defensive line rotation, but I doubt they'd do it with a big-name free agent. If I had to bet it right now, I'd say they take a DT in the first round of the draft. As for other moves, I believe they'll bring in a veteran safety, a backup running back and another linebacker at some point. I'd say two of those before the draft.
If the arbitrator sides with the Redskins/Cowboys, what will likely happen? Receive their cap room back?
That's a good question, Cliff, and I don't think anyone knows the answer. The best speculation I've heard here this week is that they'd have next year's portion of the penalty wiped out and receive credit in future years, since the impact on this year has already been felt.
Watch out for a Jerry Reese first round Wide Reciever. I'm thinking if Kendall Wright falls he's good as BLue. If not he's going Whitney Mercilus or Stephon Gilmore. Reese always picks the best player... from certain positions and he does not value positions outside corner, dline, and reciever 1st round.
Joe, if Kendall Wright is there and he's far and away the best player on the Giants' board, there's no doubt in my mind they'll take him. They weren't looking to draft a cornerback last year, but they never imagined Amukamara would fall all the way to their spot. The Giants believe the draft is a tool to help them build and maintain a deep roster, not a means of fixing short-term deficiencies.
You seem on the side of those who are yelling collusion, what makes the the owners acts collusive ?-Owners having a meeting about the NFL Business ? -Owners agreeing to no "Excessive Front Loading of Contracts or Restructures" in 2010 to gain an unfair advantage under the 2011 cap? Ex Miles Austin 17-18 Signing Bonus 2010.....1-2 Million $$$s salaries 2011 & 2012 -To me it seems like basic business, enlighten us
But there was no written agreement or rule about this -- just some shady backroom discussions and warnings. Collusion is when the employers in a given industry conspire to limit the earnings of the workers in that industry, circumventing the open market to do so. The NFL, of course, has agreed-upon methods of doing this already, and a collusion clause in the CBA that defines what is and isn't collusion for their purposes. Best way I can put it is, if the exact same thing happened in another industry, it'd be collusion.
I am going to the SKINS right? I mean...Shanahan knows the handshake already!
I think the chances are better than 95 percent that the Colts take Andrew Luck and the Redskins get Robert Griffin III. But you guys need to trust me when I tell you that the Redskins would be thrilled with either one.
Do you think Mara has it out for Jones and Snyder?
That seems pretty clear after his performance here Sunday. That's the part of it that likely made the NFL put the gag order on. If the arbitrator has reason to believe this is a personal vendetta, it hurts the league's case. Mara gave him reason to believe that.
"The Giants believe the draft is a tool to help them build and maintain a deep roster, not a means of fixing short-term deficiencies."Great way to put it Dan. And isn't this the best strategy in today's NFL? Rookies rarely come in right away and contribute, and its hard to know what your weak spots are going to be down the road. Taking the best player available seems like the right way to go to me.
Different teams have different philosophies. If you're going to use the Giants' one, you have to have and exhibit a great and abiding belief in your people. You have to trust your coaching staff to develop the players you draft. You have to prize continuity in coaching and front-office positions for the purpose of maintaining the long-view philosophy over the long term. The Giants do all of this, and that's why it works.
Dan I dont think Shanahan wants me. He didnt wine and dine my family!
I asked you guys to trust me...
The Ryans trade--good move, or calculated risk?
I don't see how much risk there is. There's nothing to indicate Ryans wasn't healthy at the end of the year. The Achilles injury was two seasons ago, and he should be recovered.
I heard people say I got a better arm cannon and high ceiling than the other QB's. Do that make me more attractive to the Colts?
The sense around here is that the Colts decided on Luck a long time ago, before they decided to release Manning.
Never trust a pineapple
This is a fair point.
Dan im 37. What am I worth? No one is looking at me but heck I am one of the best MLB's in the league
None of the free-agent linebackers are getting the money they thought they'd get, and as great as you are, you're about to turn 37. It's not surprising that it's taken this long.
Do you think the Skins go after a o-lineman in free agency or the draft? Same ? about the Safety position.
Well, I feel pretty confident they're going quarterback in the first round, then not picking again until the third. But yeah, once they get back on the clock, I think those are two areas they'll address -- OL and DB. Cornerback might be more likely than safety, since they like Gomes, whom they drafted last year.
You'll never find me. Nana nana boo boo, stick your head in doo doo
Sad, because I KNOW you have something good to say about this mess...
Who do you think should be the defensive captain for the eagles next year? It was Asante last year, if he's back does he keep it? I think Cullen Jenkins would be my choice.
The new guy, Ryans, was a captain in Houston and comes with that pedigree.
Good afternoon. You and few others have said that the Eagles might look to draft a quarterback at some point in this draft. What round could you see, and is there a particular QB u have in mind?
Someone like Nick Foles or Brock Osweiler, and maybe as early as the second.
Hey Dan, do you think I'm a good quarterback?
I do, yes, but I'm not sure why you should care what I think.
Dan,Thanks for taking my question. Why haven't the Giants moved to sign Goff? They were very high on him before injury, and they've already signed TT who is coming back in a similar situation. Do you think they're worried about his progress and ability to come back? Seems like a 180 to all of a sudden not make him a priority, when they thought he was the answer at MLB.
They've made it clear to Goff they'd like to have him back, and there are reports that they've made him an offer. But he wants to see if he can do better on the open market, and they're content to wait. With the LB market the way it is, there's no rush on their end.
Dan - Do you think it's fair that Skins season ticket holders will be asked to pay full price to see a team that is potentially hamstrung by the league for roughly 15% of its cap the next two seasons? Shouldn't the league give them a 15% discount?
That's be a fun question to ask the commissioner. But like a truly great leader, he's refusing to take questions on this issue.
You're not the only one who believes the Eagles will take a QB early. Do they lack faith in Vick, or Kafka?
Kafka, I think. Vick is 32, they prize the QB position and want to make sure they're as deep as possible there long-term.
LOL at the "vote" by the owners yesterday. Give back $1.6 million in space -- especially when that would put some owners over the cap? Laughable if it wasn't so insulting.
The whole thing is farce. The NFL is reminding me of some parts of The Hunger Games.
There is no way an arbitrator can look at the Skins/Boys Cap Penalties and not see a clear conflict of interest on the part of Jon Mara. I have to believe that the NFL would be wise to reach some sort of compromise instead of letting this guy continue his little petty vendetta against two division rivals.
If I were the Cowboys and Redskins, I'd surely make that part of my case.
Your GM and Cowboys want to give up both 4th round pics for Asante, good deal or no deal?
Wait. Which GM am I? Cowboys or Eagles?
Hi Dan,What are the Giants going to do about RT? And do you think they have faith in Beatty at LT? He looked overmatched before he went down with the eye injury. Thanks.
The Giants are few things if not patient. I doubt they'll give up on Beatty as LT based only on what they saw last year. As for RT, I'm sure Diehl is their fallback plan, but they could still address it in free agency or the draft.
Dan what on earth are the skins doing for a right tackle? They need that critical position fixed badly.
They had Demetrius Bell in for a visit, and he hasn't signed anywhere else, so he's still a possibility. Word on him is that he's looking for a left tackle job, or at least left tackle money. If he doesn't get it, maybe he takes Washington's offer.
Hey Dan, I have a Giants question that is way to far down the road, but everything they are doing right now is pretty straight forward so what the hell. If the Giants don't release an expensive veteran this season to clear space for next season, and Canty is the only one I thnk they could afford to release right now from a roster standpoint, is there any chance the Giants won't be able to keep Cruz after considering what the open WR market looked like this year? I can't see where they find the money if he has another great season.
There's nothing wrong with your question, but I do not have enough of a handle on the Giants' 2013 cap situation to answer it. We don't even know what the cap will be, right?
I don't think you're presenting the collusion issue correctly: This does not relate to limiting compensation in the un-capped year, but rather the effect that compensation in the un-capped year has on the salary cap going forward. They just asked teams to continue to structure their payments in the same way under the un-capped year as they do in capped ones, not to limit those payments.
Right, but they still imposed an artificial limit on 2010 salaries without passing an actual written rule about it. The year was uncapped. The players understood it to be so. Meanwhile, behind their backs, the owners were conspiring to act as though there still was a cap, and on the assumption that there would be again. There was no guarantee of that last part, since the CBA was expiring.
Dan So are you saying we offered (Skins) Bell a contract?
I don;t know that for sure, but I doubt that these guys go on these visits and don't at least talk contract parameters.
If, as you suggested might be the case, the Skins can't come to an agreement with Fletch b/c of the cap penalties, do they release someone like Moss to make room? I'd say Fletch is much more important to the team than Moss or D. Hall, for instance.
Certainly possible, and I'm sure they haven't ruled anything out. My sense is that there's no pressure to move on this until he looks as though he might sign elsewhere. And again, the LB market is slooooooow.
I believe Goodell's days are numbered. any signs that the owners are little miffed with him?
Well I know two who are!
Dan - Based on limited reading on the Salary Cap issue, it appears that the media is mainly against the penalties. Have you found a lot of support outside of fan bases (excluding Washingtons and Dallas') for the penalties?
I've had some people write into the mailbag or on Twitter and say, "I'm an Eagles fan, but I think this is stupid," or "I'm a Giants fan, but I think this is wrong," so yeah. I think it's a common-sense issue, personally.
skooler (nyc)I believe Goodell's days are numbered. any signs that the owners are little miffed with him?Dan Graziano (12:28 PM)Well I know two who are!---duh! I restructured my question asking about signs of miffiness from others...
Yeah, I did. Sorry. I think the owners in general are pretty happy with ol' Roger. Everybody's making more money than they ever imagined.
Do the Eagles draft a CB in the 1st round in case the DRC experiment doesn't succeed?
Is DRC an experiment? I'm pretty sure they view him as an established starter. I think he's been to the Pro Bowl. Can't rule anything out, but CB doesn't seem a likely first-round pick for the Eagles if they're looking to address need in that round.
Will the skins resign hightower?
I think so, if he's healthy. They love him. But like the LB market, the RB market is moving like a snail.
Any chance the salary cap fight gets settled at the meetings this week and the Skins and Cowboys pull their grievance? I would think the rest of the NFL wouldn't want the union to be able to request discovery nor give them a voice to say we never liked this in the first place. Are any of the other owners upset about these penalties because as Jones pointed out they wasted valuable leverage over the NFLPA to penalize the Skins and Cowboys when they could have gotten something much more valuable in return for the cap room.
I think that ship sailed yesterday. This goes to arbitration.
Have you heard of a sling box?
Some call it a kaiser box....
There is talk of the Eagles trading up to the 4th or even 3rd spot. Do you think that Andy, whom has always collected Draft picks like baseball cards, will all of the sudden change? And if they slide up whom would you pick 3rd?
I haven't heard that, and I doubt there's much value in such a move for the Eagles.
What is the over/under on the number of days until a billboard shows up somewhere in the NYC vicinity demanding that Tebow start at QB? Thanks.
I think the over/under is 1.5, and I'd bet the under.
Dan, you mentioned that "a collusion clause in the CBA that defines what is and isn't collusion for their purposes." That sounds a bit absurd to me. It's like the banking industry defining what is and what isn't loan sharking for their purposes. Collusion is collusion, right?
Well, no. The CBA is, by definition, collectively bargained. So the collusion clause is approved by the players' side as well. It basically establishes rules, agreed upon between the league and the players, that allow the league to function in the way everyone agrees is best. The salary cap is collusive in its nature (which is why Major League Baseball players have always refused to agree to one, and have gone on strike over it), but the NFL's players sign off on it.
I new you couldn't have a chat withou a Tebow question thanks for not dissapointing.
You have no idea how many I've turned down!
"Is DRC an experiment? I'm pretty sure they view him as an established starter. I think he's been to the Pro Bowl. Can't rule anything out, but CB doesn't seem a likely first-round pick for the Eagles if they're looking to address need in that round."What position would be a position of need besdies OLB and there aren't any prospects that are going to be taken that high, and the Eagles don't draft LB that high either. Any pick at 15 would be for depth.
I guess. Though they could pick a defensive lineman who would see a significant number of snaps in 2012.
Why do they even need a salary cap if the owners can just say "in the order of competitive balance" we will levy penalaties on any contracts we don't like? In order to prevent you from spending or structuring contracts that we don't like (even though they do not break the rules and the comissioner's office approved them) we will take your cap space for ourselves. BTW, if you complain about it we will inform you that we though about boosting your draft picks too...In the name of "competitve balance."
This is the stuff that reminds me of "The Hunger Games."
How in the world will the skins re-sign Hightower if they can't even get Fletcher back?? Besides they have Helu and Royster so unless he takes the veteran minimum I don't see him coming back...IMO
I believe they will add a veteran RB to the mix. I don't think they're sold on Helu or Royster as an every-down back yet. And they really like what Hightower brings. Again, his price isn't going up right now.
Exactly what can the arbitrator do with the Skins/Boys greivance? Can he fully repeal the penalty andforce the NFL to compensate the teams (like draft picks)? Or can he just say the penalty is wrong and send it back to Godell to have him redo the "penalty"?
He could do either of those things. He could reduce the amount of the penalty (i.e., cut it in half and relieve them of next year's portion). He could find that the league is correct and do nothing at all. My guess is the penalty gets reduced somehow, if not wiped out altogether. But again, I'm assuming common sense eventually makes an appearance.
You answer an out of division q like Tebow and not mine about the Eagles DC coaching search? I'm sad :(...but here's the question again: Dan, big fan! Q: we heard all the reports of Spags choosing NO because of Brees over Vick. But could it have been because he knew of the bounty situation in NO, and thought he would have a chance of being the head coach of an immensely talented football team, and improve his stock in 2013? Your thoughts please? Thanks!
Possible, but the flip side of that is, if he knew about the bounty penalties, he took a job as coordinator of a defense that could have half of its players suspended this season.
Whew for a moment there I though you were ignoring all my questions Dan..LOL...any news on Rocky McIntosh and then I'm done bugging you.
I honestly have not heard one word about Ricky McIntosh. Sorry.
Does the league have to abide by the arbitrator's ruling?
Yes it does.
I run the show, I call the shots and last year was a mess. Is this my defining year as coach? Is it bowl or bust for me (and possibly Vick)?
This year must be an excellent one for you, Mr. Reid, or I think it's over. I do not know if that means you must reach the Super Bowl. For instance, the Packers went 15-1 last year and lost their first playoff game. I doubt you could be fired in such a circumstance.
Is McNabb playing football in 2012?
I would doubt it very much. If I had to guess (and please believe that I have no inside information about this), I'd bet you'd see him on our air a good bit this coming season. Like, in studio.
Add on to the Eagles trading up to #3, If I had to guess, I would say Andy is goibn after Justin Blackmon if there is any truth to that
Maybe, but is that worth what it would cost to get up to 3? If you want a WR that bad, why not stay put and take Michael Floyd?
Wow so u think the speeches by Jones and Allen were ineffective and that the owners have chosen to proceed and fight them in arbitration. This seems like a huge and unnecessary risk for 30 successful business men. Is this really because they are upset?
Yeah, man. These guys do things their way. They don't want anybody to tell them they have to even consider another way. They're not used to being questioned or defied. There was nothing Jones or Snyder could say yesterday to change this situation. They're the outsiders.
Dan -- you are pretty much the man. Love your work. Is it just me or is the NFL throwing dirt on the cap penalty issue. It has gotten very little coverage on the NFL outlets -- both TV and radio
I'm not going to single out any specific media outlet on this, but I agree that, in general, it has received surprisingly little coverage and that the league seems very interested in it going away.
Any chance someone brings up to Castillo of Brandon Graham getting reps at outside LB
But Graham's a pass-rusher. That's his whole thing. If you're not going to play him at DE in a 4-3, I don't think he's much use to you.
Will you go sunbathing later today?
I wish. But we pretty much spend the whole day inside here. I did sneak out for a run this morning, but please don't tell anyone.
I know it's not en vogue to question the Giants' methods but the Super Bowl run disguises the fact that this was a 9-7 team with a negative scoring differential. Is it really wise to rest on your laurels under those circumstances? Enjoy the trophy, sure, but address the weaknesses.
Yeah, you're right, but I disagree with the idea that the Giants are resting on their laurels. The people who run the Giants are smart. They won 10 games in 2010 and missed the playoffs, won 9 in 2011 and won the Super Bowl. They understand how capricious postseason success is. They just have a plan and a way of going about their business, and they stick to it. They also have very little cap room.
Dan, what do you think the Giants do about running back? Draft or is there a chance Jacobs comes back?
There's a CHANCE Jacobs comes back, but I don't think it's a great one. I think they sign a veteran of some sort.
Free agency seems to have slowed way down. Do you see things staying slow and then picking up again after the draft? Are the Skins targeting any other positions other than O-line at this point?
I believe they would add to the secondary if they could. And of course inside linebacker is a spot that needs addressing. And that veteran RB spot.
Is Kevin smith a possibility for the Giants?
No, I think I saw he re-signed with the Lions today, right?
Dan do you think the Eagles should target Keuchly in the 1st?? I think if you have him and Ryans in the middle this defense can be top 5! This will also allow the safeties to play like safeties because they wont have to worry about the run every play! I believe that this move makes too much sense and the Eagles wont even think of it! do you think that this is what the Eagles should do or do you have other thoughts on how they should use that 1st pick????
I'd get Kuechly, if I were them. But they may have to trade up to do it, and you know and I know they don't generally prioritize linebacker. Tough to imagine a trade-up for one. If he's there at 15, sure. I'd take him.
Both Eagles and Cowboys go 8-8,who gets fired Garrett Reid neither or both?
Reid is fired in that scenario. Garrett is not.
So the arbotrator can rule that the penalty is unfair and overturn it. Say he does overturn it and also deems the NFL needs to compensate the two teams. Do the rest of the teams lose the extra cap space they received? Also, can the NFL appeal that ruling somehow? Thanks.
The re-allocation of cap space would have to be sorted out by the arbitrator as part of his decision, I'd think. As for the last part, I believe the arbitration is binding, and that no appeals are permitted.
You are correct
I don't know what this is reference to, but I'm glad you see the light.
I bet you if the Cap penalty affected tebow it would get more coverage
Were you surprised Perry Fewell didn't get any head coach interviews?
Yes. And I'm pretty sure he was too.
Do u think your stong stance agaisnt these cap penalties will hurt your media access to the Giants.
I would certainly hope not. I'd hate to think a sports league as large as the NFL is only going to allow access to people who never criticize it.
Dan, I still don't get why the Giants would move Diehl back when/if Beatty gets healthy...its not like Diehl was horrendous, and the guard position is his natural position...why mess with it?
Because they have more depth at guard than they do at tackle, is the only reason.
Been a slow news week for the NFC East, what's the question count for this chat today?
This is 589. And you're right. Two weeks ago, we were over 1,100 for the hour.
Dan,Who made out better? Saint Louis in trading the number 2 pick, or Washington in trading 3 1sts and a 2nd for RGIII?
Empirically, I'd say the Rams got more in the deal than the Redskins did. But it's all about the eye of the beholder. The Rams already have their franchise QB, so they don't need to pick second in the draft this year. They need picks to build around Bradford. The Redskins paid a premium so they can address their biggest need.
What's on the menu today?
They brought some flatbread pizza in here, and some fresh fruit, hummus. Big tray of candy bars and M&Ms. They're taking real good care of us.
Washington obviously has a draft board and even though they would be thrilled with either one i'm sure Luck is number 1 on thier board right?
That I cannot answer. Everybody I talk to with the Redskins just says it doesn't matter, because they know they're getting one of the two and they love them both.
Do I fall to anybody in the nfc east
No, I think you'll be gone before the Cowboys and Eagles pick.
With NYG free agent acquisitions being few and far between, who do you see as possible targets going forward? Do they have the cap space to pursue London Fletcher?
Can you imagine the Redskins' reaction if the Giants signed London Fletcher with the cap money they got as part of the penalty that took cap money away from the Redskins?
At what point do the giants draft a TE.Is it a high priority or is it just a spot that they willplug in someone and not look for a lot of production?
The Martellus Bennett signing decreased the need to draft a TE, but I don't think it wiped out the likelihood of them doing so. They did lose two in their last game.
Folks, I'm out. It's been real. We'll do it again next week. Thanks for all of the questions.