Hi everyone. Today is a national holiday with the NFL schedule set to be released at 7 p.m. ET. Let's try to keep ourselves distracted here for the next hour or so....
Since he's gonna win the cover, does Calvin Johnson believe in the Madden Curse? Obviously it's not real, but if the player believes in it, it could be a self-fulfilling prophacy.
He said during part of his ESPN car wash that all things must end. So I guess he doesn't think the curse applies to him.
If they go OT, who do the Lions prefer, Adams or Martin?
There's no way to know that answer definitively. But for what it's worth, most media analysts look at Martin as a much safer pick than Adams, who has great physical ability but very mixed reviews on his effort level.
Any word on Nick Collins, i don't remember hearing anything for a while.
He was expected to meet with the Packers last week on his future, but if anything has been decided, it hasn't been made public. It's possible that the results of the medical tests on his neck are not fully available.
With Matt Forte apparently seeking AP money do you think a trade is the Bears best option at this point?
I wouldn't assume he is seeking Adrian Peterson money, which would be $36 million guaranteed in a $100 million deal over seven years. If the Bears are truly planning to run as much as they say they are, I don't see a trade in Forte's immediate future.
Will the vikings get a deal done in minnesota or r they gone after 2012?
My feeling all along, and I've expressed this before, is that this issue won't be resolved until it's in crisis. It's now clear that an expired lease is not a crisis, at least if the team isn't willing to employ the corresponding leverage. I still think a deal is quite possible, but it won't happen until the Vikings have a realistic relocation option and are willing to at least pursue it.
Hey Kevin, I'm 34 years old, and feel like I have been hearing about a new Vikings stadium - and the threat of moving the team - for literally half of my life. It doesn't seem like a stadium is any closer or farther away than it was ten years ago. Can somebody institute a "---- or get off the pot" clause? I think we're all sick of treading water.
I hear you on that. That's what Dayton and in many ways the Vikings were hoping for: A definitive answer one way or the other on this issue. They really didn't get it. There wasn't even a vote on the floor of either house of the state legislature. In the end, there's no sense in the Vikings issuing that kind of ultimatum until they have a realistic option elsewhere.
I'm beginning to think the Lions go with Harrison Smith at 23, especially if the corner they like is gone. I don't see them picking the number 5 or 6 tackle over the number 2 safety at that point. Your thoughts?
I agree they could use an upgrade over Amari Spievey, but that's pretty high for a safety. Often you can find a pretty good one in the middle rounds. Louis Delmas was considered a top safety in 2009 and was the first pick of the second round.
Why is the opening game for the NFL on a Wednesday????
Because the normal Thursday night game would have conflicted with President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention. True story.
And if you want to know why that's a big deal, it's all about ratings, sir.
I was at lambeau field's Curly's Pub bar during last year's draft. And when the Vikings selected Christian Ponder at No.12 we all started laughing and cheering. I think the only way to top that is to watch them draft Ryan Tannehill with the No.3. What do you think the chances of that happening is?
Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. I don't see them drafting Tannehill, but I wouldn't rule them out for passing on Matt Kalil and taking someone else at No. 3.
what record does minn. need to save fraziers job? Speilman's?
Spielman just got promoted, so he's good for a few years. I think Frazier has to show significant progress off 3-13, whatever that may be. He's in a tough spot.
Instead of the Vikings threatening relocation can't we do them a favor by getting rid of the state representatives and senators that don't want the stadium in November?
The beauty of democracy. The voice of voters can be heard on election day. Finding pro-stadium candidates might be difficult, though.
Kevin are you going to be coming to Arizona for the Lions/Cardinals game? My husband and I will be there. :)
Usually don't make game coverage decisions until a few weeks out. I hear Arizona is nice in the fall, though.
Kevin, there was a lot of chatter about Detroit's cap issues this offseason. Then suddenly they restructure some contracts and resign everyone they wanted to. Was all of the early talk overstated? How will their moves this offseason impact their cap for future seasons?
It wasn't overstated. The cap space they pushed forward through renegotiating doesn't disappear. It just comes due later. And they also had to give Calvin Johnson the richest deal in NFL history to get him to lower his cap number. No one said they couldn't sign the guys they did. We just said it would take significant measures, which the Lions took.
Glad the Bears re-did Lance Briggs' deal, and from the comments he made at the time, it sure sounds like they told him they'll be working on something for Urlacher soon. Considering it's likely they'll get something done with Forte as well, this all points to some major salary shifting. What do you think it's most likely that they'll do?
I'm not convinced a long-term deal with Forte is coming anytime soon. And Urlacher won't break the bank, just like Briggs' didn't. The Bears are in a decent cap situation moving forward.
Since the league is evolving in terms of RB value and need, have we seen the last big paydays for RB's since teams are now doing RB by committee with late rd. draft picks? And how does this effect how college coaches use RB's in their systems?
I would say it's working in the other direction. More and more college coaches are shifting to passing-oriented offenses, and there aren't as many star running backs coming up through the ranks. Regardless, I think it's clear teams aren't valuing running backs as much as they once did.
The Madden Curse isn't real? Hmm, tell that to Peyton Hillis!
I didn't say I don't believe in it.
What are your feelings on Graham Harrel's abilities? Is he the pack's for sure #2 or do they use a 3rd-4th rounder on another developmental QB?
My guess is they really want him to win the job but aren't completely and 100 percent convinced he will. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they drafted a developmental guy, even if they think Harrell can be the No. 2.
Be honest KS. Do you miss some of the old regulars?
I do and I wish something could be done to make us one big happy family again. But as you guys know, there's not much I can do at this point.
When's the earliest the Vikings could re-locate? Are they now on a year to year lease with the Metrodome?
They have no lease at the moment. That's the next job. I assume they'll only want to go year-to-year, but we'll see.
This is probably unrealistic, but any chance the Lions: a. trade up to get trichy(trent richardson) or b. Sign Mike Wallace to have best reciever duo in NFL?
Don't see either, no.
What are the chances that Micheal Floyd falls to the Bears?
Latest rumors suggest he could be a top 10-12 pick. The Bears would have to move up considerably from No. 19 to ensure they get him. My guess is there isn't enough separation between Floyd, Wright and even Hill to make a trade-up necessary if you really want/need a receiver.
How do think the Packers 15-1 season with no playoff wins will effect them next season? Do you see Rodgers playing at the same level he did last season?
The Packers found out about the limited impact of the regular season last year. It's all about how you play at the end of the year. They've seen both sides of it now. Good experience.
Kevin, If the vikings do trade back to the eighth pick with Miami, Who would be the pick? I think Reiff, and Floyd would be the two guys you look at there.
Maybe Floyd. There isn't certainty that Reiff is even a left tackle. He might be a really good right tackle.
Very few Packer articles lately outside of the DWTS Driver posts. Are the Packers just that much more hush hush this time of yr regarding the draft?
"Outside" as if DWTS isn't mainstream football news? :) ... I don't think the Packers are more hush hush. It's just a little more difficult to focus in on the possibilities when you're picking so low in the draft.
Sorry Kevin, another Vikings stadium question...I've been hearing that the LA stadium issue isn't even getting off the ground either and nothing is imminent out west...where would they realistically relocate to?
It's made progress but isn't at a point where the NFL is ready to green-light it. That could easily change by next Feb. 15, when NFL relocation applications are due. In the meantime, the Vikings can certainly accelerate their due diligence.
Preseason, pre draft division finish is . . .
Kevin, the reason why teams must apply for stadium funding is that no private lending firm will finance stadiums because they are, very frankly, terrible investments. Bankers and investors realize that sports teams are more or less incredibly expensive hobbies for billionaires -- hobbies with very low profit margins. Do you think it is probable that more taxpayers will wise up to this reality and that it will become increasingly common for stadium funding projects to be rejected? Why should the taxpayers assume the risk for financing projects no responsible investor would take on?
Because they see the return in different ways than investors. You're right. The taxpayers aren't going to get rich on a stadium. But they get to continue the tradition of rooting for a local NFL team, something many people attach high value to. The stadium is the cost of maintaining that tradition, like it or not.
BTW Kevin, I'm really a guy.
Donald Driver rocking on DWTS...have you watched?
Not yet. I'm looking at it the same way I do the NBA: When the playoffs start, I'm in.
Any chance the Packers could get LaMichael James 2nd or 3rd round? I feel like he is vastly underrated and could add a new dimension to an already elite offense.
That's not out of the question, and you bring up a point we've discussed before: The Packers' backfield depth is pretty thin right now with James Starks always an injury question, Ryan Grant unsigned and Alex Green coming back from the knee injury.
Parenting is definitely rewarding. Especially when it involves teaching your kids to refer to the Vikings, Bears, and Lions as "the bad guys."
Ha. No misery involved, huh?
What kind of contract will Greg Jennings expect next year?
I would imagine he will use the Vincent Jackson deal as a framework for his proposal.
Why have we heard nothing about the Bears trading up for a shot at DeCastro? They're going to squander elite talent at QB, RB and WR behind one of the league's worst lines!
We've talked about it. A lot of people think he won't get past Cincy at No. 17. The Bears would have to move up from No. 19 to No. 16 to do it. We'll see.
Kevin, the Constitution of the United States guarantees to each state a republican form of government. Minnesota is a republic, not a democracy.
Some people consider it a Looney Bin, at least today, but I guess that's for another time.
Is there any way we could put Mzinga on the cover of Madden 13?
I like it!
What are odds of Rodgers winning the Madden cover? Or better yet of Packers fans freaking out of he does?
My guess is Packers fans will ensure it won't happen.
Best Case for the Vikings this year in terms of record and player development?
Ponder established himself as legit and team goes 8-8.
Can the Lions move forward with LeShoure and Best as their running backs or should they be worried about the injuries to those two players?
I think there are a lot of questions there. That's why many of us think they need to look at running back at some point during the draft.
FYI, the Packers are in the NFCN. You know, the division you cover...
Why wasn't I informed of this??????
I've heard a prediction that the Lions trade Avril to New England on draft day for their 1st first round pick and a swap of thirds. Not saying that will actually happen, but what do you think the likelyhood of Avril being moved on draft day is? The money doesn't seem to be working out for either side...
I think the Lions are prepared to take negotiations into the summer and beyond. They wouldn't have gone through the effort of clearing the cap space they needed to franchise Avril if they weren't committed to making this work.
Should Zygi just spin the secret giant donkey wheel at the base of the Metrodome and move it to a different time and place?
Yes. To get a stadium deal done, I think they're going to have to go to the place where polar bears roam the rain forest.
Do the Packers have any concerns about Tramon Williams and Sam Shields? It seems from a fan perspective they regressed last year, but do the coaches share that opinion?
They're good with Tramon and feel like his shoulder injury contributed to his falloff last season. Shields is another story. He needs to buckle down this offseason.
How come no one is giving the Detroit Lions credit and picking them to win the division only the bears and packers????
I haven't seen many predictions yet, and I won't make mine until after the draft. But let's not forget the Packers were 15-1 last year and have the MVP behind center.
what is your NFC North Mock draft for the first round?
Is there some kind of identifier, like an ip address, you get with these questions besides names and locations? If not, I really am Neil Armstrong.
Nope. I was wondering how you have time to chat with us, given your other responsibilities.
Speilman sucks, have your friend back at the mothership and leave drafting to people who know better than to draft ponder. Really his best move/ pick was....?
I think Rick's had some ups and downs, but the ups include Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and John Sullivan.
Hey Kevin longshot off the wall question but why has Vegas never been pushed as a relocation or expansion city
Probably for the obvious reasons. If I had to guess, another sport will jump in there before the NFL does.
Kevin, have you been in contact with MZinga at all about the lack of activity on here? Are they taking this seriously or just completely ignoring it?
Have had some conversations, but again, it's way above my pay grade and responsibility level. I just hope you guys keep reading.
Kevin, if the Vikings move out of state, will you be forced to move as well?
I don't know but I hope not.
Kevin I am almost done with class, want to write my paper for me?
Having writer's block today. Sorry.
Packers' biggest concern come draft day: Secondary, pass rush, or O-Line?
I would say pass rush. Either DE or LB.
I do like regular-season baseball but it's hard to get into it in April.
Will the Packers be able to afford Aaron Rodgers' upcoming extension?
Yes. As the Lions showed, you can afford anything you want in the cap era if it's important enough to you.
OK, a few more here.
Better WR right now: Marshall or Megatron?
Megatron and it's not close. Yeah, I said it.
You'll answer a question about anything today, won't you?
Yeah! It's been a fun one today.
Why would Jennings settle for a VJax deal? He is a better WR. Better stats, more consistent production.
Well, that was the market this year for a top receiver. It would serve as the framework for what he would be looking for, at least before he hit the open market himself.
Bears will either get Kendall Wright, Whitney Mercilus, an OL at 19 or trade down. Right or wrong Kevin?
What if Quinton Coples falls? That would be interesting.
Who is MZinga?
Moderators for the comments section.
Who is more likely to catch 100 passes next season? Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, or Greg Jennings?
Interesting. First cut is Jennings, who is on a team with a lot of other weapons. I think the Lions will throw more than the Bears, which makes Calvin the top candidate of the three.
I'm about to listen to you on Green and Gold Today podcast. Will I be disappointed?
I sure hope not. It was fun.
Ok everyone, thanks so much.