Greetings all. Thanks for coming by. Nice to see you.
Any chance the Texans might take Warford to shore up the right side of the offensive line? Then EJ Manuel in the 2nd round?
Early 20s seems a bit early for Larry Warford from what I'm hearing at this point.
If you could take over the head coaching duties for any team in the division, who would you pick and why?
I don't aspire to this job. But I'd go to the Colts. It's all about the quarterback.
The titans need some depth at DE, do you see Freeny as being a viable option as a backup pass rusher? He should be somewhat cheap and knows the division
I wouldn't call him a backup. Wherever he lands, he's going to be on the field in most pass-rush downs. I don't see the Titans as a likely landing place. He's better suited for turf and an indoor homefield. If he's outside, he's indicated he likes the Giants. Do they like him?
It seems teams are all jumping on the contract restructuring bandwagon. None of the AFC south teams seem to be talking about restructuring anyones, should they be?
The Texans will likely do some. Better they'd manage to negotiate extensions for Brian Cushing and Antonio Smith that would reduce their cap charges in 2013. The other three really have sufficient cap room that they don't need to push cap money into future years, which is a good thing.
Hey Paul! Welcome Back!Could the Colts make a serious run at Wes Welker or Mike Wallace to help Andrew Luck with some experience targets? Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker and T.Y. Hilton sound like a nice tandem to me.
Possible. But the thing they need first is a couple offensive linemen who will give Luck time to throw to whatever receivers they have. I would expect their free agent additions to be on the younger side, likely coming off their first contracts. But Welker sure would be intriguing for Luck in the new Pep Hamilton offense.
Over the weekend Grigson said both that he would prefer a rookie cornerback to a rookie o-lineman, and that he likes to see a player that he likes stock slip at the combine. Many have projected Johnthan Banks to the Colts in round 1. Coincidence?
Grigson talks blue chip first-rounder. That's the goal. Allen and Ballard were the slip guys he was talking about. That's not first round. Banks projections were before the slow 40, not since.
If your the Jags GM would you take Geno Smith at #2, yes or no? Please explain.
I would not. I don't think he's that good. I think you get people in place to give you a better team for the QB when you find him, likely in a year.
Margus Hunt to me appeared to take some plays off but when he wanted to seemed to dominate the guy in front of him. Is he a 3-4 end only or could he play as a 4-3 end.
He can play in a 4-3 for sure.
What is the best the Colts can hope for when it comes to getting compensatory picks for players lost last year in free agency? Also, besides Castonzo, which Colts offensive linemen do you think the Colts should keep/re-sign or do you think all the rest should be out of the league?
Honestly, I am not sure. They released most of those guys, they didn't let them walk as free agents. Who left as a free agent? Jeff Saturday was one. Who else?
In hindsight, how much did Bud Adams want Peyton Manning, and how much did it hurt the franchise when they didn't get him?
Wanted him badly. Maybe they would have gotten Mario Williams, who didn't really want to go to Buffalo. Would that have been a good thing?
What do you think San Fran is planning on doing with all their draft picks? Possible trading partners?
Trade up to get the guys they really want and trade picks in this year's draft for better picks in next year's draft.
Does Alex Smith trade add any value to the Jags 1st rd pick or is the lack of a stud QB mean the offers for that pick will be slim?
I don't think KC was going QB at No. 1 no matter what. But the potential for that is gone. Ideally KC would have wanted a QB there, and that would have left the best non-QB in the draft there for the Jaguars.
Is Castonzo at LT the building block of the future or simply the best player on a bad unit?
Good enough to lock in and build around, I believe.
Assume all pending free agents are available for the Colts to sign. Who do you go after first?
Probably Louis Vasquez, the San Diego guard they'll reportedly have interest in.
To your point earlier about restructuring contracts, do you see the Titans doing a restructure on Hasselbeck's contract this year to perhaps have him cost less but give him a couple more years to be our backup? There was early talk that he wanted this but haven't heard any more about it.
That's not a restructure, that's an extension. A restructure simply moves money around to soften the current cap hit. Extension for Hasselbeck certainly possible. Not a priority at the start.
How come I hear very little about Joeckel as the Jags 1st round choice? They certainly need monumental help on the lline.
I think a lot of people are expecting he'd be KC's pick. And Eugene Monroe is a good left tackle. There are a lot of other spots where the Jaguars have blanks on the depth chart, not someone like Monroe.
I know people say the Jags will have trouble trading back from number 2, but almost every pick in the top 10 was traded last year. Do you think they'll be able to move back?
Better quarterbacks in the mix last year.
Any chance that the Titans draft a RB in the first four rounds with the more immediate needs of Interior O-Line, DE, and possibly Safety
Fourth round at earliest, I would hope.
It seems like most Titans fans are extremely excited by the idea of picking up Chance Warmack. I don't remember a fanbase being so on board for an offensive lineman of any kind in recent history. But do you think the Titans are willing to use such a high pick on him?
Willing yes. But it's hardly a done deal. Some think Cooper is a better fit for them. And they could well wait til the second round to address OL. Especially if they bring in a FA.
Re Titans oline. How do Warmack and Cooper rate compared to Decastro last year?
I think they are both regarded as better. It's a good question though. I'll ask around when I have a chance.
How much has the combine changed since you've been a part if it and how important is it to a writer who is scraping to find stories this time of year?
It's basically a football convention. For someone like me it's much more about connecting with coaches, GMs and scouts than prospects. Used to be a ton of standing around hoping to spot people moving out of the stadium. Was relocated when LOS opened, and now there is a lot less standing around. Coaches and GMs mostly come to the media. Then you try to set up some meetings.
I know the Colts list of needs is long but any chance they can find a young true 3-4 DE ?
They certainly hope to.
There is also that guy named Clowney in next years draft
Does no one any good to be thinking of him now.
Is there anyone questioning the decision to release Peyton? They made it to the playoffs with a rookie QB. Is there anyone left wondering what they could have accomplished by keeping Peyton and trading the pick for the world? I certainly do.
What about in two or three or four years, when Peyton is done?
I've said since last year the Titans need to improve their Oline and backup RB. Do you see any free agents to fill either of these spots?
Sure, Vasquez or Levitre would be a great OL addition. I'm sure some guys with lesser profiles would be upgrades too. Don't know about RBs. They don't have to be anything super-special. A bigger guy who can get positive yards on first-and-10 and convert third-and-1.
If the Texans are going to three peat as division champs, do they need Glover Quinn to do it?
If not him, then a quality replacement for him. So it might as well be him.
are CB CaryWilliams, MILB Ellerbe, OLB Paul Kruger ALL reasonable targets for Grigson with his available funds to rebuild/transform the D into a true Pagano 3-4?
They don't need an inside backers. They have three quality guys there. Cary Williams is better than what they had, but I'm not wild for him. Kruger is obviously intriguing.
Can you rank these WRs in terms of who has a higher ceiling: Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts, Kenny Britt, or T.Y. Hilton?
Really good question. I'm kind of done with Britt for now. I think I'd go Blackmon, Hilton, Shorts, Britt. And who factors into that order? Andrew Luck, of course. And I think the first three can all be realy good for a good while.
Is the Jags not wanting to be active early in free agency a good or bad for a talent defecient 2-14 team?
I understand not diving into high-priced free agency. It largely backfired for the previous regime. But second-tier value guys? I sure hope they are adding those. The draft and undrafted guys aren't enough to replenish this roster.
Whats the word on MJD, any chance he holds out again this year or might the Jags be looking to ship him out on draft day?
He has said he will not hold out. Jaguars have said contract issue will be sorted out after the season. If someone comes knocking, I'm sure they'd consider a deal. But who is looking to trade for an expensive RB who's only under contract for one more year?
If Grigson says he prefers it when 'his guys' perform poorly at the combine, so their more likely to fall to him in the draft.. Surely that must mean he's not the only person to think that.So with that train of thought, really, why is the combine such a big deal? It's good for lesser known players, is all I can come up with.
He didn't say that about every guy. He said in some instances it helps him get a player he likes who lasts longer than he expected that player would. The combine is first and foremost about teams getting medical evaluations of everyone in one place. And to meet 60 guys in meetings that matter. That's the main reason for a combine. Then you see if they are as fast as you thought, etc.
decastro fell to #24 last year despite being the best prospect since hutch. do you think both cooper and warmack gone by the colts first round pick?
Colts center sam satale was injured a lot. it looks like years 2 and 3 of his contract arent guaranteed...i think Castonzo is the only returning COlts OLineman..you agree?
Satele was a disappointment to me. Shipley played as well or better. But Satele was Grigson's one semi-big FA addition. Bailing after one year might be quick.
So does Cook get tagged or is he gonna get a new long term deal?
Probably tagged. Don't think they'll agree on a deal.
What are the best and worst stadiums you have been to for nfl games?
Really like Seattle, Indy, Green Bay, KC. Bad: Minnesota, Oakland, San Diego.
How do you see the Jared Cook ordeal working out? Definitely looks like it's headed toward the franchise tag, but will the Titans pay $10 million if he's classified as a wide receiver?
He's not a wide receiver. I'd bet he's never been in a wide receiver meeting.
What are some setbacks that the Colts could be facing in the next couple of years?
Well the loss of Arians is a big deal. Luck bailed them out of a lot of difficulties with third-down conversions and fourth-quarter comebacks. That could drop off. Defense needs a lot of work -- pass rush, run stop, coverage.
Texans biggest offseason priority?
Probably receiver. Settle down with the demands, please.
With my wishful thinking, lets say the Colts do sign Mcafee to a long-term extension, as opposed to using the Franchise tag. Who else might the Colts consider Tagging, if anyone?
I don't believe there is anyone else.
What are your thoughts on Cook trying to get WR tag? I know his slot snap percentages, but if he were to hit the market no one would pay him like a WR right?
I think a lot of tight ends spend a lot of time in the slot. The position has evolved. It doesn't make TEs into WRs. I cannot see them losing a case determining his position for tagging.
Even with the Wilson signing, could you see the Titans taking Elam in the 2nd if he's there? Or are there too many other needs?
Depends on what else they do in free agency. But if he's there, they's have to think hard about it.
Jordan Shipley....worth keeping to play slot or 4th WR or JAG (just another guy)?
I'd certainly let him compete for it. Not like he costs much.
paul, how binding is the "deal" the 49's/chiefs pulled off for Smith?Since the actual deal can't happen until mid march.
Not binding at all until both sides report it to the league after 4 p.m ET on March 12.
Do you know the salary cap situations for the teams? afc south link maybe?
That hard to hit the Google machine, huh? <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/47422/current-cap-situations-in-the-afc-south" target="_blank">Current cap situations in the AFC South</a>
biggest need in the division- titans o-line, texans o-line, colts o-line, or jags d-line?
Jags D-line. Twenty sacks last year. J.J. Watt had 20.5.
Seriously. Why is the Colts name still being thrown around as a trade destination for Revis? Do you know something we don't know? I don't see it as being logical. Especially after Grigson's stance on rookie CB's.
I've not thrown it around once. But let's beware: I asked Grigson if he had to start a rookie OL or CB which he'd chose and he said CB. That's somehow turned into 'Grigson loves and wants rookie CBs.'
Do you think the Colts will take a serious look at adding D. Cox in FA
Cox is a better version, probably, of Powers. Same injury issues. I wouldn't be jumping on guys who regularly don't finish seasons.
I could see the Colts trading this years 5th/next years 4th and 6th for Revis. That's still stupid though, in all honesty.
He's worth way more than that. And I don't know why you could see it. This team needs to fill a lot of holes, and intends to do that with picks.
Do you think Bironas is back next year for the Titans or is he expecting too much in wanting to be the highest paid kicker in the league?
Once he gets to a certain price, I think they will move on. Who's paying what he'll ask, though?
I believe the week 1 starters for the Jags O-line were Monroe, Britton, Meester, Nwaneri, Bradfield (in that order L to R). I can only see 2 of the 5 staying the same next year. Agreed?
I would hope only Monroe and Nwaneri are starters next year.
Better at predicting...me or CJ?
CJ, since you talk so often as if you'll be back in the league, yet are nowhere.
Colts: $43.427 million under ...that can't be right (i expexted more, $40M in dead money plus Freeney counted $19M) or does that include 1yr contracts from 2012 that havnt expired yet?
It's most expensive 51 against the 2013 cap.
Nate (Indy)In hindsight, how much did Bud Adams want Peyton Manning, and how much did it hurt the franchise when they didn't get him?Paul Kuharsky (12:08 PM)Wanted him badly. Maybe they would have gotten Mario Williams, who didn't really want to go to Buffalo. WOuld that have been a good thing? And maybe they would have gotten one of the centers they had in last year too. Dont you think those two upgrades would have went a long way?
They didn't miss out on any of the centers because of the Peyton chase. They visited with all of them, and had their chances. O-line coach Bruce Matthews told my radio show Chris Myers wasn't worth it, "not for that cabbage."
What do you think the chiefs are going to to with the #1 pick now that they already filled their most needed position?
I think they'll take the guy they think is the best football player, regardless of his position. Which is what they would have done without the Smith trade.
how many of the chat questions that you get are unimaginably one sided trade proposals like revis for three late round picks?
Fewer and fewer, thankfully.
Thanks for doing these chats, Paul - very informational and entertaining!
Nice of you to say. Thanks for coming.
How big a contract should Guy Whimper expect now that he is FA?
Contract to do what? Be a NFL football player?
Do you think the Jags would trade their 1st rd pick for Havin?
I do not. And they shouldn't think about it for a second. And they won't.
Speaking of late round picks, if the Colts have properly addressed needs they feel are urgent, either in FA or the Draft, if Kicker Caleb Sturgis is around in the 6th or 7th round, should the Colts make a move?I know kickers can go for a while, but Vinatieri is gettin' up there...
They are not going to carry two kickers. You don't generally groom a kicker on the roster. When they need the replacement, they go find him.
Is a Guard worth the number 2 pick?
In this draft, he could well be.
what kind of numbers do you expect from Luck next season
Big ones. Fewer picks. Higher completion percentage.
"It's most expensive 51 against the 2013 cap" wth? Im still lost. a team with a cheap rookie qb surrounded by scrubs/AFLers/CFLers/undraftees should have more money available...
It's nearly one-third of the cap. That's a ton.
I'm just letting you know that I refuse to restructure and take a pay cut, just like my counterpart in Green Bay. Finleys UNITE!
Good to know. I always enjoy my dog diving in.
More likely to host a super bowl....Nashville or Jacksonville(another)?
To expand the nfl, do you think all preseason games shoulf be played in locals other than home stadiums? Vegas, LA, London, Tokyo, Mexico, Toronto etc...
I don't think there are enough places to go. And why should those cities be punished with terrible, meaningless games?
"It's nearly one-third of the cap. That's a ton" ..but that means the Colts have $60-$70M tied up (in who??) ..thanks for replys & time
Mathis, Wayne, Bethea, Luck, Redding, Satele and Vinatieri account for over $41 million.
And Scene.... That's a wrap