Hi everyone. Let's see what you've got in store for me this week....
Greg Childs? How's is rehab and can he be the WR he was in college?
He's continuing to work and the Vikings haven't given up hope that he could contribute in 2013 or 2014. But his injury was devastating, and the best way to look at him is strictly as a bonus. Can't expect anything at this point.
Are you ready for a world in which Joe Flacco is the highest paid player in the NFL?
It won't last long. I would think Aaron Rodgers will surpass that total, possibly before the start of training camp.
I saw an article that the Vikings could be a landing spot for Darrelle Revis. Is that Possible? The Vikings secondary was alot better last year with the addition of Harison Smith and the quality play of Antoine Winfield but there is room for improvement. Do you think Toby Gerhart and a Draft Pick could get it done?
Toby Gerhart and a draft pick won't get it done. Sorry. Some people have suggested a Harvin-Revis trade, with some draft picks mixed in. That's somewhat more reasonable.
Everyone keeps talking about Wallace and Jennings as options for the Vikings. But what about Brian Hartline? He showed he could be very good starter and would be an improvement over what they put out there now?
Not a bad thought, but Fox reported that he is near a deal to re-sign with the Dolphins. Doesn't look like he'll be available.
Will the Vikings get a WR through free agency? I think if they do it would be Mike Wallace because with how much they run the ball it would be nice to have a guy that can rip the top off the other teams secondary. Would Jennings be an option? Who would?
The hard part about signing Wallace or Jennings is that you would probably have to eventually pay Harvin a similar contract. So are you then going to have two receivers making more than $10 million annually? Doubtful.
What positions should the Packers target in the draft this year, specifically in the first 2 rounds?
They will always draft based on value, but if you're asking what their top needs are, I would say defensive line and running back. That doesn't necessarily mean they will draft there in rounds 1 and 2. Big difference.
I love Peppers but his cap number is huge! What if the Bears trade him for a 2nd rounder, use the salary cap room to shore up the Offensive line with a OT or OG and then draft a DE at pick 20? The OT would be cheaper than Pep and the draft is deep at DE and not at OT. Your most expert thoughts? Thanks KS!
Trading a salary cap problem doesn't help, because you keep the accelerated pro-ration on your books. Their best options is either a contract extension or living with the big number. If they restructure again, they'll almost have to cut him or extend him next year -- when he'll be a year older.
How likely is it that the Packers field AJ Hawk and Desmond Bishop as thier 2 ILBs to start the year?
There are question marks for both guys. Hawk's salary cap situation has been well documented, and Bishop's injury was a very serious one. I'd say 50-50 at best that they are the two starters.
As a local school teacher, I wish you a happy Snow Day! With upgrade at linebacker being an obvious need for the Vikings, do you see LSU's Kevin Minter as a possibility with their first round pick?
Congrats on the rare day off. Minter isn't a bad thought ... assuming he is there at No. 23. He's thought to have jumped the draft "depth chart" ahead of Manti Te'o and behind only Alec Ogletree at MLB.
When will people stop debating between Randy Moss and Jerry Rice as the greatest receivers ever?
Hopefully it's over.
Assuming the top 3 LT are gone, who are guys the Bears and/or Packers could look at in the draft to man that position?
I wouldn't be surprised if D.J. Fluker is the guy the Bears target there, but probably to play right tackle. I'm not sure the Packers are looking to take another left tackle in the first round.
What do you think the chances of Derek Sherrod making an impact next year are?
Not high. It's still not completely clear that he'll be ready for offseason workouts. The injury happened in Dec. 2011. That's a long layoff.
Was that guy serious? Gerhart and a pick for Revis? Is Andrew (MN) secretly from the Cowboys circa 1989?
I think it was Jimmy Johnson in disguise.
How much cap room do the Bears have after franchising Melton? ESPN says $3M, CBSsports (citing an NFL source), says $11M.http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/jason-la-canfora/21814687/current-nfl-salary-cap-figures-are-anything-but-concrete
Well, Melton is going to cost them $8.45 million in cap space. So it's much closer to $3 million than it is $11 million when you include Melton.
Hey Kevin! Thanks for answering all our questions!Just wanted to know, what's your gut feeling on Vikings signing Loadholdt before free agency begins? You think it happens?
Not sure of the timing, but yes, I do think they'll get him back.
Do you agree with Aaron Rodgers will get more guaranteed money than Flacco did in his deal?
His agent will find a way to make it exceed Flacco, assuming that's what Rodgers wants. Could be in annual average. Could be in guaranteed money. Could be in first three years total compensation. One or all of those categories will be exceeded unless Rodgers takes a surprising hometown discount.
Think Dee Milliner is there for Lions at #5?
It's amazing. At one point, we were talking about whether you take a CB at No. 5 or not. Now, he's getting talk as the No. 1 overall pick. I'm going to say it's 60-40 in favor of him being there.
Bears and Cook with Bushrod possibly...NFC North Champs??
I know a lot of people are making the connection with Kromer. So I guess it's possible. But I haven't heard anything beyond that obvious connection.
What in the world should I do about our backup QB situation?
I'm going to predict Tyler Thigpen, or a Tyler Thigpen-like veteran, will be signed and will beat out Joe Webb.
Kevin can you please help explain to everyone why the Bears will not and can not fire Kellen Davis, Devin Hester, Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher and everyone else they deem necesary to release for cap space? Can you explain how hard it would be to replace that many players with quality replacement in one offseason?
It's hard. But some of those guys are more important than others. In fact, I would be surprised if all of those players are still on the roster in Week 1.
KC tagging Albert really throws a spanner into the draft works, don't you think? No need to spend the No. 1 overall on an LT while paying franchise money to another. How does that shake up the early part of the draft and what's left for the Lions as a result?
Not sure about that. They could also move Albert to right tackle and draft a left tackle. Their options are still wide open.
any word on a possible Jared Allen or Kevin Williams restructure?or the Vikings talking with Percy about an extension?
Very quiet on those fronts, especially Percy.
What kind of contract do you foresee for Matt Stafford?
An interesting test case for sure, because Stafford is already at a pretty high rate ($12 million) because he has one of those old rookie contracts. He won't get Brees/Flacco money, but he'll get a lot closer than you might think considering how much leverage he has over the Lions. They really need to get down his cap number.
What's your favorite Ninja Turtle?
Any talk of renegotiating Jared Allen? His cap # is huge this year...
He's entering the final year of his deal, so the only way you renegotiate is to extend, which requires additional financial commitment.
Any word yet about what Green Bay will with Johnny Jolly?
Nothing. And we might not know for a bit. There is no rush there.
With Dwayne Bowe's contract it's almost a sure thing 1st round for the Vikes is a WR.
Unless they trade Harvin and sign someone else.
When can they start the discussion about me vs Jerry Rice?
I'll ask Randy and get back to you.
Kevin, settle a bet. I say that Packers stock is basically memorabilia but Packers fans say that the stock increases in value and is redeemable for cash. Who's right?
You are. No dividends, no re-sale.
Is there any thought to converting Devin Hester back into a DB, Its sad the Bears continue to waste his talent.
At this point, it sounds like they just want him to focus on being a returner. Sounds right to me.
Do you think Michael Turner would make sense as a way to improve the Packers' short yardage issues, or would he be too expensive for that to make sense?
I don't think he'll be too expensive. Maybe too limited. There is a lot of contact and years on that body.
With a lot of question marks around Finley's ability as a tight end, do you see him transitioning to more of a #1 WR role? His pay would fit with the position, he has the size, it would also create room for another TE (Crabtree/Quarless).
No. He is a fast tight end but a slow receiver. His best fit is in places where the Packers can dictate the matchup.
I'm confused as to how I'm still on Chicago's roster.
You're not really taking up a bunch of cap space, and as of yet no one has been signed to replace you. Patience, my friend.
What do you think about Packers signing some vets like Chris Canty and Steven Jackson? should be lower cost players.
The fact that they're bringing in Canty for a visit shows they recognize the need to address their defensive line even before the draft. He would help. So would a good draft pick. One way or the other, they need to get better there. As far as Jackson goes, he might cost more than you would want to pay him.
Do you see potential problems for Green Bay since Clay Matthew/Rodgers/Raji all have the same agent?
No. David Dunn is a pro. It won't get in the way.
PS - no snow day here, sorry to say.
Running out of time this winter, huh?
If the Packers redo Aaron Rodgers contract, what happens to the 2 years that he currently has left?
They are replaced by the new contract.
I know that Clowney isn't eligible for the nfl right now, but what's stopping teams from drafting him this year and holding the rights to him for a full year. I would think that he'd be eligible before next years draft.
Because he isn't eligible. You can only draft players who are on the list of eligible possibilities.
Jason Hanson is pretty old, but still kicking decently. Will be back for another year? Or will the Lions spend a late round draft pick on a replacement?
Indications are that he will be back, but there are lots of ways to find a place-kicker other than the draft. With only six picks at the moment, I'm not sure it would be a wise course.
Is there a limit on how many comp picks a team can get in 1 year? If the Lions lose Avril, Cherilus, Williams, Levy and Durant it seems like they could get a ton.
It would depend on what they bring in, if anything, and what kind of contracts those guys sign. But yes, especially in the case of Avril, the Lions could get several picks in 2014.
Any chance either Nagy or Austin beat out Raiola to be the starting C in Detroit this year?
Wouldn't rule it out at all.
Tavon Austin to the bears in the first round?....why the heck not? He would be the perfect slot guy for Chicago, everything they wanted in Hester and he won't be too expensive...
In your opinion, what will Clay Matthews new contract look like? Closer to Wares deal, or Mario Williams?
I guess it depends on if he makes it to free agency or not. Williams was a rare star whose team couldn't afford to at least use the franchise tag on him. That increased his leverage. Matthews probably won't get that far, which means his deal would be closer to Ware.
Bears parting ways with DJ Moore. Sounds like he would make a nice nickelback pickup for the Vikings, should Josh Robinson eventually take over for Winfield. Am I totally awesome for putting that together, or super crazy?
Not bad. He is a playmaker. But he's also a bit, uh, eccentric.
Any chance the Bears move to a 3-4 base defense this year? Seems McClellin might fit in that scheme better?
Doesn't sound like that will be the case. There are ways to use McClellin in the 4-3 at LB if the Bears want to.
Is your thinking about Loadholdt staying with the Vikings based on that he his more of a run blocking tackle and most teams are interested in pass blocking?
Just that they have been talking since fall, according to Pelissero, and he isn't an elite-enough free agent to cause a major bidding war.
Based on guaranteed money, NFL.com says that Flacco is not the highest paid player.
Right. Depends on which category you use.
I heard that because of the pull tab shortfall there's talk about re-roofing the Metrodome with a giant purple sombrero. Any truth to this?
No, but they might pass a sombrero around at games next season for additional contributions to ensure there is enough money for the new stadium.
He had to be joking Finley a # 1 wr. Wow even though I'm enjoying happy hour that one makes no sense at all.
Yeah, might have slipped one by me on that. I blame the snow.
Sooo did you just post my question with no answer to tease me man?....
Whoops. You asked about Tavon Austin and the Bears. There are a lot of other needs on the Bears' list, but when you talk about value, he's an awfully good player and a big-time difference maker.
With the popularity of the draft, do you ever foresee the NFL expanding the number of rounds?
I'm so old that I remember when there was 12 rounds. But from a fan's perspective, I would think interest level drops off a lot after the first few rounds. I'm not sure expansion of the rounds is on the table.
my out of the box pik for lions at five is shariff floyd for two reasons avril and hill might be gone and i think that suh could play defeensive end on a rotational bases if he had too whats your out of the box pik for the lions.
Ezekiel Ansah. Crazy athletic pass rusher who is raw but could be a beast in the Aldon Smith/Jason Pierre-Paul model.
Are you going two hour like Schoenfield?
No sir. But cruising through minute 45 on the way to an hour!
Do you just want the Packers to keep Crosby so that the Vikings benefit from him missing cluth kicks?
Just want to challenge the narrative.
Kevin, I just heard from an good source that Stafford is getting 5 yrs for 98 millions and 20 mill in guarantee money.. new coverage tomorrow at 2pm.. have you heard of this..
Have not. Would be surprised if the guarantee was $20 million, and an average near $20 million would be on the high side. Who knows.
Just curious... is there a requirement that players enter the draft? Couldn't Clowney get more money in free agency and get to pick his team?
Yes. You're not eligible for free agency unless you've either passed through the draft untaken, or you've played at least four accrued seasons in the NFL.
Any idea of when compensatory picks will be announced?
Usually at the league meetings, which are in a couple weeks.
I'm not so sure the Vikes go WR in round 1. At the combine Speilman was talking about building the team from the inside out. Thoughts on taking a D tackle in rd 1?
Yes, he made a point to note how deep the defensive tackle position is. I could see that.
But a player could hypothetically "walk on" to any team he wants?
A college player? Only if he is eligible for the draft and not taken. Clowney would be taken.
What is the best Packer game you have ever watched?
Honestly, the 2009 wild-card game in Arizona was just an awesome, entertaining, highly competitive game. I know it was a loss, but....
OK, a few more here folks.
If the league is so concerned about player safety, why don't they require ARODG helmets for all players?
One thing I have never understood is why it's up to players to find the best and safest helmets. Why isn't the best and safest helmet mandatory for all players?
Kevin, in your experience, do Vikings fans such as myself tend to surpass fans of other teams in areas such as intelligence, personal attractiveness, charisma and leadership qualities?
Uh, no. You're all, uh, tied for first.
Any chance Ted Thompson makes a splash in free agency this year (rare, I know) and if so, who is he signing?
The Canty visit shows he'll at least investigate all the options. But splash? No. He needs to sign Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.
Morgan Burnett is one starting safety for GB. Is the other starter currently on the roster?
Could be Jerron McMillian or M.D. Jennings. I'm not sure that's a top priority in terms of acquiring outside of the building.
If the D Tackle is so deep, the Vikes don't have to get one in round 1.
True, but it also means they could get a near-elite defensive tackle at No. 23 if that's the case as well.
Uncorking a bottle of champagne to celebrate the coup I had this time last year. Spielman is definitely a genius. Apparently they are saving me for the 7th game this year to debut the two tight end set.
Was wondering about that.
OK everyone. Thanks so much. Chat with you next week.