Chat with Pat
2:00 PM - 12:45 PM ETPat Kirwan
NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan chatted live on Monday, Feb. 15, discussing free agency and the futures of Julius Peppers, LaDainian Tomlinson and others.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi everyone. Lots of great stuff out there to chat about. Let's get started.
Greg Kraemer, Guelph, Ontario Canada
2:03 PM ETPat, Who do you see making the biggest push to acquire Julius Peppers this offseason?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI still think the Patriots are the team that had the most interest in him, and they struggled in the pass rush. Belichick has had great success with the hybrid players, like Willie McGinnest, who can play in both the three- and four-man fronts. The Redskins are notorius for spending money. But I think Peppers wants to play for a playoff contender, along with making a ton of money.
Joey, San Diego
2:05 PM ETIf LT leaves the chargers and becomes a free agent which team do you think he will go to
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Joey. First off, he's a back that will go to a team that wants to throw the ball to the backs. Someone who knows him, and someone that doesn't need him as a full-time player. Again, the Patriots have always looked at players like this. If the Saints lose Reggie Bush, they might be an interesting team as well.
Aaron B, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2:07 PM ETMr. Kirwan, do you think that TO has another good season in him? if so do you think that he will stay in Buffalo?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Aaron. I don't think he'll have a lot of teams interested in him. If you study T.O. on tape, he can still be productive, but he doesn't command double teams at this point in his career. He'd be smart to stay right where he is, if they want him.
Greg Kraemer, Guelph, Ontario Canada
2:08 PM ETPat, With the Lions seemingly in need of a 2nd back, Do you see them making a play for a guy like Chester Taylor or even possibly Reggie Bush?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Greg. I can see that. But I think there are some other backs who might be interesting for them. Detroit is a tough recruit. I had to do that once, trying to sign players to a bad team. You tend to overpay. After the guys they signed last year, I'm not so sure Detroit is headed in that direction again (meaning signing veteran players). I don't think they'll go that route again. To me, Jim Schwartz has to get younger, and not go for players who are Band-Aids. That's not helping this team. Between Kevin Smith and Maurice Morris, and possibly another player in the draft, they'll be fine in the backfield.
Devin, Pine Island, MN
2:11 PM ETMr. Kirwan...Good Afternoon! How do you see the Browns QB situation resolving this offseason...Do they trade from someone proven, or do they draft someone and try to develop them?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThere will be heavy influence here from Holmgern and Heckert. There aren't really trade options out there, but people continue to discuss Donovan McNabb. But for what the Eagles would want, you would have to have a long-term deal in place with McNabb to pull the deal off. I don't think McNabb would do a long-term deal with the Browns. I think the Browns are stuck -- like Buffalo and Oakland and maybe even Arizona. They may have to look toward the draft and start the rebuilding process.
2:13 PM ETNow that Holmgrem is on the job what do you think his agenda is.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Mike. Stabilizing the organization, creating some trust that the plan is a good one, gaining the confidence of the fans and the media and building the roster. It's a two-year project, at minimum. While that is going on, he has to evaluate Eric Mangini and his staff.
2:15 PM ETPat, as we look to the draft, free agency, etc, what do you think is the Bills most pressing need this offseason? Thanks!
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThe number one decision is QB. Is the right player on the team right now? Two, solidify the receivers -- Reed and T.O. are both without contracts. Those are the big things. They also have to get better along the offensive line.
2:16 PM ETDo you see the Ravens making a move for a WR like Marshall or Boldin via trade or do you see them targeting a playmaker threw the draft?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Sonny. I think they'll explore both options, and it's a function of the compensation involved. If they don't get a WR in free agency/trade, they absolutely need Derrick Mason to return, and then go to the draft route. The draft class at WR doesn't really excite me after Dez Bryant. Teams might get lucky later with Giliard of Cincy, Williams of USC, but I do think the Ravens will try for a trade first.
2:18 PM ETHi Pat Do you think the Dolphins can trade JP after the botch up this week?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi David. No.
2:18 PM ETI heard a rumor that the Rams are looking at Sam Bradford at #1. Please tell me that it an untrue rumor. I would like to see them take Suh at #1 and then grab a QB like Sean Canfield in round 2 or 3. Even Vick could be received well. What are your thought on this situation.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Jeff. It's the job of Billy Deveaney to be sure he studies all potential top picks. You can not make the mistake if Bradford turns out to be a franchise QB. I don't think your idea is going to create enough wins for those coaches to keep their jobs. Remember, when they're looking a player like Bradford, Clausen or even McCoy, part of it is to take a look to see if they should move down in the draft.
James B., NJ
2:21 PM ETIs the hiring of Mike Martz going to improve Chicatgo's offensive productivity enough to put them in contention for the NFC north
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThe Bears absolutely had to hire someone to continue the development of Cutler. I had a long covnersation with Trent Green about Martz and Cutler. He warned me, saying Cutler better be ready to work really hard and put in a lot of extra time. Cutler is going to have to improve his work ethic. The other issue at play here is the receivers. Study Martz, and you know there are a lot of deep routes. Those receivers will have to get in shape for a Martz practice. And, finally, his system has always called for the QB to hold the ball. I think the Bears OL will be challenged by that.
2:24 PM ETPat, what is your take on the Giants bold decision to part ways with Antonio Pierce? Also what do you think they will do with the disgruntled Mr. Umenyiora?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comAntonio was a very good player for them, and he had a great work ethic. They are challenged to replace talent for talent in this case. Probably, they'll have to go to the draft to replace him. Hopefully they'll have a shot at Brandon Spikes or Rolando McClain, or possibly Sean Weatherspoon from Missouri.
Umenyiora is under contract next season, so the Giants don't have to do anything with him.
2:26 PM ETHey Pat, I really love your column on NFL.com and appreciate the insight you bring to the fans with your experience with the Jets. I'm a die-hard Cheesehead. Outside of improving the Offensive Line, what other areas do the Packers need to address this off-season to make a deep playoff and Super Bowl run? Thanks! Peace be the ride
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Bryan. I like the skill positions all over. They have two players on the defensive line -- Pickett and Kampman -- who will be unrestricted free agents. I'm sure they feel they can get by without Kampman with the development of Matthews, but Pickett solidifies the NT spot. They need to get him signed. It's not pressing, but both safeties are restricted free agents. They need to put the high tender offer on both of those players -- or at least Collins.
2:28 PM ETPat, Can the Cardinals win their division with Matt Leinart as their starter? Do they hedge their bet a take a QB in the first 3 rounds of the draft?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Joe. No QB they're going to take in the first three rounds is going to beat out Leinart this season. Matt almost beat out Warner two years ago, and in my opinion, has grown up tremendously in the last year. He deserves and will get his shot to run this team.
Tony, Rochester, NY
2:30 PM ETHey Pat, how was your Valentine's Day?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comMy wife and I enjoyed a quiet afternoon, Tony. I took one full day off from football -- she didn't recognize me!
Ian, Orange County
2:31 PM ETHey Pat, Brett Favre. Let's get some predictions
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHey Ian. He'll be back. He has a great supporting cast, was a hair away from the Super Bowl and I'm sure he watched that game thinking he could have beat those guys.
Yassine, San Francisco
2:32 PM ETWhat do you think of the 49ers' QB situation? Has Alex Smith proven to be the starter or not?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Yassine. I think Alex deserves a shot to be the QB there. They want him to succeed. With the emergence of Vernon Davis and a whole offseason for Michael Crabtree, Alex Smith will be fine. The team is in great shape with one unrestricted free agent starter (Aubrayo Franklin) and one restricted free agent starter (Davis Baas).
2:33 PM ETI like Leinart as a Quarterback but he's going to get mauled in the Cardinals' OLine. They need to use some of their early picks on OLine; especially good pass blockers. Your thoughts?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI agree with you Sunny. LT Mike Gandy, an unrestricted free agent, is probably past the point of paying him. The good news is there are probably seven candidates in the first two rounds of the draft. You can get better along the OL this year.
2:35 PM ETWhat do you think is the Eagles most pressing need this off-season?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi James. Their starting linebackers were all beat up last season -- they need to get healthy. Then, on defense, I'd like to see them add a big DT to the roster. This team is pretty much set up right now. Even though they kept losing LBs last season, they kept playing. It's a testament to their depth. My optimism for the Eagles starts with the fact they don't have any unrestricted free-agent starters.
2:38 PM ETDo you think the Cardinals will sign back Karlos Dansby this year or will Dansby go to a team like the Gaints...?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHe could end up on a team like the Giants. I would consider tagging him again if I were the Cardinals. The number is getting big, but part of me says to tag him, wait to see what happens with a lockout, and then figure it out then. Here's a curveball though. Because he's been tagged before, the transition tag serves no purpose in saving money. But, someone else could bring a deal that you don't mind matching, allowing you to lock him him.
2:41 PM ETHey Pat, what do you think the texans have to do this offseason to make the playoffs?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comRyan, get Peyton Manning to retire! OK, that's not going to happen. As long as Manning is around, though, it's very difficult to win there. Take it from me -- I spent a long time in a division with Dan Marino and Jim Kelly. You need to make the playoffs as a wildcard.
The Texans are one team to keep an eye on, though. They could use a RB in the draft.
2:43 PM ETHey Pat! On a scale of 1-10 (10 being a lock) what are the chances that McNabb is traded this offseason? P.S. I hope it doesn't happen.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Zach. I think the chances are 50-50, which sounds more optimistic about a trade than you are. On your scale Zach, that's a 5. Where there is smoke, there is fire.
jose, ocean county,nj
2:45 PM ETdo you think the bears hould go after brandon marshall?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Jose. Yes, I do. He's a 100-reception receiver for that QB. But, the Bears don't have any draft picks. They don't have any ways of getting that done. End the dream now, Jose.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comOK everyone, I'm out of time for today. Always enjoy chatting with you guys every Monday, you always bring great questions. Next week is the Scouting Combine, so I'll be checking in from there during the week. Thanks.
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