<acaplan> hi all
<Guest278> Any decent FA centers out there?
<acaplan> Al Johnson/Dallas
<acaplan> he backs up Gurode
<acaplan> I'd sign him before Fraley
<ramllov> Adam, how good is Al Johnson, good run blocker?
<acaplan> Ram: Upside potential, was highly thought of coming out of college
<acaplan> had some injuries early on and they benched him
<Guest148> adam, is johnson a UFA?
<acaplan> 148: yes
<nybrownie> Is Al Johnson a power guy?
<acaplan> NYB: athletic
<mtbbpres> Can Johnson also play G?
<acaplan> MT: More of a C
<Guest212> DO YOU THINK THE BROWNS HAVE A LEGIT SHOT AT NATE CLEMENTS?
<acaplan> 21: They have the cash to get him if they want
<Guest294> Adam are Dielman and Clements our #1 and #2 targets?
<acaplan> 294: CLE will sign one of the free agent Guards most likely
<acaplan> but they may have competition
<sutter> Adam, do you think the Browns would consider trading down, maybe with Minnesota, should they win the toss? Perhaps Peterson still there.
<acaplan> SU: Depends on who they're targeting.
<acaplan> Way too early to say
<ramllov> How many good interior offensive linemen are in the free agent pool?
<acaplan> Ram: 7-8
<jamcd> I really like levi brown and adam carracker in this years draft
<acaplan> JAM: Brown was so-so in senior bowl
<acaplan> Carracker isn't a great fit for 3-4.... kind of would be wasted... more of a 4-3 scheme fit
<ramllov> Will you be at the Indy combine, Adam?
<acaplan> Ram: 7th year coming up for me there
<howldawg> A speed 4-3 DE Adam?
<acaplan> HOWL: Yes, Aaron Kampman type, hustle guy with big upside
<acaplan> Alan Branch is a good fit for Browns 3-4
<acaplan> major upside
<ntrprz> No worries on Branch taking plays off and being lazy?
<acaplan> NT: He's getting more mature
<acaplan> major upside
<ntrprz> warren left a bad taste
<acaplan> NT: Agreed but branch has way more talent
<ramllov> Has Savage thooughts on Tucker returning at RT, changed. It sounded like there was a chance from the notes I read about the press luncheon
<artbtz> Ram he didn't really say much... he hasn't even spoken to Tucker. Didn't rule it out, but Tucker has talked to a couple of coaches.
<acaplan> RAM: I doubt he's back, lets put it that way
<ramllov> Adam, Trent Green, QB, could he become a free agent?
<acaplan> RAM: No
<acaplan> Huard will be and he could be a good fit for the Browns
<acaplan> I think they will sign a veteran QB though... but they won't want to pay much
<Guest482> I herd bentley is done. any word on that ?
<artbtz> 482: We were told that Bentley will ""probably"" have more surgery in May/June and if so will be done for the year. They ""may"" know this time next year if he'll come back.
<acaplan> As for Bentley, hopeful for 2008... he won't be playing this year based on his surgeries
<Guest212> Adam, any chance the Browns are interested in Luke Pettigout from Giants who was just released?
<acaplan> 212: I'd rather have Shaffer
<acaplan> Petitgout is better at RT
<Guest482> any word on brian (russell) coming back ?
<artbtz> 482: The Browns and Russell aren't close
<ramllov> Adamn, so the chance that the Browns sign Huard at QB and Peterson with their first draft choice could change this offense.
<acaplan> Ram: They'll look for a mid-level veteran QB
<sutter> Drafting an OT scares me...Mandarich, Gallery. Would the Browns really consider Joe Thomas?
<acaplan> Sut: Thomas has big upside as a pass blocker but needs to get in the weight room
<acaplan> not sure if he starts first year but he's like D. Ferguson
<yetidevil> Llke Ferg? Is he a better prospect, or on the same level? Who has the better upside?
<acaplan> Yet: very similar players
<acaplan> tall, angular, long reach... but very thin
<Guest162> Adam, as a reporter, how tight lipped are teams about free agency and draft strategy?
<acaplan> 162: Depends on who you talk to and who your sources are
<ntrprz> With $30M, can the Browns go big on a guard Dielman and a corner like Clements with a top 4 pick and not be in cap hell soon?
<acaplan> NT: Dielman won't cost that much, but Clements will... that's the problem
<Guest212> Adam, any chance on signing another vet wr or do you think Travis Wilson could be ok?
<acaplan> 212: Wilson should be in the mix
<acaplan> WR isn't a priortiy
<acaplan> I had B. Edwards on with me last night on Sirius, he was really good
<ramllov> Adam, you mention the Browns would look at a mid level QB, like who. Is Carr a future Browns QB?
<acaplan> RAM: I don't see it... cap cost
<acaplan> Browns want to see the two young QBs battle and get a vet in there at some point
<R> Adam, if free agency, are there any offensive linemen that you like as a fit for the browns that we can get?
<acaplan> Other than the 2 top Gs, possibly an OT
<ramllov> Adam, do you like Anderson at QB?
<acaplan> Ram: I like him more than Frye, that's for sure
<jhyla54> what are the chances we sign Eric Steinbach, and where would he play LT, or G
<acaplan> JH: Unlikely he plays T... he did a little this year because of injury but he's a better G
<Guest92> what is the possibility of the browns being able to trade down
<acaplan> 92: Depends on a lot of factors
<sutter> Guard sure is a weak spot to be addressed.
<acaplan> BTW, I'd take Zach Piller
<ramllov> They could sign Piller today, right?
<acaplan> Ram: Yep... he was released
<Guest162> Adam, how much do you think having a lame duck coach will affect our free agent targets?
<Guest162> or does money do all the talking?
<acaplan> 162: Not much, money is always key and browns have plenty
<sutter> Adam, should the Browns consider pursuing Shottenheimer?
<acaplan> SUT: No, he wants to handle personnel to some point and Savage wants final say
<DT> Why was Piller released?
<acaplan> DT: Injury prone but talented
<CorDawg> Will Bentley and Baxter be restructuring their contracts to free up cap space since they are hurt?
<artbtz> CorDawg: It wouldn't surprise me to see Baxter just cut. Savage isn't providing guarantees about him sticking around like Bentley.
<CorDawg> I thought i just read that baxter is ahead of his recovery schedule. is there any chance at all he could play this year?
<artbtz> Cor: He said he as ""ahead of where expectations were"". That doesn't mean he will play. The Browns will chck up in a few months
<Guest148> adam, what are the chances of the browns signing Robaire Smith?
<acaplan> 148: I'd take a look at Smith, he's good
<DT> Adam, will the Browns consider Quinn at all?
<adamcaplan> DT: Yes, but there's a lot that has to happen before then
<adamcaplan> Free agency is first up
<ramllov> Adam, Orien Harris, DL, free agent picked up from Pittsburgh, does he have a shot?
<adamcaplan> RAM: No
<CorDawg> With j. wright resigned which rb's are in the most trouble?
<adamcaplan> COR: none at this point, but for the future, Droughns
<Guest29> Adam do we target A Thomas!?!?!?!?
<adamcaplan> 29: Possibly, they should get 2-3 key free agents
<adamcaplan> at least one will be ol
<adamcaplan> at least one defensive
<romeothedawg> Adam what do you think about Ian Scott from Chicago as a FA nose tackle
<adamcaplan> Scott is a rotational player
<adamcaplan> probably too small though for 3-4
<Guest29> Any names? Adam? On FA's you think we get?
<adamcaplan> 29: We'll have what we know of their plans when we're at the combine this week but I have an idea of the positions
<tenwatt> who is better, diehlman or steinbach?
<adamcaplan> TEN: Steinbach,easily
<daddywags> Adam - Will we target a free agent QB this year?
<adamcaplan> DAD: Yes, a mid level veteran at some point
<Chidawg> Adam, how do you see NT being addressed, 2nd vet (Traylor?), draft, elves?
<adamcaplan> CHI: Yes, they will get a young DT at some point ,draft or free agency
<Guest29> Adam is steinbach better just because of the versatility? Diehlman looked good last year.
<adamcaplan> 29: Can plan in most systems
<ramllov> What kind of money will Steinbach demand, years?
<adamcaplan> RAM: I'll get an idea on money next week as we get closer to free agency, that's when I get a better idea of the market
<R> Who fits in the mid level qB that is available?
<adamcaplan> Ram: Someone like that
<adamcaplan> but probably not him
<drdawg12> Any chance of us getting David Carr....fourth round pick or after cut?
<adamcaplan> 12: Highly doubt it
<ramllov> What about Harrington?
<adamcaplan> ram: depends on what MIA does with him
<Guest212> Adam, how much pre-free agency contacts with agents goes on?
<adamcaplan> 212: A ton, it's a wink'wink deal
<adamcaplan> comical actually
<howldawg> lol Adam you mean like bentley and the eagles?
<adamcaplan> HOWL: I can't acknowledge that, lol
<adamcaplan> it's a don't ask don't tell
<yetidevil> Adam, do you see it more important to go after a big DE such as Jamaal Anderson or a stout DT like Branch at the top of the draft? Aren't NT one trick ponies?
<adamcaplan> YET: Branch
<adamcaplan> they need one more OLB who can rush
<adamcaplan> BTW, I'm told Wimbley has voided the final year of his contract
<adamcaplan> because he led team in sacks and reached playing level incentives
<adamcaplan> so the sixth year is gone
<yetidevil> Wimbley voiding last year, is that good or bad news for us? Is he just trying to hit FA earlier?
<adamcaplan> yet: He'll be a UFA earlier
<adamcaplan> so good for him, his agent did good getting him in on time
<adamcaplan> but look for them to get him a new deal in year 3
<DT> do you think the Browns are insane to go into next year with Frye, Anderson and a mediocre veteran at the QB poosition?
<adamcaplan> DT: I think Anderson has the most upside, better arm and player
<R> These mystery QBs that we might get...are any of them of the same style as Anderson?
<adamcaplan> R: They'll want a smart player
<adamcaplan> who won't turn it over
<Guest212> Adam, if the Browns perform so bad during the season, could you see a change mid-way or do you think Savage rides it?
<adamcaplan> 212: I think RAC is done around then, savage stays
<ramllov> Adam, McGinest, which one will show up this year, good, fair or bad?
<adamcaplan> RAM: Average again
<Guest29> Adam do we go after Cowher next year?
<adamcaplan> 29: I would for sure
<ramllov> Adam, if Crennel is fired mid year, who becomes the mid-term head coach?
<adamcaplan> Ram: WAy too early to tell, ask me closer to the season
<adamcaplan> they have so many new ones
<howldawg> Adam Wouldn't Washington out bid Cleveland for Cowher
<adamcaplan> HOWL: No, Gregg Williams should be their next head coach
<Guest29> Adam please tell me the 3 you think the Browns get in FA???
<adamcaplan> 29: A Guard for sure, OLB in draft or free agency, CB in draft or free agency
<adamcaplan> but they have plenty more needs
<Guest148> adam, would Vonnie Holliday be a good pickup as 3-4 DE?
<adamcaplan> 148: he has played it
<adamcaplan> and he's coming off of a really good year
<Guest162> Adam, do you believe Savage's job is safe? Can he make the best pick for the future or does he need immediate results?
<adamcaplan> 162: Yes, totally safe from what I'm told
<yetidevil> Adam, do you see a potential trading partner for dropping down in the first round? Any thoughts of who would want to jump up to 3/4?
<adamcaplan> yet: Way too early to speculate on draft, lets stick to free agency
<daddywags> Adam - How much worse, in your opinion, is our offensive line than our defensive line?
<adamcaplan> Dad: Both are bad, OL is a little better
<ramllov> Adam do the Browns need two Cornerbacks in the off season?
<adamcaplan> Ram: Yes, one at least to start and depth
<DT> is the consensus around the league that Frye has no shot of developing into a legit starting QB?
<adamcaplan> DT: Close to what you said
<howldawg> Adam Is it to soon to say if Dline should be addressed in FA or the draft
<adamcaplan> HOW: Both I'd say.... they need depth too
<Guest120> Adam - any insights on Nate Clements coming back to cleveland?
<adamcaplan> 120: They will go after a veteran CB, we'll see what the combine tells us this week
<ramllov> Adam, Have you heard anything on Daylon McCutcheon, does he play this year?
<adamcaplan> RAM: 50-50 he's back
<Guest29> Who is more important....Clements or Thomas?
<adamcaplan> 29: I'd rather have A. Thomas
<adamcaplan> much more valuable.... and he's not going to be tagged
<ramllov> Adam, could we see Dominic Rhodes, RB in Cleveland?
<adamcaplan> Ram: No....too much baggage
<DT> will Nick Harper be an expensive guy to sign?
<adamcaplan> DT: No, good nickel CB now
<adamcaplan> turns 33
<R> Any interest in Leonard DAvis????????
<adamcaplan> R: Depends what he wants
<Guest29> Please tell me that Doss is not going to be a brown!
<adamcaplan> IND won't re-sign him from what I'm told
<adamcaplan> Guys: That's all the time I have, we'll do this again next week
<adamcaplan> when I'm back from the combine
Transcript: Adam Caplan on Free Agency
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