Transcript: Adam Caplan Chat

Could this player be the future for the Cleveland Browns at wide receiver? Adam Caplan says he thinks he'll get a look-see, and offers his takes and inside scoop on a wide variety of Browns topics in this week's chat.

<MikeFromRochester> Adam, your take on Grantham's exit
Adam Caplan: Mike: They had to do it, it just took longer than expected

<JANKO> AC any word on Jamal Lewis contract situation?
Adam Caplan: JAN: Discussions are ongoing

<ramllov> Adam, When are the Browns going to sign their primary free agents?
Adam Caplan: RAM: They expect all done a week or two before free agency
Adam Caplan: RAC deal BTW is still in progress
Adam Caplan: may pick up again next week if not done tomorrow

<amore> % chance DA will be on Browns roster for '08 season?
Adam Caplan: AM: 75%

<JANKO> AC, your thoughts on Mel Tucker?
Adam Caplan: JANK: Sharp guy but needs to prove himself as an DC
Adam Caplan: very well respected

<ramllov> Adam, Which free agent WRs do you see being investigated by Savage?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Possibly Berrian
Adam Caplan: but most of their cap dollars will go to improving front seven

<brownszzz> Adam, will Andra Davis be back next year? or starting?
Adam Caplan: BR: Possibly back but Leon Williams should beat him out.

<c19pdawg> any dline free agents?
Adam Caplan: C19: You'll see them sign a decent DL or two second level free agents

<Tracker12> AC, Do you foresee us keeping Quinn and Anderson next year?
Adam Caplan: TRACK: As of now, yes
Adam Caplan: that could change though as we get closer to free agency

<JANKO> AC, your thoughts on Kevin Kasper, just a fill in or possibly a Wes Welker type since JJ is retiring after the 08'
Adam Caplan: JANK: just a guy

<ramllov> Adam, Cory Williams, GB, DT/DE and Kelly DT/DE, Oakland look like the best two defensive linemen for a starter and a guy who would rotate
in, what is your opinion and what would they cost?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Williams is more of a DT in a 4-3
Adam Caplan: not sure if he can play in a 3-4
Adam Caplan: as of now
Adam Caplan: I'll see if I can get more on that next week
Adam Caplan: I think Tommy Kelly would be a nice fit
Adam Caplan: I'll talk to his agent as we get closer to free agency

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, who is the long term starter....Quinn or Anderson??
Adam Caplan: BR: Quinn
Adam Caplan: I think they will wind up trading Anderson eventually

<LosAngelesDawg> what is the big story you are going to break
Adam Caplan: LOS: Rams got their new OL coach
Adam Caplan: Steve Loney

<Tracker12> AC, any chance Terrell Suggs is available to us?
<Tracker12> or will Baltimore franchise
Adam Caplan: TRACK: highly unlikely as I said a few weeks ago
Adam Caplan: BAL doesn't want him to go

<ramllov> Adam, what do you see as the ILB in free agency or the draft?
Adam Caplan: RAM: They want a OLB more
Adam Caplan: to help pass rush
Adam Caplan: they'll sign a ILB
Adam Caplan: veteran with size or draft one

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you believe any DA contract news will be reported during senior bowl week?
Adam Caplan: CLE: I can't predict anything but you never know
Adam Caplan: keep in mind teams talk to agents a lot there
Adam Caplan: so some news could come out
Adam Caplan: last year it was nuts for news but mostly on coaching front

<brownszzz> Adam, Will Bentley be ready to play? Guard or Center
Adam Caplan: BR: We won't know until OTAs

<ramllov> Which OLB would you see the Browns trying to obtain?
Adam Caplan: RAM: I have to think they will look for a veteran OLB. Sleeper would be Calvin Pace
Adam Caplan: OLB who used to play DE
Adam Caplan: for ARI
Adam Caplan: had a really good season

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you think that Anderson is looking for Romo type money from the browns?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Possibly
Adam Caplan: depends on length of deal

<ramllov> Do you see Calvin Pace a guy with upside?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Yes

<JANKO> AC, your opinion on Travis Wilson?
Adam Caplan: JANK: Poor practice player

<MikeFromRochester> adam, is tucker a pressure defense guy?
Adam Caplan: MIKE: Don't know yet
Adam Caplan: I'll see what I found next week

<clebrowns80> Adam, is the main reason the browns want to sign Anderson is to be able to trade him at some point? If so why would Anderson want
to sign here?
Adam Caplan: CLE: They would love Anderson to get back for 2008 then deal him
Adam Caplan: or deal him for as much as possible
Adam Caplan: now
Adam Caplan: but it's going to be an interesting process

<Brownsfan91171> protect Quinn for a year i take it
Adam Caplan: BR: Yep
Adam Caplan: I can't see Anderson signing for less than five years

<JANKO> AC, James Harrison, a future or what?
Adam Caplan: JANK: He's signed for a few more years with PIT

<c19pdawg> is McDonald for real or just a tease/
Adam Caplan: C19: they do like what he did show them
Adam Caplan: he'll be in the mix for nickel

<Tracker12> AC, could we still pursue M. Turner from SD?
Adam Caplan:
TR: No if Lewis is back

<JANKO> AC, sorry Jerome Harrison?
Adam Caplan: JANK: They want to see him more in OTAs
Adam Caplan: and see how he progresses in July/August

<ramllov> Adam Louis Leonard was a developmental player, did he ever show anything?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Not much
Adam Caplan: they want to get him in OTAs
Adam Caplan: etc and see how he develops

<Brownsfan91171> Adam is Bentley and Baxter gone?
Adam Caplan: BR: Baxter I would say he doesn't re-sign
Adam Caplan: Bentley should be back

<c19pdawg> Bentley on the roster or the field?
Adam Caplan: C19: We'll see how he looks in OTAs then they'll go from there

<ramllov> Adam, How impressed were you with the Browns two rookie corners?
Adam Caplan: RAM: McDonald was a nice surprise
Adam Caplan: Wright did get help over the top
Adam Caplan: but he got better as the season progresses

<rcoleman222> Adam, there was a Szmardja rumor of him coming to the Browns, any truth to it?
Adam Caplan: RC: I can't comment on anything specificially but I believe he will wind up playing football at some point

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, is the front office comfortable with our corners?
Adam Caplan: BR: Yes
Adam Caplan: they are also happy with the safety play late in the season
Adam Caplan: but don't be surprised if they sign a veteran safety for insurance

<brownszzz> Adam, Punter change next year?
Adam Caplan: BR: Keep in mind he was hurt a bit
Adam Caplan: this season

<ramllov> Adam, do you see a big change in the defense with Tucker replacing Grantham?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Discipline will be big

<royswift> Adam, where will we get our WR? Draft or FA?
Adam Caplan: ROY: I would suspect one with speed-veteran that comes free

<MrFrump> Adam, Is Carlos Dansby an option at OLB?
Adam Caplan: MR: Sure
Adam Caplan: he can play either or
Adam Caplan: in 3-4
Adam Caplan: but ARI loved him playing inside

<MikeFromRochester> Is Mike Adams in there plans next year?
Adam Caplan: MIKE: I think so
Adam Caplan: veteran depth

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, discipline............can this mean better gap containment?
Adam Caplan: BR: Gap discipline has to be better and getting DBs lined up better
Adam Caplan: that was a big problem
Adam Caplan: constantly

<ramllov> Adam, what is it with the Browns inside linebackers?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Not enough size
Adam Caplan: I should have some news on Dansby next week

<Chidawg> hat does the team think of Sowells at this point?
Adam Caplan: CHI: Just a backup
Adam Caplan: but could be a decent one
Adam Caplan: in time

<MikeFromRochester> Odds McKinney will be back?
Adam Caplan: Mike: 50-50

<ramllov> Adam, you keep saying next week. do we have a chat next week?
Adam Caplan: RAM: No plans for one
Adam Caplan: but you'll see my notes
Adam Caplan: for subscribers
Adam Caplan: I have a pretty good inside with Dansby's people

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you think that Chicago has interest in Anderson?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Not sure yet
Adam Caplan: Senior Bowl really starts off the free agency stuff
Adam Caplan: to a degree

<royswift> ADAM, big FA acquisitions at WR, DE, and LB? Or less than 3 big FA signings?
Adam Caplan: ROY: OLB, WR with speed, DLs (depth especially)

<ramllov> Adam, with 50+ rookies underclassmen in the draft, is this going to be a good and deep draft?
Adam Caplan: RAM: QB/RB very deep
Adam Caplan: OLs look deep

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, with all the money teams have, is free agency going to be crazy bidding wars for middle road talent?
Adam Caplan: BR: I think we could see it again, WR with Hackett and Berrian
Adam Caplan: and Hackett has big leverage now that Branch has ACL injury

<Chidawg> Which vets are gone before next season's opener: Roye, McGinest, others?
Adam Caplan: CHI: Roye isn't expected back
Adam Caplan: McGinest probably will be back
Adam Caplan: in limited role

<nudawg> I heard Roye isn't ready to hang it up yet.
Adam Caplan: NU: It's the team's call
Adam Caplan: he can't play
Adam Caplan: they can't pay him to be on the bench

<royswift> With only Robaire, why would we only go for DE depth in FA? Is our draft startegy to land a good DE? Thanks
Adam Caplan: ROY: I would expect two DEs
Adam Caplan: one early in draft
Adam Caplan: first day
Adam Caplan: they want to keep Shaun Smith at NT
Adam Caplan: that's where they signed him for

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you think that the only way the browns bring Anderson back is on a multiyear deal?
Adam Caplan: CLE: It's hard to say
Adam Caplan: There's a lot variables to it all
Adam Caplan: we need to find out who is interested in him
Adam Caplan: that will determine the market and how many years he'll get

<royswift> Are Ethan Kelley's knees a problem?
Adam Caplan: ROY: Pretty much he has problems with them off and one
Adam Caplan: on

<c19pdawg> AC Chances of McMillan taking McGinest's role next year/
Adam Caplan: C19: No hint of it
Adam Caplan: they have to get an impact player
Adam Caplan: and keep Peek in nickel role
Adam Caplan: where he's best
Adam Caplan: keep in mind he was hurt all season
Adam Caplan: never was close to 100%-knee

<clebrowns80> Adam, the only reason i say is because they loose the ability to get something for him if he comes back on a tender.
Adam Caplan: CLE: They can still deal Anderson

<wsu99> any rumors on who might be interested in Anderson at this point?
Adam Caplan: WSU: We might hear something next week
Adam Caplan: CHI is very interesting
Adam Caplan: they will be looking hard at QBs next week
Adam Caplan: in Mobile
Adam Caplan: This is the best Senior Bowl class of QBS in years

<brownsrthebest04> if you were Phil what would you do with DA
Adam Caplan: BR: I'd trade him for as much as I could
Adam Caplan: but if they don't get a first rounder in top-20, sign Anderson for short-term deal if agent is willing (probably not though).

<ramllov> Does that mean the QB will be going in the first round and other players falling further back?
Adam Caplan: RAM: 4 QBs will go in the first

<clebrowns80> Adam, since the draft class is strong with qb's does this hurt DA's value?
Adam Caplan: CLE: It could, depends on what happens in next two months

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, are any of the qb's franchise material...or more importantly ready to take the reigns sooner rather than later?
Adam Caplan: BR: Flacco could be best of them all
Adam Caplan: Jay Cutler type

<ramllov> Adam 10-12 RBs go in the first three rounds is that accurate?
Adam Caplan: Ram: I have no idea yet
Adam Caplan: QBs are pretty easy to see

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, is he moving into 1st round (Flacco)?
Adam Caplan: BR: YEs
Adam Caplan: especially with Ryan out
Adam Caplan: funny how Flacco took his place

<wsu99> rookie QB's in draft might be deep, but how do they compare with Quinn when he was drafted?
Adam Caplan: WSU: I think Quinn would be anywhere from 2-3 QB
Adam Caplan: drafted in 2008
Adam Caplan: Flacco has probably better overall game
Adam Caplan: and upside

<amore> Overall quality of this year's draft?
Adam Caplan: AM: Depends on position

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, who is the other one above Quinn?
Adam Caplan: BR: Ryan and Flacco are probably better prospects
Adam Caplan: but they aren't safe either
Adam Caplan: I'm interested to see what TB, CHI, CAR do for QBs

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you think if a team inquired about Quinn the browns would consider it?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Sure
Adam Caplan: but the problem is teams don't have enough film on him
Adam Caplan: as a pro
Adam Caplan: so it's hard for a team to give up enough for him

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, seems like alot of teams need a QB...could help us.
Adam Caplan: BR: 8-10 teams
Adam Caplan: and 4 for sure

<underdawg55> WHO ARE THE 4 FOR SURE ADAM
Adam Caplan: UND: CHI, ATL, BAL for sure

<royswift> ADAM, is John Beck for Miami legit?
Adam Caplan: ROY: Parcells likes bigger QBS
Adam Caplan: so they could be looking too

<ramllov> Adam would you trade DA for Miami's second and third choices?
Adam Caplan: RAM: I can't see CLE trading Anderson unless they get a first

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, what about Miami and Vikings? they happy or looking?
Adam Caplan: BR: They are the second tier of teams that will be evaluating QBs
Adam Caplan: MIA was a lot of Flacco's games

<Brownsfan91171> would rather keep Anderson next year if it is less than a 1st
Adam Caplan: BR: that's what I said above

<ramllov> ADam, would you see Parcells trading out of the first position?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Yes
Adam Caplan: he likes to deal, he did that with the NYJ

<cpross> any chance Bungles cut Ocho Cinco loose
Adam Caplan: CP: I have some notes there for tomorrow
Adam Caplan: they say no
Adam Caplan: but he's now 30
Adam Caplan: and his contract isn't too bad

<brownsrthebest04> i think Anderson was really a product of the line and receivers your thoughts?
Adam Caplan: BR: A good QB makes WRs
Adam Caplan: he got them the ball

<jb42776> What is up with Javon Walker?
Adam Caplan: JB: Damaged goods
Adam Caplan: and older
Adam Caplan: 29
Adam Caplan: no thanks
Adam Caplan: bad knee

<butto> Why didn't Harrison get more playing time?
Adam Caplan: BUT: Not a good practice player
Adam Caplan: needs to prove he can protect better in passing situations
Adam Caplan: needs to have better grasp of playbook

<royswift> Adam, chances Browns draft a TE in top 4 rounds?
Adam Caplan: ROY: Anything is possible if good value is there
Adam Caplan: There's nothing good in free agency at TE

<brownsrthebest04> any news on Haynesworth?
Adam Caplan: BR: They are trying to get that done
Adam Caplan: before free agency

<cpross> KW2 what is % possibility of another off season surgery?
Adam Caplan: CP: Could have a clean up
Adam Caplan: he's knee was really bothering him
Adam Caplan: as the season went on

Adam Caplan: Guys: I'm going to post my article for the February Scout magazine in the ask the insiders forum
Adam Caplan: that spells out every position in free agency
Adam Caplan: I'll do that tonight

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you think Gates is going to drop out of the pro bowl and Winslow will get in?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Yes, Gates won't be in it
Adam Caplan: he has to have surgery I believe on his toe
Adam Caplan: once he's done in playoffs

Adam Caplan: All: IF I do a chat next week it will be spur of the moment
Adam Caplan: look at message board

<ramllov> Adam, with Harrison and the WR Wilson, is it a make or break season in 08?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Totally
Adam Caplan: so
Adam Caplan: I will see if I can get more on both next week

<underdawg55> Adam do you think D.A. will be a brown in Sept
Adam Caplan: UND: AS of now, yes
Adam Caplan: But as you know, things can and will change

<MikeFromRochester> Adam, did Grantham want to be more aggressive on D, more so than RAC
Adam Caplan: MIKE: Yes to a point
Adam Caplan: I wish I could go in to everything there but it's not even worth it
Adam Caplan: I can tell you it's even worse than what's been reported
Adam Caplan: I didn't realize it until I made a few calls
Adam Caplan: I have a hard time believing Grantham will ever be a head coach

<Brownsfan91171> WOW, so he did try to undercut Crennel
Adam Caplan: BR: Not only that, some of the other coaches weren't thrilled with him either
Adam Caplan: I just had no idea about this until recently
Adam Caplan: I still can't figure out why they waited so long
Adam Caplan: But that's old news now
Adam Caplan: I'm very interested in what Tucker will do
Adam Caplan: with the scheme
Adam Caplan: BTW, Steve Loney was turned down for OL job with Browns last year
Adam Caplan: I actually ran into him at 07 Senior Bowl

<Chidawg> Did Browns say no to Loney or vise versa?
Adam Caplan: CHI: CLE passed

<amore> Is Marshall a good o-line coach or is just because the talent is so good?
Adam Caplan: AM: I would say talent is very good
Adam Caplan: His assistant is solid

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, last question who picked Tucker...Crennel or Savage?
Adam Caplan: BR: Both
Adam Caplan: RAC likes him
Adam Caplan: They didn't want to go out of team
Adam Caplan: to get someone else
Adam Caplan: I can understand that
Adam Caplan: like last year
Adam Caplan: they got a lot outside of team

<royswift> Do Steinbach and Thomas evolve into an immovable force that all the NFL will envy?
Adam Caplan: ROY: BTW, read my notes tomorrow
Adam Caplan: have some more notes on Joe Thomas' contract
Adam Caplan: he made more money than first thought
Adam Caplan: on incentives

<cpross> silly question - where can i find your daily notes on www?
Adam Caplan: CP: Always check front page of OBR
Adam Caplan: I do them once a week
Adam Caplan: later all

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