Transcript: Adam Caplan Chat

Adam on Savage's remarks on Tuesday, plus lots of great scoop on which players will hit the market

Adam Caplan: Hi all

<wsu99> Status on DA and J Lewis contracts?
Adam Caplan: WSU: Not close on DA, it's not the years so much as the guaranteed money
Adam Caplan: As for Lewis, I think the Browns are more optimistic than Lewis' side

<clebrowns80> Adam, Phil Savage today was interviewed and he said the browns are looking for a three year deal, would DA sign a three year
deal?
Adam Caplan: CLE: The up front money has to be much bigger
Adam Caplan: for him to accept that
Adam Caplan: much more
Adam Caplan: at this point
Adam Caplan: That's the problem

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, will K2 or Edwards get new contracts this year?
Adam Caplan: BR: Edwards outside chance, can't see K2 right now

<JANKO> AC, who could you see showing interest in Derek Anderson?
Adam Caplan: JANKO: No one really...
Adam Caplan: Chicago was never interested
Adam Caplan: I'm told
Adam Caplan: In fact, I'm told they won't use their first round pick on a QB
Adam Caplan: look for that in my free agency blog on Thursday
Adam Caplan: As for those who asked about Corey Williams
Adam Caplan: GB is afraid to use franchise tag on him
Adam Caplan: they believe he has some dog in him--and not the good kind

<clebrowns80> Adam what are the chances you think DA is with the team next year?
Adam Caplan: CLE-65-35
Adam Caplan: CLE: Actually probably even better
Adam Caplan: no one will pay him what he wants for long-term deal

<clebrowns80> Thanks Adam, do you think he will be here on a tender deal?
Adam Caplan: CLE: As of now, yes
Adam Caplan: things can always change though

Adam Caplan: For those who want Pace, I'm told he's almost certain not to be back in Arizona
Adam Caplan: that's as of today
Adam Caplan: He wants to test free agency
Adam Caplan: teams who run 3-4 scheme will look at him, not 4-3

<jb42776> Is Pace an improvement over Peek/McGinest?
Adam Caplan: JB: Can do more than Peek and I'm told he's an excellent special teams player
Adam Caplan: which is good
Adam Caplan: he moves well for his size

<amore> Thoughts on Ian Smith DL from Eagles?
Adam Caplan: AM: You mean Ian Scott
Adam Caplan: he didn't play last year
Adam Caplan: BTW, on Williams, he has to play DE in 3-4
Adam Caplan: not a nose
Adam Caplan: but can be a solid DE in a 3-4

<JANKO> AC, any interest on the Browns regarding Justin
Adam Caplan: JANK: Would make no sense
Adam Caplan: too small
Adam Caplan: can't play DE in 4-3

<tjm427> do you see the browns cutting anyone prior to the start of free agency?
Adam Caplan: TJ: They're really in good shape so not really

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, what do you think of Hobson from the Jets as an ILB?
Adam Caplan: BR: Played OLB in their 3-4 last season
Adam Caplan: but would be better off playing inside
Adam Caplan: physical LB
Adam Caplan: not much of a pass rusher
Adam Caplan: but plays run well
Adam Caplan: was playing in wrong spot

<jb42776> Whats up with Bernard Berrian - will he get franchised or make it to FA?
Adam Caplan: JB: We'll know Thursday
Adam Caplan: don't know yet
Adam Caplan: they want to get a long term deal done with him
Adam Caplan: and so far aren't there yet

<clebrowns80> Adam, if DA is back on a tender deal next year do you think the browns would let Quinn and DA battle it out in training camp for the starting job?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Quinn would have little chance to start if Anderson is back
Adam Caplan: Anderson would have to play himself out of the job
Adam Caplan: anything is possible
Adam Caplan: but Anderson would really have to be bad
Adam Caplan: in pre-season

<mtbbpres> Adam, will Donte Stallworth be released and is he a good fit for the Browns?
Adam Caplan: MT: They won't pay his bonus as I noted a few weeks ago
Adam Caplan: And yes he would be exactly what they need
Adam Caplan: can run... get down field
Adam Caplan: not a good sign though he lost his starting job to the slower Gaffney
Adam Caplan: that's a concern
Adam Caplan: good guy

<jb42776> Anybody else gonna pay J. Lewis more than the Browns?
Adam Caplan: JB: No
Adam Caplan: I would bet they get it done with him
Adam Caplan: I just think his agent is typically thinking he needs more
Adam Caplan: but reality is no one will pay him
Adam Caplan: oh, and that's Corey Williams agent too
Adam Caplan: as it turns out

<buzz30> Besides the browns interest what other 3-4 team would have interest in Pace?
Adam Caplan: BU: As noted, SF, other 3-4 teams

<jb42776> same agent?
Adam Caplan: JB: Lewis and Williams
Adam Caplan: yes

<brownsrthebest04> you think savage has had some talks?
Adam Caplan: BR: with Lewis and Anderson's people, yes

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, we can do a package deal then LOL
Adam Caplan: BR: it wouldn't be a shock if Savage and his agent talked about Williams (unofficially)
Adam Caplan: LOL...
Adam Caplan: they're not supposed to

<amore> Briggs or Pace - who should the Browns go after?
Adam Caplan: AM: Pace
Adam Caplan: Briggs is a cover-2 WLB
Adam Caplan: 4-3

<jb42776> I'm sure there is some wink wink negotiations going on
Adam Caplan: JB: IF they want him, yes

<ramllov> Adam, Do you see Pace as a player that will continue to develop?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Yes
Adam Caplan: hard worker
Adam Caplan: got a bad rep with former coaching staff
Adam Caplan: new one moved him from DE to OLB
Adam Caplan: and it worked

<clebrowns80> Adam, if DA signed a three year deal, would Quinn asked to be traded or wait another year?
Adam Caplan: CLE: I would imagine Tom Condon wouldn't be happy
Adam Caplan: Quinn essentially has to start by year three for him to hit some of the incentives
Adam Caplan: I may put them out for you all to see in my free agency blog
Adam Caplan: so you guys can really see what I'm talking about
Adam Caplan: it's pretty interesting

<MikeFromRochester> Adam, is it me or is this one of the weakest FA classes to come along?
Adam Caplan: MIKE: was talking to a GM about that yesterday

<tjm427> would Michael Boley of the Atlanta Falcons be a good fit in the browns scheme? seems very productive.
Adam Caplan: TJ: I talked to him on Sirius, he said team hasn't talked to him about long-term deal
Adam Caplan: very good player
Adam Caplan: good guy

<ramllov> Adam will they announce the cutting of Roye prior to 2/29?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Other than Roye, not many moves I see them making on cuts

<JANKO> AC, do you see a deal with Lewis getting done before FA, if not, who do you see them targeting?
Adam Caplan: JANK: Yes
Adam Caplan: My sense is now it's just a matter of Lewis' side coming down a little
Adam Caplan: there's been enough progress

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you know how far apart DA and the Browns are on a contract?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Enough that it won't get done, if it does, until next Thursday when RFA tenders are due

<tjm427> can Boley play inside, or is he strictly outside?
Adam Caplan: TJ: He probably could play ILB
Adam Caplan: in 3-4
Adam Caplan: and he can run

<ramllov> Savage was talking on NBC today, he sounded like he wanted a three year contract with DA?
Adam Caplan: RAM: I think there's little chance of a long-term deal
Adam Caplan: with the Browns
Adam Caplan: they don't really want that
Adam Caplan: Anderson wants that
Adam Caplan: but if CLE ponies up for short-term guarantees
Adam Caplan: not out of the question they get it done next week

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, is the front office content with the secondary as it is?
Adam Caplan: BR: They want the safety play
Adam Caplan: to be better
Adam Caplan: they think Wright will do better the more he plays
Adam Caplan: but they did get a lot of help over the top for him

<ramllov> Adam, It seems that Savage wants DA as a Brady Quinn insurance policy for the next twoyeas
Adam Caplan: RAM: In a way, yes on Anderson being some kind of insurance
Adam Caplan: it's like they want to take one step in the pool, not both
Adam Caplan: which I can kind of understand

<tommybo> Any interest in Derek Smith or Zach Thomas by the Browns??
Adam Caplan: TOM: Smith would be a good fit
Adam Caplan: durable for the most part, smart, tough
Adam Caplan: and a good leader

<nudawg> Then why did SF cut him?
Adam Caplan: NU: They like Brandon Moore who is younger
Adam Caplan: and some of their other younger ILBs
Adam Caplan: they want on the field

<NapEsq> What is the thought process in going after Asante Samuel rather than D-line or LB help?
Adam Caplan: NAP: I highly doubt they would go after Samuel
Adam Caplan: especially with the DA and Lewis issues

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you think DA and his agent are going to want to test free agency and see if there is any interest?
Adam Caplan: CLE: No because the Browns will tender him
Adam Caplan: at first and third
Adam Caplan: that will happen next Thursday
Adam Caplan: if deal past this season isn't reached

<tommybo> Any interest of the Browns in Zach Thomas?
Adam Caplan:
TOM: Thomas is too injury prone

<ramllov> Adam, a lot of teams need a starting QB, I guess they just do't want to pay the restricted free agent price.
Adam Caplan: RAM: Teams treat first rounders like gold

<MikeFromRochester> adam,, do you see Marques Douglas of SF becoming a brown?
Adam Caplan: MIKE: Douglas is a decent player
Adam Caplan: won't cost much
Adam Caplan: I will be looking into his situation
Adam Caplan: has mostly played 3-4 which is good

<amore> Would Savage take 2 #2s or a #2 and #3 for DA?
Adam Caplan: AM: Depends where those picks are

<ramllov> Who does Douglas play for?
Adam Caplan: RAM: SF
Adam Caplan: used to play for BAL before that

<amore> Is the FA NT from SF any good?
Adam Caplan: AM: Sopoaga
Adam Caplan: has been a part-time player
Adam Caplan: NT in 3-4

<nudawg> How about Tommy Kelly? will the raiders lock him up before FA?
Adam Caplan: NU: He's hurt
Adam Caplan: coming back from surgery

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, who do you see being the big players in FA?
Adam Caplan: BR: I would expect them to sign one to two solid UFAs in first 48 hours
Adam Caplan: DL (DT or DE) and possibly ILB

<tommybo> Any chance we look at Jerry Porter?
Adam Caplan: TOM: I would hope not
Adam Caplan: Tom: Not a guy who you want to have on your team
Adam Caplan: Really doesn't come to play always
Adam Caplan: constantly complaining

<ramllov> Adam, would Phil Savage be happy if he signed Pace and Corey Williams the first day or two of free agency?
Adam Caplan: RAM: I'm sure he would be
Adam Caplan: that would fill two big needs
Adam Caplan: BTW, the free agent positions would be DL (DE/NT), ILB, OLB
Adam Caplan: The Browns have the money to sign at least two solid UFAs
Adam Caplan: maybe a third if it's cheap

<jb42776> dont forget WR
Adam Caplan: JB: WR really isn't a major need
Adam Caplan: they would like to work a younger player in from the draft
Adam Caplan: unless they get in the Berrian sweepstakes

<ramllov> Adam, How do you rate this draft?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Deep at certain positions, light at others
Adam Caplan: WR is pretty weak
Adam Caplan: for high end talent

<jb42776> will Berrian want to be #1 and paid so
Adam Caplan: JB: Yes
Adam Caplan: And DJ Hackett looks like he may make it
Adam Caplan: out of SEA
Adam Caplan: from what I'm hearing
Adam Caplan: Trufant too
Adam Caplan: BTW, Fitzgerald and ARI are far apart
Adam Caplan: but he wants to stay in ARI

<tommybo> Any players with roster bonuses looming that may be cut of interest?
Adam Caplan: TOM: We'll look at cut players next week

<ramllov> Maybe New England can sign Fitzgerald
Adam Caplan: RAM: Ha
Adam Caplan: gawd
Adam Caplan: Browns will add at least two WRs through draft/free agency

<jb42776> I'll take Stallworth Pace and Corey Williams please
Adam Caplan: JB: I'd take Stallworth for a few years
Adam Caplan: he's still young
Adam Caplan: Williams I can take him or leave him
Adam Caplan: if Browns want him, they better do their homework
Adam Caplan: on his background
Adam Caplan: I didn't get a glowing report on him tonight from a GB source

<NapEsq> would Stallworth accept being 3rd option in passing game?
Adam Caplan: NAP: Sure, he was like 5th in NE
Adam Caplan: Williams is the kind of player that you pay a lot of cash to and he doesn't play up to it
Adam Caplan: that's the way he was explained to be me be a GB team source
Adam Caplan: can be really good at times
Adam Caplan: but ordinary others
Adam Caplan: that's why GB is wary of paying him franchise tag money

<ramllov> Adam, Will Tommy Kelly be healthy opening day?
Adam Caplan: RAM: We'll see how his rehab goes
Adam Caplan: and go from there
Adam Caplan: he has many months to go

<ramllov> Adam, Green Bay has so many DL men. Do they really need Corey Williams?
Adam Caplan: RAM: They like to have a 4-5 DT rotation
Adam Caplan: if they can
Adam Caplan: sounds crazy but they really do

<jb42776> Who would be a good backup plan if J. Lewis leaves?
Adam Caplan: JB: Turner
Adam Caplan: there's really no other veteran RB
Adam Caplan: Julius Jones can't handle it

<Brownsfan91171> Are there any good DE in FA?
Adam Caplan: BR: Not really
Adam Caplan: some cheap alternatives

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you think Turner is better long term than Lewis?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Certainly
Adam Caplan: I think they can get 2 more years out of Lewis
Adam Caplan: that's it
Adam Caplan: I would draft his replacement this year

Adam Caplan: All: Good chat, we'll do it again next week


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