Q: What is the latest regarding the Browns interest in linebacker Al Wilson, or any other available player at the position?
LA: Wilson remains on Cleveland's radar, but the
team is not pressing the issue. The organization would like to sign the veteran
on the cheap and let him prove he can physically play following a neck injury.
An offer is on the table to Wilson, but his representative has been inclined to
play the waiting game and see if a better offer is forwarded later in the
off-season. Free agency has taken a back-seat to draft preparation for the
organization and the team has not been active in pursuit of available free
agents of late.
Q: We keep hearing speculation from an Insider from the OBR that quarterback Brady Quinn's agent is going to force the team to trade the promising player if he does not win the starting job this season. How true is this?
LA: I can't and won't speak for anyone else
providing information. What I can add is that the Browns have no intention of
dealing Brady Quinn anytime soon. As for his agent (Tom Condon), I suppose
he could attempt to force the issue, number-ten almost assuredly will be in a
Cleveland uniform in the 2008 season. There appears to be no desire to deal away
what is perceived a strength of the roster at the present time.
Q: How is the transition going for the defense? With Tucker calling the shots and new players in the scheme, could we see a dramatically improved defensive team this season?
LA: Tucker provides a calmer and much more
people-friendly demeanor with the staff and his players. Some of the best
coaches are those that have the ability to be receptive to those surrounding
him. Due to this approach and the improved talent, I see Tucker being successful
with the Cleveland defense. The true test begins in camp and in the season, but
I do not anticipate the issues which surrounded the staff on the defensive side
of the ball last season.
Q: We heard from head coach Romeo Crennel that defensive lineman Shaun Rogers was weighing about 355-pounds at the beginning of the voluntary workouts in Berea. If this is the case, is it safe to assume that the player is dedicated and excited about the new opportunity in Cleveland?
LA: I am told Rogers is in good spirits and does
look at the trade to Cleveland as a fresh start, an opportunity to win and
disprove some beliefs in him as a person and player. Being said, I have been
told Rogers weighed close to 367-pounds a month ago. Lets see what his
conditioning is and weight come summer when he is expected to be in much better
LA: Nothing at all. The Browns are not in trade talks with the Raiders at this time, from what I have been told. If anything were to transpire, it would likely occur during the draft.