JMazzulo: What is the probability that we will re-sign Earl Little, I think he was a big part of our turn-around in the second half of the year and love the way he plays, I would rather see him start and bring along a rookie than sign another player. what do the insiders think?
Mike McLain: When I talked to Earl the day after the sesaon ended, he expressd a desire to return next season. I think the Browns want him back, but they're not going to overpay for his services. A deciding factor could be what happens in free agency and the draft. If a player capable of starting at free safety is acquired, then I don't think Earl will return simply to play special teams.
ArtBtz: As an FYI, here is the latest listing of unrestricted free agents at safety: browns.theinsiders.com/3/2003fas.html. Kwame Lassiter is the cream of the crop, but he'll probably want around $3 million per year. Dexter Jackson will be the most likely to be overpaid. Donovin Darius and Tebucky Jones are the most interesting to me, and both are likely to move. As you can see from the Hot News, the Steelers might be interested in Darius.
Lumpy: From the chat the other night and my communication with Ram, there was indication of the FO going after a young LT who could play in
This is not a rumor, it is what the front office would like to achieve.
There are some players in FA, Pace, Jones, Petigout to name a few that are appealing, but most likely will be tagged by their respective teams.
A player like Bryant McKinnie is an intriguing name and player, the question would be can the Browns pry him from
Then there is the draft, we'll likely hear much more about the direction taken towards the offensive line in the near future.
Anti-Jeff: Insiders, I'd assume that the Browns at least have discussed internally the possibility of getting McKinnie, just as they might discuss the possibility of trading for or signing other prominent players. My question is whether you have a sense of what the Browns think it might take to get McKinnie. Would our first rounder be enough if we threw in someone like KJ? Or maybe this year's first and next year's second? Or do they suspect it may take two first, etc.?
Another thought was that the Vikings initially would have required a first-round draft pick as well as high-quality player to improve an area of need on their roster. They have issues along the defensive line and in the secondary.
With the Browns not having a standout or potential standout player along the defensive line or secondary, I am not sure what the thinking may possibly be, if the Vikings intend or desire to deal McKinnie.
Mike McLain: If -- and it's a big if -- the Vikings are considering trading McKinnie (I can't see why they would), I know the Browns would be keenly interested.
I'd have to think that the Vikings would want a number one, which the Browns might go for. A veteran player would also have to be included in the mix. Gerard Warren isn't going anywhere. The line isn't strong as it is, and Butch isn't going to deal away potentially the best of the group.
I think Butch would be willing to trade KJ. In fact, I'm positive of that being the case.
TDawg81: With the 21st pick, the Browns select........ OLB Boss Bailey from
Mike McLain: I'm thinking that Bailey might be more of a mid to late second-round choice. He'd be an excellent pick if he's still on the board when the Browns select in round two.
I'd like to see offensicve guard Eric Steinbach slip to 21. If an offensive tackle isn't secured in free agency or via the trade route, Verba stays at tackle, which means the line needs a left guard.
Keep an eye on defensive tackle William Joseph. He's a
JMazzulo: Insiders, I have been reading some absolutely crazy rumors both on these boards and in news papers, of the following which is most likely if any to happen:
1. Couch to Cincy for #1
2. Couch to
3. Couch to
4. Couch to
5. Couch to Chi for Urlacher and swap of picks- this makes less than no sense to me, it would be the greatest trade of all time for us but this trade wouldn't even fly in madden!! any help would be great
Mike McLain: I would say none of the above.
If I had to make one choice, I guess it would be Couch to
Klaatu: Hugh Douglas and other FA's Wouldnt it be a good time to bring this guy home? Does any insider know if the FO is interested? I think he would fit real nice... and if the FO can get Jamir Back ..imagine the possibilities? On the other side of the ball... how about Wayne Gandy... ? It would really be nice to strip from the Steelers again
ArtBtz: While it's intriguing to think of
Regarding Gandy, I think that the Steelers would let us take him, particularly if we over-spend. The Steelers aren't making much of an attempt to keep him and are going with Oliver Ross.
If we really want to nail a division opponent with a kill shot, it would be to grab McAllister from the Ratbirds, IMHO. He's a key component of their defensive future, and would be filling a point of need for the Browns.