adamcaplan AA: He's well-respected so not a surprise at all and he'll get more responsibility with the Falcons
aaronwilson Haynos signed with the Green Bay Packers. Obviously, he felt like that was a better opportunity for him in terms of their scheme.
adamcaplan BG: there's really no veterans out there to sign they do need a blocking TE
adamcaplan BLI: Matt Forte, McFadden
adamcaplan then Ray Rice
adamcaplan What you will see is two-TE sets with one of them being a OT teams do that in their heavy set
aaronwilson They missed out on Craig Stevens. Had him on the phone when the Titans drafted him, so they took Tom Zbikowski at that spot in the third round.
adamcaplan BL: he can but Yanda seems set there
aaronwilson Sypniewski is definitely out for the season, too. Torn anterior cruciate ligament, as we reported the day it happened.
adamcaplan NE: He did ok last year too bad and Heap can't be trusted he never should have played that game at SF
adamcaplan he set himself back after that
adamcaplan NE: I can't see why they would sign him to be big deal considering his injury history and age
aaronwilson Adam, what do you make of the Jonathan Ogden situation? He has told several friends and former teammates that he plans to retire. He has yet to officially do, along with Steve McNair. I'm thinking they are just delaying for June 1 considerations. Also, Ogden may just want to be sure his toe doesn't improve. I really think he means it and is done. I've heard he isn't even training in case he changes his mind.
adamcaplan he may talk to them to get initial talks started in a few days
aaronwilson Joe Linta is a dealmaker, not a holdout artist.
adamcaplan AA: McNair isn't in a hurry, the team could put him on their retired list to get cap relief.
aaronwilson Actually, their whole draft class got them a favorable draw as far as signability with the agents.
adamcaplan just as the Packers already have
adamcaplan Only holdout for Linta was Kyle Brady in 1995
adamcaplan and even then it was only for a few days
adamcaplan my bet would be Flacco signs in June
adamcaplan Linta's last first rounder, Kamerion Wimbley, signed in June two years ago
adamcaplan NE: I never grade drafts
adamcaplan makes no sense
adamcaplan Have to wait three years
adamcaplan How could someone say Flacco is a reach? he hasn't played yet
adamcaplan if he plays poorly then you can say they reached
adamcaplan the ones who say they reached haven't seen him play that's been commonplace
adamcaplan CH: None, that's what said earlier.
adamcaplan Check my best available free agents on offense report tomorrow
adamcaplan it will be linked off of the front page somewhere
aaronwilson I agree. If he succeeds, it doesn't matter what people say about the value chart in the trade with the Texans.
aaronwilson Adam, what do you think about Jim Leonhard as a safety/special-teams guy?
adamcaplan NE: If the CBs hold up,they could be 9-7. I just don't trust Boller or Troy Smith
adamcaplan that's going to be the issue all season
adamcaplan if you don't have a QB you can't win running game was good and should be good again
adamcaplan AA: Leonard is a smart player, started some before he got hurt last season and can return punts and plays specials was surprised BUF didn't tender him
adamcaplan NE: Harbaugh is one of the best in that area
aaronwilson Seems like a tough kid, hard worker. I guess they didn't want to pay $927,000 for a scrappy 5-8, 185-pounder. Good athlete, though. Won the Wisconsin campus slam dunk contest and had 21 career interceptions. Academic All-American and two-time All Big-Ten Conference selection.
adamcaplan coverage as well He wasn't drafted so he could have gotten the low tender guess he didn't show up well enough on tape and they aren't deep at safety--Buffalo
aaronwilson Anything new on potential developments for Lito Sheppard, Jeremy Shockey, Chad Johnson and Anquan Boldin?
adamcaplan AA: All expected to stay with their teams
adamcaplan as I noted back at the owners meetings, and it looks like I was right, Sheppard wanted a new deal and that held up other teams trading for him
adamcaplan they will let him scream and won't let him out
aaronwilson Any word on who wants Henry?
adamcaplan CH: There's a sucker born every minute
adamcaplan he can run deep for his size
adamcaplan Probably Zbikowski as the sleeper too early to say on mistake
adamcaplan NE: Really good Senior Bowl week that helped him
aaronwilson Anything new on labor unrest as well as Gene Upshaw being under fire? I guess the uprising was quelled in Hawaii.
adamcaplan AA: The owners are almost certain to opt out
adamcaplan that doesn't mean there still will be no settlement though before 2010
Mendenhall? Steelers got a steal.
aaronwilson Have you planned your camp tour? Are you coming to Westminster with Sirius?
adamcaplan NE: Some of his interviews apparently didn't go that well Had nothing to do with on the field
adamcaplan AA: I usually do that in mid-June or so
adamcaplan I will go to Eagles/NYG/NYJ for sure adamcaplan BAL is less than 2 hours now
for me so that one probably as well
adamcaplan NE: Not a Gino's fan
adamcaplan BL: Ryan was #1 on their board
adamcaplan then Flacco
adamcaplan then Henne
aaronwilson Friday is Joe Flacco's first NFL practice. Realistically, how do you think he'll do initially as he adjusts to the NFL. Obviously, it's not a live situation or that important. Just wondering how you think he'll assimilate.
aaronwilson Tony Luke's?
adamcaplan I'm sure Ryan didn't care, he cared about how high he went, more $.
adamcaplan AA: Yes, best by far 2 mins from stadium area Was there last week after an appearance on CSN Philly.
aaronwilson I saw him on Bobby Flay's show. He made this cheesesteak that looked awesome with broccoli rabe.
adamcaplan AA: It will take some time, he really needs to sit for a season to adjust to the speed of the NFL game.
adamcaplan He's smart and athletic but the concern is that he only started two years and he needs to be under center more blitz recognition is probably one of the biggest issues from a playing standpoint
adamcaplan NE: Yes, I saw that up close he moves well for his size I love the reports about his footwork being bad
aaronwilson Adam, do you think Ray Rice will make an impact as a rookie?
adamcaplan again, you have people who either haven't seen him play or don't understand what they are looking at.
adamcaplan AA: Yes, solid change of pace back
adamcaplan he will offer them more speed at RB
adamcaplan Getting Rice gives them a different look on third downs/passing situations something they didn't have previously and both could be in the game at the same time Rice can be flanked out wide in certain formations
aaronwilson I think they are just exploring their possibilities. It all hinges on Marshal Yanda and finding a replacement for him. Oniel Cousins has some upside and they're going to look at him. The idea is to get their best five on the field.
aaronwilson I wrote a front page article on Jason Brown that details some of their options.
aaronwilson Yanda played right guard and center at the last minicamp with Mike Kracalik playing right tackle, Jason Brown playing center and Ben Grubbs at left guard and Jared Gaither at left tackle. Their choices will increase once Adam Terry is fully recovered from ankle surgery.
aaronwilson Terry has bulked up to 337 pounds.
aaronwilson Grubbs is in pretty decent shape. I thought he would have gotten a little more ripped up. He's solid.
aaronwilson By the way, Ogden has told several friends he's retiring.
aaronwilson Adam is more reliable than Gaither.
aaronwilson The thing with Adam is confidence and people believing in him and encouraging him. For a big guy, he can be a tad self-conscious. He's one of those people who needs a pat on the back more than a kick in the butt, in my opinion.
aaronwilson People just want to try to poach a JO retirement story. When he does hang up his cleats, it will be so anticlimactic.
aaronwilson Not much to the Ray Lewis story, either. They haven't even gotten into real talks, all preliminary.
aaronwilson I doubt it. 8-8.
aaronwilson Yes, supposedly Ray is wanting Peyton Manning money.
aaronwilson His agent is kind of a joke and will want to make a big splash. He stole Ray from his previous agents, but has never made a commission since Ray hasn't had a restructure in all that time or a new signing bonus.
aaronwilson Lot of overhead in terms of family, kids, lifestyle for No. 52.
aaronwilson I think Rex gets a job this time. Maybe Cincinnati.
aaronwilson Gaither is your most talented LT candidate. His maturity and strength are questionable, though.
aaronwilson Depends on Terry's ankle. He handled Bart Scott and Terrell Suggs easily, too.
aaronwilson I think they're just going to look at increasing Antwan Barnes' role. He's up to 255 pounds and hasn't lost any speed.
aaronwilson Bruce must be busy at FOX-45, prepping for tonight's newscast.
aaronwilson Couple more camps left. Besides those two.
aaronwilson Flacco is a smart kid. Don't rule him out.
aaronwilson Yes, Barnes is 255.
aaronwilson It's a problem area, yes.
aaronwilson Flacco is much smarter and better prepared than Kyle was as a rookie.
aaronwilson I think they will be hesitant to start him immediately.
aaronwilson Yes, that has been reiterated to him that he has a solid chance to start.