Without knowing who will be available at No. 14, as a general thing I'd say no on that. They need a really good player, and generally speaking you have a better chance of getting one at No. 14 than you do later in the first round. So I'd sit there and pick the best guy they can get (most likely on defense, most likely a rusher or CB) than trade back. I'd need a really, really good reason to trade back.
They've already kind of done that, and assuming he's back we'll probably see more of that next season. He's definitely not the downfield threat he used to be but should be good over the middle and especially in the red zone.
Yeah, the Highsmith and Wolf departures were big losses, that's a lot of experience and two good talent evaluators out the door. The highest remaining scouts are Jon-Eric Sullivan (college scouting director) and John Wojciechowski (pro personnel director). I'd guess both end up with some kind of promotion after the draft, when Gutekunst presumably also hires a couple new guys.
I am not under the impression the entire staff determined that he should be cut. I think there were people on staff who wanted to keep him. In the end, the decision is Thompson's. What I don't know is McCarthy's thoughts, whether he wanted to keep him on the 53. I think what happened here was Thompson got too greedy. He assumed Hill would make it through waivers -- the concerns with Hill were his age, I think he was like 26 or 27, very old for a rookie, and troubling injury history (he'd missed a lot of games, a couple significant injuries if I remember right). Thompson wanted to save an extra spot on the 53 by keeping only two QBs -- about half the teams in the league do that -- and he thought he could get Hill through waivers and onto the practice squad. He was wrong, and really, if that was his thinking, he should have seen it coming. I remember writing at the time that it was a surprise they didn't keep Hill on the 53. But to your original point, I think there were some on staff who would have kept him on the 53 if it had been their call. It wasn't, it was Thompson's call. And again, I don't know whether McCarthy tried to argue for keeping Hill, or whether he wanted that 53rd spot to go to a non-quarterback.
He might be, but I bet the Cowboys put a first-round tender on him. I wouldn't give up a first-rounder for him, especially the 14th pick.
Not sure, interesting thought. He turns 29 in May and has had a lot of injuries, so there's some real risk there. Salary wouldn't bother me as much as what you'd have to give up for a trade. Picks are a really valuable resource. I'm just kind of going on the fly here, so allow me to change my mind after talking with a scout or two, but would I do it for a fourth-rounder? I think so, if he's committed to playing two or three more years, which may or may not be the case. I'd feel better if it were a fifth. Don't think I'd do a third because of the injury history. But what would NE want for him? No idea there.
I didn't see that. At first blush I'm thinking no. I think they have some real concerns in Cleveland that it's an unattractive place because of how bad they've been for so long and how bad they've been since Haslem bought them. So I think he's trying to fight that perception and make it sound like Cleveland is a really attractive place for anybody in football. That's my initial take, but I haven't seen the whole quote.
Yeah, by cutting him when they did he also didn't count on the free-agent compensatory formula, so that helped a little bit there with their compensatory haul.
At least at first blush I'd have trouble paying Burnett $8M a year, that's a lot for a team that already has Clinton-Dix and just drafted Josh Jones in the second round last year, even though neither one played very well. If that's the cost of keeping Burnett, my initial take is they'd let him walk.
I have to look at the updated trade charts, but the cost to move from 14 to the top five would be pretty high, I'm guessing it would take a No. 1 from next year as part of the deal. That's a lot. Now, if they think there's a Hall of Fame rusher available, then do it, kind of like what Atlanta did trading up for Julio Jones, that deal was worth it. But you have to be really convinced the guy is special.
You're right about free agency, just because a team doesn't sign anyone in the first three days doesn't mean it won't improve its roster in the week or two after that. I'd throw Fitzpatrick in there two as a possible backup QB. Not sure about Glennon, he was pretty unimpressive with the Bears last year.
They could. That would be a little high for my taste, though in past years I would have said that was a terrible move, but with Rodgers' injury history and what happened last year my feelings on that aren't nearly as strong now. I'd wait until the fourth round to take a QB, but if they did it earlier I'd at least better understand the thinking now.
I'd guess he doesn't want to play anywhere else than his home state at this point, though maybe he'd still consider the Packers because he played for them. Look, I know that what the guy has done is unbelievable at his age, but he's 38. He could hit the wall, and hard, at any time. So I'd be really wary.
Strikes me as a luxury they can't afford at No. 14 unless for some reason they think they can get a really, really good pass rusher in the second round.
No, I think their priority was getting him out of the locker room, that's why they cut him. I do wonder if their going after the money was just a Hail Mary.
I'm not sure and am wondering that myself because one of the coach's many jobs is to make sure he's prepared for that by his third season. It might be McCarthy's catchall way of saying Hundley just didn't play well enough, and we'll know better what he really thinks if the Packers sign a veteran QB to compete with him, but it does suggest the staff came up short.
That's exactly what they should be looking for, and a guy of that caliber could make a real difference for them.
This will have to do it, lots of questions, sorry I couldn't get to all of them. They could extend Nelson while knowing this could be his last season. They could give him some guaranteed money (signing or roster bonus) and a lower salary to reduce his cap number this year, then add a year or two to the deal. That's a way lessening the blow for a respected player, because it's not a straight-up pay cut on paper, even though that's the intention. OK, time to get to other duties, but great chatting with you, many good questions. We'll do it again next week, so if I didn't get to your question, try again. Take care.