At some point we are going to have to do something more than just let everybody leave waiting to get something done with that situation. We held back this year trying to put ourselves in a position to get him done. -Mike Brown
Brown seemed to be saying that the Bengals may have let Michael Johnson walk, as well as laid off of the better free agents in order to save money to try and re-sign Dalton. With fans already dissatisfied with the beleaguered Bengal, this could backfire. With quarterbacks earning big money, and taking up a lot of cap space, whether or not they get a new deal done could have a huge impact on the future of the franchise.
AJ Green is a more urgent priority than Andy Dalton.
General manager Ray Farmer has said his philosophy is to take the best available player, and his philosophy might be put to the test when it comes the Browns turn.
Besides Mingo, the Browns have Jabaal Sheard, Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves returning as outside linebackers. One option is to move Mack inside to pair with Karlos Dansby, but it’s a risk to assume a college player can make the transition to another position.
“My versatility helps me in a lot of ways,” Mack said at the combine. “If you have a guy who can rush the passer, as well as drop in coverage — that covers two of the big issues on the defense. I don’t want to limit myself to just playing one specific thing,” he said. “I feel like that’s the biggest thing for me. I try to work out, when I work out with the defensive ends, I work out with the linebackers, I also go over and workout with the DBs — just to stay fresh. I work hard, and I want to stay loose and don’t want to put a limit on myself.”
Mack is a playmaker.
The Lovie Smith-Jeff Tedford new look Bucs offense line will be without another veteran in 2014 as it was announced on Sunday afternoon starting center Jeremy Zuttah has been traded to the Baltimore Ravens.
Reports say the Buccaneers will receiver a fifth round pick in the 2015 NFL draft from the Ravens.
Over the last three weeks Tampa Bay has released guard Davin Joseph and Donald Penn, freeing up approximately $13 million and now have parted ways with Zuttah, which frees up another $4 million.
Zuttah is a versatile lineman, but, for a backup role, he is overpaid.
Moats, as of Monday morning, has not signed with the team and is reportedly visiting today. He’s a high character guy, having won both Buffalo’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award and the franchise’s Ed Block Courage award over the last two seasons. He’s a downhill-attacking player, who looks to be a good fit as an early-downs inside linebacker. He’s also played outside in the past (his claim-to-fame is he’s the guy who hit Brett Favre, injuring him enough to end his consecutive games streak), but it appears his value would come as an inside linebacker in Pittsburgh (not a guarantee).Stephens-Howling would fit the complementary role and budget for the Steelers.
After parting ways with James Farrior, Moats would fill a hole at ILB.