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LaCanfora reports a deal is done and will be completed for Alex Smith on March 12. He cites that its either with KC or JAX.
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Buffalo wouldn't make sense, because Smith would be a little more than a lateral move for them. They'd be better off drafting their guy, probably next year. Arizona wouldn't make sense, because they are apparently getting pressure from ownership to draft a guy and Smith wouldn't fit Arians system. If Jacksonville says they are out, there is nobody else left.
The only shocker would be the Jets. Which wouldn't be a shocker, now that I think about it.
@RapSheet: This week, #Ravens and QB Joe Flacco's agent Joe Linta have negotiated for 8 hours. What do I hear? "Plugging away" ... So far, so good.
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I got the sense that Bisciotti adamantly wanted this done quickly. When he spoke of using the tag and later deadlines, the way in which he said it gave me the impression that he had just caught himself getting too one sided about the situation, sort of the way Linta is playing it now.
This gives them at least another draft or two to find their long-term franchise guy. They can use the 1st and 2nd rounders to get two impact players. Kansas City has a lot of offensive talent, and Alex Smith will be an upgrade from Cassel, giving them an outside shot at a playoff spot.
Not sure if the guy running ProFootballCentral has ever leaked info or been accurate before. But Walter from Walter Football retweeted their stuff earlier.
saw this on a chiefs forum:
Kolb, AJ Feely, Vick...
I think it is a good situation for both Alex Smith and Andy Reid.
Don't be surprised if Andy Reid uses a mid round pick on someone like Zac Dysert, Marqueis Gray, or Colby Cameron.
Assuming we sign Flacco and fill defensive needs in FA, why not complete the offense around Flacco? Why not double up on two promising offensive players with the first two picks and get Tavon Austin (would instantly be an impact player, and would complete an already solid WR corps), and get your future franchise LT like a Menelik Watson with the 2nd round pick (may need to trade up a bit to secure him). Then use the other picks on mid round defensive prospects like Kevin Reddick.
The OT group is very shallow this year. After the top 3 guys, there's a pretty big dropoff to Terron Armstead, Menelik Watson, etc. but those guys are still going to go fairly early due to positional value. I don't see Ozzie reaching for one of them, so that could reduce our likelihood of getting one of those sort of uber-talented raw/project guys.
I still think we'll acquire a technically sound guy without elite athleticism or measurables in the mid rounds to potentially be our LT of the future like a Quessenberry, Bakhtiari, etc. WR is another story... guys like DeAndre Hopkins and Tavon Austin would be legit BPA candidates at #32. I could easily see WR being the pick, although the dream scenario is probably still a FS or ILB dropping to #32.
Pass rusher I feel can be filled in the middle rounds. Brandon Jenkins is a guy I would target. Same for NT... Brandon Williams is the guy I would target although I wouldn't be upset with Jesse Williams, Kwame Geathers, or Montori Hughes. All of those are 2nd-4th type of guys and I feel all of them would be at least viable rotational guys to take snaps away from Cody in 2013 and start in 2014.
Again, those are just a few examples of how the depth and shallow positions in the draft shake out.
Alex Smith to KC makes sense; I don't expect Geno Smith to be drafted very high but it will be 1st
People have short memories. I keep hearing how there's no sure thing QB prospects. When is there?? Last year was an absolute anomaly, not the norm.
In 2011 Jake locker and Blaine Gabbert were top ten picks. Christian Ponder 12th overall??? If Glennon were in that draft he would have gone before ponder just on upside alone, and he's what, the third, fourth best QB prospect this year?
There is going to be two QBs taken in the top ten is my guess, probably 4 in the first round. I set the QB O/U at 3.
3. The Ravens and Joe Flacco are making progress. The club negotiator, Pat Moriarty, and agent Joe Linta spent four hours together Friday night, then were spotted at the Capital Grille having dinner. This isn't degenerating into what happened last summer -- yet, and I don't think it will -- when Linta and Flacco walked away with a deal agonizingly close. The Ravens know they can find a way to do a cap-friendly deal in years one and two, Flacco knows he doesn't want to leave Baltimore, and the extended conversation is a good sign that the two sides can reach a five- or six-year deal to keep the unsigned Flacco in Baltimore through the middle of his prime years before free agency opens in two weeks.