Adam Schefter answers readers' questions twice a week in his blog. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.
-- Francis (New York)
A: Here's what people have to remember about the Eagles, Francis: They never make a trade just to make a trade. They always try to squeeze every last drop of blood out of a team whenever they're making a deal. Think about it: They got a second- and fourth-round pick for Donovan McNabb one year before the Redskins got back two sixth-rounders for him. The Eagles received Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick for Kevin Kolb when some teams in the league believed that he wasn't worth that much. No team does a better job of maximizing value in trades than the Eagles. It'll be the same with Samuel. If the right trade is there and a team is willing to pay a hefty price for Samuel, the Eagles could be inclined to deal. Otherwise, they'll just sit back and use Samuel to try to help dethrone the past two Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, each of whom can spread the field with three- and four-wide receiver sets. If the Eagles want to win a Super Bowl this season, they're going to need Samuel.
-- Henry (Connecticut)
A: It's easy to say in August which teams were disappointing, Henry, but it's another to watch out how each teams' acquisitions fare during the season. Just because a team doesn't seem like it did much now doesn't mean it won't fare well later. But saying that, the Browns were more fiscally conservative than most of the other teams in the league. What some people forget is that the Browns have a lot of dead money on the books. They're still paying Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Phil Savage and a lot of people who have come through that organization. They seemed to be more careful this offseason, but it doesn't mean this team can't get better and won't be overly aggressive in the future.
Q: Hi Adam, why do you think the Kansas City Chiefs were so quiet during the free-agency frenzy when they had money to spend? Do you think they will try to do more? Are they better with the signings they made?
-- Randy (Minnesota)
A: Randy: They actually spent more than you think. They signed former Cardinals free-agent wide receiver Steve Breaston to a significant free-agent contract, they signed former Ravens defensive tackle Kelly Gregg and fullback Le'Ron McClain, and they signed linebacker Tamba Hali to a five-year, $60 million deal, what I believe is the richest contract they've given to a defensive player. Plus, they're still going to sign some of their other young players such as cornerback Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers to long-term contract extensions. So they've been busier than many think, and they will continue to stay busy. Think general manager Scott Pioli would have it any other way?
-- Ingrid (Maine)
A: My questions aren't with the 49ers' wide receivers, Ingrid; mine are with the quarterback. If Alex Smith plays up to his potential and performs anything like the No. 1 overall pick that he was, there will be enough footballs for Edwards and Crabtree. My sense would be that they will complement each other more than detract from each other. If teams double one wide receiver, the other one will be more likely to get open. Edwards and Crabtree are two big-time talents who need to focus on their on-the-field business. If they do that, and Smith plays well, it won't be an issue.
Q: How surprised were you that the Vikings cut Bryant McKinnie? Where do you think he could wind up?
-- Samantha (Oregon)
A: My understanding is that he came into camp considerably overweight, Samantha. When you're scheduled to pay a player more than $5 million for the coming season, and he isn't demonstrating the commitment that you want, especially when a new head coach is taking over and wants to instill a certain atmosphere, sometimes it's better to move on. Plus, in talking to coaches around the league, it's not as though McKinnie was playing up to the potential he had when the Vikings drafted him in the first round. He was inconsistent, and ultimately, the Vikings decided the cons outweighed the pros. Eventually, a team could suffer an injury at the tackle position in the preseason, need some help and call McKinnie. But again, from the sounds of it, he has some serious shaping up to do first.