- Adam Schefter, NFL
Adam Schefter answers readers' questions every Monday and Friday in his blog. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.
-- Andrew (Conn.)
A: Well, Andrew, first and foremost the Bengals have to make their decision on Ochocinco. He is due $6 million next season and there aren't many people that expect Cincinnati to keep him at that price. Assuming the Bengals release him, it would make sense for New England to be one of the teams that explores the possibility of signing Ochocinco. For starters, Ochocinco and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick always have respected each other. For another, New England fared well with another former Cincinnati castoff, running back Corey Dillon. The Patriots could use another weapon like Ochocinco, and they have a history of doing deals with Ochocinco's agent, Drew Rosenhaus. So all the factors are there, and all the signs point to New England potentially exploring the possibility. But in the end, these things usually come down to money. The Patriots are always careful about how they spend money. If a team such as the Washington Redskins or Chicago Bears is willing to pay Ochocinco more, chances are that's where he will end up. Again, lots of uncertainties here, but your theory is logical.
Q: Hey Adam, love the blog, I'm just wondering what your thoughts are regarding Terrell Owens to the New York Jets? They can't retain all of their impending free agent receivers and if there is any coach that could handle T.O. it would be Rex Ryan.
-- Naad (Calif.)
A: Don't see it, Naad. The Jets, and most other teams, have had plenty of chances to go after T.O. the past couple of years -- and only the Bills and Bengals have done it. There has been a limited market for his services, as talented and productive as he is. In the Jets' case, I see them trying to re-sign two of their three free-agent wide receivers -- Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith. If one or two happen to get away, the Jets then will look to replace him in free agency, but as I mentioned Friday, I'd think Plaxico Burress before T.O. Remember, the Jets were interested in Burress last year, when some thought there was a chance he would be paroled.
Q: Any news on Austin Collie? I know the sentiment in the news from Mr. Polian is that it's a "wait and see" on him taking a few hits, but are the doctors and front office people quietly confident this was just bad luck last year? Can this guy step up and be healthy going forward or is his career in serious jeopardy?
-- Neil (Ind.)
A: Neil: I spoke to his agent, Don Yee, a few weeks ago and Yee said Collie was doing great. He was out in California training and there were no setbacks or issues at all. Yee said he expected Collie to be ready to go this season -- whenever there's football again. So there is a little bit of good news during this dreary lockout.
Q: Adam, why is everybody ruling out the New York Giants as a potential suitor for Burress? I know they have a stacked receiving corps, but Ramses Barden hasn't exactly proven he can be a dependable receiver and so much of Plaxico's game is from talents other than top-end speed, it seems like the Giants could reasonably expect him to come close to his old form.
-- John (Ga.)
A: It's also important to remember that Steve Smith is coming off an injury and his contract has expired, John -- another reason for the Giants to consider Plaxico. And I believe that people have to look at it not from the teams' perspective, but from Plaxico's. The man just spent two years in prison and his family lives in New Jersey. He always could uproot them if he had to, but don't you think he'd prefer to be home with them if he could be, with some stability after all that instability? It's why the Jets make sense, with all the free agents they have and their proximity to Plaxico's home; it's why the Giants could make some sense if that's the path the organization decides to follow. One way or another, New Jersey could figure into Plaxico's future, and I'm sure he'll leave jail with a new perspective and a feeling that he'd welcome the chance to play anywhere, but especially somewhere in New Jersey.
Q: What are the chances of an NFL team moving to England? What teams do you think would consider it?
-- Alex (Ky.)
A: I don't see it happening anytime soon, Alex. Of course there might be some people that would link the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with their owners also owning Manchester United, and it would seem to be a natural fit, especially with Tampa's attendance struggling. But I've never heard conversation of any team moving to England; doesn't mean it hasn't happened, and couldn't in the future, but don't think it will happen anytime soon. I think ideally, the NFL would like to play more regular-season games in England if it could. But first there's the issue of the lockout. Before we start talking about teams in England, or regular-season games there, let's get back to football. It's enough already.