Ask the Expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on March 24, 2016 · 0 comments

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Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to with "ask the expert'' in the subject line. The most interesting question will be selected.

Thursday, 6 a.m.

Drew Brees is in contract talks that will keep him as a Saint “for many more years.” As a former general manager, however, how to do treat a 37-year-old quarterback?

In the Saints case, I'd treat him like he was 27.

I would do the contract as if he is going to play for 2 more years. Realistically, that’s doable. He is coming to the end, that’s obvious. If he can stay healthy they can still win with him, and in some cases because of him, but the the Drew Brees that we once revered and feared no longer exists. The Saints have lost as many games at home in the last two years as they have in the previous 5 years.

My point, until they have someone in place to replace him, they have to pay him top dollar. It’s not unlike what the Broncos did with Peyton Manning. The bottom line for the Saints: "What are our options?"

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The Cleveland Browns seems to be leaning toward Robert Griffin over trading for Colin Kaepernick. Is that the right call, or the Browns being the Browns?

I like Kaepernick much better than Griffin; for no other reason…durability. Griffin is a chandelier and will never play a full season in terms of durability. He’s got a slight frame and struggles to hold weight. He has been injured repeatedly, so to think he’s going to play with a team with no identity, other than executing its quarterbacks, is a huge miscalculation.

Trading for Kaepernick is what they need to do. He gives them a big strong quarterback with a big arm and a tough guy. He’s shown to be more durable and has a frame that is much more conducive to staying healthy. You have something to work with with Kaepernick. Griffin is a good interview. Unfortunately for the Browns and their owner, the NFL isn’t a Broadway show.

In the NFL, there have been some quarterbacks who did well with a second chance: Rich Gannon, Kurt Warner, Johnny Unitas. Then there were Ryan Leaf, Josh McDaniel and Josh McCown. So if you’re a general manager, how do you tell which quarterbacks have the bounce-back gene?

They’re like a box of crayons. You pick a color and hope it’s the right color for you. There is no magic.

If memory serves me right, when the Browns were picking in the expansion draft (each team had to make five players available to them), Kurt Warner was on the list of available players for them and they passed on him. So how do you figure? The team that had him, the Rams, didn’t know anymore than the team that had an option to pick him. The good news is, as you stated, some quarterbacks do get better when given a second chance. Something happens, like seeing the game from a clearer lens, better coaching, a better plan for him.

All these are factors that assist in resurrecting a quarterback’s career.

The Bucs are supposedly gauging interest in Mike Glennon, who is a free agent next year. What can they reasonably expect in return?

I think a fourth-round pick is reasonable if the Bucs aren’t motivated to trade him. If they are, then probably a solid 5th or 6th can get it done. Anything they get will be a plus.

A solid backup quarterback like Glennon has value to the Bucs, as well. As we know, starters are only a hit away from having their season come to an end or missing substantial time. Keep in mind Jameis is a very gutsy guy who is not afraid to run with total disregard for his body. In time, he’ll be a little smarter about doing some of the things we grew to respect and like about him last season. On a couple of those runs I looked to see if he were still alive, let alone able to  get up.

The Bucs say they are looking to challenge next year; maybe keeping Glennon is a good insurance policy for them to do that.

Trading down has been a popular move in the draft with fans. How seriously should the Bucs consider it? How about trading up?

If there is a special player on the board and you’re in position to get him, then you take him or trade up to get him if it’s reasonable to do so. Special players are rare, so rare, that anytime you’re position to get one, then you do everything in your means to do so.

What you don’t do is manufacture a player and say he’s special and then move up to get him when everyone else said he wasn’t. Nor do you pass up an opportunity to get more picks by trading down, because you’re a hostage to a position because of the proverbial need. To draft well you must stay objective, as well as open-minded. You must be ready to act, not react, when a possible trade or a certain player comes available that you hadn’t anticipated being there. Drafting isn’t an art or a science. It’s doing your homework and acting on it.

The Patriots evidently are going to ask for the draft pick that was taken away with Deflategate. Do they have a shot?

Nope, nor should they. It’s America. You can ask for anything, but for them to think there are no ramifications for what obviously the commissioner said they did after reviewing all the information he secured over an extended period of time by a person, who once was the director of the FBI, as well as other credible internal sources, is arrogant.

The NFL says they could have a regular season game in Germany in 2017 and one in China in 2018. In 50 years, how global will this league be?

The goal of the NFL is to be an international league. It’s the most logical way the league can achieve its ultimate goal of growing the pie, so to speak. In order for the NFL to continue it’s growth financially they need to tap into the foreign market. What does it mean for their home base, the good old USA? Let’s ask the people in St Louis.

Would you consider drafting a 405-pound tight end?

Yeah, f I didn’t want to throw him the ball.

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