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 GarySheltonsports@gmail.com with "ask the expert'' in the subject line. The most interesting questions will be selected.
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The NFL has always avoided gambling like the plague. How can it co-exist with a new league franchise in Las Vegas?
Hey, the NFL knows what the risks are and obviously are willing to live with them. Keep in mind, their agenda is to make money. The Rams and the Chargers are other examples of where the league’s loyalties are, so this is just another example of them being business-minded first.
I disagree with all of it. But that’s me, I don’t own a franchise. I liked the way things were and don’t understand why the business model that was in place needs to be radically changed. So we'll just have to wait and see.
There are going to be problems, not necessarily with the Raiders, but with the league itself. You can’t just move these franchises around like monopoly pieces and expect everything you do to land on Park place or Boardwalk. Life
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doesn’t work that way. I don’t care what the bean-counters are telling them.
Robert Kraft thinks Tom Brady can play 6-7 more years. I know Brady is magic, but can he really go into his mid-40s?
No, unless Kraft is okay with losing.
The 49ers worked out DeShaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer last week. New GM John Lynch says that the quarterbacks are getting a bad rap about their ability. Which of them do you like, and in what order?
I like a guy you didn’t mention, Pat Mahomes from Texas Tech. I think he’s the best of the bunch.
Of the ones you mentioned, Kizer has the best package physically speaking, but he didn’t win. Watson has the “IT” factor going for him, but his pocket accuracy is in question. Trubisky is the most prototype, but he has a limited resume. Just like most all players it’s a matter of fit, based on what you’re asking of them and how you develop them.
There are some mock drafts that have the Bucs taking Miami tight end David Njoku. But most tight ends touch the ball only 4-5 times a game. Is that too high unless you think Njoku is special?
Njoku is a special talent. Special players are hard to find and they are difference-makers. If the Bucs feel that way about him, then he’s a good pick. But special players are usually gone way before the Bucs are picking.
I hate to bring back bad memories, but when you were with the Bucs, you guys drafted Keith McCants, Charles McRae and Eric Curry. Which of those were you most surprised didn’t make it?
McRae. He had it all. For some reason, however, it wasn’t that important to him.
Speaking of Oakland, a lot of great players played for the silver and black. Who was your favorite of the bunch?
Cam Newton is going to miss most of the off-season after having shoulder surgery. How much could that impact the Panthers next season?
It will have an affect, but it shouldn’t be a big one. They are a veteran team and they are all very similar with one another. Obviously it would be more a problem for a team if it was still coming together. That’s not the case in this situation.
It’s more important that Newton is as healthy as he can be for the Panthers to get back on track. Something was very wrong with their team last season. Hopefully for the Panthers' sake, this will be the right move.
Both Colin Kaerpernick and Adrian Peterson want a lot of money, according to reports. Do you think that’s the reason they’re unsigned, or is it other things?
Can’t answer that one. If it’s about money, I can understand why they are both unsigned; if it’s for other reasons, you’re going to have to ask the teams themselves.
I’m sure Brandin Cooks will help New England. But Kraft compared his acquisition to that of former receiver Randy Moss. Doesn’t Moss have a lot more ability?
In some ways yes, in others no. Moss had better physical traits. Cook is much more competitive.
Moss was soft. He picked his moments to exhibit toughness. Moss didn’t like to go over the middle very much. Cook is a tough guy all the time. A quarterback will get into a much better comfort level with Cook than Moss in my opinion.
Is it time for the Pittsburgh Steelers to draft a quarterback?
Not really. They already have a guy in waiting in Landry Jones. Every time he plays he gets it done. You know the old saying: “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”.