That's more like it! We got a great response this week, and I wanted this to run before this week's open media session at organized team activities, because we'll have plenty of other things to talk about afterwards. Hence the Tuesday morning mailbag.
Let's get to your questions.
@TheFalcoholic does Hageman crack the starting lineup by Week 1?— Rise Up Reader (@RiseUpReader) June 8, 2014
This is a popular question. Hageman will need to show well once the Falcons put on pads and hit, and while that's within the realm of possibility, I don't think he's going to be a guy that shows up at training camp looking like the second coming of young Albert Haynesworth. The Falcons have Tyson Jackson, Jonathan Babineaux, Paul Soliai and Malliciah Goodman who should all be healthy and in-line for significant roles early, so I can't see Hageman being a true starter right at the beginning of the season.
He should be in line for plenty of snaps if he hits the learning curve running, though.
Do you think there is anybody with trade value that is also expendable?
Depends on what you mean by trade value. Akeem Dent may very well be expendable, depending on the development of other young linebackers, but he's on the last year of his contract, he's not widely perceived as a big-time player and you'd be lucky to get a seventh round pick for him.
That's more or less the case everywhere. No one who is truly expendable has decent trade value, and the only move I can see the Falcons making is alleviating the logjam at linebacker or defensive line with a trade that might fetch a sixth or seventh round pick. In other words, don't hold your breath.
I've been watching the NFL top 100
Late offseason pickups
Dave, shouldn't the Falcons keep a player I like because I've judged him to be good and he's scrappy or makes me laugh with comic antics?
Depends on two factors: His Zaniness Quotient (ZQ, on a sliding scale from 1-15) and his can-do attitude. If he scores highly in both of those metrics, he should be starting. If not, he should be cut immediately in favor of a player with a better gimmick.
With the current state of the economy