'NFL Total Access' recap : Will Dolphins challenge Patriots?

Ian Rapoport joined us off the top to discuss Hakeem Nicks missing New York Giants organized team activities last week due to personal reasons. He said Nicks is willing to play out the final year of his rookie deal and is waiting for the Giants to approach him about an extension.

Rapoport also said Richard Seymour could join the Falcons after June 1 when Atlanta opens up $4.5 million in cap space when Tyson Clabo comes off the books. Seymour's adopted son is committed to the University of Georgia for the 2013 season and Seymour would love to take in a few of his home games.

LaDainian Tomlinson and Brian Baldinger discussed whether the Miami Dolphins are ready to challenge the New England Patriots in 2013. LT said he does not think the Dolphins are quite there yet. He wants to see if Dion Jordan can add some pass rush opposite of Cameron Wake.

When discussing Brandon Weeden's fit in the Cleveland Browns' new offense, LT made sure to point out how bright a guy Rob Chudzinski is and that he is an outside-the-box thinker. Baldinger added he believes Weeden will win the starting job at QB for the Browns.

Tomlinson said it is time for Ndamukong Suh to step up and be a leader for the Detroit Lions. He said the fourth year is the time to take that step. Baldinger also believes he has learned from his past transgressions and how they have hurt his team.

When asked who they would start a team with, both Tomlinson and Baldinger said they would take Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton over Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Baldinger made the points that Newton is tougher to defend and also does not have the weapons like Wilson does.

Tomlinson said the fastest QB in the league is RG3.

Baldinger said the most-accurate QB in the league is Aaron Rodgers.

Tomlinson said Rodgers has the biggest arm in the NFL, saying it hurt his hands when he caught footballs from Rodgers.

Baldinger said he cannot separate Tom Brady and Peyton Manning when it comes to football IQ.

Steve Wyche and Eric Davis discussed whether the NFC West has tightened up this offseason. The guys said it may have a little bit, but the San Francisco 49ers and Seahawks are still on top. Wyche made the point the St. Louis Rams still have to replace Steven Jackson in order to catch up to those two teams.

Matt Forte joined us fresh off his USO tour in Germany. Forte said he is excited about having an offensive-minded head coach in Marc Trestman and getting more involved in the passing game. He said there are a lot more routes for the running back in this system and will spend some time split out at wide receiver.

Tomlinson called Matt Forte the engine to the Bears offense but Cutler is the guy behind the wheel. Baldinger believes Forte could be a huge beneficiary of Trestman's new offense.

Be sure to tune into "NFL Total Access" on Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

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