Not saying anything against taking Chinn, but Quincy Wilson did a very good job at taking out TE if I remember right from the KC game. If we need a Safety matchup for TE maybe that is where Wilson fits into the roster.
I think the fan vote is 1/3 of the equation. It certainly plays a role...but if people were voting for Walker...the coaches and players would still need to make up the other 2/3.
For example, Devin Bush actually led voting for ILBs...but only made it as the second alternate.
If Walker was more of a household name...he might have a shot...but the rub is that you typically have to become a Pro Bowler first for that to happen...and I don't see a clear path for that happening.
I also don't think he's anywhere close to a Pro Bowl caliber player...but that's JMO.
Sounds like TEN is all in on him. If the Colts don't get him...I hope it's because he chooses TEN...not because they offered more. TEN only has $21M in cap space...so the offer can't be huge. The Colts have more cap space and more potential flexibility with other moves...so they should have no issue matching TEN. Clowney is a no-brainer on a 1-2 year deal in that $16M range.
The probowl is also largely controlled by fan vote. If we were getting prime time games and people were talking about Leonard and Walker being one of the best LB duos in the league, a lot more people would know his name.
I am not disagreeing with you that he's probably not in the top 5 ILBs in the AFC, but 124 tackles are legitimate. Outside of Indy fans, it's not like Walker's a common household name. If we're playing on prime time, and SportsCenter is talking about the guy and people start to know him, he'd have a case to get votes.
I mean, Leonard was an absolute beast as a rookie and didn't make pro-bowl but made 1st team all-pro (which is a much harder/greater accomplishment, IMO). Why? Because he played for a small market team and very few fans knew who he was outside of Indy. Jack Doyle got in as an alternate last year when his numbers weren't even in the top 10 for TEs. Why? Because he made it several years ago and fans know his name now. Xavier Rhodes had the worst season of his career by far last year and got in? Why because people know who he is. Not saying I think Walker should be in the pro-bowl, but there's a shot if he keeps putting up 120+ tackles and gets more hype that he'll get votes.
Well Chinn projects more into a SS role so maybe not much early on. He could play the FS position after a year or two if needed. It would say more to Khari Willis.
But with Geathers gone you need someone who can also play that nickel LB role and match up with TEs. That’s what Chinn would do.