Per Marla Ridenour of the ABJ:
”We are serious about everybody we consider and I think Ty is a consideration,” Crennel said. ”Only time will tell with that one. There are a lot of things that go into it, what we think about the guys we have and things like that. Sometimes finances get involved. So you just take each situation differently and day by day and see.”
Sometimes, finanaces get involved? As a fan of the NFL, I assumed that finanaces are always involved when you’re making free agent acquisitions. Especially one that appears to want a considerable amount of money. While we continue to lament over a possible addition to the Browns defense, there are a few things that worry me about the quote above.
One, Law is 34-years old. We have just over $9 million in cap space for this season, and while I am unsure of how much Law is asking for, if this number can’t get it done there shouldn’t even be discussions going on at this point.
Sure, Law was excellent in New England. But don’t forget that those days are three years in the rear view mirror. This entire situation smells eerily similar to that of the signings of Ted Washington and Willie McGinest. It almost seems like Romeo is being pretty nostalgic with some of these moves, hoping that these players provide the same punch that they did while he was with the Patriots. Yes, he’s consistent. And he obviously knows Crennel’s defense. But how much gas is left in the tank?
Given Law’s age, we would need to be certain that he could keep up with fellow AFC North long-ball threats like Chad Johnson and Santonio Holmes, not to mention opening day against Terrell Owens. And if the deal would be multi-year, one would hope that this would be the case for the length of the contract – especially if the guaranteed sum was high.
But going back to the money issue. Say Phil Savage can convince Law to take less money… Wouldn’t that immediately throw more possibile teams into the mix?
Obviously, I’m a bit skeptical with this one as I’m sure some of you are too. While there will always be the “sign the big name” camp, you might have to cross my name off of that invite list.