Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Possible Browns cap casualties. “3. Jason Campbell, QB (8th Highest Cap Figure) – After a couple of solid performances last season, Campbell came right back down to earth and looked awful by the end of the year. If Campbell is our starter at any point in the future, we are in big trouble. With that in mind, his future with the team comes down to, “how much money are the Browns willing to pay a backup quarterback?”
Because Campbell played 45.39% of the team’s offensive snaps in 2013, he triggered an incentive to increase his base salary in 2014 from $2 million to $3 million. Campbell is due a roster bonus of $250,000 on March 13, bringing his cap hit in 2014 to $3.25 million. He’s not worth it — I’d rather bring another veteran backup quarterback in, or draft a later-round quarterback and mold him into a backup. If the Browns cut Campbell, who is in the final year of his contract, they won’t owe him a penny this season.” [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]
“Speaking to Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic, Jaworksi discussed Manziel’s reported meeting with the Eagles at the combine. “I’m a big believer in Nick Foles, but who knows?” Jaworski said. “Manziel may fall. I’m not crazy about him, to be honest with you. I’ve only looked at five games. I wouldn’t take him in the first three rounds. That’s my opinion. It’s incomplete right now. But he has not done a whole lot to me.” [Kapadia/Birds 24/7]
“In his first season as the Angels’ coordinator of major league player information, Francona, the son of Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona, is dressed in khakis and a polo shirt and taking in the tranquil sights and sounds of spring training in Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Francona is a 2008 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business whose career path resembles those of many who have parlayed an Ivy League education into a major league front-office job. But Francona took a detour first, to war-torn Afghanistan as the commander of a Marine brigade’s scout-sniper platoon in 2011.” [DiGiovanna/LA Times]
“One thing you need to know about Francona — if you haven’t gathered it already — is that he craves being prepared and being with his team. He’s the first person in the clubhouse on the day of a game and he’s the first person in the dugout before first pitch.” [Bastian/MLB.com]
Finally, a fascinating look at payroll percentages in MLB. [Thurm/FanGraphs]