My wife (as many of you already know) isn’t a Browns fan. Sometimes I run Browns things by her just to take the pulse of a non-Cleveland sports fan to see if I’m nuts. Yes, my wife is biased in a way where she wishes the Browns were a better team because it would make her life easier without so many miserable Sundays per year, but that’s where it begins and ends. She has no affinity for any of the players, really, even if she did fall in love with Ben Watson and his adorable family as they were featured on “Road Tested.” Trust me, even that was a tough sell because there’s so much harbored sports hatred for current and former Patriots even as Indianapolis’ rivalry with them kinda left town when they released Peyton Manning. Even all that said, my wife’s response to the Derek Anderson rumors just about sums it all up.
A few weeks ago, Adam Schefter spawned a couple of days of talk about the Browns and Peyton Manning with mere speculation that the Browns could be a suitor should Manning get cut before he is owed a $28 million roster bonus in March. It has been mostly quiet on the Peyton Manning front since then as Indianapolis has shaken things up by hiring GM Ryan Grigson, firing Jim Caldwell, and interviewing head coaching candidates, possibly even former Buckeye Jim Tressel. It is not so quiet anymore.
Yesterday teams seemingly started using the media as a mouthpiece to express interest in a player that they are certainly not legally allowed to speak with or about. The Dolphins got out first with a report in the Miami Herald. That report pulled a double whammy by also mentioning Packers backup Matt Flynn, who also isn’t available yet. That makes some sense since Miami just hired former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin to be their new head coach. With all the talk started, the Cardinals didn’t want to be on the sidelines. [Read more...]
Good move for Pittsburgh? Just ask Brett Favre last season. Or Mike Vick in 2004. Or Shaun Alexander in 2007. Vince Young in 2008…
Hey, at this point, I’ll take any sort of advantage over the Steelers – even if it may be mythical and video game-related.
(h/t to Chris Littman for the picture)