Mac Attack 3/14: NBC and Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio calls in to talk about the free agent frenzy, the latest on Brandon Marshall’s bar incident, and gives an update on the Peyton Manning front.
Florio is fascinated by the first few days of free agency but thinks most deals made by teams are rash decisions, overpaying for underrated players.
“I don’t know that you can call any of the deals made on the first day [of free agency] smart. There are other motivations at play other than football games. There are winning press conferences, selling jerseys…spending cap money…there are more mistakes made than problems solved on the first two days of free agency…because they think they can buy a better team or legitimacy.”
The Panthers have been characteristically quiet during the first few days of free agency, and Florio thinks this is the best move for the team.
“If you want to be able to go out and add free agents, you have to deal with [the salary cap]…they spent it recklessly last year and may have to let guys go…there are ways to restructure under the salary cap… [the Panthers] can clear space if they need to…[but] should wait for the bargains and go out and add some guys…there are players who want to come play with Cam Newton.”
Recently signed free agent Brandon Marshall is causing quite a stir after being picked up by the Chicago Bears because he faces potential jail time. Florio thinks the Bears should have been well aware of the situation before signing him, so his future with the team should be safe.
“I don’t know [what rules in the NFL to drop a recently signed free agent apply in this situation]…there are mechanisms in place for teams thinking about acquiring a player to find out what is up…are they facing [any potential] suspensions or fines? …There are ways to find this out…what is worse for the Bears? If they knew and traded for him or if they didn’t know and didn’t try to find out? I think it is worse if they didn’t try to find out, especially after last year…”
One of the most “eligible” free agents around is Peyton Manning-and Florio is sick of hearing where he will, or will not, end up. He thinks a lot of the buzz surrounding Manning is created by his PR team to ensure Manning gets the right amount of money. He says the numbers of exactly how many teams are interested in Manning change too much to be accurate.
“Some of the teams that are pursuing Peyton Manning are starting to get worn out by this process…even though winning is priority number one, as usual, money is an issue…and Peyton Manning wants a lot of it…when you look at what happens, there were 12 teams and then it moves down to two or three…and then you have six…that means when you have two or three, the financial offers aren’t cutting it, so [you make him seem more desirable]…the guy hasn’t even worked out for anybody!”