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Broncos' Big Spending Shows "Now" Mentality; Pats Make Rare Free Agent Splash
Published March 13, 2014
PAYING FOR THESE MOVES LATER? ESPN.com's Mike Sando wrote while the money the Broncos allocated for Talib and Ward "sent a clear message on its own," the team's "immediate interest in the recently released DeMarcus Ware left little doubt." Sando: "The question is whether the Broncos can have it both ways. Will their win-now mentality cause them to pay a steep price later?" (ESPN.com, 3/12). SI.com's Don Banks wrote, "I still can't dismiss the lingering sense that Denver's spending spree might not work out as planned. ... When has any team's free agency splurge -- at least on the Super Bowl-or-bust level -- truly gone as planned?" (SI.com, 3/12). ESPN's Bomani Jones said the Broncos "brought in good players … but the team that wins the first day of the offseason is usually not the one that wins the Super Bowl." Jones: "The teams that have won Super Bowls have won by building through the draft" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 3/12).
BEAN COUNTERS? In Boston, Ben Volin writes the Patriots "generally don't make big splashes in free agency," but the ability to sign CB Darrelle Revis "was too tempting to pass up." Revis and the Patriots reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $12M. Losing Talib to the Broncos makes Revis' signing a "relative bargain with very little risk." The Patriots "had to make a move to keep up with the Broncos." Talib's departure "left a huge void in the Patriots' defense, but there's little debate they upgraded with Revis" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/13). Also in Boston, Howe & Guregian write because Revis will only count $12M against the cap -- a "few bucks more than it would have cost to franchise Talib -- the Pats made the right move to keep the draft pick and avoid the burden of the remainder of Revis' contract" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/13). The GLOBE's Dan Shaughnessy writes the Patriots got a "better guy than the guy they lost," and they "didn't have to commit any money beyond this season." The Patriots "didn't have to bend on their everlasting principles." It was the "best of both worlds" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/13). In Boston, Karen Guregian writes the Patriots "had to pull out all the stops" to sign Revis. They had to "do whatever it took to land the big prize." It is not coach Bill Belichick's "way to shower any free agent with extra special attention." But in this case, he "couldn't leave anything to chance" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/13). NFL Network's Amber Theoharis asked, "When's the last time the Patriots went out and spent $12 million a year on a big-name free agent? It's just something they don't do usually. But it works for them right now" ("NFL Total Access," NFL Network, 3/12). In Providence, Jim Donaldson writes under the header, "Revis Contract Is A Win For The Patriots" (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 3/13).
SEE YOU IN JANUARY? ESPN's Mike Greenberg said, “Look at this little arms race you’ve got going here. ... East and West, you’ve got Tom Brady’s team on one side and Peyton’s team on the other. They are loading up and they are overwhelming favorites now in the AFC.” ESPN’s Mark Schlereth said, “There’s a bitter rivalry brewing right now between the Broncos and the New England Patriots. I think they both look at themselves like, ‘We’re going to meet in the AFC Championship.’ It’s just a matter of who’s got the hot hand and who’s got the better talent. They are both loading up right now” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 3/13).