Insider: Marshall trade smells fishy

PFW staff
Bears WR Marshall 'not likely' to face discipline from NFL

The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

• “The Bears just dealt with (WR) Sam Hurd in December. I think it cost (former GM) Jerry Angelo his job. If you’re telling me (Bears GM) Phil Emery knew about the most recent incident with Brandon Marshall and still decided to take the risk and let it stand as the first major move of his tenure ­— I would have to call his bluff. Marshall was a cancer in the building in Denver. Mike Shanahan drafted him, needed a receiver badly and didn’t want (to keep) him. What does that tell you?”

• “The NFL has a love-hate relationship with Tim Tebow. Half the league loves him and half hates him. New York did not waste much time on that move. I think it was a great move. What I think drove it the most was the fear of the Jets that Tebow was going to wind up in New England again with the guy who drafted him and they would have to deal with facing him twice a year. Tebow is better than (WR/"Wildcat" QB) Brad Smith. This is a quarterback-driven league. And obviously Tebow did some good things last year. We know he is a heckuva teammate — chemistry has been an area of concentration (in New York) after last year.”

• “I’ve heard a lot of terrible stories in Miami. The bottom line is this: If (GM) Jeff Ireland is not in Miami, they have a shot at Peyton Manning. What does it tell you about the leadership in Seattle and Kansas City that he would not even listen there. It could be a lot of things. Peyton is a very smart guy, not only in the football sense but as a businessman. Don’t think he hasn’t been thinking about this for a while. I don’t think he liked the direction any of those organizations are headed.”

• “(New Eagles LB) DeMeco Ryans was a great player in Houston, but he’s not a 3-4 linebacker. He was out of place in Wade Phillips' defense. It was a win-win situation for both organizations and will be an even better situation for the player. It’s good business for the NFL.”

• “What were the Redskins thinking, giving Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan the money they did. Are you kidding me? I’m not sure what the Colts were thinking, bringing back an aging receiver (Reggie Wayne) at this stage of his career when the franchise is starting over. ... The situation in Indianapolis looks an awful lot like the one in Dallas, with Jerry Jones handling all the purse strings.”

• “I’ve read a lot about how Cleveland got shut out of the Rams’ trade, but you have to remember — (GM) Tom Heckert was coming out of the hospital after surgery and (team president) Mike Holmgren makes his residence part of the time in Arizona. Maybe they just got caught off-guard and weren’t ready.”

• “A year ago, no one was lining up to go to San Francisco. This year, they have guys taking less money to play there and the best quarterback to ever play the game was entertaining it. It’s amazing what a difference a year makes. What I think was the deal breaker in San Francisco: Do you think (Jim) Harbaugh was going to let Peyton (Manning) call his own plays? Peyton knows how to run it on his own. I don’t think he wanted to deal with a high-strung control freak — simple as that.”

• “I was surprised Houston cut ties with (OT) Eric Winston. It was a great signing by the Chiefs to pick him up so quickly.”

• “The hidden genius of Bill Belichick, where he does not get enough credit — he understands money and he understands interpersonal relations. He may not be for everyone, but he does not want to be, either. ... Just look at the way he is using Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Look at their production and look at the production of, say, Calvin Johnson. Are you going to tell me that Johnson is worth three to four times more than what Belichick is getting out of his tight ends? There is a reason he is running circles around the league.”