Seahawks safety Earl Thomas on whether injured linebacker Bobby Wagner should have played Sunday against the Rams: You’ve got to give your hats off to Wags and a couple guys that played, but my personal opinion, I don’t think they should have played. I think the backups would have did just as good.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning on noise made by Eagles fans at MetLife Stadium: You don’t think that would happen at home, but I guess when you only win two games you got a lot of Eagles fans and we couldn’t hear the cadence. That’s why we jumped offsides.
John’s agents pushed hard towards the $10 Million mark, to no avail. Much like the NBA’s restricted free agency window, there was a match clause on Wall’s shoe deal, meaning his agents at Relativity Sports had the summer of 2015 to take pitches from other brands, and adidas could fully match any new offer Wall agreed to.
The problem was that John Wall simply had no other brands making a concrete offer. No other brand was offering the coveted trio of pure cash, marketing push and a signature line. The offers just weren’t there.
With no offers on the table, Wall banked on himself as a free agent and had been waiting ever since. Now he’s returning to the brand after two seasons of testing the market.
If both teams move on, however, then where would they look next?
They would at least pitch Urban Meyer, the most popular coach in Ohio. The Buckeyes coach has the perfect setup in Columbus. He beats Michigan. He wins Big Ten championships. So what’s the pitch?
If Meyer were to go to either franchise and have success, he would be right up there with Paul Brown as the biggest coaching icon in the Buckeye State’s history. Remember, Brown won a national championship at Ohio State, three NFL championships with the Browns and played a role in founding the Bengals.
Meyer, however, still seems farfetched as an option given his lack of NFL coaching experience. He has shut down every NFL rumor in the past. His biggest rival, Jim Harbaugh, will be mentioned, too. We just don’t see Harbaugh leaving Ann Arbor for either Ohio franchise.
I think it was great, Wall told SB Nation. People hear and say what they might see about a shoe deal, but they never see the real breakdown of a contract and understand incentives and those type of things in there. It wasn’t beneficial to me at the time.