Frankly Frankel: March 7, 2015

07 Mar

The New York Jets steal Brandon Marshall away from the Bears, Rex Ryan thinks he can win with Matt Cassel, the Cleveland Browns think they can win with Josh McCown, and Brian Cashman says Derek Jeter should be the last captain in Yankees history. This is Frankly Frankel on this Saturday, March 7, 2015.

  • The New York Jets have themselves a true number one receiver after the team traded a 5th round draft pick in return for Brandon Marshall.
  • These are all extremely serious problems, but here’s the reality: When Brandon Marshall’s head is screwed on straight, he’s an elite receiver in the NFL, and getting him for just a 5th round pick is eerily similar to when the Jets acquired Santonio Holmes for a 5th rounder prior to the 2010 season.
  • Like Holmes, Marshall can come in, and be the true number 1 receiver the Jets have been severely lacking, and it would allow Eric Decker to revert to his more suited number two wide receiver position.
  • If worse comes to worst, the Jets will cut ties with Marshall, and that will be that. The best case scenario is Marshall dominates like he has in the past, and the Jets will have obtained one of the games best wide-outs for just a 5th-round pick. The positives outweigh the negatives in this situation.
  • The Marshall move all but puts an end to Percy Harvin’s time with the Jets. Trading for Harvin was and will always be one of the most pointless moves I have ever seen. The season was already over when John Idzik traded for Harvin, and there was no need to improve the team at that moment in time.
  • The only reason that somewhat makes sense to me as to why the Jets made that move at that time was to get more fans in the stands. That’s all I got.
  • If the Jets chose to retain Harvin, they would owe him $41.5 million over the next four years. For a player who’s been as inconsistent, as injury prone, and as difficult to deal with as Harvin, releasing him was a no-brainier.
  • It would have been nice if Harvin was willing to restructure his contract and remain a Jet because he is supremely talented. A wide receiving corps of Marshall, Decker, Harvin, Jeremy Kerley, and Jace Amaro would be one of the better units in the league. With Harvin gone, the Jets are now lacking that natural play-maker.
  • I think the Marshall means the Jets will not be counting on Geno Smith to be the starting quarterback next season. Unless the Eagles move hell, heaven, and Earth to sneak into the top five in the draft, I believe Marcus Mariota will be headed to the Jets.
  • Mariota is far from a sure thing, but his ceiling is as high as anyone’s, and if he can reach his full potential, there’s a chance he can be a special player. Jameis Winston isn’t even a consideration for the Jets at this point because he’ll be selected first overall by the Buccaneers.
  • Trading for Brandon Marshall wasn’t the only move the Jets made Friday. The team also re-signed linebacker David Harris to a 3-year $21 million deal that includes $15 million in guarantees.
  • I’m very proud of Harris that he chose to stick with the Jets instead of bolting to reunite with Rex Ryan in Buffalo.
  • Harris isn’t the best linebacker in the league, but he’s a very solid player who’s a motto of consistency, a great leader, and a great teammate. He is always leading the team in tackles, and he would have been an underrated loss if he departed.
  • Back to Rex Ryan who traded for Matt Cassel this week to compete with E.J. Manuel for the starting quarterback job. Unless Rex’s plan is to finish with the league’s worst record, I have no idea what he is trying to accomplish with Cassel.
  • Cassel is one of, if not the worst quarterback in the entire NFL, and aside from one good year he had with the Patriots, and one good year with the Chiefs, he’s been an abysmal quarterback. If Rex thinks he can win with Cassel, he may be more delusional than I originally thought.
  • Rex’s Bills also traded Kiko Alonso to the Eagles this week in return for LeSean McCoy. I believe McCoy’s career is trending downwards (his yardage decreased by nearly 300 yards last season and his yards per carry went from 5.1 to 4.2), while Alonso’s career is trending upwards, despite the ACL injury.
  • When healthy, which all indications say he will be, Alonso is a budding superstar in this league. He’ll turn 25 in August, and he has much more longevity in this league than McCoy. Running backs are a dime a dozen. It’s much more difficult to find elite linebackers.
  • The Cleveland Browns made a move this week that doesn’t bode particularly well for Johnny Manziel. Cleveland agreed to terms with Josh McCown on a 3-year, $14 million contract. While the Bills plan may be to get the 1st overall pick with Matt Cassel, the Buccaneers accomplished exactly that with McCown in 2014.
  • I understand that the free agent quarterback market is weak, but to think that Josh McCown can be the guy to take you where you want to go is laughable. It looks like the Browns will go back to being irrelevant in 2015.
  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman made some noise this week when he said the Yankees should retire the captaincy along with Derek Jeter’s #2.
  • I am all for the Yankees being extremely picky and selective when selecting the next captain, and not just naming a captain just to have a captain like the Mets did with David Wright.
  • But if someone deserving comes along, whether that be five, 10, 15, 20, 30 years from now, they should be allowed to be the team captain. I’m as big a Jeter homer as there is and he’s probably the most iconic Yankee to come along since Mantle, but retiring the captaincy is an idiotic idea to me.
  • Obviously the captain is a significantly greater honor in baseball than it is in other sports like hockey, football, and soccer where basically every team has a captain at all times.
  • I will be heading down to Spring Training tomorrow and be in Florida all next week so the next Frankly Frankel will be released on March 21st. In the meantime, make sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.

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