"After that announcement, like within an hour I got an email from ESPN, and it was all the ESPN analysts, each of them commenting about what a phenomenal player this guy was and what an impact he left on the NFL," said Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer during "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam," a live Google+ hangout.
"I thought, 'Gee, I wonder what network he'll be going to?'"
"It's a really interesting announcement, and it ties into the playoffs," Farmer said. "You kind of wonder, how much of this is gamesmanship on behalf of the Ravens? You know, 'win one for the Gipper.' This is a franchise that has lost four out of the last five and is really sort of on the ropes and has a hot team coming in the Colts, and maybe they need that extra little boost."
Farmer and Mark Thompson, of "Mark and Brian” radio fame, also discussed the landing spots of Andy Reid, Lovie Smith and potential NFL coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks before making their wild-card playoff predictions.
NFL wild-card predictions:
Bengals at Texans
Vikings at Packers
Colts at Ravens
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