Late for Work 2/17: What Lewis and Triple H Have In Common

Plus just say no to Plaxico and why you should care about Seymour’s signing in Oakland.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 9:19 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

What Lewis and Triple H Have In Common

Let’s get this out of the way – yes, this is the kind of silliness we will occasionally enjoy while an impending labor dispute affects the normal football cycle. Alrighty, with that out of the way…

Last week, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he plans on pursuing an acting career once he retires from football, which will probably be in 2030 since his body doesn’t seem to understand the concept of aging.

Lewis made it clear, however, that he will not follow in the footsteps of his former college teammate Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. “The Rock.”

Ok. Cool. But what about Triple H?

In honor of the “biggest story in sports this week” – The Rock returning to the WWE – NFL.com’s Adam Rank listed the top six current NFL players to WWE superstar comparisons.

Coming in at No.5 was Lewis and Triple H.

Triple H has tried his hand at acting, he is a world champion and I must say both Ray and “The Game” know how to make an entrance. But Rank points to a different similarity.

“Triple H is known as ‘The Game.’ He is the king of kings, and he calls all of the shots,” wrote Rank. “And while Lewis might not be married to the boss’s daughter, he certainly carries that kind of respect with every NFL player.”

I used to watch the WWF religiously with my brothers growing up, but that was back when Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Macho Man Randy Savage and Jake The Snake Roberts ruled the ring. I have to admit I’ve lost track of the sport since then, but it’s still a secret wish of mine to see a live show.

Rank’s other NFL/WWE comparisons are as follows: Ochocinco/The Miz, Aaron Rodgers/Edge, Drew Brees/Daniel Bryan, Peyton Manning/John Cena and Brett Favre/Ric Flair.

Just Say No To Plaxico?

Considering his past success as one of the league’s best receivers, Plaxico Burress will be a temptation for any team when he is released from jail in June.

But should the Ravens be seriously tempted?

The answer is easy for CSNBaltimore.com’s John Eisenberg, who says “just say no to Burress.”

And Eisenberg isn’t basing his opinion on the fact that Burress accidently shot himself in the leg or any of his other character concerns. Eisenberg doesn’t think he will want to blow what will likely be his last chance in the NFL.

The real reason the Ravens should steer clear of Burress, says the columnist, is because of his age and the amount of time it will take him to return to form.

“Burress turns 34 in August, and even though he is in great shape according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, he will have sat out 33 months by the time the 2011 season starts (if it starts on time),” wrote Eisenberg. “Sorry, he might still have something to offer, but he won’t be the same player.”

Baltimore had an “overload of veteran guys” last year with Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and T.J. Houshmandzadeh – a formula that didn’t pan out exactly as desired.

“The Ravens are better off letting someone else deal with him while they focus on finding a better blend of skills at wideout as well as a more lasting addition to their passing game, as opposed to yet another quick-fix patch,” Eisenberg concluded.

For more opinions on how long it will take Plax to return his former self, and if he can do so at all, check out this video from NFL.com.

Why You Should Care About Seymour Signing

Yesterday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Oakland Raiders and defensive tackle Richard Seymour agreed to a two-year, $30 million contract. It includes $22.5 million of guaranteed money.

That makes Seymour the highest paid defensive player in the league on a per-year basis, surpassing Bears defensive end Julius Peppers’ $14 million average.

I wonder if [Ravens defensive tackle Haloti] Ngata is jotting this down,” wrote The Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley.

I’m sure both Ngata and the Ravens have taken note. Many outsiders have speculated that Ngata could become the highest paid defensive tackle in the league.

The fact that Seymour’s deal will affect Ngata’s contract should be the main reason why you care about the news, but based off comments I read in yesterday’s LFW about the Ravens not being able to afford cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the following may be the real reason you care…

The massive amount of money given to Seymour makes it even tougher for the Raiders to bring back Asomugha to Oakland, according to PFT.com’s Gregg Rosenthal, making it possible for another team to sign him.

“During Al Davis’ recent epic press conference, he explained the difficulties in retaining cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha,” wrote Rosenthal. “For the $17 million the Raiders paid Asomugha in 2010, Davis explained, the team could sign 2-3 quality players. Makes sense. So what does Davis do in his first huge post Hue Jackson move of the offseason?

“He hands Richard Seymour a possible $30 million over the next two years. … We mentioned this morning how difficult it will be to keep cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.  It just got a lot tougher.”

Bailey Putting Colorado House Up For Sale

The other cornerback mentioned in LFW yesterday, Denver’s Champ Bailey, appears determined to leave the Broncos.

According to Josina Anderson of Fox 31 Sports in Denver, Bailey is putting his Littleton, Colo. house up for sale.

This news came hours after Bailey and the Broncos re-started their on-and-off contract negotiations.

Broncos brass told the Denver Post they “definitely” want to bring Bailey back, but it looks like the 12-year veteran is looking for more security than the team is willing to provide.

Wrote Anderson, “The Broncos’ negotiating posture has not changed in any respect from the offer that was made back in October which provided only limited guarantees.  The money represents nothing more than a commitment to the player for just the upcoming season only, which Bailey would be highly unlikely to accept in its current form on the brink of free agency given the lack of security provided beyond the first year of the contract.

Quick hits:

Linebacker Sergio Kindle is taking the next step in recovery by beginning to work out four days a week at Michael Johnson Performance, a training facility in suburban Dallas. [ESPN Dallas]

MichaelOher: Thanks for everything I was just told I made the New York Times best sellers list!!!! Thank you guys for everything!!!!! [Twitter]

SI_PeterKing: RT @mayoungkin: Think Jay Gruden will/can convince Palmer to come back to the Striped Ones? … I think Palmer plays for Cin in 2011, yes. [Twitter]

Ray Rice visited the Daytona International Speedway yesterday, and plans on going to the race. Here are is a picture posted from his visit. [Twitter]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,