Posted Mon Sep 7th by Monty
The twitterverse just can’t have enough “bombshells coming out of Denver,” it seems. Until we hear more we’re taking this with a grain of salt, but felt we should pass it along to you. Remember, this is a rumor, this is only a rumor…
The buzz started when a (presumed) New York Jets fan sent a tweet to Jets S Kerry Rhodes speculating that the team was going to trade quarterback Kellen Clemens to the Denver Broncos for wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
By now, Broncos fans have heard every variation of Marshall-to-Jets rumors in the book. But rather than ignoring the message or brushing it aside, Rhodes virtually confirmed it, replying, “u may be right!!! (hint hint).”
Whoa. Didn’t see that coming.
Rhodes immediately followed up by teasing that there would be a “big announcement coming soon.”
As expected, his tweets garnered a huge response. Rhodes addressed it again, stating, “Sorry 4 the hold up fans but this stuff sometime takes time but just stay tuned u will find out soon. Not trying to hold u guys in limbo …”
In limbo, we are held. Are Jets-Broncos trade talks really getting heated again, despite the multitude of reports to the contrary?
Interestingly, Rhodes’ twittering teammates Nick Mangold and Jay Feely, caught in the fan panic crossfire, say they have no idea what the safety is talking about. If Rhodes is privy to inside information, it isn’t common knowledge among his teammates.
Which has me skeptical. It’s Rhodes against the world at this point. Adam Schefter, King and other national reporters with the usual inside scoop aren’t reporting anything close to this, and are even explicitly reporting the opposite. Rhodes’ teammates don’t know anything, either.
And when it comes to trusting Adam Schefter or Kerry Rhodes with the latest NFL news, I’m trusting Adam Schefter every time.
Maybe Rhodes will end up being right in the end, but it seems far, far more likely that this is another example of a player/former player being irresponsible with his twitter (quiet, children) and not considering the consequences ahead of time. Teasing news likes this causes undue activity for teammates and fans, not to mention the beat writers who have to go out of their way to confirm or debunk the story.
Or maybe, as I suspect was the case with Jamie Dukes, these types of headlines are exactly what the tweeter intended all along. There’s no such thing as bad press.