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Why there's no home for Marvin Harrison

9/15/2009

Adam Schefter's mailbag is biggest on Monday, but he answers reader questions nearly every day in his blog. Have a query of your own? Send a question.

Q: Why don't the Bears go and sign Marvin Harrison, or, to a greater point, why hasn't anybody? --Gabriel (Harlingen, Texas)

A: A few reasons, Gabriel. First and foremost is money. Marvin wants a certain amount to come in and play. But he's also older and cannot play special teams and probably wouldn't start on most teams, so it creates a difficult proposition all the way around. Teams don't want to pay big money to No. 3 receivers who don't play special teams. And a lot of the teams that need veteran receiving help are determined to give their young players a chance to play and to blossom.

Q: Do you think the NFL would look into Deion Sanders' comments that [Michael] Crabtree knows that there are two teams that have inquired about him and want to trade for him? I have wondered about Deion and a possible Jerry Jones link all along. How does that work on the tampering forefront? --Brendon (Oakland, Calif.)

A: Those comments got the league's attention, and especially that of executives around the league, Brendon. But there's not a lot that can be done. No way it could be proved. It's probably just Deion being Deion, talking and saying a bit more than he should have. But that's Deion. He speaks his mind and his feelings -- and sometimes gets everyone's attention.

Q: The Eagles just signed Jeff Garcia as a potential backup for injured Donovan McNabb. If the Eagles didn't have any salary cap room, could Jeff Garcia [have] been signed? Suppose McNabb was lost for the season, would the Eagles get any cap relief to replace him? --Mike S. (Chelmsford, Mass.)

A: No, Mike, if a team has used up its salary-cap room, it cannot make more moves -- not until it created more salary-cap room by releasing players or restructuring contracts. Teams must be cap-compliant, or no moves. And any team that loses a player to a season-ending injury must absorb his salary, too. It's called the breaks of the game.

Q: Any word on where Matt Jones is likely to end up signing (if anywhere)? --Dave C. (Albany, N.Y.)

A: The three teams he spoke with last week are Tennessee, Dallas and Chicago -- any of which would make sense, Dave. To me, Jones is better than some receivers on rosters now. But the fact that he remains unsigned is an indication that teams are being ultra-careful about the players they sign and the people they bring in.

Q: What is your take on the revamped Denver defense? No one is talking about it. --Jacob (Columbia, S.C.)

A: That's because everyone is talking about the "Immaculate Deflection." But Denver's defense was incredibly improved from last season, and Mike Nolan and Josh McDaniels should be saluted for it. Then again, Denver's defense could not have been worse than it was last year. The Broncos changed coaches, added personnel, altered schemes -- and now Denver has what appears to be a respectable defense. Of course, let's see how well it holds up over the long term. But it's a nice start.