Former NFL Safety Keion Carpenter joined the Norris and Davis Show on Baltimore’s 105-7 THE FAN Wednesday morning to discuss the recent Brandon Stokley and Dallas Clark signings, calling them very “classy” signings.  He brings up that there are many veterans sitting on the free agent market since most teams are looking for younger players to take spots on the roster.  He mentions that these guys are meant to supplement the current roster, rather than become the immediate leaders of the entire team.

Carpenter transitions to the Anquan Boldin trade, saying that there is no way to be able to bring in just one receiver to take over for what Boldin did for the team.  However, there are receivers, such as LaQuan Williams, that have been having great training camps and have the potential to be major impact players.

When asked about Matt Ryan getting a very expensive contract, Carpenter tells that quarterbacks such as Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees set the market value for top-tier quarterbacks.  He tells that the Falcons aren’t looking at the statistics that came before the record-breaking contract extension, but rather the belief that Matt Ryan is a franchise quarterback.

When asked his opinion about the Johnny Manziel autograph debacle, Carpenter says it is ridiculous that there is such a problem with these athletes not making money off of their own names when there are tons of people that can make money off of their names.  However, Carpenter brings up the problem of regulating some sort of compensation for the athletes.  He doesn’t believe that it is fair that these athletes can not profit in any way based on their names.


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