2. Scott didn't just leave and take his big payday -- he stated that other Ravens would prefer to play for Rex Ryan and not John Harbaugh. That's what this is really all about. His plan to play for a winner, AND get his big payday (as opposed to those who stayed behind (in his mind) to play for a loser), blew up in his face. The Jets are the joke of the NFL, while the Ravens are the World Champions. Is it really that unclear? He didn't get any "last laugh". He got his big payday; that's all. And Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Matt Birk, and company got s.b. rings. And they didn't exactly go broke playing for the Ravens as opposed to playing for the Jets either.
And within reason, I'd apply the same principle to Joe, as much as I like and support him and his efforts to get paid what he deserves. I don't care what ANYBODY here says...NO football player enjoys playing for losing teams like the Browns. So while Joe could easily get more money from the Browns, I think it would be in his best interest to take less money to stay with the Ravens than he could get from the Browns. However, I still think he should get top-3 money, projected into the next 5-6 years, which would be around $20M, +/-. Could he possibly get closer to $25M with the Browns and all their cap space? Probably. Would that be a wise career move? Not in my book.