Compiled by Cale Clinton
SERIOUSLY, JETS, EVEN REBUILDING TEAMS ARE ALLOWED TO KEEP SOME GOOD PLAYERS AROUND
"It shocked the sh-t out of me. It is a business. But after a while, it don't become a business. Dave wasn't (greedy). I know him, so I know he would have taken something (a fair and reasonable pay cut). I know he wasn't busting nobody over there. He don't want to play for free, either."
-- New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson on the release of longtime Jets linebacker David Harris. Harris would go on to sign with the New England Patriots, because of course he would. (New York Daily News)
GOOD CALL, DEREK, GOOD CALL
"Chick-fil-A. Probably Chick-fil-A. I've been eating clean… I'll probably get some Chick-fil-A."
-- Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on how he plans to spend his money on after his huge payday. Carr and the Raiders struck a deal for a 5-year, $125 million contract, the highest extension in NFL history. (NFL.com)
IF HIS KNEES HOLD UP THAT LONG, HE REALLY IS SUPERHUMAN
"37, 38… It's a good number."
IN THIS EDITION OF 'MOVES THAT WON'T MATTER BECAUSE THE PATRIOTS WILL WIN YOUR DIVISION'
"I've been doing my recruiting [for Jeremy Maclin] already, and don't be surprised if it happens."
I, TOO, THINK THE 'THROW THE BALL TO YOUR BEST WIDE RECEIVER IN THE END ZONE' PLAY IS SMART AND SHOULD BE RUN MORE OFTEN
"I think, No. 1, they were still very good in the red zone, but when you have a player like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one-on-one."
KEEP THEM AWAY FROM PARTY BOATS
"I'm really looking forward to seeing what teams are going to do this year. I think it's going to be a lot of trouble. Especially [Sterling Shepard], I know he's ready. I know the other receivers in that room, [Tavarres King], are ready and our defense is going to be very solid as well. So I'm looking forward to this year."
YOU DO REALIZE THAT DONTE MONCRIEF IS STARTING FOR YOU, RIGHT?
"I've said it before -- we're into plural Lombardis. That's what our goal is. And I'll be damned if we don't go out and get them."
-- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay speaking at a town hall function for the club's season ticket holders on the expectations he has for his team. (Indianapolis Star)
BUT IT SEEMED LIKE SUCH A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME
"Yeah, they are still having a hangover from two years ago, if you can believe it or not, about losing that Super Bowl in the last minute with the interception on the 1-yard line. And with a lot of guys, it just kind of rubbed them the wrong way and they just haven't gotten over it. This team will not be able to move on and really do what they want to do, which is win another Super Bowl, unless they can somehow put that behind them."
-- Former NFL quarterback Warren Moon on the current state of the Seattle Seahawks and how they have yet to recover from their Super Bowl XLIX loss to the New England Patriots. Moon is now a team radio broadcaster for the Seahawks, as well as a mentor to some Seahawks players like quarterback Russell Wilson. (Seattle Times)
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'THEY ARE ALL EQUALLY TERRIBLE IN MY EYES'
"I don't look at anybody as the frontrunner."
A TALE OF TWO FANDOMS
"The Social Darwinism continues, even deep into June. The strong survive. The rich keep getting richer. And this latest addition jut broke my brain. And my zipper. Welcome to New England, David Harris"
"Can I just sign with the Pats too? Is this allowed? [Darrelle Revis] goes and gets his ring. David Harris will get his this year. Can I just do this too? I'm staring down the barrel of an 0-16 year and I'm thinking about making myself an unrestricted free agent. I'd like them to kick the tires on me. Please, sign me."
-- Thornton's colleague (and Jets fan) Kevin "KFC" Clancy, with a dissenting opinion. (Barstool Sports)
THIS MONTH IN PICS, TWEETS, & GIFS
NOT ALLOWED IN Tom Brady'S NUTRITION PLAN
-- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and culinary rockstar/Internet meme Guy Fieri review pizza together in Edelman's new web series "One Nibble." (Julian Edelman, YouTube)
REALLY HOPE HE GAVE THE DRIVER FIVE STARS
-- Newly signed Bills cornerback Shareece Wright showing the trip details for an Uber he took from Chicago to Buffalo in order to arrive on time for his first practice with the team. (Shareece Wright, Twitter)
THANKS, BUT NO THANKS
I played 3 games... this list is a joke. https://t.co/KnKDX1p816
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 6, 2017
-- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt criticizing the legitimacy of the
completely arbitrary and in no way official NFL Top 100 Rankings. Watt underwent back surgery this past September, which sidelined him for the rest of the 2016 season. (J.J. Watt, Twitter)
IF YOU MUST PLAY FOR THE BROWNS, AT LEAST YOU CAN PICK YOUR OWN MUSIC
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 15, 2017
-- Cleveland Browns rookie tight end David Njoku, signing his new contract with Young Thug's "Check" playing in the background. (Cleveland Browns, Twitter)