"I felt bad for him. He's got so much ahead of him as a person. Forget football -- as a person. I'm worried about him as an invidivual."
-- Ronnie Lott, 49ers Hall of Famer
San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith has everyone's attention of late after news of his run-in with officials at Los Angeles International Airport. Legendary safety Ronnie Lott gave his account of the matter after bearing witness to the aftermath as he and his wife were traveling.
When speaking with The San Jose Mercury-News, Lott detailed the experience and expressed genuine concern for the well-being of Smith, who has been involved in multiple altercations since San Francisco selected him out of the University of Missouri in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The news regarding Smith's latest run-in is disturbing considering he missed five games in 2013 for personal reasons stemming from a second DUI arrest in just over two years.
"We wanted to have him come back to a game last year, and his team kept winning and winning, so it kind of made it tough to find a time where it worked."
-- Mark Murphy, Packers president
The Green Bay Packers and legendary quarterback Brett Favre have had an icy relationship over the last several years, but it's close to being on the mend, according to both sides. The Oak Grove High School squad Favre helped coach to a Mississippi state Class 6A title in 2013 got in the way of the Packers' potential tribute.
Word has it Favre will not return as the high school's offensive coordinator, which means the scene could be set for a reunion to take place some time during the 2014 season. Aaron Rodgers has been vocal in support of such an event, and the time of reconciliation appears to be nearing.
"(The visit) went well. He did everything you do on a visit. There was certainly some good feeling all around."
-- Ian Rapoport, NFL.com reporter, on Chris Johnson's visit with the Jets
As the NFL's biggest free agent running back continues to look for a new team, reports that he visited the New York Jets have surfaced. Those include the fact he has yet to sign a new contract. The Jets were active in trade talks involving the former Tennessee Titans star, and they appear positioned to bring him in as a free agent.
New York brass is intrigued with the idea of pairing Johnson with current Jets running back Chris Ivory. They feel the two could be an ideal complement to one another and a boost to the offense. Quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Eric Decker should give head coach Rex Ryan some new weapons to spark a unit that ranked 29th in points and 25th in total yards.
"I know I'm not going to play forever. It's hard for us players to admit that."
-- Carson Palmer, Cardinals QB
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer knows he's at the tail end of his career, and he has full understanding teams need to plan for the future. That's why if the Birds draft a signal-caller in 2014, he won't be upset. The former USC Trojan was a No. 1 overall pick in 2003 of the Cincinnati Bengals before forcing their hand to draft Andy Dalton when he threatened to retire.
Now, he's on the other side of things and sounds like a veteran who knows his career may be coming to a close. The 34-year-old knows the NFL is a business and teams need to plan ahead. It wouldn't be much different than his own career beginnings when he sat behind incumbent Jon Kitna with the Bengals.
"It was NOT a roaring success"
-- Aditi Kinkhabwala, NFL Network reporter, on Rolando McClain's workout with the Ravens
Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain worked out with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday in an attempt to revitalize his NFL career after abruptly retiring prior to the 2013 season. Baltimore holds his rights stemming from signing with the team prior to his abrupt exit from the game on April 10, 2013.
That's not good news for a former first-round selection tabbed to be a mainstay in the NFL. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh indicated he'd welcome McClain back further down the line if he was ready to play and working hard at returning to form.