"Everyone needs to talk to Mike Pettine because he's got all the answers. ... I don't understand what he's trying to gain by it."
-Rex Ryan, New York Jets
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan isn't too pleased with Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine. On Thursday, Greg A. Bedard of Monday Morning Quarterback published an interview with Pettine in which the former Jets defensive coordinator suggested that Ryan allowed the rival New England Patriots to obtain copies of New York's playbook. Ryan disagrees.
Ryan not only said that the claims were "ridiculous," several times according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he also said that it's "disrespectful to New England" to say as much. The implication here being that the Patriots are the kind of organization that would stoop low enough to try and procure opposing teams' playbooks. When asked further, Ryan said that everyone "needs to talk to Mike Pettine because he's got all the answers." He added that he doesn't understand what Pettine is "trying to gain" from the accusation.
"Unfortunately this week I have been ruled out of returning for the 2014/15 season and returning to play in the NFL."
-Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin announced on Thursday that he will no longer be able to play in the NFL. Franklin sustained a neck injury in November of last year that landed him on injured reserve, and it sounds like it never healed as Franklin and the team may have hoped. Franklin gave a long statement, thanking everyone who has supported him and asking for prayers during "this transition."
Franklin, a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, looked solid when he got touches as a rookie. He gained just 107 yards rushing, but he also only had 19 carries. That adds up to a 5.6 yards per carry average. Green Bay will be fine at the running back position thanks to Eddie Lacy, but Franklin obviously factored into its future plans.
"I'm not holding any type of grudge. Business is business and everybody handles business in different types of ways."
-Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots
Vince Wilfork has been a productive defensive lineman for the Patriots since the team took him in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He's lived up to every expectation asked of him, which is why it was such a big deal when he went through a contract dispute with the Patriots this past offseason. Eventually, the team extended Wilfork, but the contract didn't look exactly how the veteran planned. Still, he doesn't have any hard feelings on the matter.
"If I didn't believe the things that were brought to me, I wouldn't have signed it," Wilfork said in regard to his extension, according to ESPN. He also said that he's not holding "any type of grudge," and that different people handle business in "different types of ways." The reason the contract talks didn't sway his way this offseason: Wilfork only played in four games last season due to injury. But he's close to 100 percent now and looking to get back to form.
"It's difficult to believe team president and chief negotiator Paraag Marathe will make exceptions for [Vernon] Davis and [Alex] Boone."
-Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area
The San Francisco 49ers aren't likely to negotiate with right guard Alex Boone or tight end Vernon Davis until they come back to camp, as noted by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. Both Boone and Davis are holding out for better contracts, and if recent history is anything to go by, that's no way to get a contract from the 49ers.
Boone has been a very good right guard and is underpaid for what he brings to the table, but he hasn't given the 49ers much chance to make good by him. Davis is already the third-highest-paid tight end in the NFL, but he thinks he deserves more money as well. The last player to hold out for San Francisco, Frank Gore, returned to camp and had a new contract within four days. As Maiocco notes, it seems unlikely the 49ers will alter their policies for either Davis or Boone.