"Sherman is now refusing to speak with the local press."
-CBS Seattle on Richard Sherman's boycotting of local media
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman invested in a Seattle home, buying a $2.31 million mansion formerly owned by NBA star Jamal Crawford. Unfortunately, the Seattle Times wrote a story on the purchase, including the address, per CBS Seattle.
Sherman signed a contract extension this offseason, securing his future with the Super Bowl champions. Now, Sherman is refusing to speak to local media as he is dealing with fans camping outside of his home looking for autographs and the chance to spend time with the star. The Seattle Times did not do anything illegal by printing Sherman's address. In King County, all property owners' addresses are open to the public.
"I’m going to start crying."
-Chad Johnson, on his return to football in the CFL
Once one of the premier receivers in the NFL, Chad Johnson (then Ochocinco, now Johnson again) found himself out of football after the Miami Dolphins cut him prior to the 2012 season. Now, Johnson has caught on with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League with the help of NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter, per the National Football Post.
Johnson is not the first notable NFL player to spend some time in the CFL. Doug Flutie and Ricky Williams went to Canada to play football, as did Andre Rison and several others.
"I think any retired player would probably tell you they miss the huddle."
-Peyton Manning, on what he will miss the most when he retires
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning might have turned 38 years old before the 2014 season, but he has no plans to retire soon, per The Associated Press. The reigning NFL MVP says he still has plenty of good football left in him, as evidenced by his incredible 2013 season. Last year, Manning threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns, both league records.
Manning still has three years remaining on his contract in Denver, should he want to stick around that long. With Denver as one of the two front-runners along with the New England Patriots in the relatively weak AFC, Manning could be looking at his fourth Super Bowl appearance of his career in the upcoming season, having a 1-2 record in his previous three.
"I tried reaching out a few times."
-Cecil Shorts, on calling Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon
Justin Blackmon is indefinitely suspended and has substance-abuse issues, two things fellow Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts is aware of. Shorts has been calling Blackmon to check in on the former Oklahoma State superstar, according to the Florida Times-Union, without getting much of a response. It has recently been learned that Blackmon is now in rehab at Oklahoma.
The Jaguars moved up in the 2012 NFL Draft to select Blackmon with the fifth overall pick, believing it would give them a playmaker on the outside. Instead, Blackmon has been in trouble since joining the team. In 2012, Blackmon was convicted of aggravated DUI after blowing a .26 blood-alcohol level, earning a four-game suspension. He is currently suspended for an indefinite amount of time and general manager David Caldwell has been on record stating that he does not expect Blackmon on the field in 2014.
"We've got some characters in the room and the guys are great. They're hard working and funny."
-Shelley Smith, on the chemistry of the Dolphins' offensive line
Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Shelley Smith, who was acquired via free agency from the St. Louis Rams this offseason, does not see any of the disastrous issues that plagued the offensive line there last season, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Famously suffering through the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal in 2013, the Dolphins revamped the personnel with the free-agent acquisitions of Branden Albert and Smith along with drafting Ja'Wuan James and Billy Turner. On the flip side, the team waved goodbye to Incognito, Martin, Tyson Clabo, Bryant McKinnie and John Jerry.
"We, as the Vikings, are not afraid to do anything."
-Mike Zimmer, speaking about playing a young quarterback
The Minnesota Vikings took Teddy Bridgewater with the final pick of the first round in May's NFL Draft, expecting him to become the franchise's future quarterback. Perhaps Bridgewater will also become the present, with Zimmer stating that the team is not shying away from starting him should he beat out Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder, per ESPN.com.
Last season, Ponder and Cassel combined with Josh Freeman to throw for only 3,645 yards and 18 touchdowns against 19 interceptions. With new offensive coordinator Norv Turner in the fold, the Vikings will be looking to push the ball down the field more, a staple of Turner's Air Coryell-style offense.