What they say is not what they mean

With the NFL’s annual meetings ending this week and the trading and drafting season upon us, there are many statements in the news that are said for public consumption but are different than the reality behind them. Here’s another edition of “What they say, what they mean”:

Eagles coach Andy Reid, on the possibility of trading Donovan McNabb:

“People are entertaining us with offers.”

The offers are entertaining (we laughed about them) but not enough.

Rams coach Steve Spaguolo, on the rumors of making a trade offer for McNabb:

“No, there’s nothing there.”

The Eagles wanted too much.

Cardinals GM Rod Graves, on any potential interest in McNabb:


Don’t put us in any rumors about him.

Vikings coach Brad Childress, on the possibility of Brett Favre missing the offseason yet playing again in 2010:

“You’d like him to be there for all of it. But I'm enough of a realist to know that's probably not going to be the case.”

You know he’s not going to be here, but I’ll be at the airport to pick him up when he comes off his tractor in August.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, on the possible return of Favre:

“I'm going to reach out to him in due time. We just want to let things sit, and we'll work on that.”

I’ll call him if he’s wavering and remind him he’s got 13 million reasons to come back.

HBO president Ross Greenburg, on featuring the Jets on “Hard Knocks”:

“We have our Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in Rex Ryan.”

Hopefully, this quote will get some women to watch before they realize these guys aren’t in the show.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, about the possible signing of Pacman Jones:

“He's a guy who has a skill set who can help us. He's had another year of being clean and staying out of trouble.”

We’ve won two games in two years. Pacman’s no saint, but he’s better than the guys we’ve been running out there lately.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher, on the Lions signing Kyle Vanden Bosch away from his team:

“He’s a great example for young players. We were disappointed we were unable to keep him.”

I can’t believe how much they paid him.

Giants owner John Mara, on the NFL opening up its financial information to the players:

“A few years ago, the NBA supplied its players union its financial information, but the players still questioned things.”

The NBA gives players fully guaranteed contracts. We’re not doing anything that they did.

Panthers coach John Fox, on entering the last year of his contract:

“It probably wouldn't be my preference, but I'm not freaked out about it.”

They gave Jake Delhomme $19 million guaranteed in his last year of his deal; I got bupkus.

Titans running back Chris Johnson, on expecting a new contract:

“I feel like I should be the highest paid offensive player. No one has done what I have done in the league in their first two seasons.”

Show me the money!

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