What they say is not what they mean

Welcome to this week’s edition of “What They Say and What They Mean.”

Eagles coach Andy Reid, on the release of former first-round pick Shawn Andrews:

“We appreciate the efforts and contributions of Shawn while he was in Philadelphia.”

We wish Shawn made more efforts and contributions while he was in Philadelphia.

Andrews, tweeting his response about whether he’ll play again:

“U bet chur sweet Bippy”

If someone’s going to pay me after my injuries and absences, you bet your sweet Bippy I’ll play again.

Mike Bell’s agent, on the offer sheet signed by the Saint with the Eagles:

“Mike's going from one Super Bowl-caliber team to another.”

The Saints told me they’re not going to match the offer.

LaDainian Tomlinson, on leaving the Chargers:

“It was time to move on. That wasn't the type of team that benefited my style.”

They told me it was time to move on and I should find another team that benefited my style.

Jake Delhomme, on signing with the Browns:

“I had to decide if I wanted to still try to compete or if I wanted to hold a clipboard.”

I assumed I’d be holding a clipboard somewhere collecting my $13 million from the Panthers, but these guys are giving me another $7 million and a chance to start? I signed before they could change their minds.

Derek Anderson, in choosing the Cardinals over the Seahawks, on what he was told coming in about competing with Matt Leinart:

“My job will be to push Matt and make him better, too.”

My job will be to take over if/when Matt plays poorly.

Texans owner Bob McNair, on his team possibly appearing on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”:

“I've let them (NFL Films) know we're interested, and perhaps this will be the year.”

We need to get some more people following this team, even though we haven’t made the playoffs. Let’s let HBO sell us.

Jets owner Woody Johnson, on the coin toss to decide who would host the first game at the Jets/Giants new stadium:

“I was told that a coin toss had taken place at the league office and that the Jets had lost.”

How about rock/paper/scissors?

Agent for 49ers GM Scot McCloughan, who is rumored to be leaving the team:

“He has not resigned and has no plans to resign.”

If he resigns, he won’t get the rest of the money on his contract. If they want him out, they would have to terminate him (his contract, not him).

A report that Terrell Owens wants at least $5M to play this season”

It doesn’t hurt to ask!

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To read more about the Houston Texans and QB Matt Schaub, check out this article from Bleacher Report.

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