May 8, 2003
Random quotes from around the NFL
Buccaneers DT Warren Sapp on the prospect of Tampa Bay possibly not re-signing him after this season, the final year of his six-year, $36 million contract: "The only thing they've allowed me to do in the last five years is collect almost $30 million. I ain't hurtin'. I'd be a fool to sit up here and rant and rave: 'They won't pay me.' They've already paid me. And if they say I'm no longer the commodity, we'll deal with it then."
More Sapp: "I'll take the same exact deal I had this time and go back at it again. No problem. That was a wonderful deal. And the standard was set by the best in the game — and that's me."
Lions QB Joey Harrington on seeing rookie WR Charles Rogers practice for the first time: "(Rogers has) brought youth, a little inexperience, a lot of energy, a lot of speed. It was fun seeing him out there playing. He definitely has a lot of talent. But just like everybody else, and I remember when I was in this situation last year, there is a lot to learn."
Dolphins OL coach Tony Wise to the TV camerapersons surrounding a stretching Junior Seau as the linebacker started his first practice in Miami: “You've never seen a guy stretch before?”
Buccaneers rookie QB Chris Simms on waiting for his name to be called on Draft Day: “I was just sitting there with my dad, and he's trying to console me a little bit: ‘Are you all right? Just hang in there. It doesn't matter what happens.’ I was like, ‘I hate every team here. I hate them all. I don't want to play for anybody.’ Then Coach (Jon) Gruden called and just brightened up my day.”