Warren Sapp Sounds Off on Albert Haynesworth, Darrelle Revis
"I played 13 years. Never renegotiated [my contract]. Never bailed. Nothing. Contract signed, contract honored," he told FanHouse from the CBS Headquarters in New York. "I'm coming to work, boss! There's no reason for this foolishness."
I think a vast majority of NFL fans might side with Sapp on this issue.
Haynesworth, a two-time Pro Bowler, signed a lucrative $100 million contract with Washington in the 2009 offseason. Even with $41 million in guaranteed money, the eight-year pro has been adverse to showing up at the Redskins' mandatory minicamp.
"Everyone in the NFL knows that's one camp you must go to," Sapp said. "It's five practices in three days, but you must go to it. No excuses, no explanation."
Not even a headache. Or dehydration. Or even rhabdomyolysis.
While Sapp castigates the actions of Haynesworth, he applauds the way coach Mike Shanahan has handled the situation, saying that he's done everything exactly as he's supposed to. "There's 52 other guys that you're going to put on your football team who are watching this situation," he said. "You close ranks and march, that's what it is. [Albert's] wrong. He knows he is. He's not in his first year. He's not in his fifth year. He knows exactly what he's doing. This is a man who stepped on another man's face on the football field one time."
He also doesn't expect things to clear up any time soon. And why? Because of the money.
"Well, the check isn't going to change. And that's the whole key to this situation. He doesn't care how many plays he plays. The plays that I'm watching he's just jumping to one side ripping. I mean, he has no awareness of where the ball is. He doesn't care. So if we're talking about evaluation of his play compared to the check that he's getting, he knows what it is. 'I get eight plays and a big check, that's not bad.' It's wrong, though."
This, of course, led the discussion toward the Revis contract dispute, one which may be coming to an end sooner than later. Though as far as Sapp is concerned, Revis' demands might not be met. "The Jets aren't caving," he said. "They can't!"
Revis, the Jets' All-Pro cornerback, continues to hold out with hopes of becoming the highest-paid defensive back in the history of the NFL. The Jets, however, would prefer he reports to camp and plays through his current deal.
"I tell everybody, 'You have a situation in the NFL, unless you're Peyton Manning or that pretty boy in Boston, Tom Brady, you're not hitting a home run. Take the triple,'" Sapp said. "Take the stand-up triple. It has to be the perfect pitch in the perfect situation and that doesn't happen for all of us. There's two, three guys in the history of the game who will get that."
Though Sapp does acknowledge that Revis' bloodline might keep him from caving. He's referring, of course, to the cornerback's uncle, Sean Gilbert, who sat out the entire 1997 season due to a contract dispute with the Redskins. Sitting out is something that Sapp himself couldn't imagine doing. Not a season, not a game, not even a play.
Chalk it up to his competitive fire or to the fact that he realizes just how lucky he and his colleagues are.
"You're playing a kids' game, getting paid a king's ransom," he said. "What are you b****ing about again? I missed it."