Texts from Last Night: The Darnell Dockett Hates Everyone Edition
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NFL players and social media such as Twitter do not mix well, just ask Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett.
Dockett has been stirring up trouble on Twitter for years. Most recently, he engaged in a public spat with former Florida State teammate Chris Rix and used Twitter as a way to publicly further the drama (Deadspin).
If NFL players such as Dockett are this open via Twitter, despite the possibility of being fined by the NFL itself, we can only imagine how crazy things get behind the scenes.
Let's take a look at some fictional text message interactions between NFL players and coaches, including everyone's favorite social media star, Darnell Dockett.
Nick Foles Does Not Want to Play for Kansas City
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has quite the task in front of him with the arrival of new head coach Chip Kelly.
Foles looked to be the quarterback of the future for the Eagles after taking over last season, but Kelly appears to have other things in mind.
Things have managed to get worse for Foles, as the Kansas City Chiefs have shown interest in the second-year quarterback (USA Today).
For Foles, Philadelphia is an ideal situation. Kansas City? Not so much.
Anquan Boldin Gets in on Retirement Party in Baltimore
According to Erik Kuselias on Twitter, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin plans to retire if the team cuts him.
Parting ways with Boldin makes sense for the Ravens financially, as Boldin is going to cost the team $7.5 million in 2013, and the Ravens have bigger fish to fry—such as Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco needing a new contact.
It is hard to imagine Boldin retiring. He is 32 years old and coming off an outstanding season. The safe bet is the team asking him to restructure his contract to stay with the team.
Whether he is willing to do that or not remains to be seen.
Darrelle Revis Tests Rex Ryan's Infatuation with Tim Tebow
The New York Jets sound as if they have been planning the long-term future of the franchise without elite cornerback Darrelle Revis.
According to the New York Post, the Jets had been fielding calls for Revis' services long before he went down with a season-ending injury early in the 2012 season.
It is hard to be in Revis' corner on this one. According to ESPN, he wants in the neighborhood of $16 million a year. Giving that much money to a player coming off a serious injury while attempting to rebuild a franchise makes all of zero sense.
Revis is likely to be traded, especially with the infatuation within the organization of not trading players who contribute nothing at all to the team.
RG3 Speaks on the Redskins Name Drama
The name of the Washington Redskins has once again come under fire in recent weeks, and players on the team have been unfairly brought into the mix.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk has publicly written that quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Rookie of the Year, needs to step up and ask management to change the name because he believes it is racist.
It is downright unfair Griffin has had his named dragged into the matter, and it is a guaranteed bet he will not allow himself to be used by the media to further an agenda for one side or the other.
Tim Tebow Has Plenty of Job Opportunities Moving Forward
The Tim Tebow experiment sounds as if it is coming to an end in New York.
According to ESPN, the Jets plan on attempting to trade Tebow, and if they can not find a suitable offer he will simply be released.
Tebow is the type of person who still believes he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL despite being used in New York as a gimmick and special teams member.
The only team that sounds the slightest bit interested that Tebow might hit the open market is the Chicago Bears, as new head coach Marc Trestman had nothing but great things to say about him recently (ESPN).
Either way, Tebow knows his time in New York is coming to an end.
Joe Flacco's Coach Has a Hard Time Labeling Him "Elite"
You would not guess it after a Super Bowl victory, but the Baltimore Ravens have a serious problem.
Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco is set to his the free-agent market, and the team is strapped for cash.
Flacco claimed he was the best quarterback in the NFL before the season started. Now he has the ammunition to ask for the biggest contract the Ravens can afford.
Without diving into the argument of whether a Super Bowl win makes a quarterback "elite", it is apparent Flacco is going to get paid in a big way this offseason.
The Ravens could slap him with a non-exclusive tag, meaning teams like the Cleveland Browns, who have shown interest, could swoop in and steal him from Baltimore (Sports Illustrated).
Strap in, because the drama over the word "elite" and Flacco is just getting started.
Blaine Gabbert Loves the New Jaguars Logo
The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft and it is hard to think the pick will be anything but a new franchise quarterback.
Both Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne were atrocious in 2012, and a change is needed at the position if the Jaguars are serious about becoming competitive.
Owner Shahid Khan is intent on changing the culture in Jacksonville, as referenced by the new logo the team revealed for next season.
Unfortunately for Gabbert, there is a good chance he is not a part of that culture shift, despite the coaching staff's insistence he will be.
JaMarcus Russell Wants to Play Quarterback in the NFL Again
JaMarcus Russell, also known as the biggest NFL draft bust in league history, is planning to make an NFL comeback (via Ian Rapoport on Twitter).
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the New York Jets have actually shown an interest in Russell. It is unlikely the team ever actually gives him a shot, but intriguing that any NFL would even sniff in Russell's direction.
Russell started his comeback bid at over 300 pounds. Friendly reminder—he wants to play quarterback.
Matt Barkley Wants to Be the No. 1 Overall Pick
Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley has taken quite a vicious ride over the past few seasons before entering the draft.
Barkley chose to forego entering the draft after an impressive season a year ago and fell flat on his face with the Trojans in 2012. His draft stock has suffered as result.
WalterFootball has Barkely ranked as just the third best quarterback in the class, and predicts he may not even be taken in the first round, let along No. 1 overall like some had predicted before the season began.
It has been widely predicted the Chiefs will use the No. 1 overall pick to select a quarterback. Most, such as WalterFootball, have the team taking Geno Smith of West Virginia.
Barkley's plans have disappeared before his eyes, and there is not much he can do at this point to get them back.
Darnell Docket Hates Everyone
Darnell Dockett is one of the most infamous players to grace social media in all of professional sports. He has also had some serious issues with his teammates as well.
According to Arizona Republic, Dockett made it clear to the Arizona Cardinals that he would not be a member of the team right now if former coach Ken Whisenhunt had been retained.
Dockett got his wish and Bruce Arians was hired as the new head coach. Arians will use him as an interior rusher, which produced his best statistical seasons between 2007-2010.
Last year was a train wreck under Whisenhunt, as Dockett was asked to play defensive end in a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Before those threats were made, Dockett was fined $200,000 by the team for getting into an altercation with safety Kerry Rhodes and causing a massive disturbance on the sidelines with the coaching staff and teammates alike (NFL.com).
Dockett is the worst example of an athlete who does not care about what he says on social media, and it is bleeding over onto the field and with his teammates. There are plenty of fines left in his future, given his past behavior.