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Jul 4, 2014

Free Agent News: Ryan Pickett waiting for a call


By on 6:13 PM

NFL stories haven't been surfacing the sports landscape for some time now, but in the midst of the dullness we're reminded of Ryan Pickett. The free agent defensive tackle hits 35 in October, and while his chances of landing a new home soon may seem awfully slim, he believes he deserves another shot.



"I can still play," Pickett said from a phone. "Just turn on the tape. I can do my job. And I do it well. I like to prove people wrong. I feel great. I don't feel old."

I suppose pulling off a starting role on a team this season would prove people wrong, but that's not Pickett's end-all. He hopes for a Super Bowl run.

"Another Super Bowl, man," Pickett said. "I really want to win. I can still play. I feel great....I just have more left. I'm a competitor and I love football."

Pickett understands the situation in Green Bay. He realizes that the team prefers a rotation up front and would choose not to resign him, regardless of what coach McCarthy says.

"You can't blame them," he said. "They're moving forward. They're bringing in guys that do different things. That's what they're supposed to do."

No matter what happens to Pickett, he understands football. He knows the playbook, he understands base defense and he knows how offenses work. He even understands how certain defensive trends circulate the NFL for short periods of time. But, in his mind, it all comes back around.

"I've been around teams, seasons and I've seen it all," he stated. "That's how it works. But the fundamentals of football are a team that can run the football and a team that can stop the run."

Pickett's special enough to land a team before the season starts. His hopes lie in making one before training camp. His 340 lbs of weight will play a big role in his signing, and the rest is up to the team and what they think he offers.

"I play hard every play," Pickett said. "And I'm going to do my job. If they tell me to be here, that's where I'm going to be. And I'm going to do that and I'm going to make plays. I've been playing football my whole life. I just know how to do it."



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