NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with Marcell Dareus, #3 overall pick by the Buffalo Bills, as Dareus holds up a jersey during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The best thing about a lockout? Players have no contact with their teams, but still have contact with the media. That means they are opening their mouth with no one there is remind them to keep it shut.
Case in point, Buffalo Bills rookie Marcell Dareus, who was overlooked by both the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, slipping ALL THE WAY to #3 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Dareus was a guest on WQAM in Dallas with Michael Irvin recently and was asked if he held any grudges against the Panthers or Broncos. Needless to say, he wants to make them pay.
"If I ever get a chance to play Carolina I'm going to make them pay for passing up on me," said Dareus. "Denver I'll get a chance to play them in the regular season (this year) and I'm going to make it hell for them every time I play against them."
"The sweet nectar of revenge right there.."
You can listen to the entire interview here, but you can definitely tell Dareus was getting fired up about what he deemed as a draft snub by the Panthers and Broncos.
"I worked my butt off to the point where I'm not going to give you a reason not to pick me," he said. "You're not going to look at me and be like, ‘Well he's good, but..." That ‘but' word is never going to come up when you mention my name. My sole focus was for me not to give you a reason to not pick me and you still don't? Okay, I understand you have needs somewhere else, but if you need somebody to control your front and be a commander across the front and not let anything happen? I work my butt off to do that, and you pass me up still? Okay, I've got something for you."
Something to look forward to when the Broncos and Bills play in Buffalo Week 16.