It’s not like a guy’s going to go, “I hate it here, I can’t wait to leave” on locker clean-out day.
But for what it’s worth, here’s what half of the Carolina Panthers’ 14 upcoming unrestricted free agents had to say before they exited for the offseason.
Receiver Ted Ginn Jr.
“I came back, why leave? … That’s why I have a team, that’s why I have an agent. I let them handle that side. I did my part. … I’m a Panther until I ain’t a Panther no more.”
Offensive Tackle Mike Remmers
“I’m just going to go home and train and I’ll see what happens. Of course I’d love to come back here. I love it here.”
Defensive End Charles Johnson
“I want to be here. It’s all I know, is Carolina, and hopefully it stays that way. … I’m not the type of guy that’s going to be mad or go against the organization because of certain business decisions they made. That’s not me. I understand where everything comes from, and whatever decisions they make I try to be good with. … I’m not done playing so hopefully I can get a job somewhere. I’ll be looking in the paper.”
Defensive End Mario Addison
“I love Carolina. … Whatever God says, that’s what’s going to happen. I just know I’m blessed, very blessed.”
Defensive Tackle Kawann Short
“(I want) to be a Carolina Panther. Forever. … Everybody would like to avoid (getting franchise tagged). If it happens, it happens. I can’t come here and cuss out the organization because it happened. I’m still going to be professional about the whole situation.”
Linebacker A.J. Klein
“My goal is to be part of a championship team, and I believe that here in Carolina, there’s definitely all the pieces to be a championship team.”
Cornerback Leonard Johnson
“I feel at home. I know my contract’s up and hopefully we can come back for a couple years. But that’s out of my hands. I only control what I did and that was laying down a foundation on the field. Got a lot of good feedback from my exit physical with my position coaches and they were pretty excited.”