Roger Goodell isn’t going to throw any team under the bus, particularly when speaking to that teams’ season-ticket holders.
The NFL commissioner went to New York Jets camp Monday to conduct a fan forum with season-ticket holders, visit practice, and talk to reporters. While many around the league assume the Jets are purposely putting together a losing team in 2017, he scoffed at the notion.
“I don’t think any team tanks, I really don’t,” Goodell said, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
He didn’t try to argue that the Jets have a Super Bowl-caliber roster – unlike one of their players – and instead gave context to how a team goes through a rebuilding phase. The Jets had 11 contributing veteran leave the team this offseason, and made few attempts to replace them via free agency.
“I think teams, depending on where you are, go through transitions,” said Goodell. “They are looking to sort of say, ‘We need to build more talent here, we’ll do it through the draft. Let’s let some of our veteran players go and develop some of our younger players.’
“That’s always been part of football. That’s always been part of sports. … Every team does that differently.”
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