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Barry Cofield on players enjoying lockout: “It really pisses me off”

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Some veterans like Reggie Bush and DeAngelo Hall have said they are enjoying the lockout, which really shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Other veterans — the ones who want to hit free agency — don’t feel the same way.  Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield gets upset when he hears comments like the ones Bush made the other night.

“It really pisses me off,” Cofield told Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.  “My career and some other guys, it’s the definition of irreparable harm. I’m not going to get last year back. That’s a year off my career, a year of pounding on my body. And this offseason I’m not going to get back. Doing the draft before free agency, that hurts a lot of guys. It definitely hurt me.”

Just like the lockout helps established teams, it essentially helps established players and hurts free agents and young players.  Cofield doesn’t know what his status will be when the lockout ends, but he feels like he’s done with the Giants after they took another defensive tackle.

“It almost gave me a sense of closure. It just made me think my time’s probably up,” Cofield said.

For now, Cofield just has to wait.  And he has a message for his fellow players out there.

“For some of the guys to say they’re enjoying the time off, it’s selfish and shortsighted.”

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26 Responses to “Barry Cofield on players enjoying lockout: “It really pisses me off””
  1. geeeeemen says: May 11, 2011 11:46 AM

    Cofield has started since day 1 as a 4th round pick in 2005. He was set to hit FA last offseason and got screwed by the rules. Now hes getting screwed again. The Giants probably wont resign him when its all said and done bc he will want (and deserves) a lot of money, and they drafted 2 DT the last 2 2nd rounds. I hope Cofield winds up somewhere and gets his pay day.

  2. duanethomas says: May 11, 2011 11:55 AM

    Tell Cofield he can join our local semi-pro to add some depth. That way he won’t waste anymore time in his career………smh. What happened to guys relying on their talent and no matter who your team drafts you compete? Quit the bellyaching and be ready to compete once this is over. I don’t care if you work everyday or no days, just be ready to play once the season starts.

  3. Deb says: May 11, 2011 11:55 AM

    Amen, Barry Cofield! Selfish and shortsighted to the max and it’s about time another player said so.

    Even if they’ve been having a high old time for themselves, the top-earners should have the grace to keep their mouths shut out of deference to free agents who have no idea where–or for older players if–they’ll play in 2011 and are worrying about relocating their families. And they certainly should shut up in deference to the many players who don’t have multi-million-dollar cushions (that they began in college) to see them through a long period without paychecks.

  4. ctgiant says: May 11, 2011 11:57 AM

    BARRY COFIELD IS A “PROFESSIONAL” ON &
    OFF THE FIELD.
    DRAFTED BY THE GIANTS, HE HAS LIVED UP
    TO HIS END. THE GIANTS, TRYED TO SHIP HIM OUT LAST YEAR TO THE SAINTS DURING THE DRAFT, WHICH DID NOT HAPPEN. BUT BC, NEVER ONCE SAID A BAD WORD, EITHER ABOUT THE FRONT OFFICE, OR HIS TEAM. WHERE EVER HE LINES UP NEXT SEASON, ASUMMING THERE IS ONE, EXPECT A GREAT PLAYER, TO GIVE IT ALL HE’S GOT! SORRY BC, REESE WILL SHOULDER THE BLAME. I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST! CT.

  5. hlmatty1 says: May 11, 2011 12:00 PM

    Don’t be mad at them…be mad at the union negotiators who would rather litigate then make a deal. Instead of straw men like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning who have made tens of millions and will make millions more, the union should have cared about the Cofield’s of the world. But it does not.

  6. thephantomstranger says: May 11, 2011 12:00 PM

    NFL players selfish and shortsighted? Couldn’t be.

  7. dagnon13 says: May 11, 2011 12:03 PM

    So now it’s selfish and shortsighted to appreciate time off with your family and to express your opinion?

    Come on man.

    It is probably a great tiem for them to have off and as was stated in a PFT article, for the older guys it’s a great time to relax and heal, though it’s hard to deny that it’s not impacting some of the FAs negatively.

  8. bears0492 says: May 11, 2011 12:09 PM

    ”My career and some other guys, it’s the definition of irreparable harm. I’m not going to get last year back. That’s a year off my career, a year of pounding on my body.”

    What the hell is he talking about here? He gets an offseason of less work, meaning his career is extended if anything.

    Why is he talking about last year when that has nothing to do with a lockout? Someone teach this guy how to make sense… At least he’s realized the Giants don’t want his dumb ass.

  9. sf69ers says: May 11, 2011 12:24 PM

    Selfish? You are the one crying because you wern’t overpaid on the free agent market. I’m sure if you were locked up long term you would be enjoying the time of as well. Do you really miss hitting a practice sled in may?

  10. blkmanwtan says: May 11, 2011 12:43 PM

    Why is he mad? It isn’t Hall’s or Bush’s fault the the lockout is going on. Hall and Bush are playing with the hand that has been dealt to them, and that is a lock-out.

    With down time, you should be taking care of the loose ends, enjoying family and friends, and working out individually.

    If the players have money saved, then this should be no issue. It isn’t guaranteed that he will be apart of the Gaints, and also, it isn’t guaranteed that another team will sign him.

    So instead of being “pissed off” go find a hobby.

  11. TheDPR says: May 11, 2011 12:54 PM

    He got screwed last year AND NOW he’s being screwed again this year, bears0492. How about knowing what you’re talking about before saying a guy isn’t making sense?

    As for Deangelo Hall and Reggie Bush, what have they ever done to show that they’re NOT selfish a-holes? (especially Hall – he’s a major league jerk)

  12. jordan52187 says: May 11, 2011 12:57 PM

    spags will pick him up un stl, he deserves to get paid, guy is a pro

  13. JackLeone says: May 11, 2011 1:19 PM

    Everyone who says, “I’m enjoying the time off” is pretty much saying, “I’m getting paid either/or so it really doesn’t matter to me” Where’s the love for the game?

  14. pixelito says: May 11, 2011 1:24 PM

    ”My career and some other guys, it’s the definition of irreparable harm. I’m not going to get last year back. That’s a year off my career, a year of pounding on my body.”

    What the hell is he talking about here? He gets an offseason of less work, meaning his career is extended if anything.

    Why is he talking about last year when that has nothing to do with a lockout? Someone teach this guy how to make sense… At least he’s realized the Giants don’t want his dumb ass.

    ———————————————————

    bears0492, you’ll need an IQ over 75 to understand this… Sorry :(

  15. We'reFineThere says: May 11, 2011 1:28 PM

    The Eagles didn’t draft any DT’s. Why don’t you join the Good Guys? (If there is anything left after the Vick, Jackson, Asomougha fund)

  16. TxGrown says: May 11, 2011 1:32 PM

    The Cowboys should take him. They need some class on their team.

  17. whatswiththehate says: May 11, 2011 1:40 PM

    As usual, the bigger picture is always being missed so folks like PFT can keep us focusing on very small-minded issues that help to keep them employed.

    IMO, the problem aren’t those saying they are enjoying the lock-out. The problem is why is this LOCK-OUT not over…HELLO.

    Every employee is going to view a strick differently, doesn’t make them wrong or right. This is America,not Communist China. These athletes are entitled to feel they way they want with out constant retribution by those in the media looking for ways to stir up the intigation pot.

  18. 21slamu says: May 11, 2011 2:17 PM

    @whatswiththehate
    i just wanted to comment since i could only like that post once.

  19. flyboy123456 says: May 11, 2011 2:17 PM

    GB – repeat.

  20. 2009kenny says: May 11, 2011 2:54 PM

    There are more players like Cofield than R Bush and DeAngelo Hall. These are the players that will suffer from De Smiths tactis. Surely those like them and K Kolb and Palmer may have lost out already from no trades before the draft

  21. sneaky1632 says: May 11, 2011 3:25 PM

    Maybe he should work on being a better player, then he wouldn’t have to worry about trivial things like this.

  22. ronniegarrison says: May 11, 2011 3:53 PM

    Well there are some players that really don’t care about the game they are in it for the money. Like Bush, Peterson and Hall to name a few. We the fans are the ones that are losing out because I love football and this lockout mess is because of De Smiths because he couldn’t wait to walk away from the table and he decerthfy the union before the talks were over. Why is he still involved in this because the players don’t have a union now so whats the deal. If I was an owner I would talk to all the players and ask them if they want to play or not the ones that said yes I would let them in to start working out and the ones that didn’t won’t to play because of the CBA I’d say then stay out and see if you can make it on that so called lockout insurance. You’ll see that alot of the players would be in camp ready to play the game they love. What has happened to the good old days of football?

  23. thefiesty1 says: May 11, 2011 4:25 PM

    He just wants MORE $$$$. It’s called positioning.

  24. vahawker says: May 11, 2011 4:29 PM

    “For some of the guys to say they’re enjoying the time off, it’s selfish and shortsighted.”

    Guess you should have elected a former player to lead you. You know, someone who has a clue about football, the NFL, the players, and all those kinds of inconsequential things. Instead, you chose a clueless(regarding things related to the NFL) self serving(similar to selfish), short sighted(there’s that word again), ambulance chaser who has no interest in the integrity of the game, the players, the fans or preserving a league that is wildly popular, but only wants to make some kind of name for himself so he can sell some books when this is all over.

    Look in the mirror to see shortsighted.

    But

  25. Deb says: May 11, 2011 5:29 PM

    @whatswiththehate …

    This. Is. NOT. A. Strike.

    Why do you call it a “lockout” in one sentence and a “strike” in another? They are not the same thing. A lockout is a strategy being used against labor by management. A strike is the opposite.

    @dagnon13 …

    And it’s not a vacation either. Only big-money players can afford to enjoy the unpaid time with their families. The rest have to worry about providing for their families … as do the league employees who’ve been laid off or who aren’t getting full pay as a result of this situation.

  26. Grinds My Gear says: May 11, 2011 6:34 PM

    What a surprise, two of the most overrated players in the NFL enjoying their time off.

    Of course, both combine for $20m a year. One is on offense that touches the ball 5-6 times a game. The other is getting roasted for TDs every game.

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