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    Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    Pickett, Packers prove a good fit




    By Dylan B. Tomlinson
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    For some free agents, the Green Bay Packers can be a tough sell.

    Many players take one look at the NFL’s smallest market and decide to look elsewhere.

    But as soon as Ryan Pickett had a chance to see Green Bay, he saw it as home.

    “As soon as my wife, Jennifer, got here, she just fell in love with it,” Pickett said. “She loved the fact that it was a small town. She liked that our kids will be in good schools. She liked the people here. That’s what was most important to me, that my wife was happy.”

    The last five seasons with the St. Louis Rams weren’t always happy for Pickett and his family. Despite putting up good statistics, Pickett was labeled a bit of a disappointment after being selected in the first round of the 2001 draft. Last season, Pickett led the St. Louis defensive linemen with 65 tackles, including 12 for a loss, but said he never felt wanted in St. Louis.

    “I really feel like I wasn’t treated right,” Pickett said. “It’s always frustrating when people are saying things about you and bad things about the defense. It hurts when your family hears negative things about you, especially when it’s not true.”

    The Rams, however, did everything they could to keep him in St. Louis.

    “They tried to match what Green Bay was offering me,” Pickett said. “But it was time for me to move on. It’s a fresh start here, and that’s a good thing.”

    By giving Pickett a four-year, $14 million contract with $5 million in bonuses, the Packers paid a hefty price to lure Pickett to Green Bay. The Packers had done pretty well the last 2˝ seasons with Grady Jackson at defensive tackle, but General Manager Ted Thompson couldn’t resist making what he believes is an upgrade with Pickett, who is seven years younger than Jackson and doesn’t have the weight or injury problems that plagued Jackson the last two seasons.

    “He’s big enough to provide the anchor in the middle that every defense needs,” Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders said.

    “We really wanted a player who we thought would be a force in the middle against the run. It’s the main reason we pursued him.”

    Pickett had only six sacks during his five seasons with the Rams, but said he believes he can be an effective pass rusher.

    “I think a lot of people didn’t see that because I didn’t do that in St. Louis because of the role that they gave me,” Pickett said. “I’m going to prove it here that I can rush the passer, and I think Coach Sanders is going to give me a chance to do that here, and I’m really happy about having the opportunity to finally do that.”

    Sanders said he thinks Pickett will surprise people with his pass-rushing abilities.

    “We definitely think he’s capable of really pushing the pass,” Sanders said. “We see him as a playmaker, and that’s against both the run and the pass.”

    Sanders said after meeting with Pickett during his visit to Green Bay, he had no worries about how he would fit in.

    “He just has a phenomenal personality and a work ethic to match,” Sanders said. “It was easy to see that he would work really well with this group.”

    Pickett said he feels at home with his new team.

    “It’s been incredible,” Pickett said. “There’s such a great group of guys here and it’s a very positive atmosphere. I didn’t have any of that in St. Louis and it’s why I’m truly appreciative of the chance I’m being given here.”


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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    Oh, cry me a river, Ryan.

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    In retrospect, he probably wasn't appreciated. He did have a solid year last year, one that I thought could or should merit Pro Bowl status but all you heard was how terrible the Rams defense was. Which was true, but Pickett I think lead the DT's in the league in tackles. I don't recall ever hearing the Rams Brass tout this guy as a key member of the defense like they do with Little. Pickett was always in someone's shadow here, whether it be Little or Arch or DLew, but he improved every year and was the most valuable member of the Rams defense last year.

    He's the one guy that I wish the Rams could have signed but I wish him well in GB except for the Rams game.

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    Most Valuable Player of a rotten defense ?? That says alot.

    Good bye Ryan !

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    Ok, here's one for you.

    You come to work everyday. You are a salesman, you are meeting your daily quotas but the rest of the sales staff is under by 20%. This keeps up all year, you are actually beating the competition yourself, but others around you are not holding up their end. Is that your fault?

    That happened to Pickett last year. Led the NFC in tackles for DT's. However, it seems like everyone else on the defense forgot how. This is what I don't get. We as fans are quick to get on an ex player for speaking their mind on how they were treated. If it was negative from the player, no matter how they played, we view it as sour grapes. I don't think so in this instance. I think Pickett has a point.

    Upon further review, he was second in the NFC in tackles for DT's, not first. However, think about it. Second, in the whole NFC for DT's in tackles. Were any of you aware of that? Do you think if Bulger would have had the second most passing yards in the NFC you wouldn't have known it?
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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    Keeping Pickett would have paid huge dividends IMO, but the team obviously did not see him as a priority or as a guy that was worth making a serious effort to keep. If the process created a situation where Pickett felt unwanted, his departure was probably for the best.

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    It seems to me that his mind was made up before Linehan& Haslett were taken on board,i suspect that Kollar put him off staying with the Rams and when it came for time to decide altho Kollar was gone the tide of emotions had drifted Green Bay`s way!

    I liked Pickett but his departure hasnt left me in despair the way Fletch,Bly,Wistrom and Carter has in recent years!

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    Here's the funny thing...the Packers let Grady go and sign Ryan. We interviewed Grady but haven't finalized anything yet.

    Wonder why?

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan
    Ok, here's one for you.

    You come to work everyday. You are a salesman, you are meeting your daily quotas but the rest of the sales staff is under by 20%. This keeps up all year, you are actually beating the competition yourself, but others around you are not holding up their end. Is that your fault?

    That happened to Pickett last year. Led the NFC in tackles for DT's. However, it seems like everyone else on the defense forgot how. This is what I don't get. We as fans are quick to get on an ex player for speaking their mind on how they were treated. If it was negative from the player, no matter how they played, we view it as sour grapes. I don't think so in this instance. I think Pickett has a point.

    Upon further review, he was second in the NFC in tackles for DT's, not first. However, think about it. Second, in the whole NFC for DT's in tackles. Were any of you aware of that? Do you think if Bulger would have had the second most passing yards in the NFC you wouldn't have known it?
    I 100% agree with you. There are always gonna be complaints no matter who you're rooting for. I LOVE America with all my heart. Do I think we have a stupid Leader? yes. But in the end, no matter how much ya love a team, there might be a negative thing about it, and maybe he really was treated bad. But this is not gonna reflect how I feel with the Rams, because I absolutely love the Rams. Good luck Pickett...


    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    My comment had nothing to do with whether I wanted Pickett back (I did). It also was not intended to mean that I think Pickett played badly for the Rams (I don't).

    But please... spare me from 25 year old millionaires who whine that they haven't been treated fairly.

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    Well, his paychecks were nice I bet.

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    Regardless of what people get paid, many still have feelings. I think he was not only unappreciated when he was here, but after the year he had last year, to not be courted and pursued by his employer had to hurt a bit.

    I have said it before, i will say it again, we will rue the day we let him go and i sure hope that i am wrong on this.

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    I guess I expect too much from people.

    If someone paid me seven figures to play a game, and I left that team for more money, I'd like to think I'd keep any feelings I of dissatisfaction I might nonetheless have to myself, even if they were on some level valid.

    Also - I do believe he was courted by the Rams, just not as heavily as he would have liked.

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    If someone paid me seven figures to play a game, and I left that team for more money, I'd like to think I'd keep any feelings I of dissatisfaction I might nonetheless have to myself, even if they were on some level valid.
    Keeping quiet might work for some, but might not work for others. Obviously Pickett was asked about his situation and chose to answer in an open, honest, reasonable way. I see no reason for him or anyone else to keep silent if they want to clear the air. It's not like he went on a venomous Kyle Turley tirade.

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    Re: Pickett: " I wasn't treated right"

    One good season doesn't make a perennial pro-bowler especially when it comes at the end of a 5 year deal in a contract year.

    In terms of his complaint, he's perfectly entitled to voice it of course, but I'd point him to the fact that the Rams attempted to re-sign him on the basis of one good season to a pretty hefty contract.

    Additionally, he plays in an environment where his entire career will be played out in the public eye. If he can't handle the scrutiny and resulting comment, good and bad, I suggest he finds another job that will pay him $14 million over 4 years.

    I think it's fair to point out that I have limited sympathy for complaints of treatment of this nature from someone who has been handsomely rewarded for performance that didn't equate with his draft position, or I'd venture, his salary.

    Remember, he had one good year statistically in 5, and it didn't make the difference now did it?

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