I tore my ACL today for the 3rd time today! I'm disappointed that I won't be playing for a bears team that has the players and coaches to WIN the Super Bowl. I thank God for letting me live my dream of playing in the NFL for 8 years plus. It has truly been FUN! #blessed#lovethisgame
Started off reflecting on his retirement ceremony (the host of this show was invited)
Gross on how it felt during his ceremony: "One of the best days of my life. Felt like a funeral, but it went the way I wanted it"
"Knowing Kalil, I knew a prank was coming at some point; that's how we show our appreciation with one another. That's friendship. His tweet "good riddance" was the best of all the well wishes."
Asked, when he knew he was retiring: "After I redid my contract for essentially a 1 year deal, unless i got some miraculous sign from god or a miraculous pain free body that it was my last year. I geared up for the year, gave it everything I had and it was awesome. I feel good now."
Asked about Smitty, how bad a distraction was he: "Mannnnnn, just terrible. All things must come to an end, myself, Steve and Fox can all say that. Steve and I were the last 2 drafted guys from the original gang. I think it was just a time for change. He wanted to be there though.13 years in 1 locker room is unheard of. With Steve, what you love about him is what drives you nuts sometimes. He's fiery and opinionated. I'm not going to say he didn't ruffle feathers, but there was never a point where I didn't want him on my team. Dave Gettleman isn't very popular right now because of his tough call."
Regarding Dave Gettleman and his "I didn't like Dave last year" comment: "I can say that because we have a good relationship now, but I didn't agree that my contract had to be restructured, There were a lot of decisions he made a year ago that people were questioning, but we went 12 and 4 and Ron coached a great year. The Panthers are going through some of that now, so i'll reserve judgement of his decisions now because no one pinned us to win the division last year too. We were picked to be dead last in the division last year, we didn't. The same moves that happened last year are happening again and people are panicky"
On Cam's ankle: "I have 0 worries on Cam. He's got so much better every year because he continues to understand things more and more. He's young, strong and has the best doctors tending to him. Being a smarter player is more important than his ankle (because he's young and will recover just fine, it's a non issue). 0 worries on my behalf. Cam is the future, and i'm a huge fan of his"
Will you still be doing This Is Gross?: "I don't know, it depends what my roll is with the team going forward and my access to them. I did it because I enjoy talking to my team mates, not something to do for the future. That's a me thing."
Who knew you were returning prior to the season and why wasn't it public?: "Kalil, Travelle and Piggy knew it was my last year. I didn't want to make my last year a spectacle, so I didn't make it known."
Talked about someone quoting him saying "Cam's head is a bigger issue than his ankle" Gross: "That's completely wrong, that goes back to quotes in the media. People hear what they want to hear. That's the reason I don't tweet as much as I do. If you put quote marks around something, it's DEFINITELY true."
note: I didn't see anything personally on this Cam thing. I saw a comment below regarding his head problem>ankle problem. He shoots that down in the last section. Basically again, just saying people hear what they want to hear.
He finished the segment talking about visiting Idaho and fishing. Stayed the full hour. I'll post a podcast link if it becomes available.
He also talks about Greg Hardy (44:00 - 45:45) and Thomas Davis (45:45 - 46:50). The Smitty talk starts at at 46:50 and goes on for around 10 minutes. LOTS of numbers talk, so many might not find this interesting.
Summary (very general. lots of talk involving numbers)
Smitty has an Option bonus that picks up his 2016 contract year (has to be decided in June)
If not picked up and on the roster, the option bonus is paid anyways, but this would accelerate more bonus money into 2014
Smitty is "fully protected in his contract"
$3M of 2014 base salary is fully guaranteed even if he's released.
Post June 1 cut for Smitty means $6M cap hit (only saves us $1M) and $3M dead money into 2015
DG likely to keep his salary but ask him to get rid of the option to make Smitty's 2014 cap hit 6M instead of 7M
Real money: Smitty would earn $7M in 2014 if he is on the roster the way the contract is now, earns $3M cash if he's cut. $4M in real money is up for discussion from this point. DG and Smitty could meet somewhere in the middle in a new deal. If Smitty isn't up for discussion, he is cut, makes $3M and we take on $9M dead money split between 2014 and 2015