Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay says he's not worried at all about his knee in light of a report last weekend that he had his knee drained "at least" six times last season in Miami. One doctor told ESPN that Clay wouldn't have much left beyond one productive season in Buffalo.
And without mentioning him by name, coach Rex Ryan took a jab at Miami Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum.
"I don't know who would put that out there," Ryan said on Monday. "That's the first I've heard of it. Somebody that obviously wanted to keep him, probably. You know, what team was that? But I have no idea where that came from. ...We'll see. He's here and we're glad we got him."
On Friday, Clay repeated that his knee feels fine and he is not worried about his future.
"It caught me off guard," Clay said of the report. I didn't know anything about it. The day before yesterday is when I found out about it. I didn't know anything about it. My brother called me and he was laughing. He said, 'I saw what Rex said about you.' I said, 'What are you talking about?' And he said, 'I guess somebody was saying something about your knee.' He sent me the video and that's how I saw it. I don't know why anyone would do it. I don't worry about it."
Last off-season, Miami declined to match Buffalo's five-year, $38 million offer to Clay, a deal that included $24.5 million guaranteed. And of course, Ryan and Tannenbaum have a history together. The two were together as coach and G.M. with the New York Jets from 2009-2012. Ryan also previously took a couple jabs at his other former Jets G.M., John Idzik.
Clay repeats the words of his head coach. Time will tell.
"Exactly what Rex said, 'We'll see,'" Clay said. "OK, we'll just see. I'm not going to get too much into that, into a war of words or whatever it may be.
"I'm fine, I'm fine."
In Buffalo's opener, Clay caught four passes for 43 yards.
The tight end repeats that he doesn't understand why anyone would put something about his knee out there. Either way, he sees himself playing in the NFL a very long time.
"There's people all around the league who have played longer than people think they're supposed to," Clay said. "Nobody in this locker room is guaranteed to play another snap. I'm not worried about that at all. I'm fine."
"If it was up to me I'd play another 10 years. Even 11, 12. ... I'm fine. I'm fine."