Pennington speaks: Responds to cheap shots

Recently two unnamed, cowardly Jets were quoted in the New York Post saying the team should cut injury-prone quarterback Chad Pennington.

Those comments didn't go unnoticed by the signal-caller, who is currently living in Sarasota, Florida.

"I'm glad I'm down here and not up there (in New York)," said Pennington, who is rehabbing his surgically repaired right shoulder in Bradenton, Fla. "I've heard my teammates don't want me back."

It's not all your teammates, Chad, it's just two gutless individuals taking cheap shots at you.

Pennington also isn't happy about the team's proposal to cut his salary in 2006 from $9 to $ 1 million.

"They want to pay me less than what most backup quarterbacks are making," said Pennington.

Pennington's agent Tom Condon has been meeting over the last few days with Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine. Since neither the agent or GM are talking to the media about the talks, there is no way to tell how the negotiations are progressing.

If Pennington doesn't except a signicant paycut by March 3, he could be cut.

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