He's been taking a beating physically.
When you're still playing, you're lifting, you're conditioning and you're still young. You can stunt the onset of some of these disabilities. But as time goes on, particularly for African-American players, things like diabetes become more pronounced. Obesity is an issue for people in general ... and the NFL can take the forefront on this by stressing good nutrition.
This could be football Armageddon for teams having to release quality veterans.
I know I'm biased because I'm his agent, but Ted Washington is probably the best nose tackle in the history of football. He'll play hard every down. This is probably his last contract, but I said that two contracts ago. Cleveland and Ted are a good fit for each other.
He wants to get something done by the end of the weekend. He'd like to have something done yesterday, but Sam understands the business and realizes how things work.