Despite being one of the up and coming teams around the league according to many, one former player claims that the Arizona Cardinals are one of the cheapest teams in the NFL. In an interview with Sports Illustrated writer Michael Silver, 13-year vet Robert Griffith ripped his former team, who didn’t offer him a new deal after his contract was up in February. Griffith went so far as to complain about meals after road games as well as the team locking a frig that had sports drinks in it on the team’s off-day.
“They’re all show,” Griffith said in the interview. “They’re a facade. They say, ‘We’ve got the nicest stadium in North America’ – and they do. But everything else is to the penny.” The former Viking and Brown also took a shot at owner Bill Bidwell, claiming that when he signed his deal, the check he got from the club had the price of FedEx shipping taken out of it. “The check was for like $499,985.89, or whatever. That’s how they do (stuff) in Arizona. That’s how they run their business.”
Griffith is still on the sidelines, waiting for a team to call that may be interested in his services for the 2007 season. He says he would like to sign with a Super Bowl contending team to try and make a run for a ring. Cards media relations director Mark Dalton said that the team does its business in line with two other teams he personally worked for, the Bills and Eagles. “We would dispute the accuracy of a lot of those statements,” Dalton said. “I don’t know that our practices are drastically different from any other team.”