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Ellis respects Ryan, says ‘obviously it seems like it’s not mutual’

After news broke yesterday that former Jets end Shaun Ellis was signing with the Patriots, Jets coach Rex Ryan said “there’s no way I’m going to wish him well. There’s no chance of that. I wish him to be healthy, but I don’t want him to play that well.”

Today, Ellis said he wished the Jets well, but it seemed fairly obvious that he felt disrespected by the Jets’ minimum contract offer, and that he wasn’t more of a priority after 11 years with the team.

Here are some of his comments:

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Rex Ryan said he doesn’t wish you well, he wishes you health but not well. What do you think of that?

It’s Rex. I’d like to say I wish him well, I wish him all the success. So, you know, that’s just how it is.

Do you wish him well?

Yeah, I mean I do. I have a lot of respect for the guy. Obviously it seems like it’s not mutual, so … I respect him.

How much disappointment, even bitterness do you feel toward the Jets. You played there 11 years and then they don’t make you much of an offer. That has to feel just not right…

Yeah, I mean, when you look at it that way from an emotional standpoint, yeah it was. But you have to look at it as a business as well. They have a choice of going after the guys they feel like they need, or that they want to surround their team around and I just went in there playing. So, like I said, I’m a Patriot now. I’m a part of this plan. I’m going to go out there and play my best.

Extra motivation to beat the Jets because they said you can’t play any more?

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I think that’s motivation when you play any team. It’s the NFL. Each win is hard to come by. So as many wins as you can rack up, the better. Against the Jets, yeah, it puts a little icing on the cake, it does. Overall the goal, to make the season, it don’t. So for us it’s one game at a time and just try to get to the ultimate prize at the end.

Receive interest from other teams?

Yeah.

Easy to flip the switch from green to blue?

Guys change teams all the time. I’ve just been fortunate enough to play 11 years with the Jets, had a great time, great experience. It’s just one of them things when it’s time to move on, you’ve got to move on. I found a new home here and guys have welcomed me in. I was a little hesitant at first, a little weird feeling, but once I got in here they made me feel like a weapon so… Is it easy? Yeah, it is.

What did you use to think of the Patriots?

It’s a team that was always the top of our division, still is to this day. Me playing against them for 11 years, of course you built up a little kind of hatred towards the Patriots all those 11 years, but I understand what it takes to be a champion and they’ve been doing it. And I’ve been wanting to feel that feeling for however long. So hopefully the time has come.

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When do you hope to get out there and practice?

Soon, soon. They just wanted me to do some more conditioning things and be ready to go.

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On joining the Patriots: “It’s good. You know, it feels like home. It feels like a place that’s all about winning, like they have been [winning]. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
On what prompted him to leave: “Basically, a lot of things went down. The Jets felt like they wanted to go in a different direction and I made the best decision that was best for me and my family and I chose to come here.”
Was it surprising Jets went different direction?: “Yeah it was. But it’s a business. It’s the nature of this sport. I accepted it and found a new home.”
Thoughts on Patriots before: “[The] first thing that comes to mind is winning, you know, championships. I don’t have one and I want to get one before it’s all said and done. This is the best opportunity for me to do it and I joined and I’m ready to get in line with the rest of the guys and play my role.”

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