Or so he claims: “You only get one or two shots at this, you know what I’m saying? I’ll do it. Jeff Schwartz will probably hate it,” he said, referring to his agent, who will handle contract negotiations next summer.

“For some guys, they might not be able to take it well, especially in their contract year. Whatever. I’m good. I’ve made enough. I’m OK. My family’s good. Hopefully I can win a championship here and be rewarded for it.”