Chiefs Exploring AFC East Castoff?

When you draft a high profile college football in the first round of the NFL draft, they're either a gem or a bust. With depth issues at linebacker, the Chiefs appear to have interest in a former top ten draft pick. So which category does this player fall into?

When the Owners and Players rekindle their conversations to get a new labor deal done by Friday's midnight deadline, the Kansas City Chiefs aren't sitting around waiting for the two sides to devise a plan to split upwards of $9 billion in annual revenues.

On Friday, we mentioned that the Chiefs are hoping to gain the services of Minnesota Vikings restricted Wide Receiver Sidney Rice. However, in order to pry him away from the NFC North team, the two sides appear to be miles apart in regards to potential compensation via trade.

According to our NFL source, the Vikings want a first and second round 2011 draft pick from the Chiefs. It's believed that Kansas City would be willing to part with a third round pick for the rights to Rice. So at the moment based on the fact that it's not known if Rice will become an unrestricted free agent once there is a new Collective Bargaining agreement, that door is currently closed.

However, that setback is hardly stalling the Chiefs efforts to add players to their 2011 roster. After they whiffed on landing defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who signed with the New Orleans Saints last week, they've had discussions with former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris.

Should Harris sign with the Chiefs, he would likely become the teams starting nose tackle next season replacing Ron Edwards who is an unrestricted free agent.

But the hot rumor circling the drain in Chiefs land on Sunday morning is that the team is considering adding the services of linebacker Vernon Gholston. The former New York Jets linebacker cleared waivers on Saturday making him free to sign with any NFL team.

However the sixth overall pick from the 2008 NFL Draft might not be what the Chiefs need. In his entire three-year career with the Jets, Gholston never registered a single sack. And with the Chiefs in a contract stalemate with Tamba Hali, they have to find another outside linebacker who can make up for some of his 15 sacks a year ago.

When Gholston came out of Ohio State, he was a workout warrior at the NFL Combine and that caused his draft stock to soar. The Jets run a solid 3-4 defensive scheme and Gholston couldn't make the adjustment from the college ranks to the pro level. He just wasn't fast enough nor did have the physical attributes necessary to be a dominating defensive player at the NFL level.

Thus should the Chiefs make a run for the former Buckeye standout, they will likely do it initially for depth purposes. Then again based on what Chiefs Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel did with many of his players a year ago, including linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Glenn Dorsey, it's possible that the Chiefs could get more out of Gholston than the Jets did.

And that and nothing else, might be at the core of their interest in landing the former top 10 draft pick.

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