Le'Ron McClain - Per our spies the Kansas City Chiefs have begun discussions with the Le'Ron McClain camp. And that camp includes super agent, Todd Francis.
At this point, we believe that the two sides have been unable to come up with a number that makes sense.
Complicating matters is the fact that Texans Fullback Vonte Leach, signed a three-year, $11 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
I can't see the Kansas City Chiefs paying that kind of coin. Not saying it won't happen. And I maintain that this deal makes too much sense for talks to collapse now.
At some point on Monday, I suspect this matter will come to a close. McClain has been in Alabama over the weekend and from all accounts is ready to get back to playing football.
ILB Brandon Siler - I like this signing by the Chiefs. When you can raid a good player from a division rival that's always a bonus.
Siler is a short yardage specialist that helped the Chargers defense shine in goal line situations. When San Diego signed Takeo Spikes over the weekend, Siler became expendable.
I'm a bit surprised that he didn't end up in Carolina with his old defensive coordinator, Ron Rivera, who is now the Panthers Head Coach.
But I'll take him in Kansas City and just maybe he can compete for a starting job alongside Derrick Johnson.
DE Wallace Gilberry - Chalk this up to one funny story. Last week we heard that the Chiefs had come to an agreement with Defensive End Wallace Gilberry.
On Friday he was set to sign the deal, when we're told the offer might have been pulled. It seems Gilberry used his Twitter account to announce that he'd be signing a contract. Now we don't know if it was his tender, which he signed Sunday afternoon, or a brand new deal.
We think by spilling the bean that irked his boss, no not the coach on the field, the one at the top of the executive food chain.
Time will tell if this is just Chiefs lore or truth. But I though it was a good way to end our weekly report!
RB L'Ron McClain - According to the Twitter page from our friends at 38 The Sports Spot, they believe that it's a matter of when, not if, the Chiefs add the former Ravens running back. We tend to agree!
McClain has been a twittering fool dropping hints that something is cooking but still nothing definitive. Still if the Chiefs make a move today, I'm expecting this to be the primary one on Sunday.
WR Randy Moss - Per a league source we're told that the rumor, we mentioned yesterday about a tryout with the Chiefs, is still a strong possibility.
We're told if that happens that it likely will take place at the indoor practice facility at Arrowhead and not in St. Joseph. That's not all that surprising that the Chiefs would keep Moss away from their training facility. At least until they make a decision about signing him or just letting him go on his marry way.
LB Justin Houston - The Chiefs third round pick isn't helping his cause with his new team. He's the only draft pick unsigned and he's missing valuable time getting to know Romeo Crennel's system.
Though we've tried to figure out why he's MIA thus far in camp, nothing concrete. Though it's likely money of some sort, maybe the kid who had some recent problem at the NFL Combines, is having to deal with some personal stuff that's conflicting with his ability to join the Chiefs at the moment.
LB Channing Crowder - I've not heard his name tied to the Chiefs yet but I think he'd make a great addition to the team. It's clear that the Chiefs defense has a gaping hole at insider linebacker. Derrick Johnson is set but he needs a running mate.
Jovan Belcher has been admirable but if this group of linebackers are going to elevate their game next season, Scott Pioli needs to land either Crowder or rent Nick Barnett for a season or two until he can draft one next season.
CB Kelvin Hayden - He might be the best cornerback on the market and the Chiefs would be wise to lure the former Indianapolis Colts cornerback to Kansas City.
Though he's had injuries, the Chiefs actually flirted with him a couple of years ago. He was on their radar before Indy signed him to a long term deal.
After whiffing on the top cornerbacks in the open market via free agency and ultimately passing on a deal to acquire Asante Samuels on Saturday, we keep hearing that Pioli wants to upgrade the cornerback back position in Kansas City.
And even though Brandon Flowers was lights out in practice on Saturday, this team needs another veteran cornerback.
Hayden would be a perfect fit for the Chiefs and is a player that would provide insurance in case talks with Brandon Carr, who has not signed his tender and wants a new long term contract, doesn't get resolved anytime soon. _____________________________________________________________
CB Asante Samuels - We've heard that the Chiefs have upped their offer to the Eagles for Samuels. However, that might be the easy part.
We're told that his agent, the infamous Drew Rosenhous wants a new deal for Samuels. In 2011, his cap value is just $6M. Which for the Chiefs, easily fits considering they're NOT spending any real money yet.
We keep hearing this a target of Pioli and with his track record, like I mentioned earlier, as the man who drafted him into the NFL, this makes too much sense.
RB Le'Ron McClain - Well we know McClain isn't coming to Kansas City this weekend. He just tweeted that he's heading to Alabama, probably to get some sweet tasting southern BBQ.
If he comes to Kansas City, I'll personally take him to Oklahoma Joes or Jack Stack for the real good stuff.
Seriously I still think he'll sign with the Chiefs but it does not appear either side is in a hurry.
WR Randy Moss - There are mild stirrings that the Chiefs remain interested in grabbing another veteran receiver. Been told through a source that it WOULD not be out of the question of Moss came to KC in the next 24-48 hours for a private workout.
Stay tuned on that potential move. Because if that happens what do the Chiefs do with Dwayne Bowe? And would Moss even consider becoming a back-up in KC?
DT Kelly Gregg - Per National Football Post the Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran Nose Tackle Kelly Gregg to a one-year deal. It's a good move by the Chiefs. Not sexy but a decent move for a stop gap until Jerrell Powe can grow into a starter role in 2012.
Chiefs Signings - On Friday, the Chiefs announced ten signings. No real surprises on the list.
RB Jackie Battle, WR Steve Breaston, WR Terrance Copper, CB Travis Daniels, S Jon McGraw, T Ryan O'Callaghan, TE Leonard Pope and C Casey Wiegmann. The Chiefs also announced that FB Mike Cox signed his restricted free agent tender and S Reshard Langford signed his exclusive rights free agent tender.
RB Le'Ron McClain - The Chiefs appear to remain very interested in the service of the former Baltimore Ravens fullback. The problem is that McClain is holding firm that he can be a starting running back in this league.
Most NFL teams, all in fact, view him as a Fullback. So either McClain comes to terms with the fact he's going to be a back-up running back and a primary fullback in short yardage situations, then nobody is quite sure when he'll sign with the Chiefs or anyone else for that matter.
DE Aubrayo Franklin - Per an NFL source the Kansas City Chiefs began contract talks with the S.F 49ers defensive end on Friday evening.
However there are as many as four other NFL teams in the mix for his services. At hand for Scott Pioli, who whiffed badly in his attempt to land premier cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on Friday afternoon, he's going to be forced to overpay for Franklin.
And from what we're beginning to hear in NFL circles, the Chiefs don't want to do that. And with news that NFL teams don't have to hit the NFL cap ceiling until 2013, we're skeptical the Chiefs will spend the dollars it's going to take to upgrade this football team.
CB Asante Samuels - The Philadelphia Eagles have let all 32 NFL teams know that they are planning to move Samuels for the right price. We're told the Eagles want a second rounder. But that price could be steep! What we're hearing is that this could be a three team race between the Chiefs, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys.
Still count the Chiefs as one of the teams that has modest interest in obtaining the veteran cornerback. Despite contradictory reports, Kansas City was shopping cornerback Brandon Flowers on Friday. Had Pioli landed Asamugha, we believe Flowers would have been shipped to either the Arizona Cardinals or the New York Jets.
Pioli drafted Samuels back in 2003 when he was the General Manager of the New England Patriots. And so a deal with Philadelphia makes sense. But at what price?
The Eagles have been killing the free agent market and their deal to send Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals was in my view, highway robbery.
So even though Samuels has roughly $32 million owed to him in the next three seasons, the Chiefs appear one of the few teams that can absorb those dollars.
So does something that makes so much sense for both teams likely to happen? Until I see Pioli spend dollars elsewhere, probably not.
DE Ty Warren - As soon as he was cut by the New England Patriots on Friday, we knew his name would pop up in Kansas City.
The mammoth defensive end would appear to be a good fit for the Chief. Though his sack numbers are down, he still has plenty of NFL game left in his step.
And with the Chiefs still pondering getting into the Cullen Jenkins sweepstakes, it would appear a safe bet that Warren gets a look-see in Kansas City at some point within the next week.
Baltimore Ravens - We continue to hear rumblings that the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens have discussed a few trade possibilities but we're not privy to the names.
So stay tuned on that developing story. _____________________________________________________________
CB Brandon Flowers - He's on the sidelines today with no helmet and has not participated in a single drill at Missouri Western.
We're told that a trade involving Flowers may happen this evening. However, it's contingent on the Chiefs acquiring his replacement. It won't be Senior Nnamdi. Hearing Raiders back in the mix with a whopping offer 7-Years, $84M.
I had heard the Cleveland Browns had shown interest in Flowers had he been available prior to the NFL Draft.
DE Ty Warren - The minute the New England Patriots released defensive end Ty Warren, my phone blew up. So I'll cut to the chase!
I do think the Chiefs will have an interest in him. I've heard rumblings today of some potential trades involving Kansas City. And though, I'm waiting for a bit more confirmation before I spill the details, adding Warren would make some sense for the Chiefs.
DE Antwan Odom - We told you last week that the Chiefs were showing interest in Cincinnati Bengals defensive end. Per our source, that remains to be the case. With his release today by the Bengals, Odom is now free to negotiate any deal he wants.
We speculated, or at least formed an opinion, that if Pioli wanted to rid Tyson Jackson from the Chiefs roster, that the Bengals would be a perfect fit. In our scenario, both teams would have exchanged payers softening the blow - that both players never lived up to their lofty draft slotting.
And with Jackson's lofty contract, the Bengals who need to start spending money, would be a strong candidate to absorb the sums of riches still owed to the Chiefs 2009 first round pick.
WR Jonathan Baldwin - As we told you yesterday, the Chiefs would in short order come to terms with their top draft pick. Mr. Baldwin is in the house and he's agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
RB Ron McClain - A source tells Warpaint Illustrated that the Chiefs remain the front runner for McClain. We're told an announcement could be made at some point before the day is out.
There have been numerous reports that the two sides were close to an agreement two days ago. But as is the nature with Scott Pioli, silence is king right now.
We just find it out, as with most of the names that we believe the Chiefs have an interest in signing, that some deals have to be in place.
LB Nick Barnett - We think we've pieced this deal together. Barnett was NOT released by the Packers on Thursday as had been reported by various media outlets.
So it's our guess that the Chiefs and Packers may have worked out a trade and sign deal to obtain Barnett in exchange for a 2012 or 2013 draft pick.
LB Tamba Hali - We continue to hear reports that re-signing Hali long term is a high priority for Pioli. We're hearing some pretty whopping numbers.
As we told you last week, it was going to take a deal in the neighborhood of $70 million in order for Hali to sign on the dotted line.
With the Chiefs cap situation on the very low end, they have to start signing players to a handful of riches. And backing up the brinks truck to Hali, probably would be a wise decision.
At this point, all signs are pointing toward getting a deal done.
And as far as the rumor floating around that the Chiefs were shopping Hali to the New England Patriots, we've come up with nothing at this point.
Shaun Smith - One of the Chiefs better defensive players has bolted Kansas City. Shaun Smith has agreed to a 3-year, $10 million contract with the Tennessee Titans.
He's going to be missed in Kansas City.
DT Arbaryo Franklin - His name is going to be a hot topic today in Kansas City. Barring a change of heart and contract numbers, Franklin is one player that the Chiefs are likely going to have to sign for the middle of their defense.
The Nose Tackle position, in regards to free agency, is perilously thin. And though I hope the Chiefs don't overpay for Franklin, they really don't have a choice to sign him.
Rookie Jerrell Powe isn't ready to start 16 NFL games.
LB Nick Barnett - Our sources maintain that all things are pointing to Barnett joining the Chiefs today. General Manager Scott Pioli has dollars to spend and though Barnett, like Franklin wants a lot of money, he should over pay for Barnett if need be.
RB Le'Ron McClain - I'm expecting word to leak out at some point today that McClain is the newest member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
He's hinted on Twitter that he and his agent, Todd Francis, are narrowing the field. Hopefully he'll be a Chief soon because I think he's the final offensive piece to Todd Haley's master plan in 2011.
G Brian Waters - Yesterday's decision to cut the Chiefs All Pro Guard was an easy one for Kansas City. The Chiefs can't afford to keep throwing out an aging offensive line. They have to get younger.
And as I debated this morning on 610 Sports with Bob Fescoe, second year Guard, Jon Asamoah, is ready to start for this football team.
Still we wish Waters well. He won't be out of work for long and don't be surprised, if he ends up signing a deal with the Indianapolis Colts! _____________________________________________________________
RB Thomas Jones - Not so fast! Sorry to prematurely give the impression that he was cut. He's currently in St. Joe.
WR Chris Chambers - Per the KC Star Chris Chambers wasn't with the Chiefs when they arrived at Missouri Western. By cutting the unhappy receiver, the Chiefs will save a few million on this years cap.
DT Aubrayo Franklin - Jason La Confora of the NFL Network says that the Chiefs are the front runner to acquiring Franklin. We've heard similar items.
However, I'm not sure that's completely the case. The Chiefs are still in on Cullen Jenkins and likely wait to see which veterans get cut from the other 31 teams before they sign Franklin on the dotted line.
RB Thomas Jones - According to an NFL source, the agent for running back Thomas Jones is shopping his client to other NFL teams. That would lead us to believe that the Chiefs will not retain his services for the 2011 season.
We hinted at this a few months ago and this move could be the key pin in signing Baltimore Ravens Fullback Le'Ron McClain.
However, we're also told that Jones is supposed to speak to the media in St. Joe. So this could be a case of his agent covering his bases provided he is cut today, tomorrow or when McClain shows up.
If McClain shows up in KC.
RB Ronnie Brown - The Chiefs have inquired about him as a back-up. I think there isn't much to the inquiry. I think this is a Pioli move to let it slip they are not interested in McClain.
But we know different!
DT Shaun Smith - We know for certain that Smith has agreed to a new contract with an NFL team. What we can't confirm, just yet anyway, if he'll be a Chief.
His cryptic tweet this morning sent mixed signals. Either he has signed and he's being coy per his boss, Scott Pioli. Or he's just messing with Chiefs fans that he isn't coming back. I hope it's my first theory and not the second.
But there is an internet post indicating he signed a 3-year, $10 million deal with Tennessee.
CB Jonathan Joseph - We're told the Chiefs remain interested in Joseph and that he's received a substantial offer from the Tampa Bay Bucs.
We were also told that the Detroit Lions have balked off on their pursuit of Joseph. Though I think that's posturing by the Lions to bring his price down.
There's been great debate how interested the Chiefs are in Joseph but I'm told that if they are going to break the bank on one free agent this offseason, that he might be the only one.
DL Shaun Smith - We're hearing strong indications that the Chiefs are close to a new contract for Defensive Lineman Shaun Smith. In fact, we'd be shocked if a deal doesn't get done.
DE Wallace Gilberry - We're not sure if the reason the Chiefs may have pulled the long term contact off the table from Gilberry had to do with his recent Tweets, but it's safe to assume, that he'll at least be under contract to the Chiefs in 2011. Just not sure if that's going to be long term or not.
LB Nick Barnett - Our spies in Green Bay insist that the Chiefs are still in good shape to land Barnett, hopefully via trade. If he hits the open market at 3:00 PM today, his price tag is going to rise. We're hearing he wants a deal in the $6-7 million range.
RB Le'Ron McClain - Nothing really new to report on the status of McClain. But the silence from his camp and the rumors we've been hearing for months about KC's interest in the Ravens running back, appear to be accurate. So this could be another Steve Breaston type of deal, that might be announced late this afternoon.
CB Jonathan Joseph - We keep hearing the Chiefs remain very interested in the Bengals Cornerback. We're also told that if Nnamdi Asomugha gets the $125 million deal from Houston that Michael Lombardi from NFL Network is reporting this morning, then the price tag for Joseph is going to rise.
So if the Chiefs want him badly enough, they better not wait too long. The good news is that both sides want to work something out. Remains to be seen if they will or not.
But one source reiterated the message he passed to us last night, that he expects Joseph to sign with KC. _____________________________________________________________
CB Jonathan Joseph - Per a league source the Bengals starting cornerback is going to make a decision at some point Thursday or early Friday morning as to his next employer.
And we're told, that the Chiefs are in the mix to land the Bengals shut down corner. As I've mentioned since we broke this rumor on Tuesday, the Detroit Lions haven't given up in signing Joseph. But Kansas City is pushing hard to secure his talents.
Late Wednesday evening another NFL source told Warpaint Illustrated.com that Joseph would be the "next' Chiefs signed. We have NO confirmation on that statement from our sources.
Time will tell if that's the case.
RB Le'Ron McClain - It's nice to see the Chiefs fans giving McClain some love on his Twitter page. Sounds like it might be working. Still being told KC is the front runner and would not be shocked if a deal gets done at some point on Thursday.
Steve Breaston - This is a great signing by Scott Pioli. He's a perfect fit for the Chiefs offense. I was told this evening, once word spread that Sidney Rice was going to sign with Seattle, that as many eight teams called the Breaston camp.
But Pioli swiftly maneuvered the Chiefs into a position to stay atop Breaston's wish list. And it was clear the trump card was Breaston's relationship with KC Head Coach Todd Haley.
Still it was good of Pioli, who probably has been telling agents around the NFL to keep their mouths shut about pending or done deals with their clients involving negotiations with the Chiefs, that he let the Breaston signing out of the bag! It was a brilliant PR move by Kansas City.
Let's hope they don't stop there.
CB Travis Daniels - According to Bill Williamson at ESPN, the Chiefs re-signed Daniels to a one-year deal.
S Jon McGraw - Forgot to mention that he signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs this morning. Another solid move but if Reshard Langford can show the signs he made a year ago when he was healthy, not sure McGraw makes the final roster.
WR Steve Breaston - From all accounts the Kansas City Chiefs would appear to be the front runner to land the former Arizona Cardinals receiver. Per our source, he remains a top target of the Chiefs and from all accounts contract numbers have been discussed. However per our source there are more teams in on Breaston at this hour then they were this morning.
Still for Chiefs fans when news spread from Arizona Cardinals Beat Writer Kent Summers, that Breaston would NOT return to the team, speculation began fueling the rumor mill that he would be signing with the Chiefs. That might be true. But it's too early to say it's a done deal or a forgone conclusion.
Breaston is a perfect fit for the Chiefs and he's a better alternative to play the slot and add much needed speed at the position, that Plaxico Burress. It appears that Burress will land in Pittsburgh or go back to the New York Giants.
But all signs are pointing toward Breaston ending up a Chief by Friday evening. Stay tuned!
WR Sidney Rice - Cross, at least for the moment, the Seattle Seahawks off the list for the Vikings receiver. It appears that teams are backing off Rice until they can have their own team doctors look at him.
With a plethora of injuries the last couple of years, it's highly unlikely that any team will agree to terms with Rice until he's forced to turn his head and cough for an NFL team doctor or two.
But per our source, we're told KC still has interest in him. However, unless talks break down with Breaston (which is possible), the Chiefs might not bring him into Kansas City until Friday or Saturday for a physical.
LB Nick Barnett - From everything we're told the Chiefs are going to patiently wait for the Green Bay Packers to release Barnett versus coughing up a draft pick.
The Packers have already turned down a 7th round pick from Kansas City. Tampa Bay has offered a 6th round pick but our spies tells us that Barnett isn't excited to join the Bucs.
However, Barnett wants top dollar. And at a minimum, the Chiefs have to be willing to give him a 3-year, $21 million deal. He's worth it but any contract longer than three years for a thirty-something player is just too risky.
CB Jonathan Joseph - Per a league source the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions initially made a hard charge at the Bengals cornerback. We're told that KC remains interested but that Detroit might be willing to pay the young corner more money.
This is probably the most interesting rumor about the Chiefs that we picked up this week. Should he sign with Kansas City then Brandon Flowers or Brandon Carr would be competing for one starting spot. And based on their respective seasons a year ago, Carr would have the edge.
Flowers late season collapse hasn't helped his cause for a new contract . And some in the organization, from we've been told, are concerned that he's not going to be the shut down corner that the Chiefs need him to be.
Scott Pioli is adamant about adding a shut down corner and in light of the fact Nnamdi Asomugha wants a seven year deal in the neighborhood of $125 million, the Chiefs would be fools to pay that ransom for a thirty year old corner.
Joseph is three years younger and I'd rather see the Chiefs spend their dollars giving him a five year $35 million deal and in the end the Chiefs will get an solid starting corner for half the price.
Chiefs Draft Picks - We've heard rumblings that the Chiefs have come to terms with all of their third day picks (Rounds 3-7). At this point, we don't have any updates on rounds one and two.
We can confirm via Aaron Wilson Scout.com NFL writer and today's guest on the Out of Bounds Podcast, that KC's seventh round pick Fullback Shane Bannon has agreed to terms.
Signed Undrafted Free Agents:
DL Brandon Bair (Oregon)
TE Charlie Gantt (Michigan State)
OL Chris Harr (Tennessee - Chattanooga)
OL Mike Ingersoll (North Carolina)
LB Amara Kamara (Temple)
OL Butch Lewis, OL (USC)
OL David Mims, (Virginia Union)
DL Lucas Patterson (Texas A&M)
WR Josue Paul (Central Connecticut)
DB Demond Washington
DT Ron Edwards - The Carolina Panthers agreed to a three-year contract with the Chiefs defensive tackle. This means Kansas City is going to step up their efforts to find a bridge for 2011 sixth round pick Jerrell Powe.
The Chiefs are on on both Cullen Jenkins (Green Bay) and Arbrayo Franklin (San Francisco). But we're also learning that the Chiefs might have their sights set on Pat Williams (Minnesota), who would fit that stop gap role in the middle of KC's front three.
RB Le'Ron McClain - We continue to hear strong indications that both sides are attempting to hammer out a contract. According to Scout.com's NFL Expert, Aaron Wilson, the two sides seem to have a strong mutual interest.
TUESDAY JULY 26th - 9:30 PM
WR Sidney Rice - The Kansas City Chiefs made contact this afternoon with the Rice camp. It appears that both sides have a mutual interest about trying to work out a contract.
Talks are expected to heat up on Wednesday. Per our source, Tuesday's talks were the touch and feel kind. GM Scott Pioli first wanted to see if there was mutual interest. From all accounts, he learned enough to push forward.
WR Plaxico Burress - Though most of the talk today has centered on a return to the New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Wallace Gilberry tweeted late Tuesday evening, that he had some interesting news on his boy, Plaxico. Apparently the two are friends. Could they become teammates?
We told you nearly a month ago that the Kansas City Chiefs were interested in Burress and it appears that they are exploring that option a little deeper this evening.
WR Steve Breaston - There is no question at this point that the soon to be former Arizona Cardinal, has the Chiefs attention. Though the New England Patriots appear inclined to make an offer for Breaston, he still is listening to all offers.
What we can tell you from our source is that the Chiefs are on his free agent list. And it would appear that he would welcome a reunion with Chiefs Head Coach, Todd Haley.
LB Nick Barnett - We've been telling you for months that the Chiefs have begun a love affair with Barnett. On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs offered a conditional 7th round pick to the Packers in exchange for the rights to a player they plan to cut on Thursday.
However Green Bay, still delirious from their Super Bowl win, have been asking teams for a 5th round pick.
Per our source, the Packers are believed to be in talks with the Tampa Bay about sending Barnett to the Bucs. They appear willing to offer a better draft pick.
But they'd have to work out a contract with Barnett and we don't even know if he has interest in joining the young Bucs. We do know that he'd like to be a Chief.
There is a third team involved but at this point, we've been unable to identify that team. We had thought it was the San Diego Chargers but they signed Takeo Spikes this evening.
Cornerback Jonathan Joseph - Per a league source the Kansas City Chiefs are showing interest in Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Jonathan Joseph.
The 27-year old veteran cornerback fits one of the objections that Scott Pioli set out to do this offseason. He'd like to add a young talented cornerback to compete with incumbents, Brandon Flowers and Brandon Car
However if Joseph signs with the Chiefs, then it's safe to assume that either Flowers or Carr, may be dealt for future draft picks.
Because Pioli is going to have shell out some big bucks to lure Joseph away from the Bengals and his top pursuer, the Detroit Lions.
Nick Barnett Update - Per a league source the Kansas City Chiefs have been in touch with the agent for soon to be released Green Bay Packers linebacker, Nick Barnett.
Per the source, the Chiefs are among three teams that have begun the process of trying to secure the Super Bowl Champion linebacker. Barnett would be a perfect inside compliment for Derrick Johnson.
This will mark the second time that the Chiefs have shown interest in acquiring Barnett. Per our source, Kansas City would have likely given up a 2011 draft choice to the Packers to Barnett's services had the lockout prevented player movement.
So don't be surprised, if the Chiefs and Packers make a trade for Barnett rather than let him hit the NFL free agent market.
Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for more information about the Chiefs pursuit of Nick Barnett.
Randy Moss Visit? - An NFL source told Warpaint Illustrated this morning that free agent Wide Receiver Randy Moss has indicated he'd like to visit the Chiefs this weekend. This would make sense considering Scott Pioli was the man that brought Moss from Oakland to New England.
Turk Will Visit Barnett - As we've been touting for over a month, Green Bay Packers Linebacker Nick Barnett has been told by team officials, that he'll be cut on Thursday. Should that be the case, I expect the Chiefs to bring Barnett into town for a workout.
Chiefs Add 5 More UDFA - Chris Harr (OL, Tennessee Chattanooga), Lucas Patterson (DE, Texas A&M), Josue Paul (WR, Central Connecticut), Brandon Bair (DE, Oregon), Mike Ingersoll (OT, North Carolina). Of these selections, Lucas Patterson is the most intriguing to me. Again like David Mims, who the Chiefs signed earlier in the day, Patterson was a guy that I felt should have been drafted. If that's the case, then one has to ask why did they also sign Bair? Makes me wonder with the addition of Patterson and Bair that their might be substance to the rumor the Chiefs may dump Tyson Jackson. Either way kudos to the Chiefs for stockpiling along the exterior of their defensive line.
Chiefs Add a Pair of UDFA - Though the ink isn't dry, Warpaint Illustrated has learned that, unless these players have a change of heart, that Kansas City will agree to terms with a pair of undrafted free agents this morning, David Mims and Desmond Washington.
Mims is a 6'8" offensive tackle from Virginia Union. The Chiefs brought him in for a workout prior to the NFL draft. But he went undrafted. He's a project that projects to be a right tackle in the NFL.
Washington is a small corner who played the last four years at Auburn. But he's an aggressive defender who will get a shot in Kansas City to make the final roster. Still this addition continues to raise questions about what else the Chiefs have up their sleeves to bolster the cornerback position. But Washington, who is similar to the stature of Brandon Flowers, could provide some competition for a back-up role in Kansas City.
St. Joe Update - Well there really isn't one. Today the Chiefs will address the media and we should learn where the Chiefs will hold training camp this season. The NFL indicated that the Chiefs could open camp on Thursday. But there has been no official word by the Chiefs, or for that matter, anyone from Missouri Western, that indeed Kansas City will be heading up north in two days.
St. Joe Getting Ready - Our spies tell us that the first truck carrying equipment for the Kansas City Chiefs arrived in St. Joe about an hour ago. So it appears that the Chiefs will have their entire training camp in St. Joe.
However, the Chiefs as a team won't arrive on the campus of Missouri Western until the NFLPA converts from a trade association back to a full fledged Union. Therefore, the NFL will not announce the official start date of the 2011 League Year until that happens. That means camps will open no later than Thursday August 4th.
TERMS SET FOR PLAYER MOVEMENT:
Tuesday July 26th @ 9:00 AM - Players may come to the facilities for class participation to speak with trainers and coaches. Draft Picks and Undrafted Free Agents may sign with any NFL club. Teams can speak with their own free agents, restricted free agents from other teams but won't be allowed to sign any player. However, teams can trade veterans for other veterans or future draft picks.
NOTE: Teams can make deals with unrestricted free agents but can't officially sign them on the dotted line until Friday!
Thursday July 28th @ 3:00 PM - Teams can wave any player and terminate contracts.
Friday July 29th @ 5:00 PM - Free Agency begins and teams can sign any available player including Free Agents, their own Players, Franchise or Transition Players on their teams or another. In other words, all HELL breaks loose.
Linebacker Tamba Hali - Per our sources the Kansas City Chiefs hope to lock up outside linebacker Tamba Hali to a long term contract in the next day or two. We're told that initially Hali was asking for a long term contract in the neighborhood of the one Jared Allen signed with Minnesota three years ago. It appears the gamble Hali and his agent took to shut down talks of a contract extension last October, will pay big dividends for Hali. In February, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Hali. So either way he's going to earn some serious coin in 2011.
Running Back Le'Ron McClain - An NFL source told Warpaint Illustrated on Monday morning that McClain would love to join the Chiefs. In fact, our source said that he'd enjoy the opportunity to share the backfield load with Chiefs All Pro running back Jamaal Charles.
Defensive End Tyson Jackson - We've heard rumblings the Chies might either trade or cut Jackson to avoid his high priced contract in 2011. If its' via trade, the Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals have had discussions that would send Jackson to the AFC North team in exchange for veteran Defensive End Antwan Odom.
Wide Receiver Steve Breaston - A league source told Warpaint Illustrated.com this morning that Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Steve Breaston won't give any team, including the Kansas City Chiefs any favorable deals. He's looking for top dollar as he begins his quest to find a new NFL team to play for in 2011. The Chiefs are dead set on adding at least one or quite possibly two receivers in free agency.
St. Joseph Training Camp Update - We've been told that there might be a split in the Chiefs kingdom in regards to having training camp at Arrowhead or honoring the teams commitment to St. Joe this summer. From what we've been told, GM Scott Pioli would prefer staying in KC. While Head Coach Todd Haley would like to make the trek up I-29 so he can bunker down his players and create a real boot camp for the next two weeks.
Training Camps can't open until the NFL announces the start of the new League Year. And that won't happen until either August 1st or 2nd. If the Chiefs do indeed go to St. Joe then it'll take at least five days to pack, unpack and set up the facility to welcome the Chiefs players on time. So talk of opening camps on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of this week would be difficult.
And lastly, teams that have cancelled their road training camps to date, will get a big jump on other NFL teams by having those practices at their own facility.
Roster Bonus Dollars - Any NFL team that has a player owed a March 1 roster bonus has until Midnight Wednesday to either cut that player, restructure their contract or pay the bonus. If the bonus is paid and is on the books Thursday morning at 12:01 AM, it will go against the 2011 Salary Cap.
Around the NFL: I would not hold much stock in the Brett Favre rumors that he's headed to Philadelphia. But he does want to come back to the NFL according to a league source. He did reach out to the Seahawks two weeks ago, specifically to Favre's old offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who now holds that position with Seattle, but he and the organization apparently declined the interest.
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