LB Tamba Hali - What we didn't also mention this morning about Hali's new contract is that there is an opt out by Hali after the fourth year.
Hali's camp insisted that the final year be voidable by the player and the Chiefs obliged. The thinking in Hali's camp is that in four years, he'll be able to earn an even richer contract thanks to increased overall league revenues.
CB Brandon Carr - He signed his one-year tender today. And I'm told that re-signing him to a long term contract is something that seems to be a formality at some point over the next several months.
For my money, Carr is a better cornerback than Brandon Flowers. At the point of attack Carr is more physical and has better closing speed.
So in my view, if GM Scott Pioli, could only sign one of the Brandon(s), I'd choose Carr.
Because we hear that Flowers is still being shopped. Because...
CB Asante Samuels - We hear the Chiefs once again approached the Eagles about inquiring a player they can't afford nor want.
In fact since the ink dried on Carr's contract, efforts regained steam. However, the Chiefs are holding steadfast that they won't give up more than a future 4th round pick for a player they'd have to sign to a new long term contract.
However, if Flowers, who is on the field Thursday afternoon, is adamant about getting a new deal as some have indicated, I would not rule out the possibility that the Eagles and Chiefs swap cornerbacks and throw in a pair of draft picks from each team.
S Sabby Piscitelli - Don't think this is just a roster fill by the Chiefs. Piscitelli was Tampa's second round pick four years ago.
He started 20 games for the Bucs for three seasons before ending last year as a member of the Cleveland Browns.
The Chiefs had been looking for another safety with NFL experience. If the Chiefs want to cut Jon McGraw at some point, Piscitelli makes for a logical signing for Kansas City.
Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis will start and Reshard Langford will be one of the back-ups. So that means McGraw has some sudden competition as a back-up and special teams performer.
DE Osi Umenyiora - Forget any trade for the veteran defensive end. The Giants have put on the breaks for any deals - at least for the moment.
Unemyiora's verbal assaults on the organization aren't sitting well at the top of the Giants food chain. So for the moment, they're going to let him sit, stew and dig his own career grave.
From what we're told, the Giants are content to let him hit free agency a year from now as a disgruntled and bitter 31-year old defensive end.
LB Tamba Hali - What I didn't share in the free side of my morning article on the Chiefs signing of Hali, was an interesting tidbit I learned early this morning.
As we first told you over the weekend the Baltimore Ravens and the Chiefs were in serious trade talks. The Ravens coveted Hali and the Chiefs in return wanted Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata.
At one point talks got serious enough that contract talks with Hali slowed down. However, the Ravens wanted more than just to swap Franchise players. They also wanted the Chiefs 2012 first round draft pick. So that deal was quickly nixed.
LB Justin Houston - Well it's official. He's a holdout. For some reason, his agent thinks that the slotting system isn't in effect as of yet because, until late Wednesday evening or should I say early Thursday morning, the final terms of the new CBA had not been approved.
With that in hand, the rules DO apply to everyone and the NFL's league year officially will begin today as planned.
So I suspect by mid-day that Houston will have signed on the dotted line and will be in training camp at some point in the next 24 hours.
DE Osi Umenyiora - The rage that he's feeling this morning can be felt all the way in Kansas City. With the New York Giants reportedly telling prospective NFL teams that their star defensive end is no longer on the market, has infuriated Umenyiora.
Though the Chiefs are way down the list of teams that would be willing to part with a draft pick for the unhappy Giant, this story could get even uglier before it eventually leads to a satisfactory conclusion.
But with the Chiefs locking up Hali and after nearly missing out on veteran defensive end Ty Warren, I'm still convinced that the Chiefs want to add a premier defensive end to their 2011 roster.
I'll beat the dead horse all day long on the impact Tyson Jackson is going to make this season. So until the start of the season, his place on this team is going to remain in question. _____________________________________________________________
FB Le'Ron McClain - For those doubters about our reports since March that the Chiefs had interest in the former Baltimore Ravens Fullback, they can finally say we hit a good rumor.
In our view from what we've been telling you since last week, the interest level by the Chiefs was very high on McClain. Both the Chiefs and McClain wanted to make this happen.
And had Vonte Leach not signed that mammoth contract with the Ravens, it would have happened sooner. But McClain's agent, Todd Francis, starting pushing for a similar deal for his client but there weren't any takers.
Thus McClain chose the Chiefs to prove that he can someday get that long term contract that eluded him this go round.
QB Jimmy Clausen - Speaking of rumors. In the weeks leading up to the 2010 NFL Draft, we told you that former Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weis, coveted his former Notre Dame pupil.
In fact, there was even crazy talk that the Chiefs, despite signing Matt Cassel to a long term contact prior to the start of the 2009 season, might have an interest in adding Clausen.
But as he slipped into the third round, the Chiefs passed on him a third time and he eventually landed in Carolina.
Now per a league source the Panthers are surprisingly shopping him for a first round pick.
That's wishful thinking but we're hearing that the Seattle Seahawks might be interested.
So what about the Chiefs? You know I'd be all for this if it were a fifth or sixth round pick. He would be a solid back-up to Cassel and it would give more time for Ricky Stanzi to develop into the starters role in 2013 and beyond.
In fact, with the way things are developing after the lockout and missed offseason workouts, the Chiefs would be wise to bring in someone that has some NFL starting experience.
I'm not a big fan of Tyler Palko and Stanzi, as much as I like his abilities, he's simply not ready to pinch hit for Cassel.
With some new offensive weapons in Wide Receiver Steve Breaston and Fullback Le'Ron McClain, the Chiefs would be wise to add another quarterback to the roster.
Will it be Clausen? Probably not but when one becomes available, the Chiefs should make it a high priority to get one.
DE Osi Umenyiora - Though the Chiefs have interest. We're hearing that the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots are trying to swing a deal for the unhappy defensive end.
I still maintain the Chiefs are interested and might be willing to part with a 3rd round pick plus defensive end Tyson Jackson.
At some point, the Chiefs have to start spending dollars. And even if they dish out new contracts to Linebacker Tamba Hali and either cornerback Brandon Carr or Brandon Flowers, they still have plenty of money left to sign Umenyiora to a wealthy contract.
CB Asante Samuels - Again I'm not sure why the Chiefs still have interest in Samuels. But per our source, talks with the Eagles aren't dead. However, they haven't much changed.
The Chiefs have offered a 2012 fourth round pick to the Eagles in exchange for Samuels. The Chiefs are also willing to give him a new contract. _____________________________________________________________
CB Asante Samuels - The Chiefs continue to have mild discussions with the Philadelphia Eagles in regards to Samuels. As we told you on Friday, the Chiefs upped their offer from a fifth round 2012 pick to a fourth rounder.
Per our spies, the Eagles insist they have a third round pick on the table for a player they don't want anymore. Thus far Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has little to no interest in giving up anything more than that. And I can't say I blame him.
CB Carlos Rogers - I guess this is the Chiefs Plan B. Rogers who was cut by the Redskins after one dismal season after another, has received interest from a sparse number of NFL teams.
Reportedly the Carolina Panthers and the Chiefs appear to have mild interest. He's not going to get a long term deal. So if he wants to regain control of his spiraling career path, he's going to have to settle for a one-year league minimum deal.
LB Tamba Hali - Though talks continue the fact that the Oakland Raiders just shelled out $48 million to outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley actually hurts the Chiefs.
Hali is reportedly seeking a deal that's far great to the one Wimbley signed with the Raiders. Even though the deal will give Wimbley $29 million in guarantees, we're hearing Hali wants a deal that exceeds those numbers.
The good news is that he wants to remain a Chiefs, at least that's his preference, so that's a positive. But he's yet to sign his Free Agent Tender and since he does not officially have to report until Thursday, my guess is that the two sides will work something out.
DE Osi Umenyiora - The Chiefs did make an overture to the Giants today for their unhappy defensive end.
According to our source, the Chiefs offered a defensive player and a third round pick in exchange for Umenyiora. The Giants passed and claim they have a second round pick on the table from another NFL team.
The fact the Chiefs are interested, even though they are hosting veteran free agent defensive end Ty Warren on Tuesday, I still get the impression that Tyson Jackson's days in KC are growing thin.
RB Le'Ron McClain - If he wants to be a Chief, he has to take KC's last offer. It's a good one and based on the fact that Kansas City and Dallas are the only two teams interested in the former Baltimore Raven back-up running back, he can't wait too long.
Because if he plays this game out at some point the money is going to run out. The Chiefs are willing to go three years but we suspect the Cowboys might just view him as a one-year option.
G Brian Waters - Add the Dallas Cowboys as moderately interested in the former Chiefs All Pro Guard. Though he'd like to come back to the Chiefs, and would accept the NFL minimum, the Cowboys might be a better home for Waters in 2011.
I just think it's time that the Chiefs give their young offensive lineman a season to learn on the job. Sure they may struggle but they have to grow into their future, and in this case present, starting positions.
LT Bryant McKinnie - On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings released the overweight offensive tackle. Reports out of Minneapolis indicate that McKinnie is somewhere north of 360 pounds.
If that's the case, I'm not sure the Chiefs would be wise to pick him up. Though they were in on Marc Columbo before he signed with Dallas, they are still searching for someone who can actually compete with Barry Richardson for the teams starting right tackle position.
Now if it was March and the reported playing weight of McKinnie was accurate, a good conditioning program might have been able to bring his poundage down to a manageable playing weight.
But with six weeks to go before the NFL opener, I just can't see him getting into playing condition in that time frame.
Still he has talent and though he's no longer a stud left tackle, he might be a better option for Richardson. _____________________________________________________________
DE Aubrayo Franklin - The Chiefs did make another run today at the 49ers defensive tackle. But they didn't bite on the ploy by the agents to try and drive up the price for their client.
This afternoon Franklin re-upped with San Francisco. And I'm not all that upset about it at all. Nice player but over priced his value that only the 49ers saw fit to pay.
DE Ty Warren - If he leaves Houston, his hometown, without a contract in hand, he's scheduled to arrive in Kansas City either Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
Again, if he makes his scheduled one-on-one visit with his old boss, Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel, I see reason that Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli, won't sign him on the dotted line.
RB Le'Ron McClain - All we can update you is that the Chiefs are still interested in hammering out a reasonable deal. We're also told that if anything is eminent in regards to his signing with Kansas City, we might get the heads up a few minutes before the story goes viral.
RT Barry Richardson - It was great to see last years starting right tackle signed his free agent tender. This became necessary once the Chiefs lost out on former Dallas Cowboys right tackle, Marc Columbo. Reportedly he's going to sign with the Miami Dolphins.
G Brian Waters - Guess who can't find a job in the NFL? That's right! Per a league source, Waters has inquired about returning to the Chiefs and is willing to restructure his contract.
This isn't all that surprising but is this a good thing for the Chiefs. They clearly want to get younger on the offensive line and Waters is a solid player. But if he returns to the Chiefs, that means the development of Guard Jon Asamoah gets delayed another year.
I'm not sure I like that idea. In fact, I don't even want Casey Wiegmann to start ahead of rooking Rodney Hudson at center.
So bringing back Waters, might workout best in the short term. But long term it could be a bad thing.
TE Zach Miller - In a rumor that started on the Internet and moved to Twitter, there are rumblings that the Kansas City Chiefs are in talks with Tom Condon, who represents Oakland Raiders Tight End, Zach Miller.
Per our spies, they've not heard anything in regards to the Chiefs interest in adding Miller to their offensive arsenal. But count me in as a huge fan of the idea.
Miller, who is also trying to get a new deal out of the Raiders, has drawn interest from the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and the Baltimore Ravens. So if Kansas City is truly in the mix, a bidding war for arguably the best offensive free agent left on the board, could become pricey.
And from what our sources are hearing from agents around the NFL, that's not a world the Chiefs want to live in at the onset or even the middle stages of free agency. They are still bargain shopping.
To debunk that rumor, General Manager Scott Pioli, could change that fodder by signing Miller to a long term contract.
RB Le'Ron McClain - We believe that McClain's agent, Todd Francis, has the Chiefs best offer. We're hearing it's a three-year deal in the neighborhood of $7.5 million.
And to be honest if that's accurate, that's a fair price for McClain. Plus when you consider that he's not receiving a bunch of offers at this point in free agency.
Either way we think the Chiefs want an answer out of his camp today. And we know that he'd love to play at Arrowhead and team up with Sir Charles.
So stay tuned!
WR Randy Moss - Our new NFL Scout.com guru, Aaron Wilson, has heard similar rumors that the Chiefs remain interested in working out free agent Wide Receiver, Randy Moss.
As we first reported two weeks ago and followed up on Saturday morning in last week's Chiefs Insider Blog, Moss could come into Kansas City for a visit.
In fact, we wouldn't be shocked if it's already happened!
DE Tommie Harris - According to a league source, the Chiefs were trying to convince the former Chicago Bears defensive lineman, to skip his scheduled visit to New England this morning and instead make a trek up to Missouri Western today.
Harris is a tweener defensive lineman but the Chiefs are still perilously thin at the position and they need to add at least; one more veteran interior lineman.
The addition Saturday of Defensive Tackle Kelly Gregg was an outstanding move by the Chiefs. But that alone, won't shore up the vacancy left behind with the defections of Ron Edwards and Shaun Smith.
Adding Harris would be another stop gap move that will bolster the teams defensive line and give the Chiefs more time to develop the future, Allen Bailey and Jerrell Powe.
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