Will the Chiefs Make A Run for Warner?

When the Oakland Raiders signed quarterback Kerry Collins to a new contract on Monday, the possibility that St. Louis Rams lame duck quarterback Kurt Warner, once a New York Giants target, could become Trent Greens back up in KC.

Though Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil has not confirmed or denied the teams interest in Kurt Warner, Kansas City could entertain the one time league MVP for a visit next week.

The current rumors in the NFL suggest that with the Raiders signing of Collins, that former Chief Rich Gannon might end up in Tampa Bay so he can reunite with his old coach and mentor Jon Gruden.

If that happens the Buccaneers will release Brad Johnson who is likely going to sign with the New York Giants and be the back up to Eli Manning.

That leaves only two quarterbacks available after June 1st. The Rams Warner and the Chargers Drew Brees. San Diego has talked to the Giants about a deal that would send the Chargers former starting quarterback to New York for a mid round 2005 draft pick but talks have cooled with the development of the Collins signing in Oakland. Now the San Francisco 49ers are showing interest in Brees.

With all that, Kurt Warner's options are limited. The Dallas Cowboys have shown interest but they have cooled on Warner and might make a run Brad Johnson if he does not sign with the Giants; if he's released by Tampa Bay.

Sound confusing?

For the Chiefs, they admit they'd like to add another veteran quarterback. Now the Chiefs added former University of Tennessee starter Casey Clausen who appears to be a lock for the third string job.

If that's true, then if Warner would be signed; he would battle current back-up Todd Collins for the right to play behind starter Trent Green.

The Chiefs have not indicated any unhappiness with Collins but the opportunity to bring in a former Super Bowl winning quarterback does not happen every day. The key though is Warner's relationship with Vermeil.

There is little doubt the two are close and that Warner would be a better back up than Collins in the event Green was hurt. Warner could be someone who could easily step into the Chiefs offense if Green was injured. The Chiefs don't appear to have that same confidence with their own Collins.

Vermeil has never been a strong proponent of adding players after the June 1 cuts but he'd likely make an exception for Warner.

With the mini-camp slated for next week, it would be a good time to bring in Warner for a visit and see if he's a fit for the Chiefs.


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