The Kansas City Chiefs have been on record that they hope to sign at least one cornerback in free agency. With names such as Seattle's Ken Lucas and the Redskins Fred Smoot looming, the best available cornerback could be the Patriots Ty Law.
Late Friday afternoon, the Patriots who had been embattled with their star cornerback for the last two years in regard to contract demands that New England felt were unwarranted for the 31-year old cornerback.
For the Chiefs, they can get a jump on Law as he's free to negotiate with any team now similar to what Drew Bledsoe did with Dallas. The Chiefs brass is at the NFL Combines in Indianapolis and could be in contact with his agents as soon as this evening. That is of course depends on the interest by the Chiefs to get a jump on free agency when normally they wait around for the first tier to move before settling on players with less fanfare. Law would be an impact player but his age and recent foot injury could be a detractor for the Chiefs or any other team. However, they could move him to Safety to lengthen his career.
The Chiefs have made it clear in recent weeks that they intend to upgrade not only the cornerback position but the safety position as well. That could mean the Chiefs could release veteran Jerome Woods if they address that position in free agency or the draft. Law has the skills and football knowledge that the jump would be easy for him but he'll only succeed if the Chiefs can sign at least one solid cover corner.
Law appeared on a local sports radio talk show just an hour after his release and he indicated a preference to play for the Chiefs and he thought he could be a big influence on the defense. He also said how much he'd like to play with Tony Gonzalez and Priest Holmes.
"That's definitely somewhere I would love to come. Their offense, with Priest Holmes and Tony Gonzalez, those guys are putting up 400 yards a game. Defensively, if I can come there and spark that defense, they could definitely have a chance to contend. I think I definitely would help put up a couple more wins. That's not being arrogant or nothing, that's just being confident. I can rub off on some of the other (defensive) guys to go out and win because the offense speaks for itself," Law told the local radio station.
Law also indicated one of the deciding factors in which team he'd like to play for next season is the fan base and he knows that the Chiefs have some of the best fans in the business.
"The thing that I think about first when I think about Kansas City is their fans. That fan base, man, it's incredible. … You want to go someplace where you're going to have the fan support and something to play for other than your teammates and yourself."
But this will come down to money. Law was scheduled to receive $12 million this year from the Patriots. The Chiefs have roughly $4.5 million to spend as the cap sits now after releasing veteran defensive end Vonnie Holliday on Tuesday. That number could significantly increase on Monday when the NFL will credit the Chiefs for performance bonus's that were counted against their cap last season that were not reached by players such as running back Priest Holmes, linebacker Shawn Barber and all the in-house free agents last year who has poor seasons on defense.
That means they'd have more than enough money to upgrade the defensive unit by adding two cornerbacks, a middle linebacker and a pass rushing defensive end.
Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for more details on the Chiefs interest.