Agent Sets Tone for Law Negotiations

Chiefs President Carl Peterson confirmed that he spoke with Carl Poston the agent who represents free agent cornerback Ty Law. Though the Chiefs and the Law contingent have a strong interest in trying to work out a deal with each other; Chiefs fans might have to wait a little longer. But Law is not the only free agent cornerback they've talked with as Kansas City begins in earnest to try and improve their 2005 roster by setting the table for potential free agents at the NFL Combines.

It didn't take very long for the Kansas City Chiefs to contact the agent who represents cornerback Ty Law. On Friday afternoon the two sides sat down for a little free agent talk and its become clear that Kansas City wants very badly to try and sign Ty Law. However, reports that Law is ahead of schedule after foot surgery that sidelined his 2004 season, appear to be inaccurate.

"He hasn't even begun walking yet," Peterson said. "He hasn't even got a walking boot on yet. What we would like to do is bring him in for a physical, but right now they're not ready to do that. That's his call, not ours."

Law who was released from the New England on Friday afternoon was scheduled to make $12.5 million this year but after the Patriots won the Super Bowl without their best defensive player; they figured they could do without him as they attempt to go for the Hat Trick by winning three in a row.

That task may be even more difficult without Law but the Patriots felt the price was too much to pay and Law was handed his walking papers.

The Chiefs acted quickly in talking to his representatives and wanted to bring him in for a physical so they could evaluate the risk before attempting to sign Law to what could be his last NFL contract. The Chiefs are not alone in potential suitors as Poston has already been contacted by the St. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. Of those teams the Steelers and Jets appear to be the most formidable block in getting Law to wear a Chiefs uniform.

But on Friday afternoon just minutes after being relased, Law made it clear of his desire to join the Chiefs and to turn this defense into a contender.

"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," said Law.

The Chiefs to their credit have been very active thus far in letting agents representing potential free agents that they have some cash to spend.

Carl Peterson has also been in contact with agents for recently released Tennessee Titans cornerback Samari Rolle but he and his agents want to test the market. Granted that market might not be defined until Law is signed or Raiders Cornerback Charles Woodson is traded and signs with his new team: who that could be at this point is anyone's guess.

It won't be with the Chiefs as he forced the hand of the Raiders by signing his one-year tender that put the Raiders nearly $20 million over the cap even before they absorb the new contract signed by wide receiver Jerry Porter and the one that will inherit when they officially acquire wide receiver Randy Moss from the Minnesota Vikings.

Rolle could be drawn to the Chiefs because of Kansas City defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham. Rolle spent three years working with Cunningham when he was linebackers coach in Tennessee. That could give Kansas City a leg up. It's clear the Chiefs need to sign at least two cornerbacks in free agency if they are truly going to compete in the pass happy AFC West this season.

Thus far the Chiefs are at least making the right moves in regards to getting themselves in position to make a run at several key free agents. But even though this team needs defense, don't be surprised if they look for a new right tackle and another wide receiver.

Kansas City appears to have interest in right tackle Kareem McKenzie. The Chiefs are not sure if John Welbourn is the answer at right tackle and the club was very impressed with the performance of Jordan Black who could be battling Welbourn for the starting spot.

As far as Wide Receivers the Chiefs from some accounts might be interested in Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Travis Taylor. The jury is out if the Chiefs are going to tender a contract to Marc Boerigter and with Johnnie Morton expected to be released in June, the Chiefs will need another veteran receiver.

Taylor has struggled in Baltimore with the plethora of quarterbacks that have at one point been starters for the Ravens. He has made it clear that he wants out of Baltimore and has told his representatives that he wants to go to a team that will utilize his talents. Kansas City would be the perfect fit for Taylor.

The Chiefs continue to make noise about the desire to upgrade the secondary at the Safety position. That could mean Jerome Woods might be a cap cut either next week or June 1st. The only player on the free agent market worthy of a huge contract is Jacksonville Jaguars Donovin Darius.

The hard-hitting safety has a reputation for punishing receivers who go over the middle and he's enjoyed a few of the NFL Fines that the league has handed out. But he has amazing instincts and he's a playmaker. Most NFL personnel people compare his style to that of the Patriots Rodney Harrison. He and Law would bring a welcome attitude to the Chiefs 2005 defense.

Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for more news on the Chiefs potential free agents.


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