CHIEFS NOTES: Holmes Bulking up for 2005

Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro running back missed the second half of the 2004 season. He also saw back-up Larry Johnson steal his thunder in the Chiefs offense. Johnson scored 10 times in the teams last five games and Holmes is not ready to concede anything to the former Penn State back.

Priest Holmes, who missed the final eight games of '04 with a knee injury that did not require surgery, continues to do his recovery at his San Antonio home instead of in Kansas City. On a recent visit to Arrowhead he was some five to 10 pounds heavier than his '04 playing weight, but the Chiefs insisted that it was new muscle and that they were satisfied that Holmes is making a full recovery and will be ready for the start of training camp.

Holmes has now been injured in two of the last three seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. At the conlcusion of the 2004 season, Chiefs President Carl Peterson told reporters that he expected Johnson to get 8-10 carries per game. Holmes appears to be heading into the 2005 season with something to prove and that should lead to some competition at running back.

CHIEFS NOTES: The Chiefs have set their training camp dates. They will report to their River Falls, Wis., camp (a regional suburb of the Twin Cities) on Wednesday, July 27, with the first day of practice the next day. Two-a-days start Friday. The Chiefs will take a short bus ride to Minneapolis for their first preseason game on Aug. 12 before breaking camp on Friday, Aug. 19.

For the first time since they began going to Wisconsin in 1991, the Chiefs and Vikings do not have a joint workout scheduled. Last year's two-day session in Mankato, Minn., was marred by numerous fights the coaching staffs seemed unable to control.

The Chiefs took a pass on former Oklahoma quarterback Jason White but they did sign four players who attended their rookie camp on a tryout basis. After spending a couple of days at home to contemplate his NFL future, he accepted an invitation from the Tennessee Titans to tryout for them. They obviously had a different opinion of him than the Chiefs; they signed the former Big 12 Offensive Player of the year to a two-year contract and he will attend their training camp in July.

Center Mike Johnson, who started 31 consecutive games to conclude his career at Kansas State last year, joined Zach Ville, a defensive end from Missouri; Darius Jones, a defensive tackle from Wisconsin, and Justin Perkins, a cornerback from Connecticut, as players Kansas City signed after giving them a tryout.

FB Omar Easy (not tendered as RFA) is a little-used fullback and solid special teams player.

LB Fred Jones is a special teams player who didn't take full advantage of starting opportunity when presented one last season.

WR Marc Boerigter: RFA; $656,000/1 yr.
LB Quinton Caver: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
LB Scott Fujita: RFA: $656,000/1 yr.
TE/LS Kendall Gammon: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
SS Shaunard Harts: RFA; $656,000/1 yr.

LB Kendrell Bell: UFA Steelers; $35M/7 yrs, $3.5M SB.
DE Carlos Hall: RFA trade Titans; $656,000/1 yr.
WR Darrell Hill: Not tendered as RFA by Titans; terms unknown.
RB Robert Holcombe: FA Titans; 1 yr, terms unknown.
SS Sammy Knight: UFA Dolphins; $11M/5 yrs, $1.5M SB/$1.2M other bonuses.
CB Patrick Surtain (trade Dolphins): $50.5M/7 yrs, $14M SB.

LB Monty Beisel: UFA Patriots; $1.65M/2 yrs, $400,000 SB.
RB Derrick Blaylock: UFA Jets; $11.1M/5 yrs, $3.2M SB.
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