Help From the Law?

In times of trouble, people often turn to the law for help. Sadly, at times, the law is unable or unwilling to provide that help. The Chiefs attempted to find help for their pass defense last off-season from pro bowl corner Ty Law. Will Kansas City do it again?

To the dismay of many Chiefs fans, Law was unable or unwilling to help. Law opted instead to take his talents, Super Bowl rings, pro bowls and 36 career interceptions to New York. As a Jet, Law delivered 10 interceptions and his fifth pro bowl. However, Law was cut this off-season to create salary cap space and is once again on the Chiefs radar. There are two questions that need to be asked. Is Ty Law the missing piece to the puzzle that is the Chiefs 2006 defense? If so, do the Chiefs have what it takes to lure Law to Kansas City?

Ty Law certainly fits the mold of football players that Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards wants. He's physical, tough, confident, a willing tackler, a leader and a playmaker.

"The thing he brings to the table is he has great instincts," Edwards said when Law signed with the Jets. "He understands angles very, very well and he's a physical guy, too. He has great hand-eye coordination and he's a student. He studies the game, studies receivers."

Pairing Law with pro bowl cornerback Patrick Surtain would greatly improve the Chiefs' pass defense. With that type of talent on the corners, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham would be free to unleash a barrage of blitzes on opposing quarterbacks.

Law would also be a tremendous teacher for the young cornerbacks the Chiefs have. Alphonso Hodge, Benny Sapp, Julian Battle, Lenny Walls, Justin Perkins, Chris Johnson and rookie Marcus Maxey would all benefit from Law's presence. When Law signed with the Jets, former teammate Deion Branch had high praise for him.

"Everybody knows what kind of player he is," said Branch. "He's a great teacher. I learned a lot from him, and I'm pretty sure some of the other guys [on the Jets] are going to learn some things from him, too."

Law would be an expensive acquisition for the Chiefs. Not only will he command a premium contract, but if he was signed the Chiefs would have seven young corners fighting for three backup spots. The Chiefs would lose at least two of those corners (assuming 2 are kept on the practice squad). The ones they keep would not receive as much playing time.

Signing Law would be great, but he's 32 years old. Part of Kansas City's off-season strategy has been to get younger. Do the Chiefs really want to slow the growth of their young corners?

What do the Chiefs have to offer Law? They have a head coach that Law likes and respects in Herm Edwards. Edwards was one of the reasons Law signed with the Jets last year. Edwards is the type of coach players like to play for and now that he's in Kansas City, Law may find the Chiefs more appealing.

The Chiefs also offer Law a legitimate shot at the playoffs and Super Bowl. While many experts claim the San Diego Chargers were the best team that missed the playoffs last year, the Chiefs posted a better win-loss record (10-6 vs. 9-7) and defeated the Chargers late in the season in a must-win game.

A team coming off a 10-win season that returns with the No. 1 offense virtually intact is a serious threat for a playoff appearance. Improving the defense is the key.

Adding Law, Tamba Hali and Bernard Pollard is a step in the right direction. The continued meshing of Surtain, Sammy Knight, Carlos Hall and Kendrell Bell and the continued maturation of Kawika Mitchell, Jared Allen and Derrick Johnson could provide the necessary defensive improvements the Chiefs need to make the next step.

But let's get real. This is Ty Law we're talking about. After the song and dance that went on last off-season, the thing that appeals the most to Law is the $9 million in cap space the Chiefs have.

Law is not shy about his desire to be paid as an elite NFL cornerback. Given his stellar credentials, he's earned that right. But with his age and a lack of other interested teams, is he worth it? Chiefs' general manager Carl Peterson and Law's agent Carl Poston will decide the answer to that question.

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