The Chiefs' final practice of their off-season program on June 22 showed them clearly how things will be done under new coach Herm Edwards. Edwards conducted the final workout prior to the July 27 opening of camp in a driving rainstorm that would have sent former coach Dick Vermeil scurrying for the cover of the indoor practice facility just a year earlier.
"It was kind of fitting that practice ended with these kinds of conditions," Edwards said. "You have to play in the rain; no doubt about it. You have to be able to function in these conditions, so it was a good test for us, especially for the young players who did a pretty good job handling things."
--Second-year player Will Svitek also learned that Edwards takes a dim view of fighting, either during a game or a practice.
Svitek, who recently returned to America from playing in NFL Europe, was thrown out of the rest of practice after engaging in a fight late in the session.
"You fight in the game, you get kicked out and you get a big fine," Edwards noted. "It's a bunch of money, too, more than he can afford. He needs to watch that stuff."
Asked for the 100th time this spring about any negotiations with former Jets and Patriots Pro Bowl corner Ty Law, Edwards tried a different variation of the same "nothing's happening" response he gave to the first 99 questions.
"I'm a prophet. I've said he won't sign until right before the start of training camp. He'll showing up in somebody's camp somewhere."
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"As a professional, if you can't get better and grow, somebody else is going to take your job - unless your dad owns the company or something!" - Coach Herm Edwards, on the get-better-or-get-out approach to football.
CHIEFS PERSONNEL NEWS:
Running back Dee Brown, who started three of the 14 games he played for Carolina in 2002, emerged from spring drills as the backup to starting halfback Larry Johnson.
But coach Herm Edwards also made it clear that he still thinks Johnson's backup may be a more established player. A guy named Priest Holmes.
"I'm still anticipating Priest coming back," Edwards said again this week. "If he does, then we've got two starting running backs, and not many teams have that luxury. If Priest isn't the guy, then Dee Brown gets the first shot. If he can't do the job, we look some place else."
Other Chiefs Tidbits - The Chiefs have signed the defensive player of the year in the Arena Football League.
Cornerback Jerald Brown, who had 11 interceptions and 25 passes defended during his third AFL season this year with the Columbus Destroyers, signed a two-year contract. Brown played collegiately at Glenville State (W.Va.), a Division II school. He also played in the AFL for the Arizona Rattlers and the New York Dragons.
WR Dante Hall should be ready to go by the opening of training camp after tearing a ligament in his thumb during offseason drills. Had the injury happened during the regular season, Hall might have missed a month to six weeks of playing time.
The Chiefs also anticipate having defensive linemen Eric Hicks and Ron Edwards ready for the start of camp. Both did little during spring drills while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
The same is true for nickel back Bennie Sapp, who also missed the spring drills while recovering from offseason surgery.
TRANSACTIONS & MOVES:
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): TE/LS Ed Perry; CB Dewayne Washington.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: CB Julian Battle.
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: OT Jordan Black; DT Lional Dalton; LS Kendall Gammon; DE Carlos Hall; QB Damon Huard; CB Benny Sapp; PK Lawrence Tynes; DE Jimmy Wilkerson.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: OT Ian Allen; DT Ron Edwards; RB Quentin Griffin; CB Chris Johnson; DT James Reed; OT Kyle Turley; CB Lenny Walls.
PLAYERS LOST: LB Shawn Barber; WR Marc Boerigter; QB Todd Collins; WR Chris Horn; CB Dexter McCleon; FB Tony Richardson; LB Gary Stills; CB Eric Warfield; OT John Welbourn; S Jerome Woods.
CHIEFS UPDATE: Camp Edwards Ends for Veterans
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