Chiefs Get Them All Signed

As the Kansas City Chiefs boarded their chartered plane for Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon, they did so with all of their draft picks signed, sealed and delivered. Before the team left for River Falls, first-round pick Tamba Hali and third round-pick Brodie Croyle inked their deals, insuring their presence at practice on Friday afternoon with the rest of their teammates.

In recent years, the Chiefs have done an outstanding job of getting all of their draft picks signed before training camp or just after it begins. Talks between Hali's agents and the Chiefs never hit the panic stage as they worked diligently to get a five-year deal done.

Hali will compete for a starting spot opposite Jared Allen. He will try to unseat veteran defensive end Eric Hicks, who didn't see much action during OTAs.

Croyle's negotiations took a bit longer than expected. That's not uncommon for young quarterbacks with potential. He was able to get a four-year deal out of the Chiefs. He probably won't see any snaps this season, but Croyle is loaded with potential. He could be the heir apparent to Trent Green.

In other Chiefs News:
Priest Holmes - President/General Manager Carl Peterson will address Holmes' roster status on Friday. It's likely he could be placed on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list when the team decides on their 53-man roster. If that happens, Holmes will miss the first six games of the 2006 season. However, as of now, the Chiefs can put him on the Pre-Season PUP list and can activate him at anytime before the season starts or the final 53-man roster is set in September.

Ty Law - The newly signed cornerback did not make the team's charter to Minneapolis, but he will be in River Falls tomorrow in time for the first workout.

Willie Roaf - The Chiefs starting left tackle was also excused from the plane ride to Minneapolis. Like Law, barring any surprises, Roaf will be on the practice field tomorrow.

Eddie Kennison - The KC Star ran an article reporting that Kansas City's top wide receiver is demanding a new contract. Kennison reported with the rest of his teammates but his stay, according to the article, could be a short one.

WarpaintIllustrated.com Top Stories