Saints or Chiefs?

As we first told you three weeks ago, the Chiefs have serious interest in acquiring former San Diego Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards. Those feelings appear to be mutual, as Edwards has expressed interest in coming home to Kansas City.

Our friends at Yahoo Sports have confirmed a report that this appears to be a two-team race for Edwards. Currently his agent, Tom Condon, is considering offers from both teams.

There is no timetable for a decision, but it's clear the Chiefs would like to lure Edwards back to Kansas City, especially in the light that Kawika Mitchell was not offered a contract to his liking before free agency started.

Ironically, this morning Warpaint Illustrated learned that Mitchell is in contract talks with the Saints. If a deal gets done there, that means the Chiefs should be in the driver's seat to bring Edwards back home.

The saga that led to Edwards' departure from the Chiefs to division rival San Diego is one that will go down as one of the worst moves in team history. Now the Chiefs can correct the mistake.

Edwards will be 34 this April, but as Carl Peterson reminded me last month when we talked about his former UCLA alumni, "he's a young 34." His skills have hardly diminished over 11 NFL seasons.

He's the perfect fit for KC's defense. If the two sides can strike a deal, he would instantly assume the leadership role on defense.

In other Chiefs free agent news:

OT/OG Jordan Black - He was very close to signing a deal with the St. Louis Rams, but the Pittsburgh Steelers appear to have some interest. It's not known if the Rams want him to play guard or tackle, but either way it doesn't look like he'll be back with the Chiefs.

LB Kawika Mitchell - As we already discussed, the Saints are trying to get a deal done. He's expected to visit the Detroit Lions over the weekend.

QB Trent Green - President Carl Peterson will be sitting down on Monday to discuss Green's future with the team. According to Green's agent, Jim Steiner, the two will talk soon to resolve his status. From what we've been told, the Chiefs want to give second-year man Brodie Croyle every opportunity to win the job. When the team signed Damon Huard to a new three-year contract this week, they made it clear the starting job is wide open.

With talks breaking down between the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Jake Plummer, Warpaint Illustrtated has also learned that Tampa Bay, in addition to Miami, is interested in Green's services.

LB Napoleon Harris - There were conflicting reports on which team he'd be visiting first, but the Chiefs would like to get him into town for a visit. They had hoped to get him in town before he visited Tampa Bay, but it appears he'll head there first before coming to Kansas City. However, at this hour there have been no sightings of Harris in either town.

RB Sammy Morris - The Chiefs hope to bring him in for a visit but they'll have to work fast as the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots, who had him in town for a visit on Friday, are both vying for his services. Morris fits the mold of the tough backup the Chiefs are looking for this offseason. They've been disappointed in the efforts of Michael Bennett, who they obtained in a trade last summer, to stay healthy. He arrived injured and was unable to stay on the field consistently behind Larry Johnson in 2006.

DT Ron Edwards - He might have had a one-year stint in Kansas City. On Friday he visited with the Cleveland Browns, who are in desperate need of experienced defensive lineman. The Chiefs would like to re-sign him, and losing him at this point would seriously damage the depth of the interior defensive line. The Chiefs need a backup plan because Ryan Sims, who will likely be released, isn't the answer.

Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for more news on the Chiefs free agent search.

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