McIntosh In The House

As first reported by the local rag, former Kansas State offensive lineman Damien McIntosh is in Kansas City to talk with the Chiefs about there vacant spot at left tackle.

The former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman spent his first four seasons starting for AFC West division rival San Diego before moving to the Sunshine state three years ago.

He's been valuable for the Dolphins moving from guard to tackle. He would have to be considered an upgrade for the Chiefs, who hope to sign him and pencil him as the teams starting left tackle.

The eight-year veteran has the size (6'4") and the weight (320 lbs) to be a serviceable left tackle for the Chiefs. With last years starter Jordan Black in contract talks with the St. Louis Rams, McIntosh could be a stop gap measure for the next couple of seasons.

So far in free agency, the market has been set very high for offensive lineman. It's being reported that Black is looking at getting a deal somewhere in the $20-25 million range and McIntosh being a second tier offensive lineman might be in line for a similar pay day.

More big deals are being signed by offensive linemen across the NFL. Former Cincinnati Bengals Guard Eric Steinbach just signed a seven-year deal worth $49 million. Not bad when you consider he'll likely be suspended the first four games this season after an arrest for drunk driving.

Guard Derrick Dockery got a similar deal to jump from the Washington Redskins to the Buffalo Bills.

The financial sweepstakes could be a boon to Leonard Davis who is the premier tackle available in free agency. He's negotiating with both the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins and both are willing to make him the highest paid tackle in the game. Rumors suggest that his deal could exceed $55-60 million, with over half of that guaranteed.

The Chiefs did contact his agent, but right now they are on the outside looking in on the Davis sweepstakes. The only way the Chiefs can bridge that gap is if they can get into the high $40 million range prior to his visit.

The bottom line with Davis is that he'll become the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history it would be wise to shop his services to as many teams that are showing him interest.

The Chiefs have to spend their money wisely because they still have some high priced veterans on the roster who are taking up plenty of cap room.

In Other Chiefs News:

LB Napoleon Harris - The middle linebacker will be in Kansas City on Sunday after he finishes his Saturday visit with the Tampa Bay Bucs. The Chiefs view him as a middle linebacker but he could play outside linebacker, especially if the team signs Donnie Edwards. Edwards is expected in Kansas City early next week to visit with the Chiefs.

DE Jared Allen - Despite reports to the contrary, Allen has not signed his one-year tender. One team that remains interested in signing him to an offer sheet is the Atlanta Falcons, despite the fact it will cost them a 1st and 3rd round draft pick. The team is hedging their bets that they will likely receive similar compensation for the predicted departure of one of there own restricted free agents – quarterback Matt Schaub. In essence, according to our sources the Falcons aren't likely to match an offer for their back-up quarterback, and would be willing to send that compensation to the Chiefs if Kansas City does not match a qualifying offer.

Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for more news on the Chiefs free agency pursuits.

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