As we first mentioned on Saturday morning, Kansas City was closing in on signing Edwards. Last month we were informed he'd be a key target.
Several months ago I ran into Edwards. He told me that Kansas City was his home away from home. This San Diego native never quite felt the same love and warmth playing in San Diego the last five seasons as he did when he played his first six years in a Chiefs uniform.
Now he returns home, and suddenly KC's starting linebackers could move from the middle of the road to one of the best units in the AFC West, if not the NFL.
With 2005 first-round pick Derrick Johnson playing outside and recently signed free agent Napoleon Harris playing the middle, the versatile Edwards will move to the outside.
Edwards signing means Kawika Mitchell will not be retained. The same is probably true for last year's starting weakside linebacker, Kendrell Bell.
The Chiefs have been very active in free agency, now signing their fourth big name. This is certainly a departure from past seasons, when Kansas City waited weeks for free agency to begin before dipping into the market.
In the first week of free agency they've added a new starting tackle in Damion McIntosh, a new middle linebacker in Harris, a new deep snapper in Jean-Philippe Darche and now Edwards.
The Chiefs brought Edwards to Kansas City on Friday after reaching an agreement on the general terms of a new contract.
In the early stages of free agency, it was believed Edwards would end up in New Orleans, but they never offered him a contract. On Thursday the Green Bay Packers inquired about his services, but the book was already written. He wanted to retire a Chief and now he gets his wish.
In other Chiefs News:
QB Trent Green - The Chiefs are hopeful his status will be resolved by the end of next week. Two teams are vying for his services - Minnesota and Miami. It's believed the Dolphins are the front-runner. As of this writing Kansas City and Miami have not been able to come to terms on compensation that would allow Green to be traded.
CB David Macklin - His visit was short and not so productive. He left town without a contract offer from the Chiefs because he's looking for starting money. Kansas City feels he's a nickel back at best.
CB Jamar Fletcher - He could be a name to keep an eye on in the upcoming week. He's younger than Macklin and has more upside. His contract demands fit more in line with what the Chiefs want to pay a third cornerback.
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