The message seems clear: The Chiefs no longer have reserved a spot for Green in the starting lineup. Green is due $7.2 million in base salary next season, and his cap number exceeds $9 million. The Chiefs don't want to pay him that much, particularly now that Huard, who they resigned for $2.5 million per year, can be their starting quarterback.
Green is signed through 2009, meaning the Chiefs would probably have to restructure his deal just to deal him. But they are unlikely to get much in return for a 36-year-old quarterback coming off a major head injury and one of the worst seasons of his career with only seven touchdowns and nine interceptions in eight games.
It's just a bad spot for everyone involved. Green, of course, had been remarkably durable during his six-year Chiefs career, and remarkably prolific. He made two Pro Bowls and was a model citizen. He's been a tremendous asset in Kansas City.
On the other hand, he doesn't quite fit the offense Herm Edwards wants to run. He takes too many risks and, too often last season, paid for them with interceptions. His best days are clearly behind him.
The likelihood is that the Chiefs will try to move him, probably to Miami, because he still believes he can play at a high level in the NFL. Green insists he is fine physically and mentally and intends to play out his contract. For the Chiefs, that all means they're about to have $9.7 million next year tied up in two quarterbacks in their mid-30s if Green is not dealt.
G Will Shields has started an online diary chronicling his trip as part of a USO trip. Shields has written about stops in Germany and Kuwait, available at kcchiefs.com.
"Every other hour or so you see a Blackhawk helicopter or something fly overhead at night," Shields wrote in the first installment. "It's a little different, but it's eye-opening."
The Chiefs signed an old rival in MLB Napoleon Harris, who played for the Oakland Raiders during their last Super Bowl run.
"The AFC West, to me, has always been one of the tougher divisions in the league and if you just look at it you have three teams in the division that were over .500," Harris said. "That says a lot about the conference when you have three teams that are over the .500 mark in the division; that shows a lot of toughness."
Though the Chiefs did not re-sign MLB Kawika Mitchell, they had thought he might be an option at outside linebacker but with the addition of Harris and Donnie Edwards over the weekend, unless the Chiefs convert to a 3-4 defense, it doesn't appear Mitchell will be back in Kansas City next season.
Right now the Chiefs could keep Kendrell Bell if he restructures his contract as a back-up. The team also has unproven linebacker Keyaron Fox as well as second year man William Kershaw to serve as back-ups so that makes Mitchell expendable.
Former cornerback Albert Lewis, who starred for the Chiefs from 1983-1994, entered the club's hall of fame last week despite a checkered past with the Chiefs management.
Lewis was part of a player revolt against former coach John Mackovic and criticized Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson when Lewis signed with the hated Raiders in 1994.
QUOTE TO NOTE:
"We don't have a tackle. That's the thing about free agency. You might gain one. You just hope you don't lose two." -- Chiefs coach Herm Edwards on losing two defensive tackles to free agency.
RB Dee Brown was a little-used No. 3 runner behind Larry Johnson and backup Michael Bennett, but could have a spot here if Bennett continues to be unavailable because of nagging injuries.
DT Ron Edwards came in and won a starting spot in a weak interior core last year, but he and the Chiefs seem ready to part ways.
LS Kendall Gammon, a team and fan favorite who remains one of the league's most accurate long snappers, appears to have dropped out of the team's plans after their signing of former Seattle snapper Jean-Philippe Darche. Gammon still believes he can play next year at age 38.
DT James Reed won a starting spot in his first year in Kansas City, but the Chiefs need more production than he provided. Has a place here, though.
CB Lenny Walls didn't have a lot of impact in his first year, and he likely won't command a lot of attention on the market. Has a solid backer in secondary coach David Gibbs. However the Chiefs are looking at several cornerbacks in free agency.
DE Jimmy Wilkerson has the ability to play both inside and outside, which gives him a place, most likely as a backup, on a team struggling to patch holes on the defensive line.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (NON TENDER)
FB Ronnie Cruz was to have been the starting fullback until he went down with a knee injury. He's welcomed here, but the team is looking at other options, including TE Kris Wilson and possibly LB Boomer Grigsby.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS:
DE Jared Allen (tendered at $2.35M with 1st- and 3rd-round picks as compensation) should get a long-term deal before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2008. His pass rush from the right end spot is the best Kansas City has seen since the days of Derrick Thomas. However he has at this point not signed his one-year tender leaving this situation still in murky waters.
LB Keyaron Fox (tendered at $850,000 with 3rd-round pick as compensation) may get one more year to advance from prospect to player, something he has yet to do despite being given his chances. With the addition of Donnie Edwards, Fox will be relegated to a back-up role if he's retained.
WR Samie Parker (tendered at $850,000 with 4th-round pick as compensation) hasn't shown enough as a starter to merit a long-term deal. In addition the Chiefs have been flirting with free agent wide receiver Kevin Curtis who just switched agents. If he were to sign with the Chiefs that would make Parker expendable because Kansas City intends to give last years sixth round pick Jeff Webb and second year man Chris Hannon a shot at significant playing time in 2007.
OT Kevin Sampson (tendered at $850,000 with 7th-round pick as compensation) has had two seasons when he's been given a chance to start, but has been unable to stay healthy. He was tendered and will be given one more chance. Even with the addition of Damion McIntosh the Chiefs are thin along the offensive line.
CB Benny Sapp (tendered at $850,000 with no compensation) is a productive reserve and nickel candidate with a pass-rush upside.
LB Rich Scanlon (tendered at $850,000 with no compensation) is one of the most productive special teams players who has a spot.
K Lawrence Tynes (tendered at $850,000 with no compensation) appears to be the kicker of the near-term despite a breakdown in the playoff loss to the Colts. The Chiefs are expected to draft a kicker in April.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS:
LB Kris Griffin will be given another shot, but is running out of time. He's currently on the outside looking in with the recent additions of Harris and Edwards.
TE Tony Gonzalez: Potential UFA; 5 yrs, $30.5M, $12.5M SB.
QB Damon Huard: Potential UFA; $7.5M/3 yrs, $3M SB.
LS J.P. Darche: UFA Seahawks; $2.5M/4 yrs, $200K SB.
LB Donnie Edwards: UFA Chargers; $13.5M/3 yrs, $7.5M SB.
LB Napoleon Harris: UFA Vikings; $24M/6 yrs, $7.5M SB.
OT Damion McIntosh: UFA Dolphins; $18M/6 yrs, $3M SB.
OT Jordan Black: UFA Texans; $3.5M/2 yrs, $1.5M SB.
Warpaint Illustrated.com contributed to this report.
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