Green Deal Nearing Conclusion?

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post late Wednesday evening, the Chiefs and Dolphins appear to have agreed on compensation that would send quarterback Trent Green to Miami.

Two weeks ago a source told Warpaint Illustrated that Green expected this deal to be completed by the end of March. With KC's recent cuts of safety Sammy Knight and veteran offensive lineman Kyle Turley, Herm Edwards was apparently serious about reducing his team's age.

Now it appears that it's only a matter of agreeing to a new contract. The issue is the fact the Dolphins want Green to accept a one-year contract at the NFL minimum, which would net him about $820,000. Incentives could push that contract well over $2 million.

It's likely Green's agent, Jim Steiner, will work on a second-year option in the event his client performs well in Miami this season.

The Dolphins are high on Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn. Even if they trade for Green, they will likely select the rookie quarterback with the ninth pick in the first round.

As for the compensation according to the published report, if the trade goes through the Dolphins will send the 60th overall pick of the draft to Kansas City. The Dolphins have a pair of second-round picks, the latter of which was acquired in the trade that sent Wes Welker to the New England Patriots.

Even though the Palm Beach Post originally indicated the compensation was a second-round draft pick and later changed the report, we've been told that it's unlikley the Chiefs will get a first day draft pick for Green.

According to our source, the compensation may only be a seventh-round pick. Either way, it appears Green will indeed be traded sometime within the next 10 days, at the latest.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs are prepared to enter 2007 with second-year man Brodie Croyle and veteran Damon Huard.

Edwards indicated in talks with Green he came away with the understanding the quarterback is not ready to hang up his cleats. Green is willing to stay in Kansas City as a backup.

But despite that fact according to another source, the Chiefs wanted to move Green before offseason workouts began in early April. The team didn't want to hinder the development of Croyle as he gets his first chance to be the starter.

Regardless, it appears the Chiefs are very close to ending the Green era and starting a new chapter with Croyle, and that appears to have been the plan all along.

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