Three Teams Vying For Green

With the end of March in sight the Chiefs continue to make noise. There are now three teams who have shown interest in quarterback Trent Green. All that love bodes well for Kansas City to receive a first-day draft pick in exchange for the 14-year veteran.

This is why the Chiefs are fortunate to have Carl Peterson on their side. Two weeks ago it was a forgone conclusion that Green would be dealt to the Dolphins for a second-day pick. But Peterson held his ground once he found out that Green's agent, Jim Steiner, had reached a contract agreement with Miami.

Dolphins General Manager Randy Mueller isn't one to shy away from a fight, but his early conversations with the Chiefs were met with some resistance. The Chiefs balked at the Dolphins offer of a seventh-round draft pick. Miami has since offered their sixth-round pick, which Peterson also declined.

At the owners meetings in Phoenix this week, Peterson talked to Mueller on Wednesday, but only agreed to continue talks next week. In the interim, two other teams have inquired about Green. One of them, the Detroit Lions, has a plethora of mid-round picks they could send to the Chiefs.

The other team is the Cleveland Browns, who need a veteran leader to run their offense. Chiefs fans remember the shocking comeback that little-used Browns backup quarterback Derek Anderson orchestrated against Kansas City last December. That was his only victory of the season.

The Browns, like the Dolphins, are looking at Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, but neither team appears to be willing to throw him into the fire. That's why both teams like Green.

The Chiefs couldn't care less which team Green is dealt to as long as the number of suitors increases. They are now in the driver's seat and can hold onto Green up until the NFL draft.

Peterson has no timetable to get this deal done, but he's going to stick to his guns. With three teams looking to trade for a veteran quarterback, the Chiefs have now increased their chances to secure a first-day pick.

Sooner or later these teams will feel the squeeze, and when that happens Peterson will put the hammer down on one of them.

In other Chiefs News:

On Thursday the Chiefs came to terms with backup defensive back Jon McGraw. He started 16 games for Detroit last year and had one of his best seasons. In 2005 he was injured and only suited up for eight games.

The Kansas State product was drafted by the New York Jets in 2000 and made an immediate impact, starting 15 games his rookie season. He's known for being a hard-nosed football player.

Defensive end Jared Allen has made it clear he won't be attending any of the team's offseason workouts or the mandatory Mini-Camp this spring. Ken Harris, Allen's agent, has told Kansas City his client will be in River Falls, however.

Though the Chiefs have not been active in shopping Allen, Harris could push the issue prior to the draft in hopes of getting his client a new deal with another team.

These rumors will likely continue until he signs his one-year tender.

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