Let's look at what the Chiefs might try to get done before Saturday. We'll separate fact from fiction.
QB Trent Green - He will be traded to Miami sometime before the start of the NFL draft. There is no doubt in my mind that Green will be the Dolphins starting quarterback this season. Agent Jim Steiner has worked out a contract that could pay Green roughly $5 million in 2007. It depends on how many games he plays and certain offensive goals, however. That tells me the Dolphins have settled internally what they intend to do next season. They've even had discussions with the Oakland Raiders about trading Daunte Culpepper. Wouldn't it be ironic if the Dolphins send the Chiefs the draft choice they receive from the Raiders in exchange for Green?
The Dolphins have made it clear to Green he's their choice. Sometime before Saturday they're going to have to buckle down and offer up a draft pick or two in exchange. When it's all said and done I expect the Chiefs to receive either a third or fourth-round pick for Green plus a conditional pick in the 2008 draft.
WR Dante Hall - So far only the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans appear to be showing modest interest in Hall, who doesn't fit into the Chiefs plans this season. If Kansas City takes Ohio State wideout Ted Ginn, Jr on Saturday that will signal the end of Hall's career as a Chief. Kansas City would like to acquire a fifth-round pick for Hall, but they won't be choosy if a team is showing any interest.
S Greg Wesley - Not much cooking on this front because Wesley has a huge contract number scaring off potential suitors. The front runners to land his services remain the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, but unless Wesley and his agent are willing to restructure his contract, he'll likely stay on the Chiefs roster until late May or early June.
RB Larry Johnson - As we first told you two months ago, there was a possibility the Chiefs would indeed move Larry Johnson for the right price. That appears to be the case but I stress they're going to have to receive an enormous offer.
If the Chiefs can obtain three first-day picks in 2007 and/or 2008 they should make the move. Kansas City brought in some running backs this past week and from what we hear they are likely to select a back late Saturday or early on Sunday.
It's believed that both New York teams (Giants and Jets) along with the Cleveland Browns appear to be logical fits for Johnson. The problem is that LJ will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2007 season, and no team is going to trade for him unless they can sign him to a new contract. Reportedly, his contract demands are exceeding the $65 million deal San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson signed two years ago.
DT Kris Jenkins - Don't expect the Chiefs to pursue the Carolina Panthers All-Pro defensive tackle, as it appears the St. Louis Rams are willing to part with a second-round draft choice for him. The Chiefs, like some other teams, are a little gun-shy about his attitude. He can be a problem in the locker room and isn't the most punctual of players at practice, items that are both mandatory for Herm Edwards.
S William Bartee - The Chiefs cut ties with William Bartee on Monday and that means they will probably draft a safety in the second day. Jarrad Page and Bernard Pollard will start next year with Jon McGraw serving as a backup, but don't count out the return of Sammy Knight. He was cut a month ago but so far hasn't received any offers. His leadership could serve all three of the Chiefs young safeties well as they make the transition to more productive playing time.
DT Ian Scott - This was a mystery until we learned that Scott wants $7.5 million in guaranteed money. He'll be lucky to get the NFL minimum because he's over-valued his services for 2007. There is an outside chance the Chiefs might make a run for him after the draft as he's turned down one-year offers from the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and Bears.
QB Brady Quinn - As we mentioned yesterday, the Chiefs would draft Quinn if he fell to them. It's not likely, but I do expect the Chiefs will add another quarterback on Sunday. The name to keep an eye on is Michigan State's Drew Stanton.
RB Jon Cornish - Kansas City's scouts seem very interested in Kansas Jayhawk running back Jon Hornish. They like his toughness and running style. He's outstanding running between the tackles and with a change in direction in the Chiefs rushing attack in 2007, he could be someone they draft in the middle rounds.
T Joe Staley - Staley is getting a little more attention this week as we get closer to the draft. I think the Chiefs would be better served taking Auburn guard Ben Grubbs. Some believe that Staley could be a better pro than Penn State's Levi Brown – whose stock is now falling.
CB Eric Wright I know Herm Edwards has spent a lot of time with the young UNLV cornerback but his early troubles at USC has me nervous. There are some people who believe he's changed, and I'm not going to say he hasn't, but he's not worth taking a chance on in the first day. Some people have him going in the first round and that's just plain crazy. He's talented, but I'd rather see the Chiefs move up in the first round to take Arkansas corner Chris Houston.
LB Quincy Black - If he's on the board in the third round I think the Chiefs will grab Black. He is on record saying he'd like to play for the Chiefs and he has a lot of upside.
Kansas City Chiefs
Confirmed College Visitors:
Drew Stanton/QB/Michigan St. (WO)
Toby Korrodi/QB/Central Missouri St. (WO)
Tyler Thigpen/QB/Coastal Carolina (V)
Kolby Smith/RB/Louisville (V)
Jacoby Jones/WR/Lane (V)
Robert Meachem/WR/Tennessee (V)
Kevin Boss/TE/Western Oregon (WO)
Anthony Pudewell/TE/Nevada (V)
Tony Ugoh/OT/Arkansas (V)
Aaron Sears/OT/Tennessee (WO)
Joe Staley/OT/Central Michigan (WO)
Mansfield Wrotto/OT/Georgia Tech (WO)
Victor Abiamiri/DE-OLB/Notre Dame (V)
Quincy Black/LB/New Mexico (V)
Lawrence Timmons/LB/Florida St. (V)
Eric Wright/CB/UNLV (V)
Usama Young/CB/Kent St. (V)
Kevin Payne/S/Louisiana-Monroe (V)
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