Breaking Down KC's Rumors

With free agency starting in two days, the NFL rumor mill is running rampant about certain players, some who may have caught the eye of the Kansas City Chiefs. Warpaint Illustrated will separate fact from fiction.

WR Chad Johnson - According to our NFL source, the Bengals are now lukewarm on trading Ocho-Cinco. The Chiefs' interest appears to be waning based on the fact Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis doesn't want to trade his superstar wideout.

CB DeAngelo Hall - The Chiefs have shown marginal interest in the unhappy Falcon, but there are other teams with a stronger desire at this point. The Miami Dolphins and New York Giants, who reportedly offered their first round pick (#32), appear to be the front-runners at the moment.

OL Nat Dorsey (Cleveland) - The former Georgia Tech standout has bounced around as a starter and backup with the Browns. He's still young and a recent rumor suggested the Chiefs may have an interest in him – especially when you consider offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was his coach for a season with the Yellow Jackets. Despite that, Warpaint Illustrated has learned the Chiefs at the moment have little to no interest in Dorsey.

QB JP Losman (Buffalo) - According to a report on ProFootballTalk.com, the Chiefs are supposedly interested in Buffalo's former starter. The team has spent a considerable amount of time evaluating quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combines, and one report indicated the Chiefs spent time with Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm. The jury is out on the future of Damon Huard as KC's backup quarterback, but we've learned Losman won't be a Chief this year.

FB Cecil Sapp (Denver) - The Denver Post mentioned the Broncos would release their starting fullback before free agency begins Friday. We hear the Chiefs will not retain Kris Wilson as their starting fullback and the jury is still out on Boomer Grigsby. Despite that, Sapp is approaching 30, which makes the likelihood of him joining KC's roster slim and none.

LB Jonathan Vilma (New York) - The Jets have been shopping their starting linebacker around the league and several teams have expressed an interest. However, according to one of our NFL sources, the jury is out on the condition of Vilma's ailing knee. That has some teams, including the Chiefs, backing off.

C Jeff Faine (New Orleans) - Faine is one of the most likely candidates to join the Chiefs in the early stages of free agency. According to Adam Caplan of Scout.com, Faine is expected to visit the Chiefs over the weekend. He would be a perfect fit for KC's revamped offensive line.

G Jake Scott (Indianapolis) - With Ryan Lilja signing a five-year contract, the Colts have no room to re-sign Scott. The Chiefs could have a mild interest in Scott but may wait until the latter stages of free agency to make a run at him. The team is anticipating that Rudy Niswanger will be fully recovered from knee surgery and ready to participate in OTAs. He could be the long-term answer at right guard. If that happens, Damion McIntosh would likely move to right tackle.

CB Drayton Florence (San Diego) - The Chiefs must sign at least one free agent cornerback this offseason and hope they can draft two potential starters in April. There is interest in Florence from Kansas City, but it's mild at this point. It appears Patrick Surtain will be back in 2008 but Ty Law and Benny Sapp aren't in the plans, leaving the cupboard bare.

In other Chiefs News:

P Dustin Colquitt - The Chiefs are close to inking Colquitt to a five-year deal. He's scheduled to become a restricted free agent on Friday but the team has been working on an extension that will keep Colquitt and his weekly WPI column, Colquitt's Coffin Corner, alive and well in Kansas City through 2013.

DE Jared Allen - There was an internet report early Wednesday from the St. Paul Pioneer that indicated the Chiefs were considering trading Jared Allen. According to our sources, that does not appear to be the case at the moment. Allen is set to make roughly $9 million once he signs his one-year tender. So far, talks with agent Ken Harris are progressing.

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