Saturday night against the Houston Texans, Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle made a splash of sorts in the wet conditions at Arrowhead. Teams around the NFL took notice. According to our spies the Denver Broncos are sniffing around at Croyle's availability via trade.
It's not likely that two teams in the AFC West would trade with one another. However, with General Manager Scott Pioli in Kansas City and Head Coach Josh McDaniels in Denver, the former Patriots might be willing to swing a deal.
According to a league source in Denver, there have been preliminary talks between the two teams that would send Croyle to Denver for disgruntled wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The deal would also include one of the Chiefs' 2010 draft picks - presumably the second-round pick Kansas City acquired from Atlanta for tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Though it's just a rumor we received late last night, it does beg the question of how seriously undermanned the Chiefs feel they are at wide receiver.
Since the start of free agency, the Chiefs have added veterans Bobby Engram, Amani Toomer, and Ashley Lelie. Still on the open market are Matt Jones and Marvin Harrison. Both could find an opportunity with Kansas City.
Right now the Chiefs only have two receivers they can count on to make plays in 2009 - Dwayne Bowe, who has flopped from the first team to the third team the past two weeks, and veteran Mark Bradley, who had a nice game Saturday night.
The Bowe situation may be a reason the Chiefs would consider a deal for Marshall. That combination could be deadly for Kansas City and would give the struggling Matt Cassel two big-time options to create more balance and success in the Chiefs' new offense.
Cassel's Saturday debut wasn't great. Though Croyle seemed to be fine with the weather conditions, the chances of him becoming the starter are almost non-existent. With Cassel receiving a big contract last month, he won't be benched no matter how badly he plays in August.
So trading Croyle makes sense, especially if he outplays Cassel. But only for an impact player like Marshall.
The Chiefs have been trying to land Cardinals' receiver Anquan Boldin for months, but Arizona's price appears to be too steep. As I mentioned yesterday, right now there appears to be some animosity within the Cardinals camp over Haley raiding Ken Whisenhunt's coaching staff. Those feelings appear to be lingering just enough to make this trade unlikely at the moment. The Cardinals want a first and third-round pick for Boldin.
I can't see the Chiefs giving in to that demand, especially when you consider they might be drafting in the top five in 2010. But giving up Croyle and a second-rounder to get an All-Pro Receiver with some excess baggage is a no-brainer.
Still, it's just a rumor, but the deal would definitely benefit the Chiefs.
The Old Man Returns
Generally preseason games are boring, but not this weekend. If you're a fan of the Minnesota Vikings, the media circus will be at an all time high as Brett Favre, who came out of retirement yesterday, will suit up and play a couple of series against the Chiefs on Friday.
Favre will be the main course for the showdown between the Viking and Chiefs. Sure, he's old and nobody can convince me he came back for any other reason than the $12 million the Vikings are giving him. If any team is dumb enough to pay Favre that kind of coin, they deserve whatever they get.
I predicted in March Favre would play this year, but the only team willing to take a chance on him was the Vikings, who threw an all-out blitz at Favre in a bid to get him to return.
Will it be successful? At the least, it'll be good for the Vikings in the short term. They are now the NFC North favorites.
This also puts the Chiefs in the Friday night spotlight. A good showing could mean instant credibility for Haley's team, which is currently suffering from an identity and confidence crisis. A win over Minnesota and Favre would be a boost.
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