With the Chiefs slumping to an 0-3 preseason record, losing their $63 million quarterback to injury, and perhaps losing a starting wide receiver, things are not starting well for the new regime. It appears a rift between Head Coach Todd Haley and Chan Gailey has been brewing since the end of the Vikings game, when the Chiefs had four shots to win from the one-yard line and couldn't get it done.
Last week, with an emphasis on running the ball after Cassel went down, the offense again sputtered with Tyler Thigpen at the helm - much like it did toward the end of last season.
Even though Brodie Croyle is the likely starter for the Chiefs' season opener against the Baltimore Ravens in two weeks, word comes now from AZRedReport.com that the Chiefs might trade Thigpen or Croyle. Thigpen had been rumored to be headed to Jacksonville last week but another team could be showing interest.
As we told you last week, the Chiefs flirted with acquiring Denver's Brandon Marshall. Though that interest reportedly remains intact, it would be complicated for two AFC West rivals to make such a deal.
To get a deal done, a third team had to emerge. Warpaint Illustrated has learned from our friends at AZRedReport.com that third team might be the Arizona Cardinals.
According to the report, the Chiefs, Broncos and Cardinals are contemplating a three-team trade that benefits each squad in the immediate sense and for the future, removing major question marks.
Here's the deal as we hear it:
KANSAS CITY would send Thigpen OR Croyle and the second-round pick acquired from Atlanta in the Tony Gonzalez trade to Arizona.
DENVER would receive the second-round pick from Kansas City and quarterback Matt Leinart from Arizona.
ARIZONA acquires Marshall from Denver and ships veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin to Kansas City, who likely will get a new long-term contract from the Chiefs as part of the deal.
The rumor is that the Chiefs have been trying to obtain Boldin since April but have been unable to meet Arizona's demand of a first and third-round pick. With Denver in the mix and needing a starting quarterback because of a thumb injury to starter Kyle Orton, Leinart fits.
We stress this is just a rumor at this point, but it makes sense when you factor in all that has transpired in the last three days. Stay tuned...
In other Chiefs News:
QB Brodie Croyle - He likely will be the opening day starter against the Baltimore Ravens. Even if Thigpen is not traded, Croyle appears to be more suited for the type of offense Haley wants to run.
QB Matt Cassel - Per our spies it appears he will likely miss no more than two games after undergoing an MRI and seeing team doctors. It's just a knee strain and he should bounce back quickly.
CB Brandon Flowers - We've been told his shoulder is fine and he will be ready for opening day at Baltimore.
WR Devard Darling - A report indicates he has a torn ACL. If that's the case, he's likely out for the season and most likely won't be playing for the Chiefs this year or any year thereafter. He's been a disappointment since he was brought on a year ago.
Three-Way Trade Brewing?
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