E-mails to Page and his agent, his brother John Edward Page, have gone unanswered all spring. Page signed on with his brother after leaving veteran agent Eugene Parker who handled him for the previous four seasons.
Page was given a tender offer of $1,759,000. That number kept the Chiefs' rights for compensation had some team been interested in signing Page. He would have brought a second-round choice. But no team gave Page an offer sheet before the April 15th deadline.
Essentially, Page has no leverage at all in dealing with the Chiefs; his only play is to stay away from the team and hope to force them to release his rights. His absence makes it very clear that Page does not want or plan to stay with the Chiefs. That does not come as a surprise, since he spent time in head coach Todd Haley's doghouse last year and lost his starting job to veteran backup Jon McGraw before he suffered a calf injury that ended his season.
On June 15, they have the right to rescind the original offer and tender him at 110 percent of his salary from last season. They could also do nothing, or withdraw their offer and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. Here are Page's numbers in simple form:
--Page's salary in '09: $1,545,000.
--Tender offer for '10: $1,759,000.
--110 percent of Page's '09 salary - $1,699,500.
--If Page doesn't sign the original tender offer, it would cost him $59,500.
If a restricted free agent does not sign his tender offer by Week No. 10 of the regular season, he cannot play in 2010 and would remain a restricted free agent in 2011, with all rights remaining with the Chiefs.
Page doesn't fit with the direction the Chiefs are headed, so why doesn't the club simply withdraw its tender offer and allow the safety to find a new home? Two words -- Bernard Pollard. The Chiefs released their starting safety in the final cutdown before the start of the '09 regular season. Pollard ended up signing with Houston and was a nice addition to the Texans defense, including a new contract for the '10 season. For the Chiefs to release Page and have him go off and become a starter somewhere else -- with no compensation in return -- would be an embarrassment for Scott Pioli and Haley.
Veterans Assist Berry
Berry getting sound advice.
"I think he's done a great job," said veteran safety Jon McGraw who is running at the other safety spot with the No. 1 defense. "Obviously he was coached very well at Tennessee. He has the ability to conceptually grasp things. It's not just memorization on his part. I can see his development coming a long very quickly.
"They've thrown a lot at us. It hasn't been a gradual deal here. We've pretty much gotten the whole play book thrown at us."
Berry said dealing with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's entire playbook is the only thing slowing him down right now, and even that diminishes with each practice.
"It's getting a lot better as I'm getting more familiar with the playbook, getting the calls and getting the checks," said Berry.
Especially helpful to Berry is the presence of veteran outside linebacker Mike Vrabel. It isn't just Vrabel's 14 years of NFL experience; it's his previous time in the same Crennel defensive scheme when they were together with the Patriots.
"He's out there talking, you kind of get used to him out there saying things, moving people around," said Berry. "It helps you learn in the fire, so I think that helps having him there."
TSX Chiefs Notes & Tidbits
--Chiefs G Brian Waters was named the 2010 recipient of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Award that is presented by the Rotary Club of Tulsa. Each year the group honors a male and female athlete for the excellence in their sport while showing a high level of citizenship. White and WNBA player Ruth Riley will be honored at a banquet in mid-June. Earlier this year Waters was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award by the NFL. "It's a great honor to be honest with you just because it's not from my hometown or it's not the city where I work," said Waters. "That says a lot about the work we have been doing." Since coming into the NFL in 2000, Waters has been sharing his paycheck with the organization.
--As each practice session wraps up, head coach Todd Haley's opinion of the Chiefs rookie draft class continues to grow. "This whole rookie group is unique," Haley said. "I've been around long enough now to know that there is something about these guys. When we look back a couple years down the road, we will know these guys were a big part of us becoming a real good team. They don't seem too intimidated. They are great character guys that love to work, they have great energy. They are bouncing around, flying around out there. When you have young guys coming and showing up like that, it gets contagious."
Croyle suffers injury.
--Backup QB Brodie Croyle injured the index finger on his right hand during an OTA session and was forced to miss the next three practices. Croyle's hand smacked the helmet of a pass rusher and he immediately left the field. Head coach Todd Haley said of the injury, "It should not be anything serious." Croyle had the finger taped as he watched OTA sessions.
--Last year, the Chiefs got very little done in the kicking game during their OTA sessions as head coach Todd Haley established the foundation of his program. That's not the case this year, as the special teams have a segment of every practice. Mostly, that work directed by special teams coach Steve Hoffman has been mental reps, as he talks about the fundamentals of coverage and blocking on returns. "We definitely have added a couple minutes each day to get through some mental reps with the guys so we are a little ahead of schedule before we start training camp," said Haley.
Warpaint Illustrated Notes:
*There seems to be growing speculation that the Kansas City Chiefs are looking into a trade that would send a late round 2011 draft pick to the Dallas Cowboys for veteran receiver Patrick Crayton. Warpaint Illustrated has learned that despite the $2 million that Crayton is to receive from the Cowboys this season, that the Chiefs are one of the very few teams that has shown interest in paying and acquiring the disgruntled veteran receiver. But don't expect the Chiefs to give up anything more than a 6th or 7th rounder for a player the Cowboys will likely cut before they set their 53 man roster in September.
*We don't think the door has completely closed on the Chiefs efforts to sign free agent DT/DE John Henderson. An NFL source told Warpaint Illustrated this week that Henderson found no teams that were willing to succumb to his outlandish contract demands. The former Jacksonville Jaguar, per our source, has two suitors; the Chiefs being one of them along with the New York Giants. However there's going to have to be some mending of the fences between John Henderson's agent and GM Scott Pioli. The Chiefs felt betrayed that Henderson did not honor his commitment for a visit last month. He spurned that visit for a chance to visit the Giants who laughed at his contract demands. Per our source Henderson may wait until NFL training camps are in full swing before making any other visits.