I'm not a fan of holdouts. Safety Jarrad Page has never wanted to be a Chief since a rumored altercation with Head Coach Todd Haley. A year ago Page was placed on injured reserve mid-season and there were rumblings indicating he wasn't taking his rehab sessions with much vigor.
On the flip side Page was miffed he was on the injured list and told reporters that he could play. At that point, the damage was done.
Since the NFL Draft the Chiefs began shopping Page. But thus far there were no takers. Two teams have showed modest interest, the Detroit Lions and S.F. 49ers but neither team is willing to part with anything but a seventh round 2011 draft choice.
In recent days, the Lions brass has indicated they aren't going to add any more veterans via the draft so that likely rules out any chance that Page could be reunited with Gunther Cunningham. As you know the former Chiefs coach is now the defensive coordinator in the Motor City.
With Kendrick Lewis and Eric Berry set at Safety, there is no room for Page.
Now the Chiefs are facing a dilemma. They are all set at safety. Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Jon McGraw and Reshard Langford are locks. The team will keep four at the position. There's simply no room for anyone else.
It's clear the future in Kansas City in the deep secondary is Berry and Lewis. And in my opinion each possess star quality – maybe even All Pro talent.
I used to be a big fan of Jarrad Page. But this holdout makes no sense to me. A player with extreme confidence and integrity would have taken the battle head on with the Chiefs rookie draft picks and come to camp, showed the Chiefs that he's better than either of them, and fought for a roster spot.
Then he'd have been in a better position physically and mentally to move on to another team if he failed to make it in Kansas City.
Sure since the team drafted Berry, Page was certainly on the outside looking in but still show some pride.
Page chose the easy way out and now he's trying to make the Chiefs pay for his lazy decision.
With roster cuts looming Saturday afternoon, it's likely the Chiefs will dump Page at some point.
Per Pro Football Talk the Chiefs have received a two-week roster exemption to buy some time to decide what do with the unhappy safety.
If they cut him, I say good riddance. This team does not need any distractions heading into their Monday Night showdown against San Diego.
And keeping Page would negate the unity that Haley has instilled in his locker room.