ALLEN PARK - The Kansas City Chiefs have quietly jumped back into the position of front runner for the services of Lions quarterback Joey Harrington. The Chiefs are now offering the Lions a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft in exchange for the rights to Harrington contingent upon coming to a contract agreement
Scout.com has learned Harrington, who has been linked to primarily two teams, the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals, has been apprised of the new offer from Kansas City and is open to the idea of going there to replace Trent Green, 36, who many believe is one good hit away from retirement.
Kansas City will now attempt to have Harrington come in for a visit and try to work out a contract with Harrington's agent, David Dunn. Sources close to the deal said Harrington was very high on the idea of going to Miami with a chance to supplant the injured Daunte Culpepper and loved the Miami area including South Beach (who wouldn't). But Detroit is balking at Miami's offer of two seventh round picks for a quarterback who has started nearly every game in his career, albeit without very good results.
Cincinnati was willing to offer the Lions a sixth round pick, but was unwilling to reach compensation agreement for the signal caller. Kansas City has never wavered from their interest in Harrington since the day he came into the league in 2002 as the 3rd overall pick.
They believe his ability to throw the ball downfield fits their style of offense. Harrington's initial demands have plummeted since five teams, who at one point were interested in talking to him, have dropped out of the bidding.
Kansas City's offer would likely be accepted by Detroit but a deal would likely have to be consummated before the 2006 NFL draft so that he could get into the Chiefs offseason workout program.