Packers, Chiefs Talking to Kicker

Both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers have been in contact with the same kicker, at minimum signaling their interest in giving their incumbents some competition in training camp this year.

During my recent interview with kicker Rhys Lloyd, he confirmed that both the Chiefs and the Packers have been showing interest in him for the 2007 season. Lloyd had the opportunity to kick in front of scouts from NFL teams during NFL Europa tryouts last week, so he may get a few more phone calls in the upcoming months. The former University of Minnesota kicker landed one of six jobs that were available and will be kicking for the Frankfurt Galaxy this year.

According to Nick Athan, the publisher of our Kansas City site, the Chiefs also had interest in former Giants kicker Jay Feely before he signed with Miami, but the team didn't want to get into a bidding war with the Giants and the Dolphins. 

Kansas City has tendered restricted free agent Lawrence Tynes, the team's incumbent at the position, but Athan says the team is very high on NFL prospect Mason Crosby out of Colorado and believes that whether it's through the draft or free agency, Tynes' days as a Chief are coming to a close.

"Either way, they'll have a new kicker in KC next season," he said.

The Packers got a pretty decent performance out of former Colts draft pick Dave Rayner last year as he hit 26 of 36 field goals (72 percent). But they're obviously not ready to head into camp handing him the job outright, as their interest in Lloyd indicates.

"We're always looking for competition," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at the end of the 2006 season in regards to the kicker and punter slots. "If we can create competition for both of those positions, or any other positions, we're definitely going to create it."

The Packers backed that statement up by signing free agent punter David Lonie in February to compete against incumbent Jon Ryan. So expect them to have a second kicker on board in the upcoming months as well.

Green Bay signed Lloyd last April, but was released a few weeks later. The Bills and Browns had both expressed interest in Lloyd before he signed on with the Packers, according to his agent, Chris Murray.

During his recent interview with, Lloyd said he believed a contributing factor to his release both with the Packers and the Ravens, who initially signed him out of college as an undrafted free agent, was due to his overall conditioning. And he's taken steps over this past year to correct that problem, working out with a personal trainer.

"I think now my kicking ability is still the same, but the power I'm producing will hopefully give me that X factor," he said.

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