View Full Version : RAND: No urgency to trade Green now

05-25-2007, 09:09 PM
May 24, 2007, 6: 35: 56 AM by Jonathan Rand (http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/jonathan_rand/) - FAQ (http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/2004/01/20/jonathan_rand_faq/)


Trent Greenís lame-duck stay with the Chiefs likely will last a lot longer than heíd like.
The Chiefs and their two-time Pro Bowl quarterback donít see eye to eye on terms of a divorce. The club permitted Green and his agent, Jim Steiner, to work out a deal with the Miami Dolphins, but the Chiefs want to make a trade and the Dolphins want to make a small donation.
Before the draft, the Dolphins offered for Green their second of two sixth-round picks, the 199th selection. Thatís next to nothing, and for the Dolphins the only better result would be to get him for actually nothing. Perhaps they can, if they hold their cards and wait for the Chiefs to release Green rather than pay his $7.2 million salary. But the Chiefs have shown no inclination to do that.
The Chiefs canít expect a huge return for a quarterback who may or may not be longer in their plans. But they understandably want to acquire a player who can make their roster in 2007. Before the draft, that mightíve meant a fourth-round pick. Now that means a competent backup.
Chiefs president Carl Peterson is obligated to strengthen his team, not make Green happy. Heís not doing his job if he virtually gives away Green as a reward for his past production and leadership.
Anybody in Greenís shoes would want to start his next job as soon as possible. But given his 13 years of NFL experience and familiarity with the type of offense the Dolphins are installing, he wouldnít miss a beat if he first joined his new team in training camp.
Green says he feels awkward being around the Chiefsí facilities, but keep in mind the off-season workouts heís attending are strictly voluntary. His presence also is awkward for the Chiefs, a fact he and his agent no doubt considered when Green elected to take part in the OTAs. A little adverse publicity for the Chiefs canít hurt Greenís cause, though itís doubtful it will help much.
The Chiefs know full well that once Greenís situation is resolved, it will be as quickly forgotten as almost every other contract or trade dispute that pops up in the NFL every year.
Major moves in the NFL often get done because of deadlines, such as the draft, start of free agency or a fat roster bonus coming due. But with the draft over, the Chiefs face no deadlines with Green until almost opening day.
Perhaps the Dolphins will conclude itís worth upping the ante to get Green in Miami and try to see if he more resembles the star of two years ago or the beleaguered passer of a year ago who struggled to regain his touch after suffering an opening-game concussion.
Green has no assurance that heíll start for the Dolphins, though theyíd surely like a veteran presence as they develop John Beck, their second-round pick out of Brigham Young. Daunte Culpepper, acquired to start for the Dolphins in 2006, hasnít been healthy and isnít expected to stick around.
So how long will the Green stalemate at Arrowhead linger? Itís anybodyís guess, though when the Titans and Steve McNair were in a comparable situation last summer, he wasnít traded to the Ravens until June 8. And keep in mind that the Ravens needed McNair worse than the Dolphins appear to need Green.
So is Peterson just posturing when he says he could see Green playing for the Chiefs in 2007? Not entirely.
The most likely outcome is that the Chiefs send Green to Miami for less than they consider fair value. But itís also possible these negotiations drag on to where coach Herm Edwards gets dubious about playing Brodie Croyle this year and Green seems sharper than Damon Huard. If Green appears the best quarterback still around, maybe he doesnít go anywhere.

05-25-2007, 09:41 PM
I'm so sick of this whole situation.

05-25-2007, 11:46 PM
I'm so sick of this whole situation.

Ditto; and it has become the distraction that we all feared it would be as fostered by the media.

05-25-2007, 11:48 PM
memo to chiefs: TRADE GREEN

05-25-2007, 11:53 PM
memo to chiefs: TRADE GREEN

Eh, Miami will most likely get him for free.

05-26-2007, 07:04 PM
it reminds me of the dougless thing acouple of years ago, that got old in a hurry also,