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chief31
07-18-2007, 11:56 PM
This is from Scout.com

http://chiefs.scout.com/2/659441.html

The moment youíve been dreading for months is about to transpire. Thereís nothing you can do to prevent it, and the shock wave will be felt by Kansas Cityís franchise for years to come. Prepare yourselves.

Larry Johnson (http://chiefs.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=2980134) will not be a Chief in 2007.

How do I know this? I guess, technically, I donít. Itís just a hunch. I realize thereís been little to no news concerning LJís contract negotiations recently. But if you take stock of the events that have passed of late and mix them with what seems like a gag order at One Arrowhead Drive concerning Johnsonís contract, the truth seems clear.

The Chiefs canít afford Larry Johnson. Signing him to the largest contract in team history is a huge step for a franchise in transition, and Carl Peterson and company simply arenít willing to take such a gigantic leap of faith.

The time to act has passed. The right time to sign Johnson was weeks ago, before he went public in the Kansas City Star about his intentions to hold out (way to play your trump card early there, LJ).

By waiting, the Chiefs allowed the Colts an opportunity to ink Dwight Freeney (http://chiefs.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=3148060) to a massive contract which only further weakens their position in negotiations with Johnson. Freeney received $72 million and $30 million in guaranteed money. As Star columnist Jason Whitlock so aptly pointed out, that deal should make dollar signs light up on LJís pupils.

And now Detroitís Cory Redding (http://chiefs.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=3009960) has received a deal comparable to the one Trent Green (http://chiefs.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=3182395) signed in 2003, with $16 million guaranteed and almost $50 million over the life of the contract? All this for a player who, so far, is nothing more than a one-year wonder on the NFLís 28th-ranked defense? The Chiefs have missed the boat.

Not only that, theyíre still standing at the dock and havenít even booked tickets for the next one. According to ESPNís John Clayton, the Chiefs took the past week off from negotiations for a ďvacation.Ē

For what reason? Training camp is right around the corner. This isnít the time for KCís front office to dig their toes in the sand and sip PiŮa Coladas. The sooner this deal gets done, the better. Unless, of course, the Chiefs took a week off for another purpose.

The Packers have been mentioned as a trade partner in a potential exchange for Johnson all offseason long. Did the Chiefs take a week off to talk turkey with Green Bay GM Ted Thompson?

It makes sense. The timing of Freeneyís new deal and Carlís ďvacationĒ are eerily coincidental. One could argue the Chiefs saw the Colts throw a giant suitcase of money at their star defensive end, lost their nerve and threw up their hands. Did they move to Plan B?

As I said back in April, this is an intimidating situation for the Chiefs. Giving Johnson a mountain of money lets them into the NFL ďbig boysĒ club. Theyíll move into the same metaphorical ďtax bracketĒ as the Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, teams that rewarded their superstars with gigantic, trendsetting contracts. This is a situation Kansas City really hasnít had to deal with before.

Sure, they signed Derrick Thomas to a seven-year contract in 1997 that made him the highest-paid defender in the NFL, but that was a different team. The Chiefs were contending for division championships at the time, and wound up as the AFC's top seed that year. Not signing the face of the franchise Ė heck, the town Ė would have led to fan mutiny. It would be like the Colts dumping Peyton Manning (http://chiefs.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=2979769) today.

This Chiefs team is in no such position. As great as he is, the fan base isnít exactly in love with Johnson the way they were with Thomas. For a team that wonít contend for the Super Bowl this year, trading LJ is a move most fans will forgive.

Maybe Iím way out of line with all this. I guess itís possible the Chiefs are just taking their sweet time and making Johnson sweat it out. After all, they do hold most of the cards in this poker game.

But if that's the case, why is Derrick Johnson, not Larry, plastered all over a banner promoting seasons tickets on KcChiefs.com?

I sincerely hope Iím wrong, but I canít shake the feeling that Johnsonís ticket out of town is all but stamped.

Do the Chiefs care more about money, or about winning?

Weíre about to find out.

Just thought it was interesting.

Guru
07-19-2007, 12:00 AM
I won't put any stock in anything that idiot writes.

DrunkHillbilly
07-19-2007, 12:06 AM
I won't put any stock in anything that idiot writes.

Exactly!!

Chiefster
07-19-2007, 01:23 AM
Wrose then :fatlock:

wolfpack
07-19-2007, 01:41 AM
rhonda moss in drag

Guru
07-19-2007, 01:42 AM
rhonda moss in drag

Are you insane?

Chiefster
07-19-2007, 01:43 AM
rhonda moss in drag


How can ya tell?

wolfpack
07-19-2007, 10:06 AM
they both write the same,think the same.

Chiefster
07-19-2007, 02:39 PM
they both write the same,think the same.


I think you missed my point.

Coach
07-19-2007, 10:11 PM
That article is pure conjecture and has no factual basis whatsoever. Don't get me wrong, thanks for posting it. I just think the writer wrote it without doing any homework. It would be a better forum post, than a new article.

Chiefster
07-19-2007, 10:14 PM
That article is pure conjecture and has no factual basis whatsoever. Don't get me wrong, thanks for posting it. I just think the writer wrote it without doing any homework. It would be a better forum post, than a new article.

LOL!!!!

That's a nice way of saying that he's talking out of his butt.
j/k

luv
07-26-2007, 05:26 PM
Oh, man! I have to read Clayton articles here, too?

Chiefster
07-26-2007, 05:35 PM
Oh, man! I have to read Clayton articles here, too?


It is NOT prerequisite, required reading.