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    I have to admit had me laughing on this one.

    CARL VS. L.J. IS NEXT BATTLE ROYALE
    With Jared Allen eating sushi and promising to lead a wilí-out-free social life, and Trent Green packing his footballs and heading to a South Florida home, thereís only one compelling story line left in the latest episode of ďThe Last King of Mediocrity.Ē

    Carl Peterson vs. Larry Johnson.

    Yes, the main event: King Carl vs. L.J. for all the money in Clark Huntís piggybank. This should be far better than De la Hoya-Mayweather, and if the executives running HBO were smart, theyíd do a 24/7 documentary on this historic battle rather than taping Kansas Cityís training camp.

    This is a showdown that has been brewing ever since King Carl hoodwinked Johnson and his agent into signing that ridiculous, Master P-approved rookie contract. This thing should get UFC bloody and ugly.

    Before the end of training camp, I fully expect Petersonís pit bull/mouthpiece Bob Gretz and Johnsonís pit bull/mouthpiece Rhonda Moss to square off in a dogfight that will have Michael ďRon CujoĒ Vick flush with envy.

    Seriously, Iím so glad Trent Green is finally gone. Bickering over the value and treatment of a filthy-rich, 37-year-old quarterback was a bit boring for my taste, especially when you know Peterson could just as easily botch a fourth-round pick as a sixth.

    The Green-Peterson scrap sounded like a Leawood father and son arguing over whether the kid deserves the fully loaded SUV or the sport package. Peterson-Johnson has the promise of getting as rowdy as me and my brother coming to blows over the last pork chop at a Labor Day barbecue.

    Right now, my money is on The Last King of Mediocrity.

    Heís been in the gym training for this bout ever since Priest Holmes bamboozled the Chiefs out of a final payday and quickly retired to a life of nachos, yearly, inconclusive MRI scans on his spine and babyís mama drama.

    King Carl vowed never again. Only Tony Gonzalez and Tom Condon are allowed to fleece the Huntís bank account under Petersonís watch. Peterson would rather name Ethan Locke head coach and put Jack Harry in charge of ticket prices than reward Larry Johnson with LaDainian Tomlinson-type money.

    And, in many respects, Peterson is holding all of the leverage. Peterson gleefully watched as his new head coach, Herm Edwards, overworked Johnson all last season, giving him an NFL record number of carries. Edwards used Johnson in a way that indicated the Chiefs donít have long-term plans for Johnson.

    Peterson could refuse to offer Johnson a fair contract extension, run L.J. into the ground again this season, slap the franchise tag on him for the 2008 season and discard Johnson in 2009.

    That would be the cold-blooded business move. Based on the way Johnson has conducted himself in his years as a Chief, Iím not sure many fans would be sympathetic toward Johnson. He has never pretended to be much of a team guy, so few people will care if the Chiefs treat Johnson in a selfish manner.

    Johnsonís leverage is a 2007 holdout. Heís on the books to earn about $1.7 million this year. If he sits out and sacrifices the money, the Chiefs could be the 2006 Oakland Raiders. Those Raiders, despite a very good defense, finished 2-14 and scored just 168 points. They were darn near impossible to watch.

    The Chiefs could be that bad. Without Johnson, I honestly donít know how the Chiefs score a point. By midseason, Arrowhead Stadium would be half empty on game day. By the end of the season, youíd swear the Royals were playing football.

    And L.J.ís absence would certainly hamper the development of Brodie Croyle.

    The problem for Johnson is that The Last King of Mediocrity could survive a 2-14 season. With Green in Miami and the Chiefs breaking in a new quarterback, Peterson could use 2-14 as a true rebuilding year, and Chiefs fans would be excited about having the No. 1 pick (although the enthusiasm would be tempered by the knowledge that Peterson would draft Todd Blackledge).

    Again, Peterson is bunkered in and ready for a losing season. Johnson is not prepared to sacrifice $1.7 million. Thatís money heíll never get back. Plus, heíll be a year older and still looking for a new contract.

    Peterson is a heavy favorite in this fight, but weíve seen him blow 13-3 regular seasons and home-field advantage, so anything is a possibility.
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    i can`t see this getting real ugly,as in fatlock and his brother fighting and eating porkchops, LJ is the queen`s baby. it might look like a bit&h fight than a knock down brawl.
    i can remember what a chief super bowl team looks like! ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpack View Post
    i can`t see this getting real ugly,as in fatlock and his brother fighting and eating porkchops, LJ is the queen`s baby. it might look like a bit&h fight than a knock down brawl.

    Those can be pretty entertaining; have you ever seen two girls go at it?


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    lol....psycho chief fan!
    JK
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    Bottom line: Either LJ or Allen will not be in Chiefs Red & Gold next year. The Chiefs would be crazy to offer either the $ they want. So we franchise one and the other says thanks and heads off to free agency.

    If you ask me, Peterson painted himself into a corner by not trading one of them this year or by not signing one to a multi-year contract.

    Amazing. Now both are ticked to have to play for us THIS year. One of them will still be ticked next year, but it will be under the franchise tag.

    Think of the draft picks LJ would have brought. And the league is full of unknown running backs who become successes.

    If you ask me, having both Allen & LJ in a Chiefs uniform on opening day of a "rebuilding" year with contracts that end after this season was the biggest mistake of the last several seasons.

    Forget rebuilding - we make our run this year, because we start 2008 with a big hole on one side of the ball....
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    Quote Originally Posted by stlchief71 View Post
    Bottom line: Either LJ or Allen will not be in Chiefs Red & Gold next year. The Chiefs would be crazy to offer either the $ they want. So we franchise one and the other says thanks and heads off to free agency.

    If you ask me, Peterson painted himself into a corner by not trading one of them this year or by not signing one to a multi-year contract.

    Amazing. Now both are ticked to have to play for us THIS year. One of them will still be ticked next year, but it will be under the franchise tag.

    Think of the draft picks LJ would have brought. And the league is full of unknown running backs who become successes.

    If you ask me, having both Allen & LJ in a Chiefs uniform on opening day of a "rebuilding" year with contracts that end after this season was the biggest mistake of the last several seasons.

    Forget rebuilding - we make our run this year, because we start 2008 with a big hole on one side of the ball....
    We have huge holes on one side of the ball this year; it has become the way of the Chiefs unfortunately. However, I doubt you can find an NFL team without holes to fill of some kind.


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    All teams having holes is a given. The real crime is developing a talent and then letting it go without any compensation (as will happen with LJ or Allen next year) is beyond forgiveness. Unless Carl has some trick up his sleeve, but I doubt it. The only way to keep both is to pay huge to both. While everyone will be happy for a year, salary cap will hurt us the next year or two.

    So I go on record: One of them is franchised and one of them walks next year.

    (but I have been wrong in just about every other post I have made here....)
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    Quote Originally Posted by stlchief71 View Post
    All teams having holes is a given. The real crime is developing a talent and then letting it go without any compensation (as will happen with LJ or Allen next year) is beyond forgiveness. Unless Carl has some trick up his sleeve, but I doubt it. The only way to keep both is to pay huge to both. While everyone will be happy for a year, salary cap will hurt us the next year or two.

    So I go on record: One of them is franchised and one of them walks next year.

    (but I have been wrong in just about every other post I have made here....)

    ...Sounds plausible to me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stlchief71 View Post
    All teams having holes is a given. The real crime is developing a talent and then letting it go without any compensation (as will happen with LJ or Allen next year) is beyond forgiveness. Unless Carl has some trick up his sleeve, but I doubt it. The only way to keep both is to pay huge to both. While everyone will be happy for a year, salary cap will hurt us the next year or two.

    So I go on record: One of them is franchised and one of them walks next year.

    (but I have been wrong in just about every other post I have made here....)
    Aside from the Franchise tag, there is a Transitional tag. It works, in the same way, as the Franchise tag, with a lesser compensation. So, it would be fair to assume that we could find them both here, next season, as well.

    This could be considered "something up C.P.s sleeve."

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief31 View Post
    Aside from the Franchise tag, there is a Transitional tag. It works, in the same way, as the Franchise tag, with a lesser compensation. So, it would be fair to assume that we could find them both here, next season, as well.

    This could be considered "something up C.P.s sleeve."

    Yup, David Copperfield has nothing on CP.


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