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posted February 22, 2005 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcchief   Click Here to Email kcchief     Edit/Delete Message
Chiefs Salary Cap in Solid Shape as Kansas City Prepares for Free Agency

By Carl Peterson

Since the conclusion of the season, the most persistent inquiry that I have received from our fans is simple: “What are the Chiefs going to do in free agency and do we have cap money?” These are important questions and ones that we as an organization have been preparing for, quite candidly, since last season. As we do every off-season, we enter free agency with a well-formulated plan and this year is no different.

Obviously, we know our team has some priority areas and we have a strategy in place to try to address those issues as we have done each year. As I recently stated to the media, the obvious is that we will be looking for defensive players both in free agency and in the draft.

In the coming weeks, you’ll no doubt hear much speculation about where the Chiefs and other teams are relative to the salary cap, how much money they have to spend and what players they are or are not targeting. But before that speculation begins, I want our fans to know exactly where we stand. Based on the current projections we have received from the league, our current player contracts and moves we anticipate making, the Chiefs should be in excess of $4.5 million under the salary cap as the new league year officially begins on March 2nd.

SOME SALARY CAP BASICS
Without burdoning you with an inordinate amount of unnecessary details about the Collective Bargaining Agreement, there are some key aspects of the salary cap that you should know as we prepare to enter the free agency period.

* To say that a certain team is X number of dollars over (or under) the 2005 salary cap really has no significance at this time. Teams do not have to be under the salary cap until 12:01 AM on March 2nd. In fact, the period from our last regular season game (1/2/05) until March 2nd is commonly referred to as the “dead period.” What matters is how much room you have under the cap on March 2nd. As I explain some basics of the salary cap, you’ll understand why.
* As of February 17th, the league hasn’t given us an exact figure of what the salary cap for 2005 will actually be and they likely won’t do so until March 1st. Our league projections indicate that the cap number for 2005 will be roughly in the neighborhood of $85.5 million, but that’s always subject to change. The NFL Management Council and the NFL Players Association are currently auditing the revenues of all teams to establish the cap number based on “defined gross revenues” from 2004 (game receipts, television and radio revenue, etc.) and some non-defined revenues. As happens every year, the Management Council will make final adjustments right up to March 1st. While we are making appropriate plans for a cap of $85.5 million, it’s difficult for others outside the league to speculate how far under or over the cap a team may be right now if even the NFL doesn’t know what the exact cap number will be.
* In addition, the Management Council also individually adjusts each team’s “actual” cap number based upon previous year adjustments. The Management Council reviews every club’s situation and typically makes cap adjustments based on “likely-to-be earned” bonuses from the previous season that were or were not earned. For example, consider if Player X was to receive a $500,000 “likely-to-earned” bonus in 2004 if he played in all 16 games, but due to an injury the player saw action in only eight games. Since that $500,000 counted against our cap in 2004, we would likely receive a credit for half that amount ($250,000) toward our 2005 cap. In addition, based upon 2004 team performance, some team “likely-to-be-earned” incentives in individual player contracts may not have been reached. The adjustments that will be given to the Chiefs for 2005 are being monitored by Denny Thum and Woodie Dixon at this time, credits that will give us more room to operate this 2005 season than the projected $85.5 million cap. Although teams are not required to spend their entire cap each year, the Chiefs have always attempted to do so.
* Recognizing what is “real” money and what is “bogus” money is also key to making sense of all the ensuing speculation about the cap and how much teams have to spend and what teams are spending. As always, there are bound to be teams who overspend on player contracts early in free agency. But just remember, the contract figures that show up in print are not always what they seem. Keep in mind, most contracts contain huge salaries and bonuses in the latter years of deals that are likely never to be earned. For example, last season (2004) a player signed a seven-year contract as an unrestricted free agent that was worth a reported $40 million by his agent. That player was cut this season (2005) after earning an actual 2004 salary of only $600,000. Add in a $3.5 million bonus that he received and that seven-year, $40 million contract was actually a one-year deal worth $4.1 million.

WHY KANSAS CITY WILL BE IN EXCESS OF $4.5 MILLION UNDER THE CAP
Here are some additional facts to help our fans understand why I can comfortably make the statement that the Kansas City Chiefs will be in excess of $4.5 million under the salary cap at the start of free agency on March 2nd.

* As is the case with most NFL teams, there are players on our squad who are due substantial roster bonuses in the coming weeks. If one or more of these players are released, we will not be liable for those roster bonuses or their 2005 salaries, clearing room under our cap. While it is a possibility some players may be released or others may have contracts restructured, I can assure you that we will have to do far less than we have in previous years to get under the cap. You’ll note that in Buffalo for instance, the Bills have released QB Drew Bledsoe and in Cleveland the Browns have released QB Jeff Garcia. In Detroit, there’s speculation that the Lions might consider releasing QB Joey Harrington because he will count $10.5 million against their 2005 cap. These moves all have obvious cap implications for these teams. The process of releasing or restructuring players with large bonuses is an annual ritual in the NFL, creating “cap casualties.” It’s a process that every team will go through in the coming weeks, but one that won’t involve many significant moves for the Chiefs in 2005.
* Fortunately, we are very low in “dead money” counting against our cap at this time. That term refers to money that will count against our cap in 2005 for players who are no longer with our team. During the 2004 season, the average NFL team carried an average of $9.5 million in dead money against its cap. Our relatively low amount of dead money counting against our 2005 cap at this time is another key reason we’ll have money to spend at the outset of free agency.
* The Chiefs have long taken a proactive approach in re-signing our starters to long-term contracts before they reach unrestricted free agency. Currently, none of our 22 starters from the 2004 campaign will become an unrestricted free agent in 2005. C Casey Wiegmann was scheduled to enter free agency in 2005, but he was re-signed last fall. In fact, only five players on our 2004 squad will enter the free agent market – RB Derrick Blaylock, LB Monty Beisel, LB Quinton Caver, TE Kendall Gammon and LB Fred Jones. While it’s entirely possible any or all of these players could be back with us in 2005, having only five players enter free agency is a rare feat in today’s NFL. By contrast, as of February 17th, Seattle had 17 different players poised to enter unrestricted free agency, including 11 starters.
* We won’t tie up cap space with the use of a franchise or transition tag in 2005, giving us more flexibility during free agency. Many teams have already used their tags or will do so in the coming weeks, taking up a high volume of cap space, including Philadelphia (DT Corey Simon), Cincinnati (RB Rudi Johnson), St. Louis (T Orlando Pace), N.Y. Jets (DE John Abraham) and New Orleans (DE Darren Howard). In San Diego, the Chargers have used the franchise tag on QB Drew Brees, which will count approximately $8.078 million against their cap. While some teams may seem to have more cap money today than others, once again, what really matters is how much cap room you have on March 2nd.
* Another figure that counts toward the 2005 salary cap are tenders for restricted free agents. Fortunately, we’ll have only four players to consider tendering – WR Marc Boerigter, LB Scott Fujita, S Shaunard Harts and FB Omar Easy. Interestingly, the league has yet to give us a figure on what those tenders will count against our 2005 cap, but we have budgeted appropriately to tender those players and retain our right of first refusal if we choose to do so.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Kansas City fans can be confident that the Chiefs have a plan in place to put our team in a very competitive standpoint from a salary cap perspective when free agency begins on March 2nd. Does that mean that we will allocate all or a portion of our projected $4.5 million of cap space in the first few days or weeks of free agency? Definitely not. However, I can assure you that we do have a plan in terms of the players and positions we’d like to target. The first step in free agency is putting your team in the financial position to be a competitive player in the market, a position which we will be in.

Of course, the final determination is how much this year’s unrestricted free agents will cost and do their numbers make sense for the Chiefs? The New England Patriots have yet to spend big money in free agency and have now won three of the last four Super Bowls. As you can note, there is much that goes into determining the final cap figure for March 2nd. To speculate on what teams are under or over the salary cap until then is truly a waste of time.

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Chiefs sign linebacker Kendrell Bell

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Linebacker Kendrell Bell, the defensive rookie of the year four years ago, signed a seven-year contract with the defensively troubled Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday.

Bell, 6-foot-1, 257 pounds, was one of the last name free agents on the markets even though he played just three games last season with Pittsburgh. His best season came as a rookie in 2001, when made the Pro Bowl after recording 88 tackles, nine sacks and a pair of forced fumbles in his first season.

Bell was troubled with shoulder and groin injuries last week and the New York Giants passed on him as a free agent after a physical, although they did not specify the exact problem.

In Bell's only other full season, 2003, he was a Pro Bowl alternate after recording 108 tackles and five sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.

``We're pleased to acquire Kendrell's services and we think he will make an impact for the Chiefs in 2005 and beyond,'' team president Carl Peterson said. ``He's a quality football player, as well as a quality person.''

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posted April 22, 2005 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcchief   Click Here to Email kcchief     Edit/Delete Message
Vermeil: Chiefs sign cornerback Surtain
Dolphins give up 3-time Pro Bowler for 2nd-round pick

The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs reached a deal with Miami cornerback Patrick Surtain, coach Dick Vermeil told The Associated Press on Friday.

The three-time Pro Bowler could go a long way toward shoring up one of the NFL’s worst defenses. A Chiefs spokesman said Surtain was still in Miami at midmorning, but would be in Kansas City later Friday to take his physical.

“He is signed,” Vermeil told the AP, although the move ultimately was contingent upon Surtain’s passing his physical and the deal’s being approved by the league office.

Also still to be done was the paperwork involving the trade with the Dolphins, who had been demanding a second-round draft pick as compensation for the player whose 25 interceptions the past three seasons lead all NFL cornerbacks.

“I’m very pleased,” Vermeil said. “He’s an impact player who can help a defense that needs help. He won’t need any grooming or more experience.”

Surtain will play right cornerback opposite Eric Warfield, who has been the only dependable member of a secondary that has been one of the most ineffective in the league the past three years.

The Chiefs’ poor defense, near the bottom of the league, has wasted the consistent production of a top-flight offense that sent five players to the Pro Bowl last season.

“We’ve given up too many big plays,” Vermeil said.

Acquiring Surtain completes the aggressive plan general manager Carl Peterson had laid out to get a linebacker, safety and cornerback before the draft.

Several weeks ago, Kansas City signed free agent middle linebacker Kendrell Bell and safety Sammy Knight, as well as reserve pass-rush specialist Carlos Hall.

“Carl and his people have done a great job,” said Vermeil, who has said this will most likely be his last year as a head coach. “It’s very exciting to consider all the possibilities we have now.”

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Chiefs sign Heisman winner White

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jason White, who won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma but was snubbed in the NFL draft, is being given a chance by the Kansas City Chiefs.

White and other undrafted rookies will join the drafted players in a minicamp this weekend. White, who has not signed a contract, will be given a chance to show what he can do.

After the draft last Sunday, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil and general manager Carl Peterson appeared to disagree on White's potential. "Carl felt the kid deserved a chance to work in a rookie camp so we brought him in," Vermeil said Thursday.

White threw for 8,012 yards and 81 touchdowns at Oklahoma, winning the 2003 Heisman and taking the Sooners to consecutive national championship games in 2003 and '04.

However, many scouts felt his arm was not strong enough for the NFL. He also has had major reconstructive surgery on both knees.

But when he won the Heisman in 2003, he threw for 3,946 yards and 40 TDs. Last year he finished third in Heisman balloting.

"We're excited that Jason has an opportunity to pursue his goals and know that he'll make the most of this opportunity," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in a statement.

"He has proven time and again that he can succeed at the highest level. He earned this shot at professional football and I like the fact that Carl Peterson, Dick Vermeil and the Chiefs recognize that, too. In getting to know him so well and in watching him go about his business here, there is nobody that I have been associated with during my career that I respect more or am more proud of than Jason White."

When Vermeil was asked on Sunday why no one had drafted White, he said simply that the NFL "didn't evaluate him as talented enough to play at this level."

"He's been successful, but there have been a lot of college quarterbacks who have been successful and won Heisman Trophies and everything else who didn't play in the NFL," Vermeil said at the time. "He's no less a person. He's still an outstanding young man."

But Peterson made it clear that he admired White.

"I'm not sure he can't play in the National Football League," said the Chiefs' GM, who said he met White presenting him an award. "He's an extraordinary young man. You can't count him out. He's as tough-minded as anybody and he's had some great stats."

The Chiefs drafted Tulsa quarterback James Kilian on the second day of the draft.

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GRETZ: Postcards from Rookie Camp
May 02, 2005, 6:11:24 AM by Bob Gretz

Thoughts, reflections and info that came from the Chiefs rookie mini-camp over Friday/Saturday/Sunday at the Truman Sports Complex. The first practice for the 40-plus players was inside, but they got outside on the weekend and it was a nice little reminder of what football was all about. There were no pads, just shorts, practice jerseys and helmets … pajamas is what Dick Vermeil called them. But it was football.

And, the lack of pads didn’t stop the young guys from getting after it in each of the sessions. Considering the fact that many of them were probably getting their last chance to make an impression on the NFL and continue their football careers, it was no surprise that the intensity went up each day.

Here’s what we saw and what we learned.

GUNTHER’S OUT OF THE BOX: Not much has been heard from the Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham since the end of last season. Now that the off-season moves have been completed, Gun is talking again and he dropped this little nugget on Saturday. He’s coming out of the coaching box and will coordinate the defense on game day from the sidelines.

He wants to be among the players during the game, where he might be able to provide a bit of motivation, so to speak. It’s one thing to put on a head set and listen to Gunther yell in your ear. It’s another when he’s right in front of you, spitting fire and brimstone.

One thing however: the worst seat in the house is on the sidelines during a game. Unless he gets somebody in the booth who can give him the information he wants, in a timely manner, then this move may be short-lived.

QUARTERBACKS STRUGGLE: The media ranks at camp were swollen by reporters from Oklahoma, there to document Jason White’s opportunity with the Chiefs. Ironically, the only other quarterback in camp was another Oklahoma product, seventh-round draft choice James Kilian from the University of Tulsa.

Neither distinguished themselves in the three workouts and it’s unlikely that White will get a contract offer from the Chiefs. Being a draft choice, Kilian will get a chance to show more of his abilities in May and June when he can come back and work with the full team.

SOME INTERESTING CORNERBACKS: The group of young corners was topped by draft choice Alphonso Hodge and free agent Gabriel Helms out of NW Missouri State. Both showed some of the abilities that drew the attention of the Chiefs.

So did two other young corners: Tony Tiller from East Tennessee state and Justin Perkins out of Connecticut. Tiller was in this rookie camp last year and suffered a foot injury which iced him for the whole football season. He’s been given another chance and he showed some ability. Perkins went undrafted and could find himself with a chance to go to River Falls.

LOOKING AT THE EARLY DRAFT PICKS: It takes all of about 10 seconds of watching LB Derrick Johnson move around the football field to see that he’s physically gifted. Excellent speed and good reactions … Punter Dustin Colquitt got off a punt on Saturday with 5.61 seconds of hang time. His kicks are very high. The Chiefs liked what they saw … WR Craphonso Thorpe was unimpressive and never flashed his speed. There might have been too much thinking going on there … LB Boomer Grigsby did not disappoint, as his personality came through. The Chiefs won’t get serious about covering punts and kicks until training camp when the pads go on. That should be some show with Boomer.

One more draft pick note: there were three altercations in the last two practices and sixth-round pick T Will Svitek was in the middle of all three. More on Svitek coming on Wednesday.

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White passed over by Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Former Heisman Trophy winner Jason White wasn't offered a contract by the Kansas City Chiefs following a three-day rookie camp.

White, who went undrafted out of Oklahoma, got the news Sunday from coach Dick Vermeil. White was competing with seventh-round pick James Kilian of Tulsa for a possible spot with the Chiefs, who already have three veteran quarterbacks on the roster.

``What I recommended him to do, if he really wants to play in the NFL, is to go to the Arena League, sharpen his skills and compete,'' Vermeil said. ``I think he's aware of where he is and what he needs to do.''

White threw for 8,012 yards and 81 touchdowns at Oklahoma, winning the 2003 Heisman and taking the Sooners to consecutive national championship games in 2003 and '04.

However, many scouts felt his arm was not strong enough for the NFL. He also has had major reconstructive surgery on both knees.

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What's the countdown? We're getting close to football season.

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Expiration date

By Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports

RIVER FALLS, Wis. – Even the tools of greatness fade. Chisels dull, paint brushes fray and hands become arthritic. The trick of the creator is to grasp the last moment – to not wake up on a Monday morning with the realization that he slept through Sunday's last hurrah.

It's a cruel lesson in the NFL, where franchises, coaches and players are notoriously absent-minded about the expiration date on dominance. So maybe it's a surprise to see the Kansas City Chiefs so self-aware, with a head coach unafraid to make his own retirement seem imminent and an offensive roster that doesn't kid itself about a bottom-heavy hour glass.

The window is closing on one of the league's most prolific scoring creations, and the Chiefs are determined to enjoy every waking moment.

"There is an air that if they don't win it soon that it might be too late," coach Dick Vermeil said, reflecting on the urgency felt in the Chiefs' training camp. "Will Shields may not be not here, Willie Roaf may not be here, Eddie Kennison, too. … We talk about it. There's nothing that generates effort in training camp better than a sense of urgency, a sense of purpose and a focus to win."

Not that Kansas City didn't have all those things last season – or back in 2001, when Vermeil brought together quarterback Trent Green and running back Priest Holmes and laid the foundation to an offensive line that would become the team's central nervous system. The Chiefs felt the need to be great then, too.

Yet, here they are, entering the 15th anniversary of training camp in River Falls and seeming like parts of the roster have been around exactly that long. Shields and Roaf, the anchors of an offensive line more stifling than the Great Wall of China, have pondered retirement and likely won't be back in 2006. Kennison will be 33 in January, and even relatively low-mileage stars like Green and Holmes enter the season at 35 and 31, respectively.

Without a doubt, time has crept up on an offense that has packed the league's most impressive scoring punch over the last three seasons.

"We like to say we're not one of the older offensive teams, but we're one of the vintage teams," Vermeil said. "If you study the history of the National Football League, some of the finest offensive teams in the league were very experienced."

Likewise, many were also remarkably close to falling off a ledge. One need only look at AFC West rival Oakland, which had its own impressive "vintage" offense earlier this decade.

Much like Vermeil, former Raiders coach Jon Gruden hitched his wagon to stars late in their prime, lifting the team to prominence on a mixture of talent and experience. But the same Raiders team that rode a geriatric wave to a Super Bowl in 2002 saw a dropoff soon after, as Pro Bowlers like offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy, quarterback Rich Gannon and wide receivers Jerry Rice and Tim Brown began to retire or decline.

The Chiefs aren't to that point just yet. Watching practice for five minutes is enough to see the hallmarks of greatness are still there.

On Sunday, Holmes looked spectacular in camp despite coming off an injury that caused him to miss half of 2004. Paired with budding backfield mate Larry Johnson, the Chiefs could throw new wrinkles into the offense – like one seen Sunday when both lined up in the backfield and Johnson eventually split out as a wide receiver.

As for Green, who is coming off arguably the best season of his career (4,591 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and a 66.4 completion percentage), he has the typically confident air of a veteran who could recite his offensive playbook as easily as the alphabet. None of this should be a surprise, not for a team that set an NFL record for first downs (398) in 2004 and ranked No. 1 in either points or yardage for the third consecutive year.

But there are signs 2005 could be the offensive pinnacle before the slide, and that's a major reason the Chiefs splurged cap dollars to bring in players like linebacker Kendrell Bell and cornerback Patrick Surtain. Vermeil has already been cutting back on reps for many of the older offensive players, while trying to stimulate depth that could bail out Kansas City if an aging star suffers injury. There are insurance policies for someone like Shields, who strongly considered retiring this offseason and has become a concern after missing a handful of practices because of back issues.

"Nobody really talks about it, but you get that sense [of urgency]," Green said. "I think the organization feels that way, as well. They haven't exactly come out and said it, but with the moves they made and the veteran players they brought in … it's pretty clear that we're going to make as serious of a run as we can now."

It won't be easy, not with the AFC West seeing significant offseason additions in Oakland and the continued maturation of San Diego's young core. Kansas City will have other outside issues swirling all season, too – like the need for a new stadium or, at the very least, renovations that would be funded at least partially by the state government. And there is always the looming reality that the Chiefs' offense still relies heavily on Green, who has been remarkably healthy but would cripple the team if he suffered a season-ending injury. Add the thought of playing six 2004 playoff teams in the first eight games of the season, and the ticking clock only gets louder.

"I've talked with some of the other guys about their frame of mind and how long they want to play," Green said. "The special part of this group is what we've been able to accomplish the last three seasons. I know some of the guys are thinking about retiring. We know that this group as a whole, this may be our last year together. There definitely is a sense of urgency."

At one point, Shields likened it to the team having a "six-shooter and you're running out of bullets."

The Chiefs may not be able to overcome the overwhelming balance and strength of the AFC, but it won't be because aging players didn't see their last opportunities coming, or – as Shields might have put it – been smart enough to see the ammunition running out.

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Chiefs' kicker charged with felony after alleged bar fight

ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) -- Kansas City Chiefs kicker Lawrence Tynes was charged Wednesday with breaking a bouncer's nose in a bar fight, a felony with a maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years in prison.

Tynes, the NFL's first Scottish-born player, turned himself in Wednesday morning and made his first appearance in Pierce County Circuit Court on one felony count of substantial battery and one count of misdemeanor battery. He was released on a $15,000 signature bond.

He practiced with the team Wednesday. Practice broke up before word of the criminal charges got out.

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The alleged fight took place early Sunday morning at a bar in River Falls, where the Chiefs have their training camp.

A police report said Tynes allegedly hit a bar patron in the face, then hit the bouncer in the nose.

Tynes was charged after police received medical reports, River Falls Police Capt. John Stapleton said. Wisconsin law provides for a felony battery charge if the victim has a bone broken.

Two other players, defensive tackle Junior Siavii and safety Greg Wesley, were arrested early Sunday after allegedly getting into a drunken confrontation with police in a Minneapolis hotel. Each is charged with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, and Siavii is also charged with a misdemeanor count of fifth-degree assault.

Siavii's attorney entered a not guilty plea for him on Wednesday and requested a jury trial. Wesley's court date is set for Friday.

Tynes won the kicking job from veteran Morten Andersen last season but has struggled in training camp this year.

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Chiefs quarterbacks involved in disturbance

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- In a third embarrassing episode involving Kansas City Chiefs players this week, authorities in Minnesota said they quelled a disturbance involving backup quarterback Todd Collins.

No charges were filed after the disturbance early Sunday at the Freight House in Stillwater, Minn., near the Chiefs' River Falls training camp. But according to police reports, a woman claimed she was injured during the melee.

Earlier, kicker Lawrence Tynes was charged with breaking a bouncer's nose in a bar fight in River Falls and defensive tackle Junior Siavii and safety Greg Wesley were arrested after what was reported as a drunken confrontation with police in a Minneapolis hotel.

Carl Peterson, the Chiefs' president and general manager, told reporters Thursday that starting quarterback Trent Green had helped to calm the situation involving Collins.

``Because of his efforts, a situation which could have been pretty volatile was not. There were no charges filed, no arrests,'' Peterson said.

The police report said Collins became threatening and uncooperative after police arrived and calmed down only after he was threatened with a Taser.

The police report said Collins and Green ``were causing a problem inside the establishment ... and Collins had climbed up onto a speaker's box near the stage and refused to get down.''

The report said John Bonse, a restaurant security officer, tried to remove Collins from the box. It said Collins struck Bonse ``in the head area, at which point Bonse and other Freight House security staff took Collins to the ground.''

The report said Bonse had indicated he would file charges but decided not to after speaking with Green.

A woman contacted authorities the next night and said she had been injured during the altercation between Bonse and Collins. Melissa Kissling told police she was dancing on the stage area and was slammed into a metal railing by either Collins, Bonse or both.

Tynes was charged Wednesday with breaking a bouncer's nose in a bar fight, a felony. Siavii and Wesley were each charged with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, and Siavii is also charged with a misdemeanor count of fifth-degree assault.

Siavii's attorney entered a not guilty plea for him on Wednesday and requested a jury trial. Wesley's court date is set for Friday.

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CHIEFS RELEASE LB MIKE MASLOWSKI
Aug 23, 2005, 4:40:23 PM

Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Tuesday that the club has released LB Mike Maslowski.


“Mike Maslowski has been an extremely important player for this franchise since ‘99. He has grown with the Chiefs from his days as an NCAA Division III player, through NFL Europe, to starting linebacker and the most prolific tackler in a single season for this team (in 2002). I don’t think it’s a coincidence that our defense began to decline when we lost Mike to injury in 2003.

“Mike and his wife, Heidi, have been exemplary representatives of this franchise in the Kansas City community. We don’t think this represents the conclusion to Mike’s NFL career, but by releasing him at this time we give him the opportunity to return to the Chiefs in the future if he can get himself ready to play.”

I was hoping he would make it back.

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Chiefs running back arrested after altercation with ex-girlfriend

By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Larry Johnson turned himself in to face an assault charge after an altercation with his girlfriend at a bar, the latest in a series of troubles with the law for the Kansas City running back and other Chiefs players.

Police Department spokesman Darin Snapp said Johnson was cited Monday for domestic abuse assault. He posted bond and was released, with a court date set for Sept. 20.

Snapp said Johnson's girlfriend came into the bar early Saturday and saw him with another woman. The 25-year-old girlfriend, of Overland Park, Kan., then walked away, Snapp said, but Johnson text messaged her on her phone and asked her to meet him downstairs.


He then grabbed the woman by the arm and pulled her to the front door, where Johnson asked the manager to make her leave, Snapp said. The manager said he couldn't do that.

Snapp said Johnson became irate after his girlfriend confronted the other woman. The running back grabbed his girlfriend by the shoulders and shoved her to the floor, the police report said.

The Kansas City Star reported on its Web site Tuesday that the girlfriend denied that she was pushed or dragged to the door. Snapp said the woman told police she didn't want Johnson arrested, but wanted the incident documented.

Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said the incident will not affect Johnson's standing with the team. Johnson, a backup to starter Priest Holmes, ran nine times for 119 yards against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Johnson was charged in December 2003 with aggravated assault, a felony, and misdemeanor domestic battery for allegedly brandishing a gun during an argument with an ex-girlfriend at his home. He entered a diversion program and was required to complete 120 hours of community service, attend an anger management course and stay out of trouble for two years.

If it's determined he committed a criminal act, Johnson County prosecutor Paul Morrison said his office would file a motion to revoke the running back's diversion.

Johnson is the latest of several Chiefs players in trouble with the law either at bars or because of alcohol.

Earlier this year, cornerback Eric Warfield pleaded guilty to a third offense of driving under the influence, a felony. He was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of this season.

During training camp, backup quarterback Todd Collins was involved in a scuffle at a restaurant and bar near River Falls, Wis.

In earlier incidents, kicker Lawrence Tynes was charged with breaking a bouncer's nose in a River Falls bar fight. Defensive tackle Junior Siavii and safety Greg Wesley also were arrested during camp after allegedly getting into a drunken confrontation with police in a Minneapolis hotel.

Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said his players know that anything they do -- or are accused of doing -- will be magnified because of who they are.

``I think we do as good as the best job in the National Football League of making sure players are aware of their vulnerability, their profile,'' Vermeil said. ``There's no place to hide in Kansas City. Our fans know our players. To use common sense and to be aware of the problem areas. Stay out of the bad areas. Be aware of certain things.''

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Chiefs' improved defense holds off Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Randy Moss delivered the breathtaking big play the Oakland Raiders expected when they acquired him. But when it came time for a potential game-winning drive, the Kansas City Chiefs made sure he wouldn't get free.

Kansas City's defense came through for a second straight week, stopping Oakland at the 10-yard line in the final minutes of a 23-17 victory Sunday night.

Trent Green offset Moss' 64-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter with two long field goal drives for the Chiefs (2-0) in the second half. Moss had only one catch after the touchdown and was nowhere to be found on Oakland's final drive.

"He's going to make some plays. That's Randy Moss," Chiefs safety Sammy Knight said. "Hopefully we can contain him and we did that at the end."

Winning with defense is a welcome change in Kansas City, where a high-scoring offense hasn't been enough in recent years. That led to an overhaul of the defense in the offseason and the results after two weeks have been positive.

After taking a shutout into the final minute of a season-opening 27-7 win over the New York Jets, the Chiefs held off the Raiders when they needed to.

"It's just the second game. We don't feel like we're at our peak yet," cornerback Patrick Surtain said. "But to hold a great offense to 17 points is something you can be proud of. But in no way, shape or form are we satisfied with how we played. We know we can play better."

After Samie Parker's fumble set up a final drive for Oakland, Kerry Collins led the Raiders (0-2) to the 10 with 1:58 to go. On fourth down, Collins looked for Moss but he was covered, so instead he lofted a last-ditch pass to Jerry Porter. Porter leaped and had the ball on his fingertips, but Benny Sapp knocked it away.

"They had some people on him," Collins said of Moss. "I was certainly trying to go his way. They were putting two or three guys on him."

After the Raiders took over on their 36 early in the third quarter, Collins dropped back for a play-action pass. Moss ran past Surtain and then outleaped Knight at the 20 before running it in the rest of the way. He turned back toward the defense as he crossed the goal line and then did a dance move as he celebrated with his new fans. He finished with five catches for 127 yards.

The Chiefs answered with a methodical 15-play drive that was slowed by back-to-back holding calls against Jordan Black after Priest Holmes' 20-yard run set up a first-and-goal at the 9. A 39-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes made it 20-17 after three quarters.

Green then led Kansas City on an 11-play, 54-yard drive, completing key third-down passes to Parker and Tony Gonzalez to set up a 42-yard kick by Tynes.

Green was 18-for-28 for 238 yards, and Holmes ran for 75 yards and a score for Kansas City.

Moss was the last player introduced before the game and received the loudest cheers. He caught an 18-yard pass to set up Oakland's first score, a 1-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter by LaMont Jordan.

Moss got louder cheers when he appeared to catch a 6-yard touchdown throw early in the second quarter. But those quickly ended when the play was called back by an pass interference on Moss and Oakland settled for a 29-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.

Jordan also had a touchdown called back when Langston Walker held on a 56-yard run. After committing 16 penalties in the season-opening loss at New England, flags again hurt the Raiders, who committed two key penalties to stall a drive earlier in the fourth quarter.

"We're not lacking for confidence, we're just lacking for wins," Porter said. "It's dumb to get frustrated now, it's Week 2. We have 14 more games to play."

Kansas City struggled on the ground without injured 10-time Pro Bowl tackle Willie Roaf, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry but the Chiefs did get two TDs rushing. Chris Carr muffed a punt at Oakland's 17 after the first drive of the game and the Chiefs converted two fourth downs, including Holmes' 1-yard score.

Holmes briefly left the game after being nicked up in the second quarter, but Larry Johnson came in and carried twice for 17 yards to make it 14-7.

"We knew the yards were going to be hard," Johnson said. "We knew they would try to shut down the run as much as they could. Trent did a good job hitting the receivers on some third-down passes."

Collins was 21-for-35 for 263 yards, but was booed frequently as he often threw the ball short on third downs.

Game notes
Kansas City also had a score called back when Dante Hall's long punt return in the final minute of the first half was negated by an illegal block. ... The Raiders have won nine of their last 11 home openers, with both losses coming to Kansas City. ... Raiders WR Ronald Curry will have an MRI exam Monday after injuring his right leg late -- the same side as his torn Achilles' tendon a year ago.

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NFL moves Chiefs Dolphins to Friday night because of hurricane

NEW YORK (AP) -- The game between the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs was rescheduled to Friday night to beat Hurricane Wilma's arrival in Florida.

The game will begin at 7 p.m. Friday instead of Sunday afternoon, which is about when Wilma is expected to hit Florida's southwestern coast.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said broadcast and television details were being worked out.

It's the third time since the start of the 2004 season that the Dolphins have rescheduled a home game because of a looming hurricane. Last year's home opener against Tennessee was played a day early because of Hurricane Ivan, and the Dolphins' Week 3 game with Pittsburgh was pushed back 7 1/2 hours by Hurricane Jeanne.

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Source: Chiefs star Holmes likely out for season

Running back Priest Holmes, 32, is likely to miss the rest of the season, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com's John Clayton.

Holmes will continue to undergo tests on his neck and shoulder, but the source said his injuries are not believed to be career-ending.

Chiefs spokesman Pete Moris on Wednesday denied a Kansas City television report that Holmes had possibly played his last game for the Chiefs and could announce his retirement as soon as Thursday.

Holmes did not play last Sunday in the Chiefs' second game this season with Oakland, and Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said Tuesday that Holmes was undergoing a battery of tests to make sure he's neurologically sound after Holmes suffered a concussion two Sundays ago against San Diego. Holmes also is suffering from the aftereffects of a shoulder injury from the first Oakland game in September.

Vermeil will address Holmes' status following Wednesday's practice and give some details in that press conference. Holmes is not retiring but his chances of returning this season are unlikely because it may take a month or so to figure out what is wrong.

Holmes has rushed for 451 yards on 119 carries and scored six touchdowns this season. Larry Johnson will finish the season as the starter. The former first-round choice leads the team with 506 yards on 97 carries and has scored six TDs.

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