According to Yahoo!’s Jason Cole, three of the Chiefs‘ highest paid players are just that. Check it out:
1. RB Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
Comment: “By the time the Chiefs are good again, he’s going to be done. … I don’t understand why they gave him all the money and then they wouldn’t sign Jared Allen. If you’re rebuilding, you don’t do it with a running back who’s going to be burned.” Another executive said Johnson has a reputation around the league as being a “spoiled brat” and “not much of a leader.”
Best potential fits: He’s not a perfect fit in Philadelphia because of the style of the offense, but all of the executives said the Eagles could use him now that Brian Westbrook has broken ribs. Other teams that could use him would be the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints.
4. CB Patrick Surtain, Chiefs
Comment: “He’s hurt (shoulder injury) and he has declined, but it’s the same thing as pass rushers; you need cover guys. You can’t get enough of them.”
8. TE Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs
Comment: “He’s a good guy in the locker room and he takes care of himself. Between the leadership and the fact that he might still be really good in two to three years, it would take a lot for me to deal him and I don’t think anybody is going to offer that much.”
Best potential fits: Jags, Bucs, Vikings and Titans.
While I love both Larry and Tony, I’ll pack Surtain’s bags myself. For a sixth and an extra porta-potty for Arrowhead? Done. I’ll even clean that John with a toothbrush. Anything, let’s just get No. 23 outta here.
Larry’s value is back up to some extent following his strong running against the Falcons and Broncos. Cole does have a point given that the rebuilding project is behind schedule with no legitimate QB to be found. I’m guessing that either the Saints or Eagles would cough up a first for him to keep themselves in the playoff hunt. I could be wrong, though. I won’t even discuss the Broncos. Man, the thought of that just makes me sick.
As for Tony G, if he wants out we should grant him that request. This is no way to reward a lifelong Chief who’s shattered essentially ever major NFL tight end record (By the way, I do consider him the greatest TE of all time. I think John Mackey, Colts‘ HoFer, should be in that discussion as well, though.). I do think both the Jaguars and Vikings, my two pre-season Super Bowl picks, would be very interested. I’d move him for a second right now, even though it would hurt like hell. This is no way to repay Gonzalez for all he’s done for the Red and Gold, and he’ll still retire as a Chief regardless of what happens.
Addicts, sound off on the thought of these three as “trade bait”…