Some are frontline players such as wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs’ leading pass catcher for the last three seasons, and cornerback Brandon Carr.
Others are less crucial but still useful players such as linebacker Jovan Belcher, safety Jon McGraw and pass rusher Wallace Gilberry. Then there’s quarterback Kyle Orton, who led the Chiefs to two victories in his three starts at the end of the season.
When the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee meets over Super Bowl Weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana, two former Chiefs offensive linemen will be discussed for inclusion in the Hall’s Class of 2012.
Former Chiefs guard Will Shields is one of two first-year eligible nominees alongside former NFL head coach Bill Parcells, while former Saints and Chiefs tackle Willie Roaf is part of the Hall’s finalist list for the second consecutive season.
Getting a deal done this early in the off-season is a bonus for Greenwood. Slated to be an exclusive-rights free agent (any player not under contract with two years of NFL experience) before the deal, Greenwood could have had to wait until the deadline in March to see if the Chiefs would offer him the three-year veteran minimum salary. Exclusive-rights free agents can not negotiate with any other team until that deadline comes and goes. If no deal was offered, Greenwood would have been looking for employment.
“We didn’t really have a bargaining chip,” Greenwood said.
Matt Cassel was not going to reproduce his 27/7 touchdown to interception ratio of 2010 no matter how many games he played in 2011. He was at 10/9 when he got hurt in game ten. His passer rating was nearly 20 points lower as well. That being said, Tyler Palko made him look like Peyton Manning. I am not sure how Palko was even on a NFL roster. He was awful. Kyle Orton was a bright spot for the front office but Haley really didn’t want to play him, which was another reason to see Haley to the door. Cassel probably played above his head last season when he got more blocking and his 2011 performance is probably closer to what he can offer year in and year out. That isn’t very good. Orton played well enough to at least warrant contract talks for 2012 but I can’t imagine him on the roster with Cassel.