“To tell you the truth, I thought it was more of a rustbelt city and I had never been there,” Winston said. “When you get there, you learn that it’s far from it. It’s a beautiful city. It’s a beautiful place. I was pretty blown away with just the overall atmosphere of Kansas City.”
As it turns out, Winston wouldn’t leave Kansas City without a contract.
After spending nearly two days in Kansas City, Winston signed to a four-year deal with the Chiefs last Saturday night. And from all indications, it wasn’t because of the money.
“I felt like the opportunity to come and play for Kansas City was a better situation for me right now,” Quinn explained. “When you look at the Denver situation there were a lot of unknowns. It was a great organization, but I felt that for me personally it was a better opportunity to go to Kansas City.”
The Broncos wanted to re-sign Quinn for a reserve role, whether it was to backup Manning or incumbent starter Tim Tebow. He found the opportunity greater in Kansas City, despite accepting a lower salary.
“I just think that you can’t make every decision in life based on money,” Quinn said. “For me, personally, I had to take advantage of making the best decision I felt was out there for me at that given point in time. I feel like Kansas City was the right choice.”
“He’s an all-purpose back,” Crennel said of Hillis. “He’s shown he can do everything. He can catch. He can run. He can block. We’ll use him by game plan. He might line up at fullback, he might line up at running back. There might be times where he’ll be in the backfield with Jamaal (Charles) or Dexter McCluster.”
While watching Iowa’s draft-eligible players run through drills, the Chiefs learned they’ll have to play twice against Peyton Manning next season. Manning on Monday told the Denver Broncos he will sign with them.
“It makes things tougher,” Crennel said. “I don’t know where he is with his injury situation, but it sounds like he can throw it. If he get used to his new situation quickly, he’ll be very effective like he has been his entire career.”
“I’ll be in a similar situation with a team that is on the brink of breaking through, so I feel like I’m going to a really good situation where it’s not that much different,” Winston said Monday on a teleconference. “Kansas City is a city that wants to win and wants to win badly … and it’s a team that is on the brink of doing it.
“I wouldn’t have come to Kansas City for any other reason than to win … and looking at the roster, and looking at the moves that have been made, we’re going to have the pieces.”
Kansas City — coached by Romeo Crennel, whose defenses played well against Manning while he was the defensive coordinator in New England — likely will look to upgrade on the defensive front and at linebacker early in the draft. The Chiefs loaded up on offense in free agency.