Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Forte’s felt underpaid for years now. The icing on the cake was when Chicago signed Michael Bush as his “backup.” How long can a guy risk going out there and suffering injury when the guy behind him is making more money? He had a lot more leverage when the Bears were bringing in washed-up backups like Marion Barber and Chester Taylor.
Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: My money is on Rice eventually showing up with the Ravens and/or Baltimore paying him before things get too ugly. He’s not the type of guy to put that team in jeopardy. (Plus, you know what happens if Ray Lewis comes to your house and tells you to go to camp? You go to camp.) But Rice has also seen what some of his peers are making and, like Forte, he’s not happy. He makes this offense go so he’s got leverage.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: This is my sleeper for a potentially ugly holdout. No one’s talking about Bowe wanting the money, but don’t you think he saw what guys like Pierre Garcon and Laurent Robinson got paid this offseason? And don’t you think he’s not happy about the possibility of a one-year deal? And don’t you think he knows how important he is to the Chiefs passing game? I’m telling you, sleeper situation for a nightmare here.
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Wednesday dates for 2012 Chiefs Training Camp presented by Heartland Health at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. All times and dates are subject to change.
Training camp will begin on Friday, July 27 and conclude with a 3:20 p.m. practice on Thursday, Aug. 16. Practices will be open to the public while walk-throughs will be closed. Practices conducted indoors due to inclement weather at Missouri Western will not be open to the public. Players will sign autographs following each practice session.
The Chiefs will host a night practice at Spratt Stadium on Tuesday, July 31 at 7:15 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all outdoor training camp practices will be free of charge. Missouri Western will charge a $5 parking fee per practice.
Outlook: This is a very talented team, there’s no doubt about that. That talent alone should get it to the playoffs easily, even in an AFC West that has a reloading Chargers and a Peyton Manning-led Broncos team.
But how far the Chiefs go in the postseason is up to Cassel and Crennel. Both are good enough to not get in the way. But can they be even better? If so, I dare say that the Chiefs have a chance to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
KC Chiefs linebacker Caleb Campbell is also a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft.
“We wanted to hear his testimony and I think that it will be good for our kids to hear him,” Silver Moon Full Gospel Church pastor Philip Barber said. “And to encourage our young people and anybody to purse their dreams and goals. He is going to talk about how the Lord has helped him try to follow his dreams of playing ball. He went to West Point, he played with the Army, and when he served his time, and was trying for a pro career, the Army called him back into the service. So that delayed his career and set back his dreams. So he has got the opportunity to play ball for the Chiefs and he is going to talk about what his goals and dreams are.”