Dec 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) returns a kick-off against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Miami Dolphins won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Had An Agreement In Principle With Emmanuel Sanders Before Agent Went Rogue


In the words of the great Vince Lombardi:

Earlier this evening it was reported Emmanuel Sanders was prepared to sign a deal with the Denver Broncos to become the team’s replacement for Eric Decker. What we didn’t know at the time, and now do, is Sanders’ agent had already agreed in principle to a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Here is the unbelievable story from Ian Rapoport:

Agent Steve Weinberg, on behalf of the receiver, accepted a deal with the Chiefs in principle, according to one team source. Weinberg then engaged in negotiations with theTampa Bay Buccaneers, according to another source involved in the process.

While shopping the Chiefs offer to the Bucs, Weinberg never explained that he had already accepted the terms of Kansas City’s offer. Later in the night, Sanders’ agent had agreed to terms with the Broncos, which is where he is currently headed. Sanders and Weinberg also rankled the 49ers by agreeing to visit, then blowing it off.

Here’s something that needs to be understood right now: Emmanuel Sanders had nothing to do with this. This is his agent being a scumbag (for lack of a better word).

When a team and player (and agent) agree to a deal in principle, negotiations with other teams effectively stop. This wasn’t an offer Kansas City gave that was shopped around by the agent, which is a perfectly fine thing to do. This was an agreement that was shopped around by Weinberg which is, as the report says, against every negotiation rule in the book.

Agreement is principle puts the player in a weird purgatory where they are still technically a free agent but also a pending member of a team. There are a few technical things, such as a physical, that need to be done before a contract can be signed.

Think of it like being hired for a new job but needing to pass a drug test first – you have a job on the condition you pass the drug test. Same thing applies here, Sanders had a job on the condition he passed a physical.

Whether or not what the agent did was against league rules, I do not know. It is something we are going to continue to look into. However, it is an incredibly sleezy thing to do and some kind of action should be taken against Weinberg by the NFL or NFLPA.

What a disaster.

Oh, by the way, Quintin Demps signed with the New York Giants.

UPDATE:

On rules and such from Rapoports updated article that is linked to above:

While Weinberg broke no laws in accepting a deal, the entire situation infuriated those he dealt with. It is commonly accepted in the league that once two sides agree to a deal — in writing or in handshake form — that’s the end of the story.

Tags: 2014 NFL Free Agency Emmanuel Sanders Kansas City Chiefs

  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    As I said before, I don’t care that he didn’t sign with the Chiefs. What bothers me is he agreed to sign with the Chiefs and then his agent used the agreed contract to get another contract. I know it’s a business, but the way they handled the whole situation is shady.

    • berttheclock

      Shady? Try the Dark Ages of representation. Weinberg lost 42 clients in 2000 when his agents license was revoked over some very shady deals involving tucking away money from a partner into an off shore account and mishandling clients. But, he, recently, has picked up two players to represent. Somehow, he found Sanders. As Ben has written, scumbag is not even the lowest thing you could call Weinberg. Toxic cesspools have more integrity than this piece of rotten garbage.

      • Patrick Allen

        Well this guy is screwed. NFL execs are pretty much going to refuse to talk/deal with him now He only has a couple of clients at this point. He won’t get any more after this.

        • berttheclock

          Hmmm, Weinberg lives in Dallas. Laddie lives in Dallas. I wonder if Laddie knows any wiseguys who know a thing or two about working with knees?

          • Troy Utt

            As I understand Laddie already has Tonya Harding enroute!

          • berttheclock

            Yeah, Fed Ex does have special rates for overnight sledge hammer shipping out of Portland to Dallas.

  • Trent Taylor

    Scum.

  • T.Hagen

    I say let the donkey’s have all the high priced players, their still going to lose the big games. Can you imagine all those ego’s in the same locker room? The donkey’s still got to protect egghead and they had problems with a good defense. They lose ol horse face manning then they are in trouble. All in all when something like this happens it makes me hate the donkey’s even more.

  • tomflex

    Well at least we know the Chiefs are looking to sign a receiver…..Dirty dealin’ Denver will suffer for their deeds, wait and see.

    • tm1946

      If permitted, could we take the diapers of Sanders, if he and his agent agreed to terms with Chiefs then signed with Denver, who wants this kind of people any way.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I don’t buy that Sanders was oblivious to what was happening. At some point, it had to have become apparent.

    I also won’t buy it when the Broncos claim innocence. Or when Schefter inevitably reports that Denver had no knowledge (because he’s a Bronco shill).

    This stinks to the high heavens and the league should get involved. Sadly, they won’t.

    • tomflex

      Of course they knew, Stacy. Some where in the conversation “what is your agent up to” had to have come up…..

    • berttheclock

      Thanks for calling Schefter out. Totally agree as to this new Toadie on the block.

    • Tristian Shelley

      I agree completely Stacy. Words cannot express my disappointment right now. Im glad the chiefs tried I really am. I felt he would be a good fit here but if this is how he and his agent is/are we dont want or need those kinds of ppl in KC. I respect the culture that is being built here both on and off the field. But like Ben said lets see what Sanders actually does today. He could fire his knucklehead agent and still come here if he really thought that was wrong

      • berttheclock

        Perhaps, but, Weinberg has a way of influencing his clients into believing only what he says. When, he sued to have his certification renewed, he had several of his former clients, such as four from the Ravens, testify as to how he had been ill accused and they had lost a fine rep. His ties with Sanders goes back to Sanders playing at SMU and Weinberg and his former partners were big names in sports agency representation in the Dallas area.

  • berttheclock

    Of course, the major “pundits” on the NFL Network and ESPN will not call him out, but, will rave about Sanders becoming a perfect fit for the slot position abandoned by Decker and will step up when Welker retires.

    • T.Hagen

      So true.

  • Mortis5150

    It makes me sick to think that OL horse face is doing his donkeys proud by bringing in all of this talent! I am sick of the talk of “oh well it’s just one more year and then it’s a long rebuilding for Denver.” I despise the donkeys!! Would like nothing more than to see Manning go out for the season with a major injury. I am also sick of the same OL mentality of the Chiefs by giving the fans one good season then 2-3 bad ones and rebuild after rebuild! DO SOMETHING FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! Show us that you’re finally going to do whatever it takes to get the Chiefs farther than one win in the playoffs. Farther than we have been in over 40+ years!!! The fans deserve it!!!

    • berttheclock

      They were doing something, for “Crying out Loud” and they were conned by a toxic dump.

    • freshmeat62

      I am making a doll w/ the number 18 on an orange jersey and sticking pins into it’s right shoulder. Does anybody know any voo-doo words?

    • DJP

      Hoping a player goes out with a major injury is pretty disgusting. Frankly, that type of garbage represents why the Chiefs have been terrible, and will continue to be terrible. They have mongoloid fans who wish physical harm on players in a game – karma continues to catch up to you knuckle draggers.

      • freshmeat62

        Do you mean you think our hoping that Manning has a major injury could really make it happen? I HOPE, I HOPE, I HOPE, I HOPE, I HOPE…

      • Tony Parker

        Lets get it straight here, we only wish injuries against the Ball sucking Broncos and their pile of dirty bullshit that they pull off whenever they get the chance.
        WE ONLY HATE YOU “ANALLY BORN AND BREAST FED BY YOUR UNCLE” TYPES.

  • berttheclock

    Interestingly, Weinberg has had one other dealing with the Chiefs. After regaining his agents certification, he represented Mikhail Baker, who the Chiefs signed in April of 2012. He didn’t last. Weinberg, out of Dallas, has partnered with other shady agents, such as Bucky Woy, father of the agent Jordan Woy. When, a very favorable article was written in a Ft Worth paper about Jordan, the writer was led to believe his father Bucky had signed Arnold Palmer to help start the giant firm based in Ohio. Baloney, as that firm was started by Mark McCormack and he signed Arnold Palmer as their first client and grew International into a world wide enterprise. Weinberg and the Woys of the world are truly scum. They will lie to anyone in order to make a buck. But, in the Dallas world, anyone who does make a buck is considered to be Texas Royalty, no matter how they come by their money.

  • Patrick Allen

    Yeah saying that Sanders didn’t have anything to do with this is not accurate. The agent works for him. The agent isn’t running around deciding where Sanders plays football. Sounds more like Sanders said “do whatever you need to do to get me the most money.”

    Remember Sanders and his agent met with the Chiefs and Sanders and his agent shook hands with Dorsey and said “we’re in.”

    • Ben Nielsen

      I’m anxious to see what Sanders does today.

      • Ben Nielsen

        Welp, it’s official. Now I hate him.

    • berttheclock

      But, but, but, SMU is a Methodist university.

  • Guest

    Because Eddie Kennison was so proper> If I get offered two jobs I’m going to take the better one.

  • Ryan

    Because Eddie Kennison was so honest…If I get a offer from two jobs I’m going to pick the better one.

    • berttheclock

      Go peddle your Broncos bull shit somewhere else. Kennison was dealing with his wife’s complicated pregnancy issues and the death of his father and didn’t want to suit up against the Bolts. Shannahan fabricated that “his heart wasn’t in the game” and used Mobley to lead the mob against him. After he was cut by the wonder coach of the Donkies, he surfaced in KC and Mobley called him out by saying he didn’t have the guts to play against the so-called “Great” defense of the Broncos. Kennison responded by being involved in two scoring drives putting a huge plug in the motor mouth of Mobley. BTW, Ryan, my retort was meant for “Guest”.

  • Da Menace

    Man I like how I find out we were in talks w Sanders n that he was on his way to San Fran and then….all of a sudden he’s gonna sign w Broncos.
    I truly don’t think I’ve hated anyone or thing as bad as I hate the Donkeys n Smellway!

  • ILChiefan

    Gentlemen in the know……does Weinberg represent any current Chiefs?

    • berttheclock

      No.

  • gonzangkc1

    other part of the story is: J. Elway had Manning and other Bronco player speak and SEAL the deal with
    Sanders. After Sanders spoke with the current Bronco players, Sanders was sold. I’m pretty darn sure Dorsey DIDN’T have A. Smith and any current chiefs player. If Dorsey DID and Sanders still signed with
    Broncos…wow goes to show you. DORSEY pick up the phone LEARN from this experience sign James Jones. It’s been over 15 years that Chiefs have had a True #1 & True#2 rcvr on the field at the same time.

    • berttheclock

      Thank you, Mr Bronco

      • gonzangkc1

        was the INK dry on the paper? No – Dorsey was out outworked. Agreeing in Principle means ZERO in ANY BUSINESS, until a legal document is signed. I’m a hard core Chiefs fan. I’m probably 1 of the few fans that bet the line in Vegas that Chiefs would like more than 6 games last year and I put money on them to win superbowl. Elway simply uses his ASSETS and is working his salary cap. Meanwhile, all I hear is Chiefs don’t have cap room. Have they signed Alex Smith to a long term deal to free up space? or restructured any current players contracts? Until Chiefs work the Salary Cap and Sell the Chiefs Vision – pass rushers and all other players will go elsewhere.

        • gonzangkc1

          I’m just tired of Chiefs coming in 2nd place to Broncos. live long and prosper my fellow Chiefs fan :)

        • berttheclock

          Ah yes, ye olde restructuring contracts is, simply, another method of shoving problems down the road and creating more cap problems at a later date. Sounds good to do so, but, it is just a band aid for solving problems. Your “ZERO” is nonsense in the ethical business world. Don’t know what business you have been involved with, but, few legitimate businesses last long trying to work that way. You claim to be a Chiefs fan, but, your many repetitive rants against them do not reflect so.

  • Chris Tarrants

    It is what it is. Move on and put that douchebag agent on the do not answer list. Get a WR in the first round, and fill another defensive spot or two with free agents who are quality starters but not superstars. Let Sanders sink with what is obviously a crowded ship in Denver. These boys are the “Dream Team 2.0″ two many big named look at me, me, me players on that team. I bet good money that if Denver has this team in the Super Bowl that the Hawks still beat them 99 times out of 100.

    • Tony Parker

      yeah whatever Chris, I don’t give a rats ass if the Hawks beat them. I want the Chiefs to beat them.
      Bottom line is that while Dumbver is doing anything they can to get better ( and I don’t know how they freed up so much money) we are progressively getting worse with nobody wanting to come to KC.
      This is really starting to piss me off.

  • berttheclock

    With several of the recent Donkey signings, they are going to have to implement having multiple Dustoffs on standby for, both games, and training camp. They may well begin to play “and suicide is painless” over their loudspeakers, as well.

  • High -Toned SOB

    Dropped in to listen to the KC Queefs fans whine… and you didn’t let me down.

    • gonzangkc1

      Ok, cupcake Bronco fan. I’m a chief fan but I have Bronco season tickets. and I’ll keep planning on overcharging you fans to buy my 28 rows from the field seats. One of your fellow Bronco sucker fans paid me $700 per seat for the championship game. I’ll keep your info handy so I can overcharge you a well. :)

      • High-Toned SOB

        I admire your “We suck, so I might as well make some money in the meantime” attitude. Don’t be bitter that the last time your boys raised something shiny over their heads was to move aside Elways belt buckle cause it kept getting in the way.

        • Brian Dempsey

          43-8 in SB 48
          55-10 in SB 24 when the man Montana showed the boy Elway who was who before the entire world.

          Donkey all-time SB record: 0 wins, 5 losses, and 2 given to them by the league office as a going-away present to Turd Elway because he wasn’t good enough to win a SB outright on a level playing field.

          • High-Toned SOB

            That is the best that you’ve got? Whining about the Superbowls that the Broncos won? What does the number 35 mean to a Chiefs fan? I’ll give you a hint… next year it will be 36 and the following year it will be 37 … let me know when you’ve have figured it out. I heard the the Chiefs front office have a nickname for their Lombardi trophy…. “Token”

          • Brian Dempsey

            Nice try, clod, but nobody was whining, but rather laughing at Donkeys fans thinking that they won two SB’s outright when they didn’t. Those numbers 35, ETC. don’t mean anything. Do the numbers 54, 55 mean anything to you? It means number of years Donkeys have existed without winning a SB outright. At least the Chiefs do have a SB victory that they can claim they won outright, but the Donkeys can’t truthfully claim that. 0 wins, 5 losses, and 2 given to them because they couldn’t win one outright. As a Donkeys fan, you aren’t ever going to see them win a SB win outright. What’s even funnier is stupid Donkeys fans think Elway was in the same QB class as Joe Montana, but the rest of the world knows differently. Just look at the SB record of both QB’s for starters. Montana: 4 wins, 0 losses. Elway: 0 wins, 3 losses, 2 given to him because he wasn’t good enough to win a SB outright.

          • High-Toned SOB

            Outright,Outright,Outright,Outright,Outright,Outright,Outright,Outright,Outright,Outright, Say it again you whining little puppy dog. Whatever you say just sounds like the whimpering antics of a Queefs bitch trying to keep their head above water. And in regards to Elway, I never mentioned that I was referencing when he was QB and smacked the Queefs around. I was referring to when he stepped into the front office and has made the Queefs and their front office look like a bunch of one-legged blind men in an ass-kicking contest. But hey, if you feel the need to bring in Montana to bolster your argument of how the Queefs are setting the standard of how a losing franchise is supposed to look, I’ll just turn away with a facepalm while trying to contain my laughter.

          • Brian Dempsey

            Truth hurts doesn’t it, you stupid little braying Donkey? Looks the whining is all on your side & thank you for exposing your own stupidity by not being able to discern the difference of somebody telling the truth as opposed to whining. Can’t stomach somebody telling the truth, can you & that bale of hay you were chomping on while you typing didn’t go down so good, now did it? Tell us, how it feel to be a Donkeys fan & know that you’ve never won a Super Bowl outright, as everybody knows those SB’s in ’97 and ’98 were given to them & they cheated the salary cap and had the officials in their hip pockets throughout both of those seasons. Of course, everybody has seen what’s happened from 1999-2012 when they’ve had to play under the same rules as everybody else. And you are quite incorrect about Elway outperforming the Chiefs current front office. I’ll that he outperformed the previous front office headed by Pioli, but that’s not saying a whole lot. And Donkeys ain’t winning any SB. Never have won any in their history. 0 wins, 5 losses, and 2 given to them because they can’t win any SB outright on a level playing field. Might as well forfeit the SB game with that track record, especially in last SB against Seattle, as Donkeys cheerleaders could have performed better than the Donkeys players did, that’s for sure. Stupid Donkey fans like you though they were going to cheat their way to another SB, but only this time their SB opponent ripped their guts out to the extent the officials couldn’t help the Donkeys in that game.

    • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer upperturion

      Obviouly you’re one of the potheads that think there’s no consequences for bad behavior … corruption loves corruption……..

  • berttheclock

    Time for the NFLPA to go to work and decertify Weinberg, once again.

    However, Steve, don’t you know a man can sell his soul for the whole world and profit not, but, for the Broncos?

  • tm1946

    Hope Dorsey took the agents name out of his rolodex, say nothing but if he is the agent of a player, any player, the Chiefs should have not interest.

  • DenverFan

    Don’t believe what you read, especially from a wanna be like Rapoport. If KC had a deal with Sanders, why did he leave the facility to head to San Fran, which was reported by all media? Once Sanders left, the door was open for Denver and others. That is why you do not let a coveted free agent leave, shame on them, they should not have let Sanders leave!

  • DenverFan

    Great idea TM1946! Football is big business, billion $$ in fact. Treat negotiations as a game, and exclude all players under an agent who treats it like a business, just like NFL teams who waive injured players or older players like Steve Smith to open cap space. Really, will acting like a scorned women help win a Championship?

  • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer upperturion

    I was initially hard on the KC org for what appeared to be their bungling of [t]he matter; however it now seems obvious who the honorable and dishonorable parties are. The fact that Reid or Dorsey has yet to overtly speak-out about the underhanded event, speaks to their high degree of integrity. Today a ‘handshake’ means little … like shaking hands w/ Putin…….. Someone here said it may be a, “Good omen,” I agree. And I’m inclined to also agree w/ Stacy, Emmanual new what was happening. Now we have another motivating factor to pin our ears back and thrash Denvoid.

    I’m truly buying into the new approach where we sit back and do nothing in an effective way. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we put our 1st rd pick up for auction to attain an extra pick or two either … this is a deep draft, especially in the areas of need.