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dirk digler
03-08-2005, 06:46 PM
http://kcchiefs.com/news/2005/03/08/president_carl_peterson_on_the_signing_of_ufa_lb_kendrell_bell/

PRESIDENT CARL PETERSON ON THE SIGNING OF UFA LB KENDRELL BELL
Mar 08, 2005, 6:05:39 PM


Q: Could (LB) Kendrell Bell play today?

CARL PETERSON: “Yes, according to our doctors.”

Q: Will he be available for all of the off-season workouts?

PETERSON: “Yes, that is what they have told us.”

Q: What does he give you that you don’t already have?

PETERSON: “I think versatility at the linebacker position. He can play more than one position. And I think we all know we need some help at more than one position. He is a very fast and physical football player that we liked coming out of college. He played exceptionally well early in his career, but unfortunately had a physical problem this year that limited him to three games. According to our medical people he worked his way through that. He has been working out diligently since the conclusion of the season and actually before that. We are pleased about getting a linebacker with that speed and versatility.”

Q: Do you plan on him being your middle linebacker?

PETERSON: “I don’t think I ever said that. Maybe someone else did. I have been negotiating with (his agent) Todd France on a linebacker that can play more than one position. I think obviously that is one of the reasons we were attracted to Kendrell Bell. Where he lines up will be determined in competition in training camp. He has been playing in a “30” defense in his career in Pittsburgh.”

Q: Wherever he plays do you see him as a three-down player?

PETERSON: “Yes with his speed and versatility I do. I will let the coaches make that decision, but I think (defensive coordinator) Gunther (Cunningham) plans on having him in for three downs.”

Q: Does this end your pursuit for free agent linebackers?

PETERSON: “We will turn our attention to another defensive position of need. We were negotiating at the same time with (LB) Ed Hartwell. But this negotiation with Todd France has been going on for a week. I got comfortable with where we were able to negotiate this deal. We pulled the trigger on it, on a seven-year deal.”

Q: Can you update us on where you are with free agent defensive backs?

PETERSON: “I can update you that we have a couple of free agent cornerbacks coming in, in the next few days.”

Q: Is (CB) Fred Smoot one of them?

PETERSON: “That is probably a good guess if he gets out of Minnesota. He is there right now and he might end up signing with them.”

Q: Is (CB) Ty Law the other guy?

PETERSON: “That is probably a pretty good guess, too. We would like to take a look at his foot.”

Q: Do you know what is left of your salary cap in terms of what else you need to do?

PETERSON: “I guess that will depend on mine and (Assistant General Manager) Denny Thum’s negotiating skills.”

Q: How healthy is Ty Law?

PETERSON: “I have absolutely no idea. I saw him in a mechanized wheelchair at the Super Bowl on radio row. I need for him to come in for our doctors to look at him and then give me a prognosis and diagnosis of where he is in his rehab and how long it might take. The process can only begin by getting him in and having our doctors take a look at him. Now his representatives feel that they can do that so we are setting that up.”

Q: Are you still talking to Miami about a trade for (CB) Patrick Surtain?

PETERSON: “That door is certainly open. It is as much with Miami as it is with his agent, if we can get to some kind of contract that makes sense. I think that is a difficult thing to do, but it is something we still have on the table. They are still talking to us and want to continue to talk to us because I think Patrick would like to leave Miami.”

Q: Is the holdup negotiating with the contract or the compensation with Miami?

PETERSON: “Both.”

Q: Can you fill us in on how the deal with (CB) Samari Rolle did not work out?

PETERSON: “I think some confidential medical records got out that really changed things dramatically for them. I don’t know where that came from or how it got into the media, but I am not going to substantiate it or not. But that certinilally played a major role in his decision and his agent’s to go in a different direction to basically Baltimore. That is disappointing, but those things happen.”

Q: Were you willing to continue negotiating with him based on the reports about his spine?

PETERSON: “What do you know about his spine?”

Q: That they said it was a narrowing of the spine?

PETERSON: “Who are they?”

Q: It was in the Kansas City Star.

PETERSON: “Did you ever hear our doctors or anybody from the Kansas City Chiefs say that?”

Q: Rolle said that you guys brought that up after you heard he was negotiating with Baltimore?

PETERSON: “Specific to Samari we were negotiating with him and then the information got out that is either true or not true. Certainly nobody from the Kansas City Chiefs gave that information out. I am certain our doctors and trainers never comment on any player’s injury situation. That changed the situation for them.”

Q: Did it change it for you?

PETERSON: “It takes two parties to negotiate. They stopped negotiating and said they were going to Baltimore.”

Q: So they saw the report, got aggravated and said this deal is over with here?

PETERSON: “I know they did. I spoke with his agent. They saw the article in the newspaper and were very angry about it.”

siberian khatru
03-08-2005, 07:04 PM
Now, who would leak such health information? The agent/player, which would potentially hurt his market value? Or the team, which is either trying to gain leverage or floating an excuse why they can't sign a player they've targeted?

Carl is FOS. Unless he's got a mole in his organization that's trying to undermine him.

dirk digler
03-08-2005, 07:05 PM
Now, who would leak such health information? The agent/player, which would potentially hurt his market value? Or the team, which is either trying to gain leverage or floating an excuse why they can't sign a player they've targeted?

Carl is FOS. Unless he's got a mole in his organization that's trying to undermine him.

I tend to agree but I would like to hear Adam Teichers side of the story since he is the one that broke it.

siberian khatru
03-08-2005, 07:06 PM
Actually, the Star reporter (Teicher) knows exactly where this info came from.

siberian khatru
03-08-2005, 07:06 PM
I tend to agree but I would like to hear Adam Teichers side of the story since he is the one that broke it.

Heh, beat me to it. :thumb:

dirk digler
03-08-2005, 07:07 PM
Heh, beat me to it. :thumb:

Adam was on 610 earlier today but I didn't get to hear the whole interview but I don't think he said anything about it or we would know by now. I guess someone could send him an email and ask him but I doubt he would reveal his source.

keg in kc
03-08-2005, 07:08 PM
He wasn't asked, at least not that I heard.

siberian khatru
03-08-2005, 07:08 PM
Adam was on 610 earlier today but I didn't get to hear the whole interview but I don't think he said anything about it or we would know by now. I guess someone could send him an email and ask him but I doubt he would reveal his source.

He won't burn a source, especially if it's in the organization. Just look real close and see if he's wearing a shit-eating grin when Carl says these things.

dirk digler
03-08-2005, 07:11 PM
He won't burn a source, especially if it's in the organization. Just look real close and see if he's wearing a shit-eating grin when Carl says these things.

I don't think he has to burn a source he could just say yeah somebody in the organization told me this.

IMO he should do it cause CP is really pissed at him and when that happens he will be lucky to keep his job as beat writer.

siberian khatru
03-08-2005, 07:13 PM
I don't think he has to burn a source he could just say yeah somebody in the organization told me this.

IMO he should do it cause CP is really pissed at him and when that happens he will be lucky to keep his job as beat writer.

Nah, having Carl pissed at you is a badge of honor. It's what's helped make Whitlock's career. :)

tk13
03-08-2005, 07:14 PM
Actually, the Star reporter (Teicher) knows exactly where this info came from.
That's what we get for having somebody who doesn't like the Chiefs being the main source for information from the organization.... :)

dirk digler
03-08-2005, 07:16 PM
Nah, having Carl pissed at you is a badge of honor. It's what's helped make Whitlock's career. :)

Good point. :thumb:

whoman69
03-08-2005, 07:50 PM
That's what we get for having somebody who doesn't like the Chiefs being the main source for information from the organization.... :)
At least he's been doing some work this year. Normally he sounds like a blogger.
Where has Whitlock been. He doesn't do the work at this time of year and would rather write about basketball or golf so he doesn't have to get off his ass.

htismaqe
03-08-2005, 08:13 PM
DISCLAIMER - This is in NO WAY a defense of Carl and his idiotic press conference statements about Samari Rolle.

Is it possible that Carl's incredulity is genuine? Perhaps an "underling" told Teicher about the stenosis and we missed out on Rolle because Rolle and his agent perceived that Carl ratted him out?

I'm not excusing Carl by any means, but I think the KC media hasn't exactly been helpful in all of this...

dirk digler
03-08-2005, 08:16 PM
DISCLAIMER - This is in NO WAY a defense of Carl and his idiotic press conference statements about Samari Rolle.

Is it possible that Carl's incredulity is genuine? Perhaps an "underling" told Teicher about the stenosis and we missed out on Rolle because Rolle and his agent perceived that Carl ratted him out?

I'm not excusing Carl by any means, but I think the KC media hasn't exactly been helpful in all of this...

I think Teicher needs to tell his side of the story and then we can make an unbiased decision.

Baby Lee
03-08-2005, 08:17 PM
DISCLAIMER - This is in NO WAY a defense of Carl and his idiotic press conference statements about Samari Rolle.

Is it possible that Carl's incredulity is genuine? Perhaps an "underling" told Teicher about the stenosis and we missed out on Rolle because Rolle and his agent perceived that Carl ratted him out?

I'm not excusing Carl by any means, but I think the KC media hasn't exactly been helpful in all of this...
You know, I was all over this as a scummy move by the FO, but when he says
Certainly nobody from the Kansas City Chiefs gave that information out.
Disbelieving him goes from calling him a craven spinner to a bald faced liar.
Now that he has made an express statement that the info did not come from anyone from the Chiefs org, the burden of proof falls to the press or the naysayers to negate that statement, or apologize.

htismaqe
03-08-2005, 08:29 PM
the burden of proof falls to the press or the naysayers to negate that statement, or apologize.

I agree.

Iowanian
03-08-2005, 08:31 PM
AH, I see Carl..........."DEEP THROAT" must have told Teicher that information.

blame your dicking around on a newspaper article. A better offer the day before that came out and he still could have been signed.

Stick that deflection in your ass carl, KC Fans aren't Mentally challenged as a whole.

Chiefnj
03-08-2005, 08:35 PM
How could it not come from someone within the organization? Is Teicher in the room giving Rolle a prostate exam?

Rolle said the Chiefs never mentioned it to him. That means it wasn't part of the negotiations and it wasn't delaying the negotiations.

htismaqe
03-08-2005, 09:19 PM
How could it not come from someone within the organization? Is Teicher in the room giving Rolle a prostate exam?

Rolle said the Chiefs never mentioned it to him. That means it wasn't part of the negotiations and it wasn't delaying the negotiations.

Maybe the Chiefs had only discussed it in private and hadn't yet said anything to Rolle?

Considering the way Carl runs that ship, it wouldn't at all surprise me if this was leaked to Teicher by someone who wants to stick it to him.

BigRedChief
03-08-2005, 09:42 PM
I call BS too.

jcroft
03-08-2005, 09:57 PM
the burden of proof falls to the press or the naysayers to negate that statement, or apologize.

Or stand by it. Those of you calling for Teicher and/or The Star to apologize and/or retract the statement are foolish. They never will. They will stand by their statement and never reveal their source. And I don't blame them.

We'll never know where this got started, but I'm pretty damn confident it wasn't Adam Teicher (why would he make this up?) and I'm nearly as certain that it wasn't someone as high as Carl Peterson.

Chiefnj
03-08-2005, 10:33 PM
Maybe the Chiefs had only discussed it in private and hadn't yet said anything to Rolle?

Considering the way Carl runs that ship, it wouldn't at all surprise me if this was leaked to Teicher by someone who wants to stick it to him.
All of a sudden Teicher gets inside information? The guy can't break a story in 4 years, now he has something important?

The Chiefs screwed the pooch on Rolle.

Iowanian
03-08-2005, 11:26 PM
Its not unfathomable....hell....kcnut knew about Bell.

Chan93lx50
03-08-2005, 11:50 PM
PETERSON: “I guess that will depend on mine and (Assistant General Manager) Denny Thum’s negotiating skills.”

LMAO

Well, at least something has been done and I feel better now!