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Woodrow Call
04-08-2005, 01:12 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/football/nfl/kansas_city_chiefs/11339819.htm

Chiefs add running back

Holcombe signs; Ravens receiver pays KC a visit

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star


The Chiefs turned their free-agent attention to offense Thursday long enough to sign running back Robert Holcombe to a one-year contract and meet with wide receiver Kevin Johnson.

Holcombe will be a backup to Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson at halfback and Tony Richardson at fullback. He will also play on special teams.

“He's a great team guy,'' coach Dick Vermeil said. “Whatever you ask him to do, he does it. He will help on special teams. He fits what we do.

“He's not Priest Holmes or Larry Johnson as a pure running back. He's not Tony Richardson as a pure fullback. He's a combination of those guys, which really allows you flexibility. He'll be a great asset.''

Holcombe joined the NFL in 1998 with the Rams, then coached by Vermeil. He also has played for Tennessee.

Holcombe probably will play most in passing situations. He's a good pass protector and receiver.

The Chiefs liked Kevin Johnson so much earlier in his career they almost traded for him when he was with Cleveland in 2001. The teams could never agree on trade terms, and he went on to catch 84 passes for 1,079 yards and nine touchdowns.

His production has since dipped, and Johnson bounced from Cleveland to Jacksonville to Baltimore.

The Chiefs liked what they saw of Kevin Johnson, who will turn 29 in July.

“We didn't bring him in just to feed him dinner,'' said Vermeil, indicating the Chiefs may have a serious interest in signing Johnson. “He (would) compete (for a starting position). He's caught over 80 balls and started just about every game for a few years in a row now. He's got plenty of experience.

“He's the type of receiver who is quick and can separate from coverage. He's got great hands and can run with the ball after he catches it.''
Kevin Johnson's signing probably would have the biggest effect on Johnnie Morton. He will be 34 in October and could be released in June if he doesn't accept a cut in his scheduled salary of $3 million.

Asked whether Morton would play for the Chiefs this season, Vermeil said, “As of right now, yes.''

Miles
04-08-2005, 01:22 AM
I cant really see any downside to signing Johnson. Especially since he is considered to have great hands.

Uncle_Ted
04-08-2005, 01:23 AM
Asked whether Morton would play for the Chiefs this season, Vermeil said, “As of right now, yes.''


"... and as soon as we sign Johnson, no."
:)

Coach
04-08-2005, 01:32 AM
"... and as soon as we sign Johnson, no."
:)

That's the impression I get for now....

Nightfyre
04-08-2005, 03:01 AM
"... and as soon as we sign Johnson, no."
:)
"... and as soon as June 1st arrives, no."
there, fixxed it.

Mile High Mania
04-08-2005, 05:32 AM
Maybe a change of scenery will fit Johnson... can't exactly say that playing with Boller is "ideal". Should get him cheap.

the Talking Can
04-08-2005, 05:42 AM
in terms of production it would probably be a lateral move...but the dude is 5 years younger, cheaper, and isn't so mind bendingly dumb as Morton....

MichaelH
04-08-2005, 05:50 AM
He's not Priest Holmes or Larry Johnson as a pure running back

Is DV finally admitting that Larry Johnson might be almost as good as Priest? :hmmm: I'm sure it slipped out accidently. ROFL

TRR
04-08-2005, 06:37 AM
I want Kevin Johnson signed so bad. I am ready for the Johnnie Morton era to be over. KJ signing in KC would end that.

Warrior5
04-08-2005, 07:03 AM
in terms of production it would probably be a lateral move...but the dude is 5 years younger, cheaper, and isn't so mind bendingly dumb as Morton....

...and I bet Vermiel is sick of seeing post TD "worm".

Mike Grose
04-08-2005, 07:18 AM
...and I bet Vermiel is sick of seeing post TD "worm".
Now there is an important point.

No.

Really.

I am so damn sick of Morton's worm. I'd rather he fell down at the 1 and let LJ or Priest get the score rather than seeing that idiot flopping on the ground in Chiefs red. It's almost as bad as Rison humping the goal post.

Wile_E_Coyote
04-08-2005, 08:26 AM
http://www.nj.com/sports/times/index.ssf?/base/sports-10/111294790758741.xml

Free-agent wide receiver Kevin Johnson, the former Hamilton High standout, spent yesterday in Kansas City talking with the Chiefs top personnel people and could be close to a deal with the team.

Johnson, who opted out of his contract with the Baltimore Ravens last month, flew home last night, but was hopeful a contract with the Chiefs could get done possibly as soon as today.

"Things went well," Johnson said from the Kansas City airport. "I like it here. It's a good organization with good people. I'm hoping things work out."
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Johnson's agent, Tom Condon, is based in Kansas City and will talk to the Chiefs today.

If Johnson, who led the Ravens in receptions last year with 35 (a career-low for him) signs with the Chiefs he would join another Mercer County native, Gary Stills, on the roster. It would mark the first time two players from Mercer County played for the same NFL team.
- MARK ECKEL

the Talking Can
04-08-2005, 08:29 AM
as a WR he should thrilled to move from the Ravens to the Chiefs....Much like Beisel, as a LB, felt moving from the Chiefs to the Pats...

Iowanian
04-08-2005, 08:31 AM
I am so damn sick of Morton's worm. .

There are so many places I can go with this post..........like make a joke about All of JM's Boyfriend's saying that...........

But instead........I'll say that to all those who hate the Endzone-Worm.

At least you only had to see it 3-4 times a year.

whoman69
04-08-2005, 08:37 AM
“He's not Priest Holmes or Larry Johnson as a pure running back. He's not Tony Richardson as a pure fullback. He's a combination of those guys, which really allows you flexibility. He'll be a great asset.''
Why does Vermeil like these tweeners so freaking much? What did he just tell me in this statement. When we ask him to run the ball, he won't get the job done. When we ask him to block, he won't get the job done. But he can block and run the ball, just not very well.

Dr. Facebook Fever
04-08-2005, 08:40 AM
I gotta say the Chiefs seem to be doing a pretty nice job of shoring some things up in free agency this time around. Now if we can just land the most important part....THE CB!!!!!

Dave Lane
04-08-2005, 08:49 AM
in terms of production it would probably be a lateral move...but the dude is 5 years younger, cheaper, and isn't so mind bendingly dumb as Morton....


And I hear he's not a pillow biter.

Dave

Dave Lane
04-08-2005, 08:54 AM
Why does Vermeil like these tweeners so freaking much? What did he just tell me in this statement. When we ask him to run the ball, he won't get the job done. When we ask him to block, he won't get the job done. But he can block and run the ball, just not very well.

Because he can fill two roster spots ie Easy and Blaylock with a servicable job. I liked him coming out of College and I like the pickup,

Dave

ChiefsCountry
04-08-2005, 09:10 AM
...and I bet Vermiel is sick of seeing post TD "worm".

We only see it twice a year anyways.

bringbackmarty
04-08-2005, 09:11 AM
kj is a stud, he is a lot like rison, actually. sorta fast, tough, catches balls in traffic, good hands, vocal team leader, smart elusive reciever.

bringbackmarty
04-08-2005, 09:12 AM
and he's not a pillow biter, like dave said.

jspchief
04-08-2005, 09:20 AM
Why does Vermeil like these tweeners so freaking much? What did he just tell me in this statement. When we ask him to run the ball, he won't get the job done. When we ask him to block, he won't get the job done. But he can block and run the ball, just not very well.

We signed him to be a back up. If he had starter type ability at either fullback or RB, he'd be a starter instead of a depth guy. We can't have pro bowl talent with every player on the team.

philfree
04-08-2005, 09:28 AM
I gotta say the Chiefs seem to be doing a pretty nice job of shoring some things up in free agency this time around. Now if we can just land the most important part....THE CB!!!!!


We're gonna give our 2nd rounder up IMO or we wouldn't be signing KJ. KJ = the WR we would have drafted in the 2nd round. I'm going out on a limb and I'm saying Surtain will be a Chiefs by Monday Morning.


PhilFree:arrow:

TEX
04-08-2005, 09:39 AM
We're gonna give our 2nd rounder up IMO or we wouldn't be signing KJ. KJ = the WR we would have drafted in the 2nd round. I'm going out on a limb and I'm saying Surtain will be a Chiefs by Monday Morning.


PhilFree:arrow:

I agree with your take except IMO Surtain won't become a CHIEF until hours before the draft. Just my take.

the Talking Can
04-08-2005, 10:21 AM
And I hear he's not a pillow biter.

Dave

Correct, we'll give him a bonus for that.

StcChief
04-08-2005, 11:30 AM
We're gonna give our 2nd rounder up IMO or we wouldn't be signing KJ. KJ = the WR we would have drafted in the 2nd round. I'm going out on a limb and I'm saying Surtain will be a Chiefs by Monday Morning.


PhilFree:arrow:

That is exactly the way it looks. They are completing there off season moves prior to Draft day.

Surtain is the last big prize going in.

I like it.

htismaqe
04-08-2005, 11:34 AM
I tend to agree with the "right before the draft" crowd.

I'm starting to get a little antsy and excited...the acquisition of Surtain and Johnson, to go along with the other guys we've already brought in, would be a KILLER offseason.

htismaqe
04-08-2005, 11:35 AM
Also, I'd just like to point out the subtle insinuation made in Vermeil's statement:

“He's not Priest Holmes or Larry Johnson as a pure running back."