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pr_capone
01-07-2006, 11:29 PM
According to another user, whom I cannot quote because I don't recall the thread and am not about to go looking through 15k posts to find, Priest is not willing to renegotiate his contract to help the Chiefs.

Though I am extremely grateful for his services here in KC as a starter, I'm not sure I want a back-up running back that will cash in 3.25 million dollars in '06 and 4 million in '07.

Especially when the starter (Larry of course) is due to make $741,000 in '06 and $854,000 in '07.

My ideal scenario would be for Priest to take a pay cut and stay in KC as a back-up or simply retire.

Is Priest worth anything as trade? Could we possibly get at least a 3rd round pick or better for him?

Should we trade him at all?

I look forward to your opinions.

Chiefs Pantalones
01-07-2006, 11:30 PM
Force him to take a pay cut, take the backup role, only play when LJ needs a breather...

Simplex3
01-07-2006, 11:31 PM
With his injury history, cap number, LJ's emergence, etc, any team that is interrested in him knows full well they'll have a shot without giving squat to KC. Unlike King Carl vs the Jets over a coach they were going to fire anyway.

AZORChiefFan
01-07-2006, 11:34 PM
I am thinking Priest will not want to be a back up. Which would mean he won't be in a Chiefs uni next year. I would like him as a short yardage/goaline back but doubt that will happen.

My next thought is who the hell is gonna back up LJ? Dee Brown? I doubt it and hope not.

Logical
01-07-2006, 11:35 PM
At Priest's age there is no trade value. Really need to convince him to play the third down back, backup role for less money.

I tend to worry he will retire rather than accpt that. I know I could be wrong though because Marshall Faulk accept it. Gives me hope.

KansasCityChiefs
01-07-2006, 11:36 PM
I think either Preist needs to retire because, to be honest, we don't need him as much as we needed him in the past. LJ is a top 3 RB already and he should be able to handle 30+ carries with Herm. I don't think we can get much for him because teams aren't that desperate for him and there isn't a team that is in complete shambles as far as their backfield. I see Preist hanging up his spikes in 2006 and retiring.

Simplex3
01-07-2006, 11:36 PM
My next thought is who the hell is gonna back up LJ? Dee Brown? I doubt it and hope not.
There's a flood of Ron Dayne types out there. Backup RB isn't that hard to find. Hell, GB went through what, 4 or 5 this year.

pr_capone
01-07-2006, 11:39 PM
I am thinking Priest will not want to be a back up. Which would mean he won't be in a Chiefs uni next year. I would like him as a short yardage/goaline back but doubt that will happen.

My next thought is who the hell is gonna back up LJ? Dee Brown? I doubt it and hope not.

I agree that I would like to see him back in a back-up capacity but we own him through '07 (I believe). He does not really have an option but to either play for us or retire.

Also, with the power that Larry has, I'm not really sure we NEED a specialist running back. Larry, I believe, has just as good of a chance of getting that 3rd and short as any other back in the league.

Therefore my question on getting at least a 3rd round pick for Priest. At least there we can burn that one on a young, healthy RB that *crossing fingers* would prove to be a worthy back-up.

Simplex3
01-07-2006, 11:41 PM
I agree that I would like to see him back in a back-up capacity but we own him through '07 (I believe). He does not really have an option but to either play for us or retire.

Also, with the power that Larry has, I'm not really sure we NEED a specialist running back. Larry, I believe, has just as good of a chance of getting that 3rd and short as any other back in the league.

Therefore my question on getting at least a 3rd round pick for Priest. At least there we can burn that one on a young, healthy RB that *crossing fingers* would prove to be a worthy back-up.
With Priest's injury history and cap number nobody is going to take on his contract, trades are out. The only way he plays anywhere again is if the Chiefs cut him.

pr_capone
01-07-2006, 11:42 PM
With Priest's injury history and cap number nobody is going to take on his contract, trades are out. The only way he plays anywhere again is if the Chiefs cut him.

Even if we throw in the massive young threat at TE Kris Wilson???? ROFL

Logical
01-07-2006, 11:43 PM
I agree that I would like to see him back in a back-up capacity but we own him through '07 (I believe). He does not really have an option but to either play for us or retire.
...

Probably not true, if he just tells the Chiefs he won't take a pay cut, they will likely be forced to release him after June 1st or pay him and not be able to make some additions they would like.

Rausch
01-07-2006, 11:44 PM
We SHOULD send him off into the sunset with a nice paycheck and the financial means to cover his medical expenses and live comfortably.

What we WILL do is **** him. We'll drag out a big fight with him over retirment compensation and **** over the only reason Chiefs fans had to watch Chiefs games between 02-04...

Simplex3
01-07-2006, 11:45 PM
Even if we throw in the massive young threat at TE Kris Wilson???? ROFL
That would be crazy on KC's part. A secret weapon like that can't be given away for less than every first round pick for at least a decade.

pr_capone
01-07-2006, 11:48 PM
Probably not true, if he just tells the Chiefs he won't take a pay cut, they will likely be forced to release him after June 1st or pay him and not be able to make some additions they would like.

Ahhh yes.... I sometimes forget that they hold some of the cards in these types of negotiations.

Wether he plays for the Chiefs or not... there is no way in hell ANY team is going to pay him 3.25 mil this year and 4 the next. Especially with his history of injury and his age.

He might as well take the pay cut from us and end his career where he came out as a premier RB. *sigh*

Halfcan
01-07-2006, 11:49 PM
Bring PH back as a starter and put LJ back on the bench where he belongs.

Logical
01-07-2006, 11:50 PM
We SHOULD send him off into the sunset with a nice paycheck and the financial means to cover his medical expenses and live comfortably.

What we WILL do is **** him. We'll drag out a big fight with him over retirment compensation and **** over the only reason Chiefs fans had to watch Chiefs games between 02-04...

I really don't think the Chiefs have a history of doing that Brad. My guess is that if there is a controversy it will be because the Chiefs are trying to recover some of his signing bonus which would help their cap situation. Clubs don't pay the retirement money anyway, the league does.

Rausch
01-07-2006, 11:51 PM
I really don't think the Chiefs have a history of doing that Brad.

I bet Kimble Anders, Joe Phillips, and Dan Saleamua would disagree...

Logical
01-07-2006, 11:51 PM
Bring PH back as a starter and put LJ back on the bench where he belongs.

ROFL You just want to see Skip, penchief and gochiefs blow a cork.

Rausch
01-07-2006, 11:52 PM
ROFL You just want to see Skip, penchief and gochiefs blow a cork.

He should have his ass kicked, minimum...

Logical
01-07-2006, 11:53 PM
I bet Kimble Anders, Joe Phillips, and Dan Saleamua would disagree...I don't remember them not being paid for their retirements, however other than Kimble were the other two 10 year vets, I believe that is the NFL requirement.

pr_capone
01-07-2006, 11:54 PM
Bring PH back as a starter and put LJ back on the bench where he belongs.

That's not even funny. LMAO

Simplex3
01-07-2006, 11:55 PM
I don't remember them not being paid for their retirements, however other than Kimble were the other two 10 year vets, I believe that is the NFL requirement.
Last I heard 3 years gets you the retirement package. :shrug:

I don't know if it scales up with experience.

pr_capone
01-07-2006, 11:58 PM
I don't remember them not being paid for their retirements, however other than Kimble were the other two 10 year vets, I believe that is the NFL requirement.

Phillips played for 14 years for the Chiefs, San Diego, and Minn.

Saleaumua played for 11 years for the Lions, Chiefs, and Seahawks.

Kimble was a year short with 9..... all with KC.

Rausch
01-08-2006, 12:00 AM
I don't remember them not being paid for their retirements, however other than Kimble were the other two 10 year vets, I believe that is the NFL requirement.

In short, they all got ****ed.

In different ways, different contracts, but the end was the same.

Kimble and Dan are very easy guys to get ahold of.

Call them and ask them...

Logical
01-08-2006, 12:01 AM
Last I heard 3 years gets you the retirement package. :shrug:

I don't know if it scales up with experience.Thanks for the update. It probably does, just like the minimum player salary scale.

Logical
01-08-2006, 12:02 AM
In short, they all got ****ed.

In different ways, different contracts, but the end was the same.

Kimble and Dan are very easy guys to get ahold of.

Call them and ask them... All retired after I left the midwest so I will trust you.

htismaqe
01-08-2006, 06:17 AM
In short, they all got ****ed.

In different ways, different contracts, but the end was the same.

Kimble and Dan are very easy guys to get ahold of.

Call them and ask them...

Care to explain?

I for one don't think the Chiefs should sacrifice the cap and helping the guys on the field for anybody, even Priest.

My read on the subject, from all of the available info, is that the team is on the receiving end, not Priest.

He's not injured, he just wants to retire. So he's going to doctor after doctor until he gets a prognosis that's favorable to his ability to retire and still keep his signing bonus.

Look, I love the guy. I love what he did for this team. But he opened himself like a book before the 2003 season, when all he did was talk about wanting to get paid.

Skip Towne
01-08-2006, 06:36 AM
Bring PH back as a starter and put LJ back on the bench where he belongs.
You should be banned. Reason: criminal ignorance.

Road Hog
01-08-2006, 08:20 AM
What about Herm bringing Curtis Martin with him to KC and using him as LJ's back-up?

phxchief
01-08-2006, 08:43 AM
At Priest's age there is no trade value. Really need to convince him to play the third down back, backup role for less money.

I tend to worry he will retire rather than accpt that. I know I could be wrong though because Marshall Faulk accept it. Gives me hope.

Faulk is much moer of a team player than Priest is and ever was. I very much doubt Holmes takes a paycut OR accepts a backup role.

I'd try and trade him for a 4th to replace what we lost in obtaining Herm.

phxchief
01-08-2006, 08:45 AM
What about Herm bringing Curtis Martin with him to KC and using him as LJ's back-up?

No. Absolutely not.

His cap number is huge anyway.


Why are people enamoured with big FA signings for a BACKUP RB?

DRAFT > free agency.

milkman
01-08-2006, 08:52 AM
ROFL You just want to see Skip, penchief and gochiefs blow a cork.

He's not that smart.

He really is as stupid as his post would imply.

bringbackmarty
01-08-2006, 08:54 AM
Bring PH back as a starter and put LJ back on the bench where he belongs.
aye aye, hear hear, teach his lil btch ass how to passblock.

milkman
01-08-2006, 08:56 AM
I agree that I would like to see him back in a back-up capacity but we own him through '07 (I believe). He does not really have an option but to either play for us or retire.

Also, with the power that Larry has, I'm not really sure we NEED a specialist running back. Larry, I believe, has just as good of a chance of getting that 3rd and short as any other back in the league.

Therefore my question on getting at least a 3rd round pick for Priest. At least there we can burn that one on a young, healthy RB that *crossing fingers* would prove to be a worthy back-up.

In their prime, I would much rather have had Marcus Allen in short yardage situations than Jerome Bettis.

Sometimes, even with all that size and power, a D stuffs 'em.

Priest is/was the best short yardage back in the game since Marcus.

I think that LJ has started to pick up some of that patience that Priest, and will be a better short yardage back than he had been because of it.

pr_capone
01-08-2006, 02:11 PM
In their prime, I would much rather have had Marcus Allen in short yardage situations than Jerome Bettis.

Sometimes, even with all that size and power, a D stuffs 'em.

Priest is/was the best short yardage back in the game since Marcus.

I think that LJ has started to pick up some of that patience that Priest, and will be a better short yardage back than he had been because of it.

While very true, I don't think that is quite enough reason to pay Priest 3.25 million dollars for this up comming season. In all honest, with his history of injury, I'm not sure I want him on the sideline at all. *shrugs*