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Wilson8
04-22-2006, 12:40 PM
The Chiefs are developing a pattern of signing players that have a history of injury. Kansas City is taking a calculated risk that gives them some additional quality players to select a team from. If these players win a roster spot, the Chiefs will hope their trainers and medical staff can keep them healthy for the year.

In 2005 KC decided that Kendrell Bell was the best choice to be brought in for the linebacker position. The year before we signed him Bell missed 13 games because of a groin injury. His injuries have been to the groin, ankle, shoulder, and abdomen. So far Kendrell seems to be an expensive risk that is not paying the dividends the Chiefs had hoped for.

The players signed in 2006 have been different because they are relatively inexpensive.

CB Lenny Walls, his injuries include hand, groin, ankle, and shoulder. His weekly injury report number is at 12 and has been in injured reserve the last 2 years. He went on IR in November both years, so played in a few games. He was signed to a 1 year, $585,000 base salary. Lenny has some good CB skills and can battle for a starter or backup position. He will not cost much to cut.

DT Ron Edwards, in 4 years of playing, has been on injury report 6 times and injured reserve 2 times. Injury has always been to his right shoulder. He has had 2 shoulder surgeries in 3 years. He has missed 23 games in 3 years because of injury. Injury seems to happen every other year so this should be a good year for him. He is signed to a 1 year, $600,000 contract. If shoulder injury can be overcome, could be valuable in the DT rotation. He is also affordable to cut if training camp and preseason play does not look promising.

CB Chris Johnson has had back and knee problems in his three years of play. He was on IR for knee injury in 2003. The Chiefs signed him to a two year deal with, $425,000 and $510,000 in base salaries. At one time he had extreme speed with a reported 4.2 forty time. He had 24 tackles and 4 pass defended last year. He also is affordable to cut if others look more promising.

RB Quentin Griffin on IR 2004 with torn ACL. He did not play in 2005 regular season. But he also has some positives. He is still young with a 1981 birthday. Quentin signed for 1 year with $425,000 base. Griffin might be a decent backup but will cost Chiefs very little to cut him if Holmes is back or draft pick or another runner looks better.

In the NFL teams and players are always going to battle injuries. I thought this was kind of unusual to have this many players recently signed that have this kind of IR past.

nychief
04-22-2006, 12:45 PM
it is the NFL, everybody gets hurt.

Wilson8
04-22-2006, 12:48 PM
I would hope the Chiefs would not push this trend too far, but if so, here are others they might consider as free agents or if they get cut in June.

CB Ahmad Plummer, 49ers. Looked good in his first years with 240 tackles and 12 interceptions, but played in 9 games the last two years. He has had ankle, neck, hip, groin, and back injuries. Hes been on the injury report 35 times.

WR Charles Rogers, Lions. He was on injured reserve in 2003 and 2004. Injury has always been to collarbone. He has played 15 games in three years of play. Could better shoulder protection and a new team turn this 63 220 lb receiver around? Still on Dtroit roster.

WR David Boston, Dolphins. He has been put on IR in 2002, 2004, and 2005. His injuries have been to the neck, knee, ankle, and foot. The knee injury being the worst, with a torn patellar tendon. He is a former 1,500 yard receiver.

QB Tommy Maddox. Steelers. Injuries have been concussion, ankle, knee, elbow, calf, shoulder and illness. Hes not been on IR but missed several games with injury. He progressively lost his QB position as injury allowed Ben Rothlisberger and Charlie Batch to move to the number 1 and number 2 positions.

QB Chad Pennington, Jets. He was on IR in 2005. He missed 9 games prior to that because of injury. His injuries have been to the wrist and right shoulder. He is still on Jets roster and doing rehab work.

KCChiefsFan88
04-22-2006, 12:49 PM
Injured players come cheaper which is what Carl looks for in a free agent

Wilson8
04-22-2006, 12:56 PM
We normally sign a lot of camp fodder, players that have a 100 to 1 chance of making the team. Some of these players upgrade that group and will push people for positions. Again the risk will be. they make the team only to have the same injury again later during this years season. The Chiefs are then trying to replace that player.

Wile_E_Coyote
04-22-2006, 02:18 PM
you can probably add Carlos Hall to that list. But for all that is right in the world remove David Boston

Wilson8
04-22-2006, 02:40 PM
I thought about putting Carlos on the list of signings. He also has has the injury bug but never on IR.

David Boston has the injured "mind" as well.

I could see the Chiefs looking at Rogers if he is released. Also Maddox might be brought in to compete with Huard.