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DTLB58
04-02-2008, 11:06 AM
Herm Edwards tried to distance himself from comments made in a news conference last week in Kansas City. He said he didnít mean to imply that Tampa Bay and St. Louis broke NFL rules when they signed free agents Jeff Faine and Josh Brown.

But Edwards would not back off his assertion that teams contact free agents before the start of the signing period.

ďI donít know (specifically) about any teams,Ē Edwards said. ďDonít put that in my mouth. I never said that. Iím just talking about the league in general, every team, all 32 of them.

ďSometimes we all cross the line. I donít think itís done intentionally. Itís just the conversations you have. Say for instance youíre an agent and thereís a player you represent on our football team and youíre talking about that player and heís under contract. All of a sudden the conversation keeps going and guess what? Heís got these (free agents) and then all of a sudden their names get thrown into the mix. Thatís kind of what happens. I donít think itís done intentionally so much. Itís just that things happen.Ē

A hair-tucking idea

The Chiefs proposal to require that long hair be tucked under the playerís helmet appears destined to be resolved at a later meeting. The league will seek more input from players.

ďThatís OK,Ē Edwards said. ďAs long as it gets discussed, thatís what weíre talking about, discussion. It probably will get tabled. Thatís fine ... We always talk about protecting the shield and the image we want to have for the National Football League. Thatís a part of it, too. Thereís a certain way we feel the uniform should be portrayed and thatís why we brought it up.Ē

One player who would be affected is Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, who was dragged down by his long hair after an interception in a 2006 game against the Chiefs.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said he spoke with a concerned Polamalu about the proposal.

ďI donít know how effective that would be for him to put that much hair under a helmet,Ē Tomlin said. ďThat was about five years ago (when he did that). He probably hasnít had a hair cut in five years.Ē

A new practice partner?

With the St. Louis Rams hoping to move their training camp to Wisconsin, the Chiefs could have a different practice partner this summer. Edwards said the Chiefs had talked with the Rams about arranging one or more joint practice sessions, as the Chiefs have done in recent years with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Rams might wind up holding camp outside of Wisconsin.

A richer Jarrad Page

Chiefs safety Jarrad Page, a seventh-round draft pick, was rewarded by the NFL for breaking into the starting lineup last season. Page was given an extra $286,135 in the NFLís performance-based pay system.

The system was created as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Page made $360,000 last year in regular salary.
Only one other NFL player, Pittsburgh tackle Willie Colon, was awarded more than Page.

Defensive communication

The league approved a proposal allowing one defensive player on the field to have a communication device in his helmet, allowing him to hear the signals from the sideline. Quarterbacks have had a similar device since 1994.

Two defensive players can have the devices in their helmets, but if both are in the game at the same time, one must use a different helmet.


| Adam Teicher, ateicher@kcstar.com

stlchiefs
04-02-2008, 11:11 AM
Damn, nice bonus for Page, considering it's almost equal to what he thought he was making for the the year.

JohninGpt
04-02-2008, 11:12 AM
Polamalu will have to get a bigger helmet. He will look like a lifesized bobblehead.

el borracho
04-02-2008, 11:15 AM
I don't see how Polamalu could get all of his hair into a helmet, even if he wanted to. He should braid it and tuck it into his jersey, if only for his own sake. It can't feel good to get dragged down by your hair.

Flustrated
04-02-2008, 11:25 AM
Thanks for clearing up your stance on long hair and free agency Herm.... Now how about putting some of that effort into building a competitive team.....MORON

Dylan
04-02-2008, 11:59 AM
lol... at the posts.

Hays
04-02-2008, 12:19 PM
Page got paid which is good for him.
Hopefully he won't turn into someone like the giants Osi Umenyiora who just signed his contract in 05 and it runs through 2012 and already is complaining and wants it redone