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ForeverChiefs58
04-28-2009, 11:35 PM
Cardinals released OLB Travis LaBoy.

The Cards guaranteed LaBoy $7.5M on a five-year contract last offseason, so they're taking a salary cap hit. They do have room to work with and needed the cash for Adrian Wilson, Karlos Dansby, and possibly Anquan Boldin's extensions. LaBoy, 28, got off to a hot start with four sacks in the first four games last year, but ran into the same injury woes that dogged him as a Titan. He's a very skilled pass rusher, but can't stay off the shelf. Apr. 28 - 7:04 pm et

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/HeadLines.aspx?sport=NFL&hl=140214

DaneMcCloud
04-28-2009, 11:37 PM
Riposte

RustShack
04-28-2009, 11:37 PM
Why wasn't he signed the second he hit ht market!?

T-post Tom
04-28-2009, 11:38 PM
Bring him in and kick the tires. And I'd also like to see Levi Jones flown in here if the Bungles really do release him.


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Levi Jones T #76
Age: 29
Born: 08/24/1979
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 307
College: Arizona State
Rookie Year: 2002
NFL Experience: 7 years

Micjones
04-29-2009, 02:44 AM
He played for the Cards last year.
I would think Haley and Pendergast would want to give him a look.

DaneMcCloud
04-29-2009, 02:47 AM
He played for the Cards last year.
I would think Haley and Pendergast would want to give him a look.

Or, not.

ForeverChiefs58
04-29-2009, 06:22 AM
He had 4 sacks in 4 games before he got hurt. Remember Dane we only won 2 games and had the worst sack defense in history of the game. I would think any defensive player would be an improvement.

PHOG
04-29-2009, 06:28 AM
I think Larry Foote (Steelers) would also be an upgrade...although he has said he would play for the lions. :shake:

EyePod
04-29-2009, 07:01 AM
He had 4 sacks in 4 games before he got hurt. Remember Dane we only won 2 games and had the worst sack defense in history of the game. I would think any defensive player would be an improvement.

I really want him but this worries me:

On March 3, 2008 the Arizona Cardinals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_Cardinals) signed LaBoy to a five year contract. He was released on April 28, 2009.

Was his injury that bad that they had to release him?

ForeverChiefs58
04-29-2009, 07:57 AM
needed the cash for Adrian Wilson, Karlos Dansby, and possibly Anquan Boldin's extensions.

the Talking Can
04-29-2009, 08:01 AM
worth a look, it is

htismaqe
04-29-2009, 08:01 AM
Was his injury that bad that they had to release him?

They couldn't release him if that was the case. They'd have to give him an injury settlement.

ForeverChiefs58
04-29-2009, 08:10 AM
I still scratch my head that the Arz Cardbirds made it to the superbowl. I think the Chiefs will want anyone who played a part in that.
I swear if the Lions go to the SB in the next 10 years I will be convinced the End of Days is near.

Coogs
04-29-2009, 09:44 AM
I swear if the Lions go to the SB in the next 10 years I will be convinced the End of Days is near.

Basically, we are the Lions. Over the past 15 years or so, we probably come as close to the Lions as anybody as in who is our "mirror" franchise.

jAZ
04-29-2009, 09:54 AM
http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2009/4/29/858248/former-cardinal-travis-laboy-has

Former Cardinal Travis LaBoy has Chiefs Connection
by primetime 07 on Apr 29, 2009 7:30 AM CDT

A theme that we've noticed developing around the Kansas City Chiefs new regime as far as it's hiring practices goes is " It's who you know, not what you know".

And today the it's head coach Todd Haley, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and assistant head coach Maurice Carthon that know someone - Travis LaBoy.

LaBoy is a former defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals having been released yesterday. He would be considered a solid free agent on February 27th, the start of free agency. But to have an unrestricted shot at him now is excellent news for teams seeking to bulk up their defensive line.

LaBoy is 6'3", 260 pounds and as a six year veteran is 27 years old. He fulfilled the "predator" role on Pendergast's 3-4/4-3 hybrid defense in Arizona, a position the Chiefs might not have solidified on staff already. Here's a piece done on him last year after he sacked Chiefs' quarterbacks twice and tackled four for loss in a preseason game:

LaBoy plays the team's hybrid predator position, a combination defensive end/linebacker. Because he starts from a standing or "up" position, the Cardinals generally refer to this as a linebacker spot. But opponents refer to it as a defensive end, linebackers coach Bill Davis said.

He was so effective in that role that teams rushed at the right end only 34 times - good for 8th best in the NFL.

Davis goes on to say that the biggest difference for LaBoy coming from a 4-3 end position is that he's standing up instead of having a hand on the ground. His biggest job is to rush the passer. Coverage skills are nice but likely don't effect the predator's goal - getting to the passer.

YEAR TEAM GAMES SOLO ASSIST TOTAL SACKS
2004 TEN 13 13 8 21 4
2005 TEN 15 28 13 41 7
2006 TEN 13 21 10 31 4
2007 TEN 13 8 4 12 6
2008 ARZ 13 25 6 31 4

Injury Concerns


Check out a link to his KFFL page. Questionable. Limited in practice. Injured.

Injuries abound. In fact, he's coming off a torn biceps tendon injury. I don't know much about the specifics of the injury but I do know he underwent surgery following the Super Bowl. I do know that it's the same injury that Brett Favre had at the end of last season. I do know it ended the season of Tom Nalen (Broncos '08), Jason Ferguson (Cowboys '07) and Aaron Smith (Steelers '07). It's still a real possibility that LaBoy is nursing an injury.

If he's still seriously injured and unable to practice then I don't see the Chiefs (or anyone else for that matter) signing him. He needs to be 100% for a team to take a chance on him. That said, we still haven't found any sort of update on these concerns.

Chiefs Connection

Todd Haley was the offensive coordinator of the Cardinals in 2008
Clancy Pendergast was his defensive coordinator with the Cardinals in 2008
Maurice Carthon was the running backs coach with the Cardinals in 2008
Todd Haley hasn't shown any hesitation in swiping guys he knows from the Arizona Super Bowl team. Pendergast and Carthon (who holds the distinction of completing all points in the Pioli/Haley/Parcells connection) both followed Haley from Arizona. You've got two offensive coaches that lined up against him in practice and the defensive coach that prepped him every week.

This is a strong Chiefs connection.

Why not the Chiefs?

We're hearing more players say they want to come to Kansas City. It usually comes down to money, but previously at times the Chiefs weren't considered because former GM Carl Peterson was an unpopular negotiator. Not so anymore.

Monty Beisel, a former member of the Cardinals' linebacker crew with LaBoy, said he's excited about what's ahead for the Chiefs with Haley and Pioli running the show. Bobby Engram said he was excited about Matt Cassel and the things the Chiefs had to offer. Zach Thomas chose the Chiefs over the Jets.

Why won't Travis LaBoy choose the Chiefs?

***

This pick makes sense for a lot of reasons and would probably be an upgrade for the defense. However, I don't see the Chiefs making a run at LaBoy for two reasons: injuries and the draft.

We talked about his injuries above. He's been consistently dinged up throughout his career. There's an old saying that 80% of life is just showing up - LaBoy's not that guarantee.

The Chiefs didn't select a linebacker in the 2009 NFL Draft. Do you really think they banked on a solid veteran free agent option like LaBoy coming up? Not likely. So they added a few ingredients to the oven (Vrabel, Thomas) so they could cook for the 2009 season. I think the chefs are happy with the final product.

LaBoy wasn't in the Chiefs' plans prior to the draft and I think the coaches will feel they're ready without him.

Mr. Krab
04-29-2009, 10:14 AM
worth a look, it ishttp://img.slate.com/media/1/123125/2067927/2114141/2129224/051101_dvd_Yoda_Ex.jpg

Mr. Krab
04-29-2009, 10:16 AM
Maybe he would be up for a 1-year, prove it, type deal.

talastan
04-29-2009, 12:34 PM
Bring him in Don!

LaChapelle
11-30-2009, 08:41 PM
Free agent DE/OLB Travis LaBoy has been suspended for four games by the NFL.

LaBoy's suspension will begin immediately and will last until the NFL reinstates him. LaBoy played for the Cardinals last year and recorded 31 tackles and four sacks in 13 games. He tore his biceps last year and also underwent ankle surgery in late May

Raised On Riots
11-30-2009, 10:26 PM
Or, not.

Come on Dane, it's not like they know what he's capable of. If Chiefs Planet says bring 'em in for a look, who the fuck are you to say otherwise?

God damn you're an arrogant, Hollywood asshole.

BossChief
11-30-2009, 10:31 PM
who cares about laboy enough to bump a post from april about him.

answer is...no nfl team, thats who.