Thursday, January 26, 2012
Chiefs refusing to pay Haley?
By Bill Williamson
Are the Kansas City Chiefs taking a page out of the Oakland Raiders’ playbook when it comes to former coach Todd Haley?
They might very well be, according to a tweet from Arizona radio reporter Mike Jurecki. He tweets that he is hearing the Chiefs are refusing to pay the final year of Haley’s contract for cause. This has not been confirmed. If that is the case, it means the Chiefs are saying they fired Haley for a specific reason that was problematic to the team, and that they don’t feel like they should have to abide by the contract. Former Oakland owner Al Davis had similar interactions with some coaches he fired.
Haley was fired last month. If the Chiefs are refusing to pay the final year of Haley’s contract for cause, Haley and the Chiefs will likely engage in a grievance. This month, the Kansas City Star ran a story saying Haley thought the Chiefs tampered with a personal cell phone.
Whether the Chiefs are trying get out of paying Haley or not, there is no doubt there were serious issues between Haley and the Chiefs.
UPDATE: The Cheifs had no comment on the matter.
In other AFC West news:
Denver coach John Fox said he is not in a rush to hire a defensive coordinator to replace Dennis Allen, who became the Raiders’ head coach this week.
San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson said he has not heard from the Chargers about a new deal, but hopes he does. Jackson is to be a free agent.
As expected, it appears Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel will act as his own defensive coordinator. He was the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons. Crennel will hire an offensive coordinator.
Kansas City director of college scouting Phil Emery is to interview with the Bears for their general manager job Friday for a second time. He is reportedly one of two finalists.
Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain is to stand trial May 17 for assault charges stemming from an incident that occurred in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., during this past season.