AFC West: Curtis Modkins

AFC West news and notes

February, 19, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The word in Denver for the past couple of years was that Denver standout cornerback Champ Bailey was closely watching all the big-dollar contracts handed out to cornerbacks around the league.

Bailey signed a seven-year, $63 million deal with Denver after a trade from Washington in 2004. He has two more years remaining on his contract and it wouldn't be a shock if Bailey asks to redo his deal soon.

Bailey may especially be interested in a new deal after seeing Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha sign a three-year, $45 million deal, one of the richest deals NFL history.

Bailey will be 31 in June and he is coming off a season in which he suffered serious groin and elbow injuries. But he is still a prime cornerback. It won't be a surprise if he asks Denver to reconsider his deal soon.

  • With Julius Peppers getting the franchise tag in Carolina, the only big-name defender available is Tennessee defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Conceivably, both Denver and Kansas City could make a run at Haynesworth. Both teams have needs on the defensive line and the necessary cap room. Still, it would be surprise if either the Broncos or the Chiefs made a run at Haynesworth.
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson will start discussing a new restructured contract on Sunday.
  • The Rocky Mountain News looks at all the dead money in Denver's vault after coaching and front-office changes.
  • Curtis Modkins, fired recently be Kansas City, has been hired as the running backs coach in Arizona. Ironically, he replaces Maurice Carthon who is now the assistant head coach in Kansas City.
  • Here's one name Chargers fans may want to keep tabs on during free agency: Miami tackle Vernon Carey.

Chiefs fire five coaches

February, 13, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The slow process that has been the Kansas City Chiefs offseason took another step Friday evening when the team announced that five members of Herm Edwards' staff have been fired. Edwards was fired Jan. 23 by new Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli who was hired Jan. 13.

The coaches fired Friday were Jon Embree (tight ends), Michael Ketchum (defensive assistant/assistant linebackers), Curtis Modkins (running backs), Kevin Patullo (offensive assistant/quality control) and Eric Price (wide receivers). Several members of Edwards have previously taken other jobs. The coaches who were fired Friday were in the office until earlier Friday afternoon.

Chan Gailey, who was Edwards' offensive coordinator, is expected to be retained in some capacity. On the team's Web site, his name remains as offensive coordinator. Gailey has been said to be a favorite of several people in the Chiefs' building.

The team is expected to hire a defensive coordinator with Miami assistant Todd Bowles as a possibility. Former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs is expected to join the staff, perhaps as defensive coordinator.

The Chiefs have yet to announce any key additions to the new staff of coach Todd Haley. He took over Feb. 6. The NFL combine starts in less than week thus the Chiefs are expected to complete their staff soon.