AFC West: Peter Schaffer

Posted by’s Bill Williamson

The agent for suspended Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson said Friday evening that the two sides are still working toward a settlement that revolves around the estimated $600,000 Johnson will lose during his two-week suspension. If there is not a settlement, agent Peter Schaffer said he hopes there will be a grievance early next week. Schaffer said he spent Friday working on the settlement.

Schaffer said the possibility of Johnson being cut from the Chiefs as part of the settlement “hasn’t come up. That’s not the goal.”

Johnson was suspended until Nov.9, the day after the Chiefs play at Jacksonville. The Chiefs have a bye this week. He was suspended after using his Twitter account to question the credentials of his coach Todd Haley and to use a gay slur last Sunday night after a 30-point Chiefs’ loss to San Diego. The next day, Johnson directed a gay slur at media members.

Kansas City linebacker Corey Mays was fined $5,000 from the NFL for unnecessary roughness against San Diego last week.

Denver safety Brian Dawkins and defensive tackle Ronald Fields both practiced fully Friday after being limited earlier in the week with hamstring injuries. They are both probable to play Sunday at Baltimore.
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

The agent for Kansas City running back Larry Johnson said late Sunday night that his client was simply trying to promote his own father and not to discredit Chiefs coach Todd Haley in a Twitter rant Sunday.

Shortly after the Chiefs were drubbed 37-7 at home to San Diego, Johnson posted on his twitter account that his father, the defensive line coach at Penn State, has better credentials than some NFL coaches. Johnson ran down his father’s playing résumé. He compared him to Haley, who was a college golf player.

“I talked to Larry about it and he was focusing more on pumping up his father than anything else,” agent Peter Schaffer said. “He wasn’t trying to downgrade anyone … yes, everyone is frustrated after a loss like this but I wouldn’t put too much into it.”

Johnson had 49 yards on 16 carries in the Chiefs’ defeat. Kansas City is 1-6. It has a bye next week.

UPDATE: The Twitter page referenced above has been made private.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Denver Broncos are starting to peck away at securing their rookie draft class.

Late Wednesday night, Denver agreed to terms on a four-year contract with tight end Richard Quinn, his agent Peter Schaffer said. Schaffer declined to provide details of the contract. Quinn, a tight end from North Carolina, is a blocking specialist. Denver traded up to get Quinn with the final pick of the second round.

Denver has 10 draft picks. The Denver Post reports that the team also agreed to terms with receiver Kenny McKinley on Wednesday evening. He was a fifth-round pick. Denver now has three draft picks secured.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Because most trades occur before the draft, the market for a number of vulnerable AFC West players has diminished. Let's take a look at where those situations stand:

Larry Johnson, running back, Kansas City: The Chiefs have had plenty of time to make a move on Johnson. But I get the feeling he will stay. Johnson's agent, Peter Schaffer, has said repeatedly that Johnson wants and expects to be in Kansas City. The Chiefs didn't do anything in the draft that would indicate Johnson will be traded and he has been working out with the team.

Michael Bush, running back, Oakland: Bush's name was connected to trade talks earlier this offseason. However, ESPN's John Clayton reported during the draft that the Raiders were calling teams about Justin Fargas. Bush, Fargas and second-year player Darren McFadden make up a crowded backfield. Still, Oakland can make it work with the three backs. I don't expect Bush or Fargas to be traded this year.

Michael Huff, safety, Oakland: Clayton also reported that Huff is on the market. There likely won't be a market for him even if Oakland continues to shop him. The fourth-year defensive back has been a major disappointment.

Brian Waters, guard, Kansas City: This is the player who I think can still be traded. He has asked to be dealt and he didn't go to the team's voluntary minicamp earlier this month. Waters has some value.

Tony Scheffler, tight end, Denver: Scheffler likely will not be traded. There was some talk over the weekend of movinghim, but I think the team would rather keep him.

Derrick Burgess, defensive end, Oakland: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported prior to the draft that the Raiders were shopping Burgess. Then, the Raiders drafted three defensive ends. His chances of sticking in Oakland, whether he gets cut or traded, haven't increased.

Jarvis Moss, linebacker, Denver: I confirmed Moss was being shopped for a late-round draft choice during the weekend. There were no takers. Moss was the No. 17 pick in 2007. He has been moved to linebacker from defensive end and he is now a third-stringer. He has little chance of making the team.

Sound off: Larry Johnson

March, 31, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson


Here is this week's "Sound off" question: Should the Chiefs keep Larry Johnson?

The star tailback has asked for a trade, but his agent, Peter Schaffer, has let it be known that his client is open to returning to the team. The Chiefs and Johnson have a grievance hearing (over lost bonus money) set for Wednesday. If there is a resolution, he could stay.

Do you think it is worth it for both sides to come to an accord? Or do you think his time in Kansas City has expired and both sides need a fresh start?

Hit my mailbag with your thoughts. I will post some of your responses later in the week.