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Updated: March 18, 2004, 11:31 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
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Kansas City Chiefs: The club wanted to add CB Troy Vincent to bolster its porous defense, but he decided to sign with Buffalo. But the Chiefs still want to add a veteran defender and are now focusing on DT Warren Sapp. Talks began after Sapp's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, called the team Wednesday. Though the Chiefs are interested, coach Dick Vermeil isn't overly optimistic that a deal will be reached. "Right now, this is all talk," he told the Kansas City Star. "I don't think it will materialize. This is similar to our interest in Troy Vincent. We probably don't have the money to sign him (Sapp). If he's going to the highest bidder, he's probably going somewhere else. But sometimes they don't go to the highest bidder because they want to play for a winner." The Chiefs have the cap space to sign Sapp but they are citing a lack of cash as the main reason they can't guarantee lots of upfront money. They handed out more than $16 million in bonuses to several players this winter, including RB Priest Holmes, QB Trent Green, LB Shawn Barber, OT Willie Roaf, DE Eric Hicks, S Jerome Woods and OL Chris Bober.

Green Bay Packers: The team is interested in signing Kansas City free-agent CB William Bartee and has made him a contract offer. The Chiefs would like to keep him and the New York Giants are also pursuing the four-year veteran. "Green Bay has made an offer," Craig Domann, Bartee's agent, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But they need to increase it." Bartee, a former second-round pick, has been a backup three of the last four seasons. His agent said Wednesday that he is negotiating with all three and a deal should be done in the next three days.

New England Patriots: With WRs David Givens and Deion Branch emerging as two of QB Tom Brady's favorite targets, there was some speculation that WR David Patten would be looking for work by now. But apparently the Patriots aren't ready to get rid of the eight-year veteran. According to the Providence Journal, Patten received a $250,000 roster bonus he was due to be paid this week, confirming that he is indeed in the team's immediate plans.

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