Around The Web: It Might Be A Toomer, Freeman Resurfaces In New England, Colquitt Likes Purdum

The Kansas City Chiefs are looking at signing veteran receiver Amani Toomer, according to ESPN’s Bill Williamson.

Toomer could be signed as soon as Tuesday if the Chiefs follow through their current thinking.  Toomer was one of three veteran receivers Kansas City worked out Monday as their early training-camp work showed the team they may need more help for new quarterback Matt Cassel.AmaniToomer

Kansas City also looked at receivers DJ Hackett and David Terrell.  Toomer is the most accomplished of the three.  Despite the fact that he will turn 35 next month, Toomer can still be productive.  He had 48 catches for the Giants last season, which was his 13th with the club.

Adding Toomer would be similar to what the Chiefs are doing on defense: Loading up on veteran leadership.  With the core of the Kansas City roster on the young side, new general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley, are adding leadership at key spots.

He has a reputation as being a leader who helps young players.  He has 668 career catches and a Super Bowl ring to show his young teammates if he ends up in Kansas City.  He is less than two years removed from winning a Super Bowl (over Pioli’s Patriots).  That type of veteran experience can only help.

Hard for me to get excited for Toomer.  At the same time I realize he immediately becomes the team third best receiver behind Dwayne Bowe and Bobby Engram, so it’s tough to get upset over the move either.  Clearly the Chiefs are looking for more consistency out of that position, but I’d much rather they try to get it out of young guys like Taurus Johnson and Quinten Lawrence.

Yesterday, the Chiefs claimed LB Vince Redd off waivers from New England.  Meanwhile, one of the players the Patriots cleared room on the roster to sign is former Chief Eddie Freeman.

Freeman appeared in 20 games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002-03 and played in NFL Europe in 2005-06.

He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft out of Alabama-Birmingham.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the Chiefs got the better of this “trade”.  As we all know, Freeman was one of the biggest draft busts in franchise history (right up there with current Cowboy Junior Siavii) and Redd has some big-time potential as a 3-4 OLB.

One of the surprises in camp so far is that the only long snapper on the roster is rookie Tanner Purdum.  He’s had some shaky moments early on, but seems to have impressed punter Dustin Colquitt.

“He’s one of the best field goal snappers that I’ve seen in awhile.  Just his location and the calmness that he brings to snapping.”

If anyone would know what long snapping, it’s former Chiefs specialist and current radio broadcaster Kendall Gammon.

“You have to have a short memory.  In camp everybody is looking at it.  And you just don’t want to do it.  I had a bad snap one time in a camp and it just gnawed at me.”

Purdum learned the craft from his father.

“My dad was a deep snapper and a line coach.  He just taught me when I was little and I’ve been doing it forever.  It just naturally to me.”

The only thing that would surprise me more than Purdum being the only specialist in camp with the Chiefs would be if he’s still the only one in River Falls in two weeks.  I think I’ve made it clear that I’m the first one to root for a young guy to win a roster spot, but I’m not sure Todd Haley is going to feel comfortable putting that big of a responsibility on the shoulders of a rookie.

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