Around The Web: TG Rumors Swirl, Franklin Released, Jerome Woods Gets Paid, Darling’s Darling

A couple days back we talked about the Atlanta Falcons interest in Tony Gonzalez, with their potential offer being a 2nd round pick (55th overall).tg4

Now, per our friends at Arrowhead Pride — who have been all over the TG situation — Frank Boal of FOX4 in KC is reporting the Chiefs have rejected a trade offer for Gonzalez and that it was for the speculated 2nd rounder.

Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post first reported the possibility of Gonzalez to Atlanta and yesterday said on the NFL Network the chances of Gonzalez being traded are 80-85%.  He also said TG has cleared all of his personal items from the Arrowhead complex.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution is wondering if Gonzalez is even worth the Falcons second round pick.

Who knows what the real deal is, but all the talk has to make you believe teams are at the very least calling to inquire about Gonzalez.  I still don’t think a deal will be made, but if there is I can’t get on board with just a low second round pick.  Lets say for arguements sake he only has one Pro Bowl season left.  Isn’t that one season worth a second and fourth round pick to a team that is trying to get over the top?  I know if the situation were reversed and the Chiefs were on the verge of being a Super Bowl contender we would all be begging Scott Pioli to pull the trigger on that type of deal.

In their release on the signing of Zach Thomas yesterday, the Chiefs also announced they waived WR Will Franklin.

Franklin was a fourth round pick of the Chiefs in 2008 out of Missouri.  He played in 13 games last season (1 start) but only caught seven passes for 83 yards and no touchdowns.

I’m amazed that there are people out there surprised by this move.  The Chiefs already had 10 wide receivers on the roster and Franklin failed to show any of the talent he flashed in college with the Tigers.  Things can get a little distorted when a local kid is involved, but small receivers that can’t stay on the field are not hard to come by in this league.  For those with a short memory, Scouts Inc. gave Franklin a score of 65 going into last year’s draft.

Former Kansas City Chief Jerome Woods has won an arbitration case involving $950,000 in bond funds.  Woods, who last played with the Chiefs in 2005, is the sixth straight investor to win a claim against Morgan Keegan & co. Inc. of Memphis, which is a subsidiary of Birmingham, Ala.-based Regions Financial Corp.

Woods isn’t the only investor from the world of sports to win an arbitration claim against Morgan Keegan.  Tim McCarver won $100,000 in February after claiming Morgan Keegan was negligent.

Hopefully Woods puts the 950k in the bank this time around!

Chiefs wide receiver Devard Darling doesn’t have a say in who Scott Pioli will pick in the upcoming draft but he does have a favorite among the players available:

“He’s more talented than 85, 90 percent of the receivers in the league now.”

Darling is talking about WR Darrius Heyward-Bey from Maryland, currently projected by Mel Kiper to be picked by the New York Jets at No. 17.  While Darling was with the Ravens, Heyward-Bey was at McDonogh High School in Maryland.

In fact, the two wide outs were friends then and remain close.  Darling’s wife, Cicely, was track coach at McDonogh and often told her husband about the school’s football prodigy.  Heyward-Bey stayed with the Darlings during the summer before his senior year to prepare for college.

Leading up to the draft, most of the buzz seems to be surrounding Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin.  But running a 4.30 at the combine will always open eyes and I would absolutely love to see him lining up opposite Dwayne Bowe.  But getting any of the top flight WRs this year is a pipe dream… What a dream it is though.

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