Today is the start of voluntary off season workouts and Bob Gretz takes a look at which — if any — of the “disgruntled three” will make an appearance. His best guess puts it at a 33% chance that Tony Gonzalez, Larry Johnson and Brian Waters all show.
Gretz also takes a detailed look at the upcoming grievance over the bonuses in Larry Johnson’s contract, that we first told you about a few days ago.
The rundown of who does and does not attend the first workout will be a typical story that isn’t really a story. They are voluntary for a reason and as Gretz points out, Gonzalez, Johnson and Waters would rarely be seen in years past. I understand this is a new era and of course we would all as fans love to see every players show up ready to go. But as we saw with T.O. and the Bills, things do not always work out that way. My best guess is Johnson is the only one of the three that shows and probably only because his agent begged him to go as a show of good faith before this week’s meeting.
The deal that will bring Kansas City Chiefs training camp to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO has hit a few snags, according to the St. Joseph News-Press. At the center of the problem seems to be fees involved in the $25 million tax credit package that helped set up the Chiefs move to MWSU in the first place.
Politicians seem to be on a different page when it comes to just how close the deal is to falling apart. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has gone as far as to describe the project as “in jeopardy.” Something his spokesman later tried to deny. Meanwhile, Sen. Charlie Shields, who helped setup the deal sounded more confident:
“I don’t think it’s in jeopardy, but it does need to get done.”
I’m not going to pretend to know exactly how tax credits work, especially when you are dealing with $2 million just in fees. But history has told us that deals those size very rarely go belly up after getting this far. Too many people have too much invested for this not to happen.
Over at his AFC West blog on ESPN.com, Bill Williamson takes to his mailbag to break down the chances Tony Gonzalez and Larry Johnson are traded.
Grievance hearing or not, the Chiefs would gladly take something in return for Johnson but my guess is he’s untradeable coming off the guilty plea. I expect him to be released shortly after the draft.