After showing early interest in former Jacksonville Jaguar John Henderson, the Chiefs ultimately passed on the chance to bring him to Kansas City. The former Pro Bowl tackle still made his way to the division after signing with the Oakland Raiders.
Jacksonville released Henderson in late April just days after the NFL draft.
Oakland had been looking for another defensive tackle after releasing Gerard Warren this offseason.
Henderson, 31, was regarded as one of the best players remaining in the unrestricted free-agent pool. The two-time Pro Bowl defender was released as the Jags continued in the offseason to remake a defense that ranked No. 23 in the league in 2009.
If his best option was Oakland, I can’t imagine the market for Henderson was as good as a lot of us thought it would be when he was released by the Jaguars.
Cash is always king, but when you have had the sort of career that Henderson did, there has to be a bigger emphasis on winning and if that’s the case you don’t go and play for the Oakland Raiders. Clearly the Chiefs have been in the basement along with the Raiders lately, but at least there has been a feeling that things are turning around in Kansas City.
With an eccentric (I’m being kind) owner, allegedly violent coach and no quarterback, I think it’s safe to say that things are still fairly unstable in Oakland right now.