Shortly before the latest embarrassing Kansas City Chiefs loss — this time 38-10 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jason La Canfora reported GM Scott Pioli was offered a two-year contract extension by owner Clark Hunt.
The kicker of the story is that despite Pioli having zero leverage for a new deal thanks to the majority of Chiefs fans having no faith in him, the report stated the GM chose not to sign the deal because of buyout language.
Hours later, a conflicting report from The Kansas City Star said not only was there no new contract, but the two sides haven’t even been in discussions. Hunt gave a typical no comment to The Star’s Adam Teicher.
What does this all mean?
My best guess is Hunt and Pioli have been talking about a new deal over the last few months. Once word started to get out about the two sides talking, the team quickly squashed it by telling The Star it never happened. Clearly right now is not the best time for the fans to be hearing about anyone being given job security.
Pioli has made Hunt and the Chiefs plenty of money since he came to town and I have no doubt he’ll be rewarded with a new deal. But both sides will hold off on getting something done until there’s something positive to attach it to (a lead in regulation perhaps).