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Chiefs | Vermeil Still Undecided

Wed, 26 Mar 2003 05:08:24 -0800

According to the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil will soon have a decision to make on whether he will continue coaching the Chiefs. His contract expires after the 2003 season. He said Tuesday at the NFL meetings that the Chiefs' progress and momentum this season will determine that for him.

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Chiefs | Holmes Under the Knife

Tue, 25 Mar 2003 14:06:03 -0800

Adam Teicher reports for the Kansas City Star Kansas City Chiefs RB Priest Holmes (hip) had arthroscopic hip surgery in Miami on Tuesday. He was expected to return to Kansas City Tuesday night. Coach Dick Vermeil indicated the visit was arranged long ago as part of Holmes' rehabilitation process. "They took an MRI, and it just looked like this procedure needed to be done," Vermeil said from Phoenix. "It's just like going in to remove scar tissue from a knee that's been operated on. It will help the process." Vermeil added Holmes' injury should not be compared to Bo Jackson's, which is good news. Vermeil said the surgery would push Holmes' rehab schedule back at least four to six weeks.

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Chiefs | Still Need A Backup RB

Fri, 21 Mar 2003 05:59:29 -0800

The Kansas City Star reports the Kansas City Chiefs are still in pursuit of a backup RB. President/GM Carl Peterson has said the Chiefs would like to talk with free agent RB Emmitt Smith (Cowboys), but no visit appears imminent. "People tend to forget that we have Tony Richardson here," coach Dick Vermeil said. "My first thought is the first true backup for that position is Tony Richardson. Now, he's been unfortunate the last couple of years because he's been banged up. But I have confidence in him as a runner. Is he Priest Holmes? No, but there aren't many Priest Holmeses out there." The Chiefs also visited with free agent RB Shawn Bryson (Bills) last week.

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Chiefs | Unlikely To Pursue Seau

Thu, 20 Mar 2003 06:05:32 -0800

The Kansas City Star reports Kansas City Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said the team is unlikely to pursue San Diego Chargers LB Junior Seau, despite earlier reports. "We've spent the money we're going to spend on a linebacker," Vermeil said. "I think he can still play and make a contribution. But if we bring in another linebacker, he's got to be a multipurpose player: special teams, pass rusher, that kind of stuff."

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Chiefs | Close To Re-signing Collins

Thu, 20 Mar 2003 06:04:05 -0800

The Kansas City Star reports the Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly close to re-signing free agent QB Todd Collins. "It's our ambition to keep this thing going with the Chiefs," said Collins' agent, Brad Blank. "There are no promises and no inevitability because they might not go for what I counter with. It's just a question of length and some bonuses, those sorts of things." "I've held the door open for him the whole time since free-agency started," coach Dick Vermeil said.

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Chiefs | Vermeil Disappointed Over Douglas

Sun, 16 Mar 2003 08:07:35 -0800

The Kansas City Star reports Kansas City Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil is disappointed the team did not sign DE Hugh Douglas. "This is very disappointing," Vermeil said. "This was the guy we wanted. There's nobody else available in free agency or the draft that can rush the passer like this guy can." The Chiefs talked about making a move for free agent DE Vonnie Holliday (Packers), but are unlikely to pursue him, either. That leaves the draft as the most attractive alternative to filling the spot. "We haven't even had a personnel meeting to talk about what we're going to do," Vermeil said. The team was very confident they would sign Douglas.

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Chiefs | McCleon Official

Wed, 05 Mar 2003 07:40:35 -0800

Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Wednesday the team has agreed to terms of a five-year contract with free agent CB Dexter McCleon. "Dexter fills a position of need for us at cornerback," Peterson commented. "He will push our two starting corners and be our nickel back initially. He has been an outstanding starting cornerback three years for the Rams. Both Dick Vermeil and our defensive backs coach Peter Giunta have a long history with Dexter and are pleased to acquire a player of his talent, as well as his experience."

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Chiefs | No Offer For Poole - At This Time

Sun, 02 Mar 2003 09:08:56 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Kansas City Star reports free agent CB Tyrone Poole (Broncos) visited with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. Coach Dick Vermeil said it was unlikely the Chiefs would make Poole a contract offer before he leaves Sunday.

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Chiefs | Can They Lockup Barber?

Sun, 02 Mar 2003 09:05:28 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Kansas City Star reports the Kansas City Chiefs would like to sign free agent LB Shawn Barber (Eagles) before he leaves town. "We might try (to sign Barber today) but I don't know if we're going to get anything done," coach Dick Vermeil said. "I'm not optimistic. The kid has other visits scheduled." Weeks ago they made Barber one of their primary targets in free agency and are unlikely to give up without making a competitive contract offer. Barber has subsequent visits planned for St. Louis, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

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Chiefs | Update On Green Contract

Wed, 26 Feb 2003 09:05:16 -0800

The Kansas City Star reports Kansas City Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said he believes that contract negotiations between the team and QB Trent Green will come right down to Friday's deadline. Vermeil predicts the two sides would come to a agreement. "Trent has told me he'll get a new contract signed, and I believe him," Vermeil said. "I'm going to trust him and hold him to his word." At issue is the $8 million bonus due Green if he's on the Chiefs roster as of Sunday. The Chiefs have until 3 p.m. Thursday to get to the league-imposed salary limit of $74.8 million.

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