So admittedly I was over at ESPN.COM this afternoon reading up on the Revis-Jets drama playing out in NY and my initial reaction was, "I'm so glad the Chiefs don't ever have hold outs that distract the team and the fans". But then I got to wondering, why haven't we had any contract drama in the past few years?
The gung-ho Chief fan inside of me wants to believe that it's because Pioli and Co bring in hard nosed, intelligent players with a focus on the team instead of the individual. But the skeptic inside thinks it is something else...
In order to demand a larger contract, one must be able to argue that he has performed above his current salary. Our last big contract drama was focused around Jared Allen. This drama originated from King Carl's reluctance to hand out a big time multi-year contract to Allen. Many would agree that Allen was the best defensive player we've had in KC for the past 5 years. So maybe this "Show me the money" (I know, I'm disappointed that I quoted Jerry McGuire too) type of player isn't necessarily a bad thing. Would you have minded having Revis on our team last year, even if we had to deal with the contract drama now? What about getting Allen back? I could name a handful of teams that never seem to have contract disputes...all teams that never seem to make the playoffs.
I guess the purpose of my rant is simply to pose two questions:
First, are a few good seasons worth a contract dispute and all the drama associated with it? (Pretend Charles has a 2k year next year and leads us to the playoffs. Would that be worth it if he decides to hold out the following offseason?)
And second, what players on the Chiefs' current roster do you see as potential hold outs in the future? Keep in mind, a player typically must perform above their current salaray if in the open market. So most likely a first round pick won't be eligible for this.
Keep in mind that this is all conjecture...the offseason is a fun time to play what if!