The sudden onset of Chief players trying to renegotiate their contracts has me wondering. Does the presence of a new adminstration have anything to do with it. History has it that everytime a new president is elected, foreign countries test the new adminstration. The way it chooses to embrace the test sets the bar as to the way the United States will deal with foreign policy. Could it be that the agents are testing the new organization. Why else would there be a sudden onset of players wanting new contracts. The way the new front office renegotiates these contracts will set the standards as to the way negotiations will be handled. The future of the Chiefs could very well hinge on the way Smiths and Houstons contracts are handled. It is not a good situation to have a front office that gives in to easily. A organizations has to be firm as to where they want to be in the negotiations. They need to hold there ground.
Do not get me wrong. It is this writers belief that both Smith and Houston are worth more than their current contracts are offering. I like the way that Smith has choosen to deal with his contract negotiations. He has attended voluntary practices. He has done his best to assure that the business side does not effect the team as a whole. The reps that he gets will play a major factor on which recievers make the team and how the team progresses.
Houstons choice as to deal with his contract negotiatinos. Does effect the team. Yes, he is a veteran. Yes, he knows the defensive scheme. Although he has been keeping in shape. There is a differance in being in shape and being in football shape. His veteran leadership is missing. He could also help the rookies understand the ins and outs of the defensive scheme. Holding out for a contract in the NFL has become a common thing. One that this writer does not like. He is after all still under contract. Last weeks practices were voluntary but he has to realize that his absence does effect the team in a negative way.
We all knew that contract renegotiations for these players as well as Poe, Berry and other players were coming. The questions is has the emergence of a new adminstration effected the timing of these contracts? Should the adminstration hold firm even if it takes losing a starting player making an example out of them? Letting them know that no one player is as important as the team.-- extended entry -->