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Larry Johnson Loses Grievance Against Chiefs

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Larry Johnson's days as a Kansas City Chief may be winding down. Per Pro Football Talk:

Per a league source, Johnson’s grievance failed as to the question of whether the Chiefs are permitted to erase $3.5 million in guaranteed base salary due in 2009 and $250,000 in guaranteed base salary due in 2010 based on Johnson’s one-game suspension in 2008 for violation of the personal conduct policy.

The Associated Press says special master Stephen Burbank's ruling on Johnson's guaranteed money came because his suspension last season violated a breach of contract.

As for Johnson, Burbank ruled that if the Chiefs cut him, they do not have to pay him a $3.5 million guaranteed salary next season because he breached his contract after being suspended last season, Berthelsen said.

According to the Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher, this likely means that the Chiefs will cut or trade Larry Johnson.

Update via JayKC in the FanShots from Bob Gretz:

But (Richard) Burbank did have something in his ruling for Johnson on his signing bonus. At the time of his suspension, L.J. forfeited a pro-rata portion of his signing bonus for missing that game. The Special Master ruled that money could not be taken by the Chiefs.