Normally a relatively minor story that's nearly a week old (and was mentioned in Arrowheadlines) wouldn't qualify as a blog post but, thanks to the NFL lockout, news is slow and we need something up here to
distract you from your day job keep you informed about the Kansas City Chiefs.
[Editor's note: And it doesn't hurt that I went M.I.A. over the holiday weekend from
drinking too much beer keeping our streets safe with fireworks.]
So a few months ago, before the lockout was in effect, the Chiefs were reportedly one of the teams in on the bidding for free agent DT Shaun Rogers. In fact, it was reported that Rogers signed with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year, $4 million deal only after turning down a team offering $6 million.
And it appears it likely was, according to a recent entry from a Louisiana paper.
"Money means a lot to everyone, but for Shaun, winning and having a shot at a Super Bowl title is really important," the person close to Rogers said. "The money was pretty close, but having the best chance to win a championship was really special. The Chiefs have a pretty good young team, but they have Matt Cassell and the Saints have Brees. That is no knock on Cassel, but he ain't Drew Brees."
I didn't take that as a knock on Cassel but more about what winning does for you. As they say, the rich get richer and some players, like Rogers, are willing to take a little less money for the opportunity to win. And many of these players, like Rogers, are veterans looking for one last shot at a title that can still offer something between the lines.