Fighting The Restrictions … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs

It’s the type of story that GMs and head coaches dislike, especially at this time of the year. But at some point we need to stop at the NFL business office and take stock of where players and franchises sit now that everyone is about three months away from starting the 2010 regular season.

There are restricted free agents still sitting out there that have not signed their tender offers, some 35 to be exact. There were 255 draft choices in April, and only 16 of those have signed contracts as of Tuesday evening. There also remain many veteran free agents who are still looking for work, take WR Terrell Owens for example.

Scott Pioli and Todd Haley have not had to read or hear much about the only player who has not been in their house for the club’s off-season work: veteran free safety No. 44 Jarrad Page (right).

There were 85 players on the practice field Tuesday for the Chiefs seventh OTA session of the spring. For the most part the media has focused on those players in attendance. Page has been forgotten, despite the fact he played four seasons, games and starts for the team.

Let’s catch up with the business of the NFL in this off-season, the final one with a collective bargaining agreement.

WHERE’S JARRAD PAGE?

E-mails to Page and his agent, his brother John Edward Page have gone unanswered all spring. Page signed on with his brother after leaving veteran agent Eugene Parker who handled him for the previous four seasons.

Page was given a tender offer by the Chiefs some three months ago of $1,759,000. That number kept the Chiefs rights for compensation had some team been interested in signing Page. He would have brought a second-round choice.

But no team signed Page, and as far as is known, no team made him an offer. The deadline for another team to make an offer was April 15th.

So essentially, Page has no leverage at all in dealing with the Chiefs. On Tuesday, the Chiefs had to extend the tender offer to maintain their exclusive rights to him. Whether or not the Chiefs did so is not something they would announce, but it doesn’t make much sense for them to pull the offer at this point.

On June 15th, they have the right to rescind the original offer and tender him at 110 percent of his salary from last season. They could also do nothing, or withdraw their offer and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. Here are Page’s numbers in simple form:

  • Page’s salary in ’09 – $1,545,000.
  • Tender offer for ’10 – $1,759,000.
  • 110 percent of Page’s ’09 salary – $1,699,500.
  • If Page doesn’t sign the original tender offer it would cost him – $59,500.

If a restricted free agent does not sign his tender offer by Week No. 10 of the regular season, he cannot play in 2010 and would remain a restricted free agent in 2011, with all rights remaining with the Chiefs.

Page’s only play is to stay away as long as possible, putting the Chiefs in a position of being forced to release him when they start making roster decisions in August and early September. By not showing up, Page is making it plain he wants out; otherwise he would be taking part in the OTAs and off-season conditioning. He could do that without signing his tender, but by signing an injury waiver.

Since the Chiefs mandatory mini-camp comes before the June 15th date when the team can drop their offer, Page does not have to attend and can’t be fined for staying away. Remember he is not under contract until he signs the team’s offer. It just so happens that the team’s off-season program ends on June 15th.

This story is likely to end in one of two ways – Page signs a revised tender sometime before the start of the regular season or the Chiefs withdraw their tender and make him a free agent.

OTHER UNSIGNED RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Here are the other 34 RFA’s that have not yet signed their tender offers:

  • ARIZONA – G Deuce Lutui.
  • BALTIMORE – OT Jared Gaither, SS Dawan Landry and FB Le’Ron McClain.
  • CAROLINA – OLB Thomas Davis and CB Richard Marshall.
  • CLEVELAND – SS Abram Elam, RB Jerome Harrison, ILB D’Qwell Jackson, OLB Matt Roth and FB Lawrence Vickers.
  • DALLAS – WR Miles Austin.
  • DENVER – OLB Elvis Dumervil.
  • GREEN BAY – SS Atari Bigby, DE Johnny Jolly and CB Tramon Williams.
  • HOUSTON – TE Owen Daniels.
  • INDIANAPOLIS – FS Antoine Bethea.
  • MIAMI – RB Ronnie Brown and TE Anthony Fasano.
  • MINNESOTA – DE Ray Edwards.
  • NEW ENGLAND – G Logan Mankins.
  • NEW ORLEANS – OT Jammal Brown, SS Roman Harper, WR Lance Moore and RB Pierre Thomas.
  • SAN DIEGO – WR Malcom Floyd, WR Vincent Jackson, OT Marcus McNeill and OLB Shawne Merriman.
  • TAMPA BAY – OT Donald Penn
  • TENNESSEE – MLB Stephen Tulloch.
  • WASHINGTON – OLB Rocky McIntosh and CB Carlos Rogers.

Of the 35 restricted free agents who haven’t signed their tender offers, 22 others have joined Page and stayed away from their team’s off-season work. Those that have signed injury waivers so they can take part in the OTAs and mini-camps are Gaither, Landry and McClain in Baltimore, Davis and Marshall in Carolina, Harrison in Cleveland, Austin in Dallas, Dumervil in Denver, Daniels in Houston, Brown and Fasano in Miami, Harper and Moore in New Orleans.

RAMS LOSE SAFETY TO FREE AGENCY

There was an unusual twist to the situation with RFA safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (left) as he became an unrestricted free agent Tuesday night when the Rams could not sign him to his tender offer and would not offer him a deal for 110 percent of his ’09 salary.

Last year, Atogwe was set to be an unrestricted free agent but the Rams used the franchise player designation, keeping him for one year at $6,342,000. When the change in rules due to the collective bargaining agreement kicked in this season, Atogwe was a restricted free agent. The Rams tendered him at the lowest possible amount for them, just $1,226,000.

Atogwe drew no interest from other teams, even at the low tender offer with no draft choice compensation due the Rams. Once April 15th passed, the Rams had to increase their tender offer to 110 percent of his ’09 salary, or $6,976,000. St. Louis did not want to do that and could not get a long-term contract done with him. Thus he begame  free agent, and could re-sign with the Rams.

He’s also now available for anyone in the league to sign. NFL reports have Miami, Detroit, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Minnesota possibly interested in his services.

NFL PERSONNEL FILE/TUESDAY, JUNE 1

  • BENGALS – signed OL Isaac Sowells, a former 4th-round pick of the Browns in ’06 who was released last year and was out of football.
  • BRONCOS – claimed LB Bruce Davis on waivers (Patriots) – he was a 3rd-round draft choice of the Steelers in ’08, trying to make transition from college defensive end to OLB.
  • EAGLES – CB Marlin Jackson ruptured the Achilles tendon in his right leg during a practice on Tuesday.
  • RAMS – S Oshiomogho Atogwe became an unrestricted free agent.
  • RAVENS – signed K Shayne Graham, formerly with the Bengals; re-hired George Kokonis as a senior assistant in the personnel department. Kokonis left Baltimore in early ’09 to be GM of the Browns, but lost a battle with Eric Mangini and left the team last year.
  • SEAHAWKS – signed 6th-round draft choice TE Anthony McCoy to a 4-year, $1,895,000 contract; claimed WR Isaiah Stanback on waivers (Patriots) – in New England he played wide receiver and was the team’s No. 3 QB.
  • STEELERS – QB Ben Roethlisberger returned to the practice field in Pittsburgh, after Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled he could return after psychological evaluations were completed as part of his suspension.

16 Responses to “Fighting The Restrictions … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • June 2, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    Considering the depth at Safety the Chiefs built Page is all but hurting himself by not working out. He’s virtually unable to force the Chiefs’ hand – and the Chiefs would be stupid to just let him walk NOW. Releasing him now would set a prime example what to do to get out of KC if you’re unsatisfied with the situation you’re in.

    Page needs to realize that each day he doesn’t show up his value declines for the Chiefs as well as for any other team.


  • June 2, 2010  - TimR says:

    Why not explore a trade with Dallas…Page for Crayton? They seem to have Safety concerns & we certainly have WR questions. Both players don’t have messy contracts to deal with, etc.


  • June 2, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    If Page no longer wants to be a Chief…then I hope he doesn’t let the door hit him in the ass on the way out. I don’t care what kind of example it sets. We need guys here who WANT to be here. And besides, Page is decent…but, he’s really not THAT good. So, I really don’t see it as a big deal either way.

    Actually…forget Page and sign Atogwe.


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  • June 2, 2010  - Matt Hoover says:

    Deal him for one of these other RFA’s, like Dawan Landry. Throw in an extra draft pick and call it a deal.


  • June 2, 2010  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Yea because Landry isn’t looking for a big money deal, I mean you sign the injury waiver to show the team you want to play and can play with them, yet dont sign the tender offer because you want a bigger payday. Atogwe will probably go to the Eagles due to the fact that their No. 1 Draft choice just blew his achilles…

    I dont really think that the chiefs have really banked a whole lot of depth in the Safety department, Page just happens to be the best safety the team has, which might not say much, but then again you can’t just assume that Berry is going to live up to the hype…


  • June 2, 2010  - Danny W says:

    I would personally not care if Page came back at this point. I would like to see the head office go after Elvis Dumervil. Give the Bronco’s a first and a third for him. He solves those five step drops and thinking 22 sacks in a season by almost double. Hitting the quarter back is very important and outside of Hali and Wallace no one else on the team has been able to get it done. You get someone after the other quarter back and the safety has a much easier job.


  • June 2, 2010  - J Lloyd says:

    More career’s in football have gone down the drain with the friend’s or realtive’s that won’t keep their mouth shut with terribale , bad horrible , advice !
    First thing that happens , is the player never really catches up with his team and by falling back , it’s the team’s fault !
    All he going to do is catch the Buss to nowhere ..
    I call it the Donte Hall syndrome , when a realtive told him not run sidway’s because he might get hurt .
    If you are good , go do it .


  • June 2, 2010  - Danny W says:

    Shawne Merriman would be a nice pick up too.


  • June 2, 2010  - ED says:

    I say if Page wants to go just cut him. No need of playing games we’re not going to just let you walk away and all that crap. We want guys who want to be Chiefs so if guys don’t want to be Chiefs no need of keeping them around ruining locker room chemistry. Its not like we’re going to get some trade value for him.


  • June 2, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    With all due respect, Danny W…I’d rather gouge out my own eyes than see Shawne “Body by ‘Roids” Merriman in a Chiefs uniform.

    But, that’s just me.


  • June 2, 2010  - ChiefGonzo says:

    Yea, Merriman will never be seen in a Chiefs uniform EVER!

    And screw Page, he doesn’t wanna be in KC so why bother, and they have all kinds of competition at the back end now. All those young guys are going to push each other really hard, especially with Berry in the fold.


  • June 2, 2010  - Danny W says:

    Mad Chief, Chief Gonzo

    I have a close friend who in his hey day played at the U. He played on the interior of the offensive line when Warren Sapp was plugging the middle Ray Lewis was at linebacker and Dwayne Johnson or The Rock was in there too. It was great to know him.

    When he was getting ready for the draft his agent kept exclaiming to him how lucky he was to be in his position. Statistically you have a better shot of getting struck by lighting than gaining a starting job in the National Football League.

    Talking to him person to person and I would never reveal his name had told me that the NFL is no different than baseball, every one generally blood dopes, or infusing there own blood later before a competition that is high in white and red blood cells and this helps their recovery and stamina.

    I asked him about human growth hormone and steriods. No question he said. Its the guys who get caught are labeled as careless or in his words overachievers.

    So I am sure this isn’t news to you guys but over 80% of guys are doing something that is on the band list at some point and time. Whether they actually remebered it was on there or not who knows the list is huge. Is the hate on Merriman over the Tila Tequila thing?

    Cause the Williams tackles in Minnesota have done them Bryan Cushing along with Julius Peppers who I know alot of fans were upset that we did not get has been caught. Dwyane Bowe is another example. I personally wish they were legal. I think the over all product would be even better. I just dont get the Merriman thing is it because he said he would hurt Priest Holmes agian? I want a nasty guy over on the edge so what if his dance is stupid.


  • June 2, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    Good post, Danny. Interesting stuff, for sure.

    I just don’t like Merriman. Period. Never have…never will. Not to mention the the fact that I think he’s pretty much completely done as an NFL player.

    On the banned substances? I have to disagree 100%. I wish they were never even invented…and not even an option (albeit an illegal option). But, I’m old school. Natural talent and hard work. That’s what I like. Not some ‘Roid freak who can’t get it done without chemical help. That may be naive on my part…and I’m sure it probably is. But, that’s just how I feel about it.

    No matter what the state of “performance enhancing drugs” in today’s NFL, I’ll guarantee you this…some of the best and most exciting players of all-times never even heard of, or considered it.


  • June 3, 2010  - ChiefGonzo says:

    Exactly right about Merriman. he is beginning to look washed up….and hes a prick! We don’t need guys like him around the dressing room.


  • June 3, 2010  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Yea the thing is since he was caught on the roids, his career hasn’t been anywhere close to what it was. I think he is washed up also.

    Also, he hurt Holmes while on the roids, I doubt he would have even been able to bring Holmes down with out them.

    The HGH should only be used when healing torn or damaged body parts since it does help speed the healing process but I think that’s as far as it should be legalized, not to allow anyone and everyone to be on the stuff.




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