Chiefs add Griffin to pack of runners


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Jan 22, 2006
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Chiefs add Griffin to pack of runners

The Kansas City Star

They called Quentin Griffin big time on an early September night in 2004 when he juked, caught and dashed his way to three touchdowns against the Chiefs. Griffin was supposed to be Denver’s next great running back. Within a year, he was cut twice.

Now Griffin has a chance to resurrect his career in Kansas City.

The Chiefs announced Friday that they’ve agreed to a one-year deal with Griffin, a 5-foot-7, 195-pound running back who spent the first part of his career with the AFC West rival Broncos.

Griffin, 25, will compete for a backup job behind Larry Johnson, a potentially competitive battle that could include Priest Holmes and Dee Brown. Asked Friday what role Griffin will be asked to play, Griffin’s agent, Peter Schaffer, said, “To help them win a Super Bowl.”

“He’s very excited about the opportunity,” Schaffer said. “Obviously, being the huge football fan that he is, he knows all about the Chiefs. He’s played against them, and he’s looking forward to helping them achieve all their goals.”

Johnson rushed for nine straight 100-yard games and made the Pro Bowl after Holmes suffered a neck injury at midseason. Holmes, the franchise’s rushing leader, recently restructured his contract. But his future is still iffy as he is seeing a spinal specialist to determine whether he’s neurologically sound to play football.

President/general manager Carl Peterson recently hinted that the decision on Holmes could drag on for months. Enter Griffin, a fourth-round draft pick for the Broncos in 2003 from Oklahoma who ran for 656 yards in 179 carries in his first two seasons with the Broncos.

Griffin opened 2004 by rushing for 156 yards against the Chiefs. But he lost his starting job after injuring his ankle against Tampa Bay, and two games later he tore ligaments in his knee and was out for the season.

Griffin worked out for the Chiefs last fall before they signed Brown. At the time, the coaches determined it would be too much to ask a running back from the outside to catch on to the system in a matter of days.
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