Chiefs QB willing to restructure contract


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Jan 22, 2006
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Green offers to help
Chiefs QB willing to restructure contract
The Kansas City Star

Trent Green loves Kansas City and wants to stay at least 17 more years, when his baby daughter is out of school.

Green offered Tuesday to help out one of the city’s favorite teams. He said he’s willing to restructure his contract, which counts nearly $8.3 million against the Chiefs’ salary cap.

“If that’s something that helps the team,” Green said, “and we can get it done to get more guys signed or to get more cap room or bring in more free agents, yeah, I’m willing to do that.”

Across town, Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson said he was touched by the gesture. But he probably won’t be taking his quarterback up on it. While Chiefs fans sweat out these last nine days before the start of the new NFL year — wondering who will stay and who will go before teams reach a salary limit estimated between $92 million and $95 million — Peterson calmly ballparked his club to be about $14 million over the cap as of late Tuesday.

And he didn’t seem the least bit frazzled.

“I’m not worried, because I know what we have to do to get there,” Peterson said. “And these plans have been made for not just a couple of weeks but a couple of months.

“I will tell you that some players will be released based on performance and salary. That’s something that happens each year, and that’s part of our business. I don’t know if it will be quite that big of a surprise, but it’ll possibly happen with a starting player or two, so that will always be a surprise.”

Peterson said the Chiefs have approached two or three players and asked that they restructure their contracts. He declined to identify the players but confirmed that Green and tight end Tony Gonzalez weren’t among them. Both were thought to be ideal restructuring candidates.

Gonzalez has one of the highest cap numbers on the team (about $6.5 million).

“His contract is not such that it presents a huge problem for us regarding the cap,” Peterson said. “He’s earned his money, and I expect him to continue to earn his money. Will we possibly come to him at some point this year or next year about redoing his contract? Yes, certainly.

“(With Trent), we’ve done it with him before, and I don’t like to (restructure) too much with one player. I won’t say definitely not, but probably not.”

Another factor looming in the March 3 decision-making process is the ongoing negotiations for the collective bargaining agreement. Peterson said most teams have a Plan A and a Plan B, assuming the owners and players don’t settle on an extension by next week.

Green said he’s kept his eye on the collective bargaining agreement talks but also wanted to get away from football during his time off.

The 2005 season was the longest in Green’s 12-year NFL career. First he had a stent put in his leg. Then his father, Jim, died unexpectedly midseason. Green’s wife, Julie, gave birth to their third child, Janelle, during the Chiefs’ December fight for the playoffs.

Kansas City finished 10-6 and failed to make the postseason, but Green got a surprise call to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl after an injured Tom Brady pulled out.

“It was great for the family to go over there and share in that,” Green said. “… My boys come running up to me, and all they want to talk about is how Troy Polamalu played football with them on the beach.”

Family is what brought Green to the Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday. He presented a $56,600 check — money raised by ConocoPhillips for the new facility at 2502 Cherry St. Green and his wife have done charity work for the Ronald McDonald House since their days in Washington.

Green toured the facility, shook hands and joked about sleep-deprived nights with a 10-week-old daughter. Then he went home for some offseason rest with his family, though the NFL, he said, never really rests.

“We’re very committed to Kansas City,” Green said. “My family and I love it here. It’s our home.”


Trent’s contract: by the numbers

■ Signed on April 4, 2003

■ Four years remain on contract

■ Base salary of $5.7 million in 2006; cap hit of about $8.3 million

■ Roster bonus of $200,000; workout bonus of $100,000
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