Warfield hears sound of silence


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Jan 22, 2006
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Salary cap is tight
Warfield hears sound of silence
Cornerback awaits word from Chiefs
The Kansas City Star

Eric Warfield hasn’t heard from the Chiefs about his future, so he tries to find the meaning anywhere he can.

“I take everything as a sign,” the veteran cornerback said.

Those signs seem to point to the end of his Chiefs career. Warfield has a fat contract, making him an inviting target for a team with serious salary-cap problems.

He also hasn’t talked since the end of the season with new coach Herm Edwards, president/general manager Carl Peterson or defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, a silence that would appear to say plenty.

Now, he’s just waiting for word, one way or another.

“I’d like to stay, but I really have no sense of what’s going to happen,” Warfield said. “All I know is that there’s a lot of concern for the defense. I don’t know where I fit into that. I think I held my own last year, but I know it wasn’t my best year. I could have done a lot better.

“That’s something for the team to decide. This is an occupation where you’ve got to keep yourself prepared at all times. That’s all I can do is keep myself prepared, no matter what they decide to do.”

Warfield has been through this drill before. He thought he might be released last year, when he was suspended by the NFL for the first four games for a violation of its substance-abuse policy and replaced in the starting lineup during the offseason practices by Julian Battle.

The Chiefs retained Warfield, and he wound up starting 10 games, with 63 total tackles, ninth on the team.

Now things are different. The Chiefs can realize a salary-cap savings of more than $2 million by releasing Warfield.

That sum could come in handy as the Chiefs fight to get below the NFL’s salary limit, which they initially expected to be about $95 million.

Veteran Ty Law is available to replace Warfield. Law signed with Edwards and the New York Jets last year but was recently released in a cap-related measure.

The Chiefs’ other veteran cornerbacks are Patrick Surtain, who started 15 games last season; Dexter McCleon; Benny Sapp; Dewayne Washington; and Battle. McCleon is another candidate for release. That move would save the Chiefs more than $1 million against the cap.

Washington was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

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