“Most of you will think I’m nuts for this, but the Chiefs should trade Eric Berry.”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, Twitter
GH: The Kansas City Star’s highest profile voice on their sports page wrote a column in the Sunday edition of The Kansas City Star advocating that the Chiefs trade one of their most popular players, the three-time Pro Bowler safety, Eric Berry. If you can get around The Star’s paywall you can read it by clicking here. If you can’t, read on for an excerpt on his reasoning…
“The Chiefs are in a bind. The bill on last offseason’s improvement is now due, and the Chiefs have to find a way to pay up. Trading for quarterback Alex Smith means no second-round pick this year (they also gave up their 2013 second-rounder). Signing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to an extension means they’re down to about $4.7 million in cap space (only four teams have less). The Chiefs have a lot of holes to fill, especially for an 11-win team, and a lack of cap space and second-rounder means their options are severely limited. Trading Berry would give them options.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: This is the type of column that gets talked about in the media and online. This is the kind of column that Mellinger should write more often. No, I don’t think he should call for trading Eric Berry or Sal Perez every Sunday but he needs to shake the tree with more controversial and passion-inducing topics. This one created some serious buzz. Read on.
“No, you don’t dump players like Berry. You build around them. If the Chiefs need to find some salary-cap space next year, there will be other candidates. Dwayne Bowe immediately leaps to mind.”
Adam Teicher, ESPN.com
GH: I found Teicher’s comments interesting because it allowed him the opportunity to publicly disagree with his former KC Star coworker. In Teicher’s new role at ESPN.com, he is allowed to write more opinion-based articles on the Chiefs than his days as a Chiefs beat writer with The Star.
“Yes, this is the type of column that comes up during the quiet NFL days in April. The likelihood of the Chiefs trading Berry ranges somewhere between ‘extremely unlikely’ and ‘Andy Reid fitting into his old punt, pass and kick’ uniform. That doesn’t mean columnist Sam Mellinger is completely off his rocker.”
Gregg Rosenthal, writer, NFL.com
GH: The irascible Kent Babb may disagree with Rosenthal assessment of the stability of Mellinger’s rocker but it Berry is likely going nowhere. I don’t think he would garner near the quality of draft picks required to replace his worth – which I have and do believe is overrated.
“(Berry’s) contract is handcuffing the Kansas City Chiefs. If he wants to be on this team, he needs to find a way to restructure that contract. He is absolutely killing the Kansas City Chiefs with that contract. We all know that.”
Tim Grunhard, former Chiefs All-Pro center, 810 AM
“The Chiefs‘ salary cap issues are significant, but there’s no reason to blow up their team. Berry isn’t a problem. He’s the type of leader and player that you hope to find in the draft, not deal away. His contract is an unfortunate remnant of pre-CBA life, but dealing him away only creates more problems on a roster that has already lost a lot of starters.”
Gregg Rosenthal, writer, NFL.com
“It isn’t that trading Berry doesn’t make sense, because it does. It just doesn’t make sense to do so now after free agency is mostly over and Kansas City’s own free agents have signed elsewhere.”
Ben Nielsen, writer, ArrowheadAddict.com
“I think he’s an excellent football player. I think he’s a leader. I think he’s our generation’s Deron Cherry. I just hate to lose a guy like Eric Berry.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
“I pray to baby Jesus they at least consider these.”
Arian Foster, @ArianFoster, on a possible Texans’ uniform remake, on the Texans’ prototype uniform pictured to the left, Twitter
“I’m going to say (Kansas) needs to win five games for Charlie Weis to survive.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: Five wins would be more than KU football has managed in a season since Mark Mangino was KU’s head coach. It sure doesn’t sound like much of a high bar unless you’ve followed Kansas football under Turner Gill and Weis. I listened to the KU spring game and Kansas might need to schedule themselves to reach five wins – twice.
“I’ve sat in on these (meetings to determine whether or not to dismiss a college football player). I’ve always been for giving the kid a first chance, a second chance and a third chance. I worry about the kid now that the safety net’s gone. I hope he doesn’t end up in jail or dead.”
Tim Grunhard, former Kansas assistant coach, on Mizzou’s decision to dismiss Dorial Green-Beckham from their football program, 810 AM
GH: While the safety net ay MU protected DGB, it was allowing him to be a continued risk to the student body at Missouri and others who came across his path. DGB’s incidents have escalated each time. First it was smoking dope in the stadium parking lot with some friends. Incredibly stupid but forgivable. Next, he is caught in a car with enough weed to distribute. Not a good look at all but who knows of the weed is his? Most recently, he allegedly kicks in an apartment, pushes a couple of girls around and then drags another out of the place. So MU was supposed to wait around for incident number four? Just to make sure DGB has a safety net? No. Here’s a thought, maybe DGB should be in jail. Tom Osborne sold Nebraska’s good name to try and protect Lawrence Phillips. Does anyone look at Nebraska the same since then? What did it do for LP? It allowed him to screw up a number of other people’s lives because he was not worth saving. I hope DGB figures it out and gets his act turned around. But that’s his job now. He blew his chance at Mizzou.
“Royals thru 11 games:
28th in hits (83)
30th in runs (32)
30th in HR (1)
30th in RBI (30)
30th in slugging % (.312)
30th = last in MLB.”
Johnny Kane, @johnnykaneKMBC, sports anchor, Twitter
GH: Sounds like that “Be Royal” slogan could represent exactly what the organization was trying to avoid – their past.
“It’s obviously Kevin Seitzer’s fault. They had to fire him because they didn’t hit enough home runs. He’s now the hitting coach at Toronto. They have 16 home runs.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
“That’s where (Johnny) Knoxville got the idea with the bull and the cigarette – from watching a Tom & Jerry cartoon.”
Bam Margera, one of Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass crew members in an interview with Howard Stern, Sirius
GH: Stern asked Magera if they watched old Three Stooges skits to come up with some of their ideas. Magera said they tended more toward watching cartoons for their ideas. Makes sense if you have enjoyed any of their crazy-ass but hilarious films.
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