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    Green goes to Dolphins from Chiefs in trade

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    The game of chicken that had stretched to nearly two months finally ended on Tuesday evening when the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins reached agreement on the much-anticipated trade of quarterback Trent Green.Miami agreed to send a fifth-round choice in the 2008 draft to the Chiefs in exchange for Green. The pick can be upgraded to a fourth-rounder if Green reaches certain predetermined playing time and performance levels. Miami had been offering a sixth-round choice and the Chiefs had been steadfast for several weeks in their demands for a fourth-round selection.

    The trade, confirmed by sources from both franchises, represented a natural compromise.
    Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson, who suggested only two weeks ago that it was "entirely do-able" that Green return to Kansas City in 2007, perhaps as the starter, wanted to secure fair value for a starting quarterback. While the performance thresholds that can raise the pick to a fourth-rounder were not yet known, the Chiefs figure to receive the higher selection if Green simply plays to his form of previous seasons.

    Completion of the deal is contingent upon Green passing a physical examination with the Dolphins, but that is considered academic.

    Although Green missed eight games in 2006 because of a severe concussion sustained in the season opener, he has suffered no lingering effects from that injury. Nor are there concerns about the knee injury that Green sustained in 2000, forcing him to miss that entire season. Green reiterated in recent weeks that he feels fine physically and is confident he can play at a high level for several more seasons.

    Two weeks ago, with the soap opera lingering and no resolution in sight, a frustrated Green went public with his displeasure at what he said had become an untenable situation.

    "It's not only awkward for me and my family, but it's awkward for the guys in the weight room, in the locker room, on the practice field," Green told Kansas City media members. "I'm here every day. People ask, 'What's going on?' Guys don't know how to react to me, how to treat me."

    In the end, the Chiefs finally decided that the revised compensation proposal from Miami was sufficient. And Miami decided that it was counterproductive to wait any longer, since there was a need to get Green onto the roster and onto the practice field with new teammates.

    The trade likely ends the disappointing one-year tenure of Daunte Culpepper in Miami. Acquired by then-Dolphins coach Nick Saban from Minnesota last spring for a second-round selection, Culpepper has undergone two surgeries to repair a right knee shredded in a 2005 injury in which he tore three ligaments and is still rehabilitating.

    Given his base salary of $5.5 million for 2007 and the near-certainty that Green will become the Dolphins' starter, Culpepper could be released. The hope of the Dolphins is that Green will provide the franchise its most stable quarterback situation since Hall of Fame passer Dan Marino retired following the 1999 season.

    If Green can give Miami two or three productive seasons, it will give the Dolphins time to perhaps develop John Beck of BYU, chosen in the second round of this year's draft.

    Green, 36, was deemed expendable months ago by the Chiefs, who plan to provide second-year veteran Brodie Croyle every opportunity to win the starting job. Croyle, Green and journeyman Damon Huard -- who was signed to a contract extension by the Chiefs this spring, ostensibly to give the team a veteran insurance policy -- shared snaps with the No. 1 offense during the Chiefs' three-day minicamp over the weekend.

    But Chiefs brass has made clear its preference that Croyle, a third-round choice from Alabama who played sparingly as a rookie in 2006, seize the starting spot. Croyle said over weekend that he was confident he would prevail in the battle for the top spot on the depth chart and that he felt the Chiefs were becoming his team.

    In February, citing in part the need to get younger at the game's most critical position, Peterson approached Green about renegotiating his contract and perhaps accepting a lesser role in 2007. Green responded by requesting that the Chiefs grant him the right to seek out potential trade partners.

    Several franchises indicated varying degrees of interest in Green, but his preference quickly became the Dolphins, where he is familiar with first-year head coach Cam Cameron and his offensive design. Cameron was Green's quarterbacks coach with the Washington Redskins early in the veteran's career.

    Nearly two months ago, Green focused his efforts on being traded to the Dolphins and his agent, Jim Steiner, reached a contract agreement in principle with Miami officials. Details of that agreement were not yet available. Under his Kansas City contract, Green was to have had a base salary of $7.2 million for 2007, which would have been fully guaranteed were he on the Chiefs' roster at the outset of the regular season. There were two seasons beyond 2007 left on that contract, at salaries of $7.7 million for 2008 and $9.2 million for 2009.

    A 14-year veteran, Green has six times thrown for 3,000-plus yards in a season and has three seasons of 4,000 or more yards. He has completed 2,143-of-3,527 passes for 26,963 yards, with 157 touchdown passes and 101 interceptions in 112 games, including 107 starts.

    Until last season, Green had proven incredibly durable and had started every game for the Chiefs since Kansas City acquired him from St. Louis in a 2001 trade. But Green, regarded as one of the NFL's classiest players, suffered a severe head injury in the season opener, when he was hit outside the pocket by Cincinnati Bengals end Robert Geathers, and he started only eight contests.

    Clayton: Miami paid up

    With camp coming up and their quarterback situation not to their liking, the Dolphins finally decided to pony up and give the Chiefs basically what they wanted for Trent Green, John Clayton writes. Story


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    Re: Green goes to Dolphins from Chiefs in trade

    You knew KC was not going to cave into a 6th rounder. Green up until getting knocked out last year had been one of the more productive and under-rated QB's in the league and at worst you bring him into camp and he maybe regains form and wins the job back. And sounds like the Chiefs still could get their 4th rounder out of him if he can stay healthy and be productive.



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    Re: Green goes to Dolphins from Chiefs in trade

    Good move for the Dolphins, jury is out for the Chiefs. Sure, they got something for him - yet you give up your starting QB for a probable 4th round pick? I know they wanted to get younger there - but still. Could be a bumpy '07.

    I like Green, a lot. Very classy guy with a great football mind. I think he'll have a bright career in broadcasting if he wants it - speaks very well.

    For now, I hope he does well in Miami. The new staff for the Dolphins are slowly trying to rectify the mistakes Saban made. Now they have a QB so they can give Culpepper the boot. Next is to completely and finally rid themselves of Ricky Williams.



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    Re: Green goes to Dolphins from Chiefs in trade

    Being a fins fan, I feel like I am cheering for the cubs or clones. Everytime they get something going, another meltdown occurs, and it is back to square 1. At least this is a good move they executed on for once.


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    Re: Green goes to Dolphins from Chiefs in trade

    I'm not so much worried about the Chiefs QB situation as I am their aging and banged up offensive line. Huard had one of the top QB ratings in the NFL when he was starting and apparently the Chiefs are certain Brodie Croyle is the future. Doesn't matter who you put back there though if they don't have a line in front of them to protect. The defense should be much better too. The linebackers and defensive line got some reinforcements and hopefully they can add another decent CB to the secondary because Law and Surtain are getting old.



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    Re: Green goes to Dolphins from Chiefs in trade

    Some speculation on Culpepper...

    One of the Dolphins' highly paid quarterback options is likely out. Since Trent Green and rookie John Beck are essentially guaranteed a spot, that leaves Cleo Lemon and Daunte Culpepper as the likely options. Lemon just signed a one-year tender offer with the team as a restricted free agent. Does that leave Culpepper as the odd man out? A team source said it would be ''very difficult'' to keep him in the plans. However, Culpepper wrote he is prepared to compete for the job and will not ask to be traded or released.



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    Re: Green goes to Dolphins from Chiefs in trade

    If Brody Croyle is the future of the Chiefs, I am awfully glad I'm not a Chiefs fan! :)



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    Re: Green goes to Dolphins from Chiefs in trade

    According to the local NBC affiliate, the draft pick moves from fifth round to fourth round if Green takes 70% or more of the regular season snaps next season. If he is to be the starter, it is almost a certainty that he will get the required number of snaps unless he gets injured.

    Based on what I saw when he returned last season, he seemed to have lost something. I don't whether it was his nerve after being creamed and knocked unconscious, just showing his age or whether his timing was off due to his long layoff during his recovery.

    I don't have much hope for the Chiefs this season especially when they play in the AFC West. I suspect they will struggle to reach .500 (probably 7-9), but be just good enough to be out the Raiders for last in the division.


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    Re: Green goes to Dolphins from Chiefs in trade

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Good move for the Dolphins, jury is out for the Chiefs. Sure, they got something for him - yet you give up your starting QB for a probable 4th round pick? I know they wanted to get younger there - but still. Could be a bumpy '07.

    I like Green, a lot. Very classy guy with a great football mind. I think he'll have a bright career in broadcasting if he wants it - speaks very well.

    For now, I hope he does well in Miami. The new staff for the Dolphins are slowly trying to rectify the mistakes Saban made. Now they have a QB so they can give Culpepper the boot. Next is to completely and finally rid themselves of Ricky Williams.

    You fail to mention the other unspoken thing the Chiefs got out of this deal was out from under Green's contract. They need the millions for other deals, including possibly restructuring LJ's contract. The NFL isn't all about having the best player, as sometimes it is having the best player you can afford under the salary cap.



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