Trade rumors elicit similar sentiments to smoke-filled backroom politics. Both may have only a fraction of truth, but like a brutal train wreck, it’s nearly impossible to look away.
The train wreck that has been the Kansas City Chiefs, without a playoff victory since 1994 and coming off a 2-14 record last season, may draw even more shocked gazes in the upcoming week.
Trades themselves are fairly uncommon in the NFL, and multi-team deals are nearly unheard of. However, in a three-team trade more akin to an NBA deal, the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs are primed to send shockwaves through the NFL.
Today on the Petros and Money Show on KLAC-AM (AM 570), the duo referenced sources including scout.com and our very own bleacherreport.com regarding a three-team trade.
The trade in question would send Matt Leinart to the quarterback-deprived Broncos in exchange for discontented, nearly hostile Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall and deliver iron man receiver Anquan Boldin to the Chiefs.
Not only does this change the rosters of the three teams involved, but it also leaves fantasy owners scrambling to make the appropriate adjustments. Information currently available did not disclose what the Chiefs would have to give up to acquire Boldin, but future draft picks have been thrown around as a possibility.
Kansas City head coach Todd Haley, last year’s offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, would be delighted to obtain one of “his guys.” Admittedly, such a monster deal appears surprising so close to the start of the season, but the Chiefs appear to be anything but stable, and a trade of this magnitude is not an impossibility.
Within the past week, Kansas City lost their starting quarterback to injury for two to four weeks and fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. With head coach Haley now assuming the play calling duties on offense, a change to the team’s roster would simply be another ingredient in this already shaken drink.
Chiefs upper management may also provide encouragement for fans that Boldin may be suiting up in a slightly different shade of red.
New Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli is regarded as a bit of a wizard for his work in New England and prior. A trade for both quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel for only a second round pick acted to further reinforce this notion. Perhaps there is more Pioli magic to be performed prior to the regular season kickoff.
Should the trade come to fruition, Lance Burton may have some stiff competition for magician of the year.