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Postby Santacruzer » Thu Mar 02, 2006 3:40 am

This outta scare some KC fans:
Top lineman Shields might be cap casualty
By Len Pasquarelli
ESPN.com


Thirteen-year veteran guard Will Shields, one of the most celebrated offensive linemen in recent NFL history and a fixture in the Kansas City community during his long career with the Chiefs, could be a salary cap casualty if his contract for 2006 is not readjusted.

Chiefs officials have been discussing with Shields and his representative various scenarios to reduce his cap figure for 2006, the final season of his current deal. Shields is scheduled to earn a $5.1 million base salary, and is due a $400,000 roster bonus, and he carries a 2006 cap charge of $6.67 million.

Like many teams in the league, the Chiefs may have to make some roster moves to get into compliance with a 2006 cap projected to be $95 million-$96 million. The Tuesday breakdown of negotiations that would have extended the league's collective bargaining agreement, and the resultant likelihood that 2007 will be played as a so-called "uncapped" year, only makes that task more difficult.

Shields, 34, may have to weigh the advantages of staying in Kansas City, even at less money, against the prospect of being cast into an uncertain free agent market, one in which teams are expected to proceed with great caution and in which it could be impossible to meet players' financial expectations. Shields has deep roots now in the Kansas City community and leaving the Chiefs, the only franchise for which he has ever played during his stellar career, could be difficult.

A major component of one of the NFL's premier blocking units, Shields has been selected for 11 straight Pro Bowl games, and is one of the most respected players in the league. He has never missed a game, has appeared in 208 contests, and started all but one of them. The former Nebraska star has played in more games than any non-kicker in franchise history.

Shields received the NFL's prestigious "Man of the Year" award in January 2004.

He may not have too many more years left in him, but he will sure be missed by Green, LJohnson, and the rest of the orginization if he goes.
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Postby logan » Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:01 am

i seriously doubt he gets cut. i think he will restructure. it's most likely his last year and i doubt he really wants to go somewhere and learn a whole new system just for a few more dollars. we know we need him to be succesful and peterson will get something done to keep him for his final season.
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Postby skibrett15 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:13 am

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascit ... 994965.htm

he says he'll play, and the article goes into some depth regarding the KC cap situation. Basically it's a matter of KC managing the cap, not Will Shields. He might be cut early and then resign.
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Postby maddog60 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:24 am

Losing Shields will hurt, but at his age, his body might not hold up even if they do keep him.
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Postby louisianacajunsam » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:12 pm

larry johnson should be a beast no matter what this year, although it will obviously help that shields is most likely going to restructure and holmes probably will retire...
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Postby mattb47 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:02 pm

louisianacajunsam wrote:larry johnson should be a beast no matter what this year, although it will obviously help that shields is most likely going to restructure and holmes probably will retire...


It's foolish to say that. If his O-Line falls apart and he's hit in the backfield every play....LJ won't be a beast. I think if they lose Shields it really hurts that O-Line and LJ.
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