Archive for Thursday, March 1, 2001

Kansas City looking for new starting quarterback

Grbac opting for free agency; Chiefs cut veteran defenders Hasty, McGlockton

March 1, 2001

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— Pro Bowl quarterback Elvis Grbac will become a free agent, Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced Wednesday night.

"We have been informed by Elvis Grbac's agent, Jim Steiner, that Elvis wants to pursue the free agent market and would prefer to play somewhere else," Peterson said.

Negotiations had produced one offer from Steiner of a five-year contract averaging $8 million a year, including a $20 million signing bonus, the Chiefs said.

Backup quarterback Todd Collins is under contract through the end of the 2002 NFL season. Peterson said the team would pursue free agents.

The Chiefs had been trying to restructure Grbac's contract, which called for a $10 million bonus if he was on the roster by Friday, when all NFL teams need to be at the salary cap limit for 2001 of $67.4 million

Steiner, who is the agent for both Green and Grbac, confirmed on Monday that the Chiefs had begun preliminary talks with St. Louis for quarterback Trent Green.

The Chiefs ended the season $30 million over the cap and had already released running backs Donnell Bennett and Kimble Anders.

On Wednesday, Kansas City released cornerback James Hasty and defensive tackle Chester McGlockton. Hasty, 35, a 13-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowl selection, had been with the Chiefs for six years. McGlockton, 32, a nine-year pro and four-time Pro Bowler, played three years with Kansas City.

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