Chiefs’ Gonzalez, Johnson want out

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (TICKER) —A pair of veteran stars have had it with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Both tight end Tony Gonzalez and running back Larry Johnson want to continue their playing careers in other cities, according to a pair of published reports.

The comments came amid reports that the Chiefs are about to interview Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley for their vacant head coaching position.

Gonzalez, a 10-time Pro Bowl and the NFL’s career receptions leader at his position (904), expressed his dissatisfaction with the direction of the club to Yahoo! Sports.

“I want to see who they name as head coach,” Gonzalez told the web site. “Yeah, I hear they’re talking to Todd Haley, but then there’s this coach (Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz) … some (expletive) like that and I don’t want to deal with that.

“It seems like we’re rebuilding anyway, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t know that I want to do that any more than I already have been.”

Gonzalez also had asked for a trade midway through last season, when the Chiefs were en route to a franchise-worst 2-14 mark, but was rebuked by then-president Carl Peterson.

Johnson also asked out at the end of a turbulent season in which he was benched or suspended for a total of four games after he was charged with simple assault on October 27 for allegedly spitting his drink in a woman’s face earlier this month.

Since joining the Chiefs just over five years ago, Johnson has been accused by a woman of criminal offenses four times.

Johnson told 610-AM in Kansas City he wanting a “clean break” from the organization, saying the organization has not been in his corner. He also questioned the direction of the club.

“I don’t really think I belong on a rebuilding team,” Johnson said. “I’m not sure where I fit in the scheme of things.

A first-round pick of Kansas City in 2003, he had back-to-back seasons of 1,700-plus yards in 2005 and 2006, rushing for 37 touchdowns in that span.

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Updated Wednesday, Feb 4, 2009