Chiefs' Green faces uncertain future

Jason Cole
Yahoo! Sports

Kansas City Chiefs veteran quarterback Trent Green is expected to meet with team president Carl Peterson sometime in the next three or four days to decide Green's future with the club, agent Jim Steiner said Thursday night.

"They're going to address the situation," Steiner said. "Trent and Carl have a very close relationship and they need to discuss the situation."

Peterson is currently out of town and couldn't be reached for comment. However, a Chiefs source said last week at the NFL scouting combine that Green will be asked to take a cut in pay from his $7.5 million base salary next season. In addition, Green is expected to be challenged for the starting job by second-year quarterback Brodie Croyle, who the Chiefs took in the third round of last year's NFL draft.

Earlier this week, the Chiefs signed veteran backup Damon Huard to a three-year extension. Huard played impressively during the season when Green missed eight games because of a concussion. Huard threw 10 touchdowns and only one interception while Green was out.

Huard, 33, is still considered primarily a career backup. With Croyle, the Chiefs see potential for a starter and expect Croyle to take the job by 2008, at the latest.

That leaves the 36-year-old Green in a problematic spot. He can try to stay with the Chiefs and hold the starting job for another year. Or he can ask to be traded or released. Green struggled this season after coming back, throwing just three touchdown passes and six interceptions in the final four games.

Coming into the 2006 season, Green had averaged 23 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and more than 4,000 yards passing in the previous four campaigns. However, he threw seven touchdowns and nine interceptions in eight games last season. The Chiefs' offense also struggled in a playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts and Green was part of the problem, botching a snap that cost the Chiefs a score early in the game and throwing the ball away early on several occasions.

Both the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have quietly expressed interest in Green. Green was coached by Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron with the Washington Redskins in 1995 and 1996. The two still have a close relationship and the Dolphins are concerned about the future of quarterback Daunte Culpepper in his return from knee surgery.

As for Tampa Bay, Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden prefers working with veteran quarterbacks. He helped Rich Gannon in Oakland and then won a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay with Brad Johnson as his starter.

Regardless of what choice Green makes, he will likely have to accept a pay cut. The bigger issue is whether Green wants to beat the curve on getting to a new team and perhaps starting for another two years elsewhere.

The Chiefs are hoping to get younger, particularly on defense. Aside from Green, the team is expected to shop return man Dante Hall and safety Greg Wesley in hopes of acquiring extra picks.

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