I just got this off foxsports.com.
This week, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil tried his best Dr. Phil imitation to defuse a situation with his first-round pick from a year ago, running back Larry Johnson. By Friday the whole world believed the affair between the two, who had a midweek spat, was over.
FOX NFL Sunday and FOXSports.com has learned that Thursday, the day after Johnson criticized his coach for saying it was time for Johnson to "take the diapers off" the Chiefs tried feverishly to unload their No. 1 pick from last year's draft.
In exchange for Larry Johnson the Chiefs were seeking a linebacker, wide receiver or draft pick. (Brian Bahr / GettyImages)
According to several league sources, Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson and other Chiefs executives phoned several teams, namely the Buccaneers, Dolphins and Cowboys. When contacted, Peterson confirmed talks but didn't seem optimistic that a deal would be done.
In exchange for Johnson the Chiefs were seeking a linebacker, wide receiver or a draft pick. The Dolphins said they were still considering making the move for a linebacker, which would be a credit to that franchise for continuing to aggressively work their way out of a hole. The Chiefs also said they phoned the Cowboys with the hopes of swapping Johnson for wide receiver Antonio Bryant.
The Eagles have flatly denied their overtures.
It's extremely rare when a team tries to ditch a first-round pick at running back one year into his service with the team. Johnson, relegated to third on the depth chart, has already been too much of a headache for Peterson.
Two weeks ago, he played for free after being stripped of the week's pay by the NFL for an off-field incident. He has also grumbled about lack of playing time, which tends to happen when one is seated behind Priest Holmes on the depth chart.
Then came this week's Diaper-gate.
When broached with the subject that Johnson may have to play if Priest Holmes were hurt for Sunday's game, the coach shot that it was time for his running back to "take the diapers off."
That didn't sit too well with Johnson.
"I don't need no motivation,'' Johnson said. "If I need motivation, I'll talk to my father. I don't need another grown man telling me I need to take the diapers off. That's not how I've been raised, and I don't need no motivation from anybody. I'm self-motivated because my father taught me to be that way. I don't really listen to that kind of stuff. If the man can't say something in my face, that's how I feel. It don't mean nothing to me.''
Asked if the statement would impact his relationship with the coach, Johnson said, "It affects a lot of things. But that's between to him and me to figure that out. There's a lot of things going on that I want to address but I want to wait to the right time for me to do that.''
If Peterson can find a suitable buyer then Johnson may never find the time for that.
Hard-hitting Pro Bowl safety Rodney Harrison is up to his old tricks again. The most fined man in the NFL was hit by the league office yet again this past week.
FOX NFL Sunday and FOXSports.com has learned that Harrison was fined by the NFL this week another $7,500, this time for a hit on Cardinals quarterback Josh McCown that was late, low and out of bounds.
This is the same Rodney Harrison who had been suspended by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Jerry Rice a few years ago that cost him in excess of $111,000. He had once been hit with a $40,000 fine for a hit on Raiders tight end Jeremy Brigham.
Harrison was fined last year as well. By the start of 2000 he had already been fined seven times by the NFL.
This fine of $7,500 was $2,500 more than such an infraction might normally be. However, it was also much less considering Harrison's history. The league did not make the penalty stiffer because he has not been fined much for this infraction, although this incident now builds a precedent to his rap sheet, or should we say hit sheet.
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher told FOXSports.com late Saturday evening that even if he plays he wasn't sure if his hamstring would hold up much longer than the first quarter.
In addition, he said that coach Lovie Smith told him he could miss Sunday's game as well as next week's battle in order to give him three weeks of rest. The Bears' bye week comes after next week's game.
Can you imagine that trade?
I can still hear Parcells laughing as he is hanging up the phone. WoooHoooooo..haHaHa !!! *wipes eyes*