Green miles apart from Chiefs GM on future in K.C.

Updated: May 22, 2007, 9:49 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

NASHVILLE -- On a day when Kansas City quarterback Trent Green and Chiefs team president/general manager Carl Peterson were separated by hundreds of miles, the rift between the two appeared to be far wider than their lack of geographic proximity.

Even as a frustrated Green showed up for the start of the organized team activities (OTAs) sessions and vowed he has no plans to ever play for the Chiefs again, Peterson insisted to ESPN.com on Tuesday that there is still a chance the 13-year veteran could return to Kansas City for the 2007 season.

And could still be, Peterson said, the Chiefs' starter.

"It's absolutely do-able," said Peterson, who was here for the NFL spring meeting. "He's going to play football somewhere in 2007, and there's a chance it could be in Kansas City."

Not if Green can help it.

The veteran passer, who started every game for the Chiefs from 2001-05 but suffered a serious head injury in last year's season opener and appeared in just eight contests, would prefer to be traded to the Miami Dolphins. He and agent Jim Steiner have already agreed in principle to a contract with the Dolphins, but Miami and Kansas City officials remain stalemated over what the Chiefs should receive as compensation in a trade.

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Kansas City is reportedly seeking a fourth-round draft choice as compensation, while Miami is said to be offering only a sixth-round pick. Peterson would not discuss the team's stances on Tuesday but did say that negotiations remain status quo. And said that Green remains with the Chiefs and, as improbable as it sounds, could for the entire season.

Peterson pointed out that Green is unlikely to be injured in the non-contact OTA sessions, a calamity that would force the Chiefs to pay his entire salary for 2007. And he noted that the Chiefs have sufficient cap room to handle Green's scheduled $7.2 million base salary, if that is required.

"These things are planned a year in advance," Peterson said. "He's on our cap now and he could stay there. And he's already beaten out, in the past, the two other [veteran] guys at the position. It's not the impossible situation some have made it out to be."

But for Green the situation is becoming untenable, the two-time Pro Bowl performer said.

"It's not only awkward for me and my family, but it's awkward for the guys in the weight room, in the locker room, on the practice field," Green told Kansas City media members. "I'm here every day. People ask, 'What's going on?' Guys don't know how to react to me, how to treat me."

Green, 36, was asked by the Chiefs to restructure his contract and perhaps accept a lesser role with the team. The plan was to have second-year veteran Brodie Croyle, a third-round choice in 2006 who played sparingly as a rookie, vie with journeyman Damon Huard for the starting job. Green sought permission to explore trade possibilities.

Several franchises demonstrated an interest in Green, but his preference is to play in Miami, where he would be reunited with Dolphins' first-year coach Cam Cameron, his quarterbacks coach with the Washington Redskins early in his career.

Green's anger that the much-discussed trade to the Dolphins hasn't been consummated apparently boiled over on Tuesday and he escalated the rhetoric as well. Green noted that coach Herm Edwards said everyone would be provided an equal opportunity to win the starting job, but the veteran quarterback said he doesn't believe that is the case.

"He's the head coach," Green said of Edwards. "He can do what he wants. But I've been in the league long enough. And when you see the comments over the course of several months, and you see the way the 'reps' are going to work out, and you see what Brodie's making, what Damon was re-signed for, and what I'm making, it's not a fair competition. It's a weighted competition."

Peterson, who was unaware of Green's comments when he spoke to ESPN.com, said that he talked to the quarterback over the weekend.

"I told him that he needed to start getting ready to play football," Peterson said. And that he couldn't worry about things he can't control, like a trade."

By attending the OTA sessions, Green had actually hoped to hasten a trade, but Peterson said Tuesday he doesn't know when or if the situation will be resolved. That leaves Green in limbo.

"Players and coaches alike have come up to me and said, 'We support you. What's going on is wrong,'" Green said. "I've had to step back because I don't even know my role. There's an awkwardness there."

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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