By Ralph Hipp
Well, the long awaited deed has been done. Larry Johnson is finally released, along with all those #27 jerseys the Chiefs will not doubt clear out of the gift shops sending them to foreign countries where they also send those Philadelphia Phillies World Champions t-shirts that could not be used after the World Series. (Where do all those shirts go, anyway??)
Todd Haley and Scott Pioli must have thought once LJ's Twitter suspension was over, it was still worth the $3 million dollar payout to send him packing. That is a huge hit on the team's salary cap, but now they move on with his empty locker and one less player in their search for the promised land. So many commentators on the Kansas City sports radio talk shows were taking Haley to task for his "inability to coach players to get the most out of them."
This follows up their criticism of why Larry Johnson had been sticking around so long. But no one mentioned a small distance that is a huge reason for Larry's departure. 75 yards.
That's all Larry needed to surpass the priestly Priest Holmes, who will remain the team's leading rusher. There was NO WAY Haley and Pioli were going to see LJ's name at the top of the list. And $3 million dollars was a small price to keep that from happening.
I always enjoy reading what you have to say the Chiefs, and write us what you think may happen to him next. (p.s. No one around here is saying Larry's going right to another team. He may be done in the NFL.) Ralph