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Brian Waters a trade target?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2009 – 3:32 pm

As we mentioned here last week KC Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters is disenchanted with the new Chiefs hierarchy (Pioli, Haley) and wants out. Scout.com is reporting that the Bills would be interested in acquiring Waters via trade.

Waters is under contract for three more years at affordable money, but apparently wants a new contract. However, with former Bills guard Derrick Dockery getting $5.3M per season with his new contract back in Washington (5-$26.5M), Buffalo would likely have to agree to a new deal for probably $5.5M to $6M per season for Waters. The guy is a Pro Bowl player.

As much as I like the idea of Waters lined up next to Peters, my guess is this would take an awful lot to come to fruition. First, you’d have to negotiate  the terms of a trade, which will undoubtedly include draft picks for a Chiefs team looking to rebuild. My guess is at least a third for Waters and maybe a 7th on top of that.

Second, you’d have to negotiate an extension with Waters before the trade could be consummated. And there’s also the bottom line. With Jason Peters contract still to be taken care of, they may want to address that prior to making any more heavy investments in their offensive line. And once a new deal with Peters is done, they may find that making an additional investment in a Pro Bowl left guard, leaves them hamstrung to address some of their other positional needs.

I’d be surprised if this happens quickly, or at all because of all the hurdles that much be cleared to make it happen.


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