The frustration level of Trent Green continues to reach boiling levels, as despite the fact he continues to practice with the Chiefs, he still says that he will not play for them in 2007. As has been well documented for months, Green is a lame duck QB that has been set to be traded to the Miami Dolphins. Only problem is the Chiefs and Dolphins cannot agree on a deal, and so for now, Green continues to throw balls for a team that he knows he won’t play for again.
“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 said. “I’m here every day. People ask, ‘What’s going on?’ Guys don’t know how to react to me, how to treat me.” The holdup in the deal with the Chiefs and Dolphins remains as to what round draft choice will be dealt. The Chiefs want a fourth-round choice for Green, while Miami is only offering a sixth-round selection. How can both sides not simply agree to a fifth-round choice just to get this deal done?
So for Green, his options right now are rather limited, as he really has no other choice than to play the good soldier, throwing for the Chiefs while waiting for the trade with the Dolphins to finally go through. Could retirement be in Green’s future if the Dolphins and Chiefs cannot eventually get a deal done? “I really haven’t had that discussion with my wife or my family and I haven’t had that discussion with my agent because I’m still banking on the fact that the deal that was made back in February or March, that they would get the trade done,” he said. “I guess when that time comes, then I’ll have to cross that bridge.”
The Green situation could quietly tear up the Chiefs if it lingers much longer. While head coach Herm Edwards needs team chemistry if they are going to be successful in 2007, the Green situation does not get things off to a good start. “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.” It’s an awkwardness that could be easily settled if a deal can finally be reached.