It should come as no surprise that former New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. First, the move reunites Law with head coach Herman Edwards for whom Law played last season with the New York Jets. Second, his family has to eat.
It's no secret that Law has a special affinity for Edwards. It was a big reason he signed with the Jets. Edwards took the K.C. Job vacated by the retiring Dick Vermeil who, as he did in St. Louis, emphasized offense. One of Edwards' primary tasks is to rebuild the defense.
But we all know the biggest reason Law signs with anyone is all about the green. Reports are the current deal is for 5 years and $30 million or more. No word on how it breaks down or what bonuses are included or may be coming. Law made $6 million last year in New York.
The Boston Globe's Nick Carfardo, among others, reported the Patriots would have a chance to match the Chiefs offer before Law signed, but that the tender was a little low.
It would be a minor miracle if New England offered Law anything near 5 years or anything close to $6 million per. Law is 32 years old. Do the math. Do you think the Patriots would pay $6 million for a 37-year-old safety in 2010?
There are those who will say Law is experiening a renaissance. His 10 interceptions for the Jets in 2005 following recovery from a severe foot injury is the proof.
Well, we'll see about that. There's virtual unanimity that Law has lost a step. Four of those 10 interceptions were in the two games against Buffalo. (Yes, one was a 74-yard touchdown return of a Tom Brady pass, but New England won that game 31-21. So there.)
Knowing Law was coming off the injury, opponents tested him and probably threw in his direction more than usual. Law also committed a lot of penalties last year. (I'll have some solid info for you on this later today.)
On the other hand, he can't really make the Chiefs defense any worse. The question we ask in these parts is: Could have made the Patriots better?
Not at that price. Yes, Edwards acquired a proven quantity, one with which he has direct experience. But, in the long run, do you think the 4-12 Jets were all that satisfied with their $6 million investment?
The Patriots don't overpay players, plain and simple. They certainly won't overpay aging players who have made biting comments about the coaches and front office.
New England doesn't play Kansas City this season, so if the media gets their all-important Law vs. Bill Belichick grudge match, it won't until at least the playoffs.
The bottom line is that it comes down to the bottom line. Law is securing paychecks for the next five years (and, if he's smart, his financial security for the rest of his life). After all, his family has to eat.
One thing for sure: $30 mil can buy a lot of steaks in Kansas City.