Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Aug 2007

Where in the World was Priest Holmes?

Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star asks a valid question in his column today: where was Priest Holmes during the Chiefs preseason game against the Dolphins?

According to Whitlock, not one but two members of the Chiefs' public-relations staff could not answer the question, other than to say he was around, somewhere. Coach Herm Edwards claims Priest might have been "up in a suite." Might. (Note: because of the heroin-like addiction FO readers have for Herm Edwards quotes, there's a good chance you'll see this and other Hermisms in next week's The Week in Quotes. In fact, I may just ask Aaron for a dedicated sidebar devoted to The Week in Herm. You junkies.)

Think about that. One of the running backs on the Chiefs roster went completely AWOL during a preseason game. A rookie trying to make the team would be cut for far lesser offenses.

Of course, from watching the HBO "Hard Knocks" documentary, it's clear that no one at the Chiefs has any idea what's going on with number 31. He's been out of football since 2005 after suffering a delibitating neck injury. He's getting winded running basic sprints. He's still doing basic rehab. So what's Priest's motivation? Whitlock seems to think he wants a release so he can sign elsewhere:

Why play for $870,000, when he can sign a contract with a team in his home state -- Dallas or Houston -- for the same money with maybe a few incentive bonuses?

Really? The Cowboys want to spend close to $1 million on a 33-year-old back who's been out of the NFL for two years? And true, the Texans front office seems to enjoy signing over-the-hill backs -- see, e.g., Green, Ahman -- but this seems ludicrous even for them.

Whitlock's other purely speculative suggestion is that Priest wants to piss LJ off, which at least has some plausiblity, because the two backs apparently hate each other. But c'mon -- no player in their right mind would come back to training camp purely because of a personal vendatta, would they?

For some reason, the media -- apart from Whitlock -- isn't really pursuing this baffling story. I wish they would.

Posted by: Ben Riley on 17 Aug 2007

5 comments, Last at 17 Aug 2007, 11:36pm by DangerGnat

Comments

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by B (not verified) :: Fri, 08/17/2007 - 4:48pm

Whitlock asked a valid question in his column? I guess now it's time to schedule that skiing trip in hell.

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by David (not verified) :: Fri, 08/17/2007 - 5:17pm

no player in their right mind would come back to training camp purely because of a personal vendatta, would they?

Probably not, but is there any explanation for a player in the league's fastest-aging position coming back to training camp after two years out of the game, still recovering from a serious neck injury, that doesn't include "not in his right mind"?

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by Alex (not verified) :: Fri, 08/17/2007 - 5:35pm

Really? The Cowboys want to spend close to $1 million on a 33-year-old back who’s been out of the NFL for two years?

Dude, they spent $50 million on Leonard Davis! Of course they'd spend $1 million on Priest Holmes, he was actually good at one point in his career.

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by James, London (not verified) :: Fri, 08/17/2007 - 6:27pm

"The Week in Herm". This needs to happen.

As for Priest, if he retires, does he own the Chiefs money? If do, the sensible thing to do is turn up, prove unfit, get cut , and keep the bonus.

Oh, the link doesn't work. Click my name

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by DangerGnat (not verified) :: Fri, 08/17/2007 - 11:36pm

I had a pretty good idea that the Chefs were going to be bad this year, now I'm convinced that their season is going to be a train wreck.