answer was pathetic
by CK Rairden
The initial salvo has been fired. The propaganda war
is underway. Youre up next, Mr. Condonwho
will your letter be addressed to?
Chiefs Chatter, The Landmark 5/13/02
Cue the agent.
Predictably and right on cue, Tom Condon, the agent for
Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez, answered Chiefs GM Carl Peterson
just two days after this question was asked in CK Rairdens
May 13th column.
The trouble with his answer it was pathetic. Condons
concerns were printed in the KC Star and relayed by columnist
Jason Whitlock. His claim: Carl Peterson misled fans by
saying that Gonzalez walked away from richest contract
in franchise history.
Condon said that while its true the Chiefs
offered his client a seven-year deal worth $31.5 million,
Gonzalezs proposed contract is in essence a five-year
deal worth $19.5 million.
The final two years of the contract, worth $12 million,
were added to make Gonzalezs proposed $8 million
signing bonus salary-cap-friendly, a common practice in
NFL contracts. He said those years, valued at $5.5 million
and $6.5 million respectively, are voidable and are not
expected to be honored by the club or player.
For now, former defensive tackle Chester McGlockton still
holds the franchise record for richest contract
a five-year, $28.8 million pact signed in 1998. As part
of that deal, McGlockton received a record-tying $7.5
million signing bonus, the same as Derrick Thomas in 1997,
Whitlock relayed to his readers.
Uhokay. Why didnt you go ahead and point
out how bad your client is getting screwed by the rate
of inflation and the compensatory income tax rates in
California, the state in which Gonzo resides.
This will not win over anyone.
Im a giver. Its just my way and I would like
to help Tony Gonzalez out. Tell Tom Condon to shut up.
Condons PR skills are not very good. If Condon keeps
this up, Gonzo will come across as what he has stated
that he fears. He will be perceived as just another greedy
I have heard Gonzo do radio interviews and he says all
the right things.
He told Sporting News radio host James Brown that he
is working out three hours a day. He mentioned that Marcus
Allen once advised him not to take contract negotiations
He said that he would be ready once the deal gets done,
and would hit the ground flying.
I want to be a Kansas City Chief, Gonzalez
told Brown on Monday. I wish I was out there with
the guys. I dont want to leave Kansas City, as soon
as this gets worked outIm gonna go play some
He even played down his NBA dreams, If I cant
do it (play in the NBA) this year, Im going to hang
(the dream of playing in the NBA) up.
Now that is good PR.
Chiefs fans love to hear that Tony loves KC, wants
to be here, wants a deal done and will be ready when it
is finally accomplished.
Condons inane mathematical ramblings are bad PR.
Chiefs fans dont want to argue semantics over
who has the biggest contract in KC history by a fraction.
Peterson took some heat by firing off a letter to The
KC Star criticizing Gonzo and his agent, but in hindsight
it may have worked. It immediately put Condon on the defensive
and forced him to answer the charge.
His answer failed.
Peterson may have finally found someone who comes across
in the press more poorly than he. For his own sake, Gonzo
needs to keep Condon off the air and out of the newspaper.
Let him negotiate the deal and handle the contract. Gonzo
needs to use his own charisma and good sense to work the
(CK Rairden can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)