After days of scattered rumors that Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli could get a contract extension, Jason La Canfora of CBS reported on Sunday that Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has offered a two-year extension to Pioli, and that a deal has been delayed by haggling over buyout language.
Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reported that the report is not accurate, and Peter King echoed the debunking during Football Night in America.
Per King, no contract has been offered — and Pioli’s status will be evaluated after the season.
So if the initial report is wrong, how did it come to be? Though it’s regarded as bad form to speculate on someone’s sources (i.e., here we go again speculating on sources), it could be that the league office has been asked by the Chiefs to evaluate certain proposed buyout language in a potential offer to Pioli, and that the facts got twisted up a little in the wash.
There’s also a chance that folks who don’t like Pioli are pushing embellished, exaggerated, and/or fabricated facts in order to foment further fan discontent regarding Hunt and Pioli, fanning the flames so that Hunt will feel like he has no choice but to move on.
Either way, someone is dead wrong on this one.