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Chiefs could file a grievance against Sanders, agent


If the Chiefs are, as they seem to be, upset by the alleged failure of agent Steve Weinberg to honor an agreement in principle for receiver Emmanuel Sanders, the Chiefs can do something other than complain about it.

While the agreement isn’t binding until it’s in writing, all parties to the Collective Bargaining Agreement have an obligation to negotiate in good faith.  Article 4, Section 8(a) imposes that obligation on any team, player, or player agent engaged in contract negotiations.

The argument would be that Weinberg failed to engage in good faith negotiations by conducting talks with the Chiefs despite having no intention to finalize the discussions.  The grievance process could result in a conclusion that, if sufficient proof exists of an agreement in principle, failure to proceed to the signing of a contract without a reasonable excuse necessarily becomes evidence of bad faith.

Of course, that would be a dangerous precedent for the various NFL teams to set, since it would expose them to similar grievances in the future, if they strike an agreement in principle and fail to honor it.

Either way, the Chiefs have an alternative to venting in an off-the-record fashion.  If the Chiefs believe they were screwed by Weinberg and Sanders, they could file a grievance and force this supposedly sordid side of the business into the light of day.

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34 Responses to “Chiefs could file a grievance against Sanders, agent”
  1. El Pollo Loco says: Mar 16, 2014 12:56 PM

    Nothing was signed so nothing’s binding.Tough luck Kansas City he’s Denver’s problem now

  2. vidae1 says: Mar 16, 2014 12:57 PM

    You very clearly don’t understand how these things work.

  3. romosmicrodongs says: Mar 16, 2014 12:57 PM

    I dont we them filing the grievance for the reason you gave florio. Same reason snyder dropped his collusion case after arbitration, there are 31 other owners who will ruin you if you ruin it for them

  4. themackstrong says: Mar 16, 2014 12:59 PM

    Didn’t this happen to Jerry McGuire??

  5. haleyistheman00 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:03 PM

    So while the chiefs are getting the paper work ready his agent agrees to terms with Denver. This agent has got in trouble before and it looks like he hasn’t really learned. No one will want to deal with him in the future.

  6. hjb99992013 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:03 PM

    Player agents and lawyers acting in good faith is an oxymoron

  7. lagg1 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:04 PM

    Be careful what you wish for!

  8. chawk12thman says: Mar 16, 2014 1:05 PM

    Good Faith? Hard to prove and what, if anything would you gain? Don’t see anything happening…. If I was the KC, I would advise the Agent that we know longer would deal with their agency…….. and than we would if they represented a client we wanted….

  9. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 16, 2014 1:06 PM

    “bad-faith” negotiations? what? A person can’t change their mind?

  10. atodaso says: Mar 16, 2014 1:15 PM

    Blessing for the Chiefs in disguise. Quicker than fast with sketchy hands. Chiefs just got rid of McCluster…don’t need another one

  11. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:15 PM

    he isnt worth all that trouble

  12. stealthjunk says: Mar 16, 2014 1:17 PM

    The Atlanta Braves have a long-standing policy of not negotiating with Scott Boras. That’s all the Chiefs need to do here.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 16, 2014 1:18 PM

    The Chiefs haven’t said anything, so I understand them to have no problem whatsoever. If they have a problem then they should speak out about the problem. But if they don’t file a grievance then they better be careful what they say so the agent doesn’t file a complaint and/or lawsuit against them. Maybe KC can find a way to still lose the player while also having to write a check to make the problem go away.

  14. jayhawk6 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:18 PM

    Weinberg’s reputation precedes him–he was suspended for, what, ten years before he got back into the game?

    Just how good is Emmanuel Sanders, anyway? If Weinberg acted like Frank Underwood on behalf of a C- player, he should go back to what he was doing after he was suspended the first time.

  15. Wineshard says: Mar 16, 2014 1:22 PM

    I wonder if Saffold is taking notes?

  16. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 16, 2014 1:23 PM

    How on earth would the Chiefs ever be able to prove that Weinberg had “no intention” to sign with them during negotiations? All he has to say is “between the time that we verbally agreed to the parameters of the deal and getting it on paper, my client changed his mind”.

    I doubt the Chiefs will waste their time with this. They’ll take their chances in the court of public opinion, hoping their fans believe they did everything they could to get this guy and lost him because the other side “cheated”.

  17. j0esixpack says: Mar 16, 2014 1:34 PM

    This agent may have milked another few million out of the Broncos, but he’s going to cost his other clients a few million too

    One has to think that, knowing no other GM will ever trust this agent again, his other clients will be looking for representation “elsewhere”

    Heck – Sanders himself might do well to drop him and seek to recoup his fee – this hurts his career too as he’s now no more trusted in negotiations than his agent

  18. 6ball says: Mar 16, 2014 1:38 PM


    What did the Broncos know and when did they know it? ”


  19. godofwine330 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:42 PM

    Same thing happened to me when buying a house. We agreed on a price and all of a sudden they stopped taking our calls & the calls from the agent. Come to find out someone bought the house for nearly $8K more. It had nearly everything we wanted, but had almost no closet space & only had 1.5 bathrooms. The next house we saw was perfect in every way. 2.5 baths w/Master Suite (which means the parents don’t have to share a bathroom with the kids), every bedroom had a closet (including a huge walk-in closet in the Master Suite), big yard, built in entertainment center, 1st floor laundry, huge basement, vaulted ceilings in the foyer, too.

    We thought the first house was nice, but this one was sublime for only $7K more than the other people sold the one we wanted.

    The point is, sometimes you think you had a deal and get screwed and end up finding a better deal later on, or the deal you missed out on comes out to be a bust. Emmanuel Sanders has had problems with his feet with this screws in them and I heard that it was a reason that my team did not attempt to sign him. The future may make this a blessing in disguise for the Chiefs even if it doesn’t seem like it now.

  20. bennyb82 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:57 PM

    To which the agent responds…PROVE IT!

  21. willycents says: Mar 16, 2014 1:59 PM

    Weinberg is an attorney, I presume. every practicing lawyer I know would screw his own grandmother out of a nickel if he could, by any way possible. Weinberg gets a percentage of the contract. Nuff said.

  22. klutch14u says: Mar 16, 2014 2:01 PM

    Remember folks, it isn’t the Chiefs writing these articles about the situation. I don’t believe they’ll file that grievance but it will shed some like on the agent and burning bridges with teams and players signing the the agent in the future. Other agents will use it as leverage to NOT sign with Weinberg.

    Nothing will become of it but the seed has been planted and that’s enough

  23. wtfpft says: Mar 16, 2014 2:02 PM

    The colts just scored again.

  24. bp146169 says: Mar 16, 2014 2:22 PM

    Apparently Sanders didn’t want to play in Kansas City, but the grievance needs to be filed and the agent needs to be banned from the NFL again. I’m kind of old school, if you tell someone your going to do something you need to stand by your word. As a Chief’s fan , it will just give me one more reason to hope that horseface and the Donkey’s fall flat.

  25. sportsnut101 says: Mar 16, 2014 2:30 PM

    its their words vs his how can u prove that

    team says we had agreement
    agent says we were still talking terms while my client had different offers

    i dont blame him for going to denver
    kc plans on running the ball and managing the clock

  26. bencoates57 says: Mar 16, 2014 2:50 PM

    Denver will have to rescind the offer.

  27. whatjusthapped says: Mar 16, 2014 3:02 PM

    Weinberg’s a lawyer, need anyone say anything more?

    Like the old joke, what do you call a bus load of lawyers going over a cliff?

    A good start.

  28. vikingspride says: Mar 16, 2014 4:16 PM

    No grievance needs to be filed. Just send John Elway a nice gift basket, to thank him, for saving you from over paying.

  29. cags777 says: Mar 16, 2014 4:19 PM

    Chiefs and other teams should let it go. These things have a way of working themselves out later.

  30. sarcastafan says: Mar 16, 2014 4:22 PM

    He probably wanted to see the playoffs in the next three years.

  31. bnwpnw says: Mar 16, 2014 7:27 PM

    I wonder if Steve Weinberg and Tom “Poison Pill” Condon go out for coffee a lot.

  32. jjackwagon says: Mar 16, 2014 8:03 PM

    He probably wanted to see the playoffs in the next three years.
    Then why did he sign with Enver?

  33. johninthewest says: Mar 17, 2014 2:41 AM

    When you spell the words “Chiefs” on a telephone key pad it also spells out “frauds”. Who would want to play for this team anyways?

  34. higheriqthanyou says: Mar 17, 2014 5:53 PM

    This is what happens when you deal with low class organizations…

    Coming from Pittsburgh and headed to Denver.

    Two teams who can’t remember what a Superbowl victory looks like.

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