[Kansas City.com] Rookie safety Jarrad Page may not have to live in the low-rent district like a normal seventh-round draft pick if he signs with the Chiefs.
Page was tossed a meaty piece of leverage in this week’s amateur baseball draft when the Los Angeles Angels selected him as an outfielder in the seventh round. Neither Page nor his agent, Peter Schaffer, would say whether they would sign with the Chiefs for the relative pittance a seventh-round football rookie can usually expect.
“We’ll see what the Angels want to do,” Schaffer said. “We’ll see what situations present themselves. He does have options.”
Page practiced with the Chiefs on Wednesday. He was eager enough to join the Chiefs that he finished his class work at UCLA early so he could comply with an NFL rule prohibiting a draft pick from practicing with his new team until his school finished classes for the academic term.
He said he intends to practice with the Chiefs until they finish offseason work later this month, but wouldn’t commit to signing a football contract if the Angels weigh in with a better offer.
‘I can’t really say what I’m going to do or what sport (he will play) because I haven’t really spoken with the Angels about the contract,” he said. “I haven’t finished everything with the Chiefs yet.”
“I’m still trying to figure out everything that’s going on (with) both sides. Eventually I’ll have to make some type of choice.”
The Chiefs aren’t thrilled with the prospect of losing their seventh-round draft choice.
But president/general manager Carl Peterson said the Chiefs won’t get into a bidding war for Page and won’t give him a signing bonus beyond the normal amount of about $30,000 for a seventh-round pick.
“We’re talking about a seventh-round draft choice,” Peterson said. “I don’t consider that to be any leverage for him.”
In baseball, signing bonuses for seventh-round picks can vary. Last year, they ranged from $15,000 to $250,000.