[Kansas City.com] Running back Larry Johnson’s future in Kansas City could be determined by the outcome of his grievance hearing with the Chiefs on Wednesday.
At issue is $3.75 million of guaranteed money Johnson is due from the Chiefs in the contract extension he signed in August 2007. Generally, NFL salaries are not guaranteed, but Johnson’s contract calls for payments of $3.5 million this year and $250,000 in 2010 that the Chiefs must pay regardless of whether he plays for them.
The Chiefs claim the one-game suspension he received from the NFL last year for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy is a breach of his contract and frees them from having to pay the guaranteed money.
One source familiar with the situation said that should the Chiefs win the grievance, they would probably release Johnson, suggesting the team wouldn’t be going through the trouble if they didn’t intend to free him from his contract.
The case between the Chiefs and running back Larry Johnson was heard Wednesday by a special master, but he made no ruling. Neither side was certain when a ruling would be given.