[Kansas City.com] Larry Johnson recouped some money Saturday, but his “settlement” with the Chiefs didn’t answer questions about his long-term job security with the team.
Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, told The Star on Saturday night that his client and the Chiefs had agreed in principle that Johnson would remain suspended for two weeks but that he would be paid for one of those weeks.
The original suspension, which was handed down by the team Wednesday night, would have cost Johnson more than $600,000. Now it will cost him about half that, and it will keep the sides out of a grievance hearing next week.
Schaffer said the agreement with the Chiefs was a step toward a peaceful resolution, but he stopped short of saying Johnson would play again for the team in 2009 or beyond. Johnson is signed through 2012, but the Chiefs could decide to distance themselves from Johnson after weighing his ineffectiveness this season – he has averaged 2.7 yards per carry in seven games – and his latest messy episode.
Schaffer said he didn’t know what the Chiefs’ plans are and that he and general manager Scott Pioli discussed nothing this week beyond an agreement to keep the sides out of arbitration.