Chiefs officially add Law

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cornerback Ty Law passed his physical and officially signed a five-year, $30 million contract with Kansas City on Monday, giving a huge boost to a defense that appears to be on the rise.

Law then rushed out in search of a house, requiring the Chiefs to reschedule a news conference with the five-time Pro Bowler for today.

"We are very pleased to have Ty with us," Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson told The Associated Press. "I just talked with our doctors. He's fine. He came in at 208 pounds. He's been working out and it shows. He's ready to go."

The Chiefs brought Law in twice last year when he was on the free agent market, but were concerned about his injured foot. But he signed with the New York Jets and, coached by Herman Edwards, led the NFL with 10 interceptions.

Now he'll be reunited with Edwards, who left the Jets at the end of the season and replaced the retired Dick Vermeil in Kansas City.

A five-time Pro Bowler who played on New England's Super Bowl champions, Law is the most decorated player the Chiefs have acquired since the early '90s when they brought in Joe Montana and Marcus Allen. And even Peterson was surprised at the reaction when word got out on Sunday that he and Law had come to agreement on contract terms.

"I am taken aback at how this has been received by Chiefs fans all around the country," Peterson said.

"In the first 15 minutes, our Web site had 50,000 hits. Our server could hardly handle it."

Law, 32, will team with another former Pro Bowler, Patrick Surtain, to form what could be a formidable defensive secondary.

The Chiefs open training camp in River Falls, Wis., on Friday.

Commissioner search

ROMULUS, Mich. -- The list of candidates for Paul Tagliabue's job as NFL commissioner is down to 11, although with two weeks to go until the final selection meeting, a majority of the owners still don't know who is on it.

The owners met for about three hours at the Detroit airport Monday to help narrow down the potential successors. Then the search committee continued discussing procedures for getting down to a workable number of finalists for the meetings in Chicago on Aug. 7 to 9 to choose Tagliabue's successor.

Despite the secrecy, the front-runner remains Roger Goodell, Tagliabue's second in command. He appears to be one of three league office people in contention -- the others are Jeff Pash, the league's chief lawyer, and Eric Grubman, its top financial officer.

-- The Associated Press

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