March 20, 2002

Extension Grants Chiefs, Saints, Roaf 48 More Hours to Complete Trade

The Chiefs, Saints, left tackle Willie Roaf, and his agent agreed to a 48-hour extension of the deadline to pay Roaf a $4 million salary bonus, effectively giving all parties an extra day to finalize a trade that would send Roaf to Kansas City in exchange for a draft pick.

There is still a possibility that the Saints would keep Roaf and pay him the roster bonus, effectively locking him into contract with the team until 2006. New Orleans Pro Football's Kenny Wilkerson reports that late Tuesday night the deadline was moved in order to give the Chiefs and Roaf more time to agree on a contract.

Trade terms between New Orleans and Kansas City are reportedly close to being agreed upon but are unknown at this point. The Chiefs still need to work out a contract with Roaf. The Chiefs convinced Roaf to allow a 24-hour extension on Tuesday after both sides nearly conceded a trade could not be done because a contract could not be reached.

Roaf, named to the 1990's All-Decade NFL team, has passed a physical with the Chiefs despite last-season's knee injury.

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