Morris Agrees to Deal With Chiefs

Wednesday, August 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Wide receiver Sylvester Morris, a first-round draft choice from Jackson State, agreed on a seven-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday.

Morris had been a holdout, seeking a four-year contract. Chiefs president Carl Peterson wanted a longer deal for salary cap reasons.

``We've got a deal,'' agent Tom Condon said. ``We'll fly up to Wisconsin in the morning and look over the language. I think both sides are satisfied.''

The Chiefs have the option of voiding the contract in each of the final two years based on performance.

Morris was expected at training camp Wednesday. Peterson said it was possible he could play Sunday in an exhibition game against San Francisco in Kansas City.

Morris was one of two unsigned first-round draft picks. Chris McIntosh of Wisconsin has yet to sign with Seattle.

Morris, Jackson State's career leading receiver, was the 21st player chosen in the draft.

He could bolster a group of receivers that has caused some doubts. Andre Rison had a subpar season last year and then had legal problems in the offseason. Derrick Alexander emerged as the big play threat but was inconsistent.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez has become quarterback Elvis Grbac's favorite target — he beat triple coverage Saturday for the Chiefs' only touchdown in a 14-10 loss to Tennessee — but is not a deep threat.

The speedy Kevin Lockett has shown promise but is still developing.