Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 3/24 - March 24, 2012 by indyfootballreport

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Good morning! A light day for Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

With the team’s decision makers headed this weekend to Florida for the NFL’s annual March Owners Meeting, the pace will likely be slow early next week as well. In the last three days, the Chiefs have had just two visitors according to the NFL: unrestricted free agents WR Jerricho Cotchery and CB Chris Carr.

All Quite With Free Agency & Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Before Kansas City signed a single free agent, I asked fans a question. Do they trust Pioli and do they think Pioli will make the Chiefs better?…

…It’s amazing what Week 1 of free agency did for Pioli. Fans went from being upset to instantly saying nice things about Pioli. Sometimes fans are impatient, but how long has it been since Kansas City won a playoff game? Like the Kansas City Royals, the Chiefs could also say it’s time.

Pioli Deserves Some Trust from The Examiner

An Idaho native who was adopted and raised by his grandparents, McClellin grew up on a little farm that sat on Chicken Dinner Road, just off the Snake River in what they call the Treasure Valley of Idaho.

From out of this remote corner of the football world, McClellin heads to the NFL and he could be a defensive end, outside linebacker or inside linebacker.

Top 100 Prospects – No. 82 LB Shea McClellin from Bob Gretz

Has Scott Pioli transformed the Kansas City Chiefs? It’s a simple, straightforward question. Has Pioli improved the Chiefs in a positive way? Isn’t that the best question to ask when evaluating him? By looking at each position on the team you may find the answer is a resounding, yes!

Scott Pioli: The Transformer from Arrowhead Addict



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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 3/18 - March 18, 2012 by indyfootballreport

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Ouch. Okay kids, let’s do this so I can go back to bed. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news.

The Chiefs filled two of their biggest roster holes Saturday, signing veteran right tackle Eric Winston to a four-year contract and agreeing to terms with backup quarterback Brady Quinn. Financial terms were not disclosed for either deal.

Winston may be the Chiefs’ biggest free-agent prize so far, following previous additions in running back Peyton Hillis, tight end Kevin Boss and cornerback Stanford Routt.

Chiefs Pick Up QB Brad Quinn, Tackle Eric Winston from KC Star

Winston was in the fourth year of a million, five-year deal when he was cut by the Houston Texas to save salary cap space. He instantly became the most coveted right tackle on the market, and Kansas City quickly swooped in to line up a visit.

Their likely sales pitch include a chance to block for one of the most dynamic running backs in the league in Jamaal Charles, play for a team on the rise, and sample some of the world’s best barbecue – Winston tweeted during his visit on Friday that Chiefs brass had taken him to Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue for lunch.

Kansas City Chiefs Sign Free Agents OT Eric Winston, QB Brady Quinn from SportingNews

Winston’s arrival doesn’t just fill a need for the Chiefs. It patches a gaping hole. The Chiefs entered free agency with offensive tackle undoubtedly ranking as the club’s biggest need from both a talent and depth perspective. Prior to signing Winston, the Chiefs had just two tackles under contract for 2012 and neither had NFL experience playing on the right side.

With Winston, the Chiefs are getting a player who’s made 86 career starts and is still in his prime at 28-years old.

Chiefs Sign T Eric Winston from The Mothership

Quinn, once selected 22ndoverall by Cleveland in the 2007 NFL Draft, reunites with former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel in Kansas City.

The Browns traded up to select Quinn out of Notre Dame. If they hadn’t, former Chiefs President and General Manager Carl Peterson was prepared to make Quinn a Chief.

Instead, the Chiefs chose WR Dwayne Bowe.

Chiefs Agree To Terms With QB Brady Quinn from The Mothership

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily Newsreports that Cotchery is scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday and Tuesday.

Jerrico Cotchery To Visit The Chiefs Early Next Week from ProFootballTalk

And then there’s the personal work on his ACL that has occupied his time, which he estimates is “80 or 85 percent” done.

“I’m really excited about where I’m at, ahead of schedule,” Berry said. “Right now, I feel very comfortable with where I’m at, running, cutting, starting to do plyometrics as well, and the process is going really well.

Love Affair Between Eric Berry And Vols Still Going Strong from Go Vols Xtra

That road led to western Kansas and a semester at Dodge City Community College, but he didn’t play football there, ultimately ending up at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. But it’s there in the Ragin’ Cajun program that Bentley showed the NFL he deserves serious consideration on draft day.

Top 100 Prospects – No. 87 CB Dwight Bentleyfrom Bob Gretz

Free agent running back Mike Tolbert is visiting the Carolina Panthers this weekend, a league source said Saturday.

Tolbert, 26, who played four seasons in San Diego, visited the Kansas City Chiefs last week and also has drawn interest from San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

Source: Tolbert Visits Carolina Panthers This Weekend from The Rock Hill Herald

What should have been the charming story of Peyton Hillis, the everyman running back voted onto Madden NFL 12‘s cover, turned into a farce by year’s end. Hillis bickered with Browns management over his contract, which was off-putting to Browns fans, who are noted for their loyalty. He sat out a game on the advice of his agent, which further soured their opinion of him, and last week he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He is the first Madden cover star to be traded in the offseason following his appearance.. He becomes the second athlete to change teams in the offseason immediately after his appearance, though Favre’s switch to the Vikings involved retirement and a return late in training camp.

Ten Disasters Under The Covers Of Sports Video Games from Deadspin

Some teams paid a premium to persuade players to make quick decisions, even though both sides might have been better served by taking their time. The Vikings spent as much as million for tight end John Carlson, who caught just 31 passes for the Seahawks in 2010 before missing last season with a shoulder injury. Carlson was in Kansas City, preparing for a meeting with the Chiefs, when Vikings officials called him with an offer so good that he canceled his plans and flew to Minnesota. Carlson arrived at Vikings headquarters and signed a five-year deal that guarantees him million.

Shopping Fast Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Shopping Well from The New York Times

Khaled: I like what the Kansas City Chiefs did on a number of levels, but any time you turn one of your biggest weaknesses into a strength, you’ve done very well. That’s why they did at the right tackle spot by swapping Barry Richardson for Eric Winston.

Nathan: I’ll go with Peyton Hillis to the Chiefs. If both Hillis and Charles can return to their 2010 form, then that offense can be very dangerous. I think that move can help the team win the division in 2012.

Free Agency Day 5: 5 Questions, 5 Analysts (3/18/12) from Pro Football Focus



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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 11/11 - November 11, 2011 by indyfootballreport

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Good morning, and a special shout out to all of the veterans out there today. Here is today’s Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

Update: Best Birthday Wishes to Joel!!

Having played against Broncos QB Tim Tebow in back-to-back SEC Championship Games as a junior (2008) and senior (2009) at Alabama, Chiefs CB Javier Arenas handed out some advice for Kansas City’s defensive backfield this week.

“You can’t go in there thinking that he can’t throw,” said Arenas. “No way. You go in like that and you’ll get beat, because he can throw and he can win.”

Arrowhead Report: Tips From The SEC from The Mothership

Thomas Jones looks the same.

Same broad shoulders and wide stance. Same direct stare and determined words. There’s enough youth in his face and body to still have hope, even as the weeks pass and another NFL running back’s inevitable reality becomes more difficult to ignore.

Jones, the Chiefs’ veteran running back, said he doesn’t know why this season has been a disappointment.

Thomas Jones’ Production Has Slipped, But His Work Ethic Hasn’t from KC Star

NFL.com Video: Week 10: Broncos vs. Chiefs Preview

Q: Does the way Denver has been playing on offense tempt you to put nine in the box?

HALEY: “No, I think that we’ve go to, our defensive philosophy regardless of who we are playing, is we’ve got to stop the run first. If we don’t stop the run then we’ll probably have a problem against anybody we play and Denver’s no different, and they happen to be running the ball really well right now so defensively we must do a good job against the run.

Q&A with Todd Haley 11/10 from The Mothership

The Chiefs could have starting strong safety Jon McGraw and nickel back Javier Arenas back for Sunday’s game against Denver. Both didn’t play in last week’s game against Miami and the Chiefs missed them.

Kansas City Chiefs Team Report: Secondary Could Get Boost from Sporting News

Both teams are still alive in the AFC West, but wouldn’t be in other divisions around the league. The Chiefs had more than enough time to erase the memories of losing to a winless Miami team and get ready for a confident Tebow and the Broncos entering Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City, which became the first team since Pittsburgh in 2000 to start the season 0-3 and then win its next four games, will need a robust outing from Cassel to get back into the win column. Cassel has to be unhappy with his recent performance and will redeem himself Sunday at home.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chiefs 20, Broncos 13

NFL Preview – Denver (3-5) at Kansas City (4-4) from The Miami Herald

Thomas Jones powers through questions the way he used to power through defenders, dodging a few but mostly running right over the rest.

Is it frustrating to get just a handful of carries every week?

What’s it like to go from superstar to afterthought?

How hard is it watching Jackie Battle take over the No. 1 job?

They’re not easy questions to answer. 

RB Thomas Jones Spending More Time On Bench This Season As Chiefs Try To Revive Season from The Washington Post

All kidding aside, much like a real rollercoaster, the Broncos have some people loving this ride and others sick to their stomachs screaming for them to stop.   After a flat out terrible game against the Detroit Lions the previous week, the Broncos somehow found a way to put up an impressive win on the road against the division rival Raiders.  The Broncos now find themselves one game behind in the race for what could be the worst division in the NFL.  With the entire AFC West essentially tied at the midway point of the season it is still anyone’s division to win.

All Aboard The Denver Bronco Coaster from Examiner.com   

Denver BroncosWillis McGahee, running back: McGahee, 30, is coming off a huge game in the Broncos’ Week 9 win at Oakland. He had 163 yards on 20 carries and had touchdown runs of 60 and 24 yards as Denver came back from 10 points down at halftime to beat the Raiders by 14 points. McGahee is averaging 4.5 yards a run this season. He has been a strong free-agent addition for the Broncos and he will be a key for them at Kansas City on Sunday.

One Player To Watch from ESPN

After Bodden was released by the Patriots, he worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs. At the time, Keels said he would take a patient approach on finding the best fit for Bodden in 2011, and that Bodden was “totally healthy.”

Bodden Undergoes Back Surgery from ESPN

All over the NFL map, rookie receivers are reeling in passes thrown, well, all over the map.

From A.J. Green in Cincinnati to Julio Jones in Atlanta, from Torrey Smith in Baltimore to Denarius Moore in Oakland, from Jon Baldwin in Kansas City to unrelated – but equally sure-handed - Doug Baldwin in Seattle, first year pass-catchers are disproving that theory that young receivers need at least a season to get comfortable in the pros.

For Rookies, It’s So Much Better To Receive In The NFL from The Los Angeles Times

We opened the [Raiders 1980] regular-season against Kansas City and absolutely swarmed them. I threw for 317 yards and a couple of touchdowns and could have thrown for 400. It was easy. It was pitch-and-catch, and I did feel like the Raiders and I were a match made in heaven. The next week at San Diego, I hit Branch for a long touchdown bomb and that’s when I realized just how fast he was. I was trying to throw the ball away, but he put it into another gear and ran under it. By the end of the day, though, I threw a couple of picks, hyperextended my knee, missed a few plays and we lost in overtime.

Former NFL QB Dan Pastorini Recall Battle With Al Davis from Sports Illustrated



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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 7/27 - July 27, 2011 by indyfootballreport

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Good morning, Kansas City Chiefs fans. Your news today involves the big press conferences yesterday, training camp arrival and a KC Star story on Dwayne Bowe. Good stuff. Enjoy today’s Chiefs news.

The Chiefs haven’t been big spenders in free-agency since Scott Pioli arrived as their general manager two years ago. That may or may not change during this year’s condensed signing period.

But Pioli defended the Chiefs from charges they’re cheap when it comes to paying their players, saying the Chiefs would do whatever they believe is necessary when it comes to improving their roster.

Chiefs plan on spending money wisely | Kansas City Star

Video: Clark Hunt press conference

Video: Scott Pioli, Todd Haley, Mark Donovan press conference

Last year, walkthrough practices were held indoors and were off limits to the public and media. But Mr. Donovan and coach Todd Haley indicated the team hopes to keep these sessions open, regardless of activities. “I think what you’re going to see at training camp this year is, whenever possible, our practices are going to be open to the public,” Mr. Donovan said.The Chiefs also indicated a desire for more night practices this year.

Chiefs arrive on Thursday | St. Joe News-Press Now

Shortly after the NFL draft, Bowe spoke by telephone with first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin, a receiver from the University of Pittsburgh, and told him what it’s like around the Chiefs’ training facility if you report to camp carrying a few extra pounds.

“You don’t want to go that route,” said Bowe, looking toned in street clothes during a youth activity event at a Kansas City, North, YMCA. “I told him that the first conversation we had.”

Bowe shares lesson he learned about showing up in shape | Kansas City Star

Depending on the point of view, Clark Hunt is a miser, a savvy businessman or a young man feeling his way in running the Hunt Family’s most visible business.

There’s a chance he might be all three. As the Chiefs are about to begin their fifth season under his direction, the picture of Hunt remains a bit fuzzy and out of focus.

A look at the leader…Cup ‘O Chiefs | Bob Gretz

It remains to be seen if any of the league’s soon-to-be released veterans interest the Chiefs, but it’s certainly an avenue the Chiefs have taken in recent years. Under GM Scott Pioli, the Chiefs most productive free agent signees haven’t come to Kansas City via expiring contracts.

Will released veterans against interest Chiefs? | KCChiefs.com

If the Baltimore Ravens cannot figure out a way to retain free agent fullback LeRon McClain, the Kansas City Chiefs might be more than willing to take him off of our hands. Thinking of pairing him with RB Jamaal Charles, McClain would be a solid one-two punch for the Chiefs an would also save wear and tear on the smaller but shiftier Charles.

Le’Ron McClain being targeted by Chiefs? | Baltimore Beatdown



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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 7/2 - July 2, 2011 by indyfootballreport

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Good morning! Here is today’s Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

Tentatively, the premiere of THE CHIEFS … THE MOVIE is scheduled for August 12 on national television in a pre-season game against Tampa Bay. We can’t provide a clip to view or a lot of details from the super-secret script, but we have gotten a look at the cast and it’s a powerful group.

Summer Blockbuster – The Chiefs… The Movie from Bob Gretz

 

OLB Tamba Hali, who was offered the franchise tag before the lockout began, would like to sign an extension with Kansas City. Hali’s agent, Brian Mackler, told PFW he was optimistic a multi-year contract could be worked out with the Chiefs once a salary cap is in place.

Long-term Deal for Hali Could Be Salary Boost Chiefs Need from Pro Football Weekly

Last night Avatar and Jumping the Broom star actor Laz Alonso, Corey Miller from the Kansas City Chiefs and author C.J. Miller participated in The Hennessy Remixed Cocktails and Conversations event at Arum Lounge in Atlanta, GA.

Laz Alonso At The Hennessy Remixed Cocktails Conversation from Hip Hop Wired

I’m amazed by how many fans still don’t like Haley. His looks are the biggest distraction. His attitude toward the media and fans another and his my way or the highway mentality rubs some wrong. Haley’s not traditional, not at all. His road to the NFL and being a head coach isn’t typical. There have been other coaches who haven’t played in the NFL and have been successful, but Haley is a unique duck.

Haley has fire and he’s not one to deal out handshakes, kisses or hugs. That’s OK, because it’s not about being sweet. The Chiefs are better with him, and that’s what I see.

Chiefs Concens: NFL Players, Owners Not Making Lockout Progress Like We Thought from The Examiner

Tony Adams played quarterback for the Chiefs from 1975-78, but hadn’t seen a down of pro football since leaving the CFL seven years earlier. He was a happily retired 37-year-old financial planner, but he also had connections to the Vikings coaching staff.

“My flag football team won the league tournament on a Sunday, and (assistant coach) Paul (Wiggin) called me that night,” Adams said. “I talked to Mike Lynn on Monday, flew to Minnesota on Tuesday, practiced on Wednesday and started for the Vikings that Sunday.”

’87 Replacement Games Dark, Humorous Time For NFL from The Republic



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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 6/29 - June 29, 2011 by indyfootballreport

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Good morning, Chiefs fans. We have the usual Kansas City Chiefs news for you this morning, but we start out with an old article from Sports Illustrated. On this day in 1983 Joe Delaney died. The story of his death has received some attention in recent days thanks to Leonard Pope’s heroic actions, but I always think it is important to highlight it on the anniversary. Read on, friends.

There was a huge hole there, carved out of the earth some time ago. The hole had filled with water, and three boys waded in. They didn’t know it, but a short way out the bottom dropped off precipitously, and suddenly the boys were in over their heads and thrashing and screaming. There were all sorts of people around, but only Joe dashed to the pond. There was a little boy there. “Can you swim?” he asked Joe.

“I can’t swim good,” Joe said, “but I’ve got to save those kids. If I don’t come up, get somebody.” And he rushed into the water.

One boy fought his way back to the shallow part. The other two didn’t. Neither did Joe Delaney, 24. He was hauled out a few minutes later, dead. He gave his own life trying to save three others.

God rest his soul.

Sometimes the Good Die Young from Sports Illustrated (November 1, 1983)

By any definition, Twitter has become a phenomenon, and remarkably it does not appear to be driven by those who create fads: teenagers. Rather it’s adults, mostly young, but some like the 52-year old Irsay are all over the landscape of Twitter.

That includes the Kansas City Chiefs. In what is now a 16-week NFL lockout, one of the few ways you can get any sort of perspective on the Chiefs players is through Twitter. At times it’s easy to understand what the player is saying:

The Twitter League… Morning Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Missouri Western State University has parted ways with former athletic director Dave Williams, who was the school’s point man in preparing for the Chiefs’ training-camp relocation, which began last year.

Missouri Western AD Who Assisted  Chiefs is Out from The Red Zone

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith opened four days of labor talks Tuesday in Minneapolis, getting together without players or owners in the room.

By sundown Tuesday, Goodell and Smith were on a plane to Florida, where they planned to speak to rookies today before heading back to Minneapolis to continue negotiations.

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith Hold Private Labor Meeting from KC Star

Bogey down with former Kansas City Chief and future Hall of Fame right guard Will Shields for nine holes of fun-filled golf as he hosts the 25th Annual Granfalloon Women’s Golf Scramble Classic benefiting the Will to Succeed Foundation on Thursday, July 28.

Bogy Down with Former Kansas City Chief Will Shields on July 28 from KC Star

But I’m going to go with Chiefs’ Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters as the best interview in the division. He’s the epitome of being a go-to talker. He’s the type of guy who can talk about any aspect of the game and break it down both colorfully and technically. This is one of my cardinal rules: When in Kansas City, stop by Waters’ locker. It’s a must.

Best of NFL: AFC West Players from ESPN

Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs: Moeaki had a solid fantasy season as a rookie despite getting only six red zone targets. With another year working with Matt Cassel, Moeaki should manage at least six TD receptions and improve on the 556 yards receiving he had last season too.

2011 Fantasy Football Sleepers, Busts from ESPN

At a glance, people may look at Steve Harvey and his accomplishments and possibly only see him as an entertainer…

…His accomplishments have great meaning to hundreds of young men and their mothers whose lives he touches each summer. Harvey uses what he has learned and gained throughout his lifetime to give back to the community. Each summer, he takes time out of his schedule to mentor young men from across the country, which he brings to his private ranch located in the Dallas area…

…”Just growing up being raised by a single parent, by my mom …” Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Shaun Smith said, pointing out the similarities between him and the youth. “A lot of these young guys don’t have a father, so what Steve is doing is giving them an experience to last a lifetime.”

Denzel Washington Joins Steve Harvey in DFW from The St. Louis American



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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 6/19 - June 19, 2011 by indyfootballreport

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Happy Father’s Day! A light day for Kansas City Chiefs news, but that’s ok. You guys should be spending time with family today anyway. Enjoy.

If you can get yourself to that point then Chiefs fans might be motivated to root for the owners against the players, but more importantly the right owners against everyone else.

This is an oversimplification of an incredibly complex process, but strictly from a selfish Chiefs point of view, the percentage of revenue given to the teams instead of players is inconsequential compared to how the teams distribute revenue among themselves.

And because Chiefs’ owner Clark Hunt just happens to be heavily involved in negotiations, Kansas City’s interests will be represented in both debates.

Clark Hunt Must Stand Up tp Big-Market NFL Owners from KC Star

Denver at Kansas City: October 5, 2003

A battle of unbeatens turned into another chapter of Dante Hall’s record-setting season. With both the Chiefs and Broncos sporting a perfect 4-0 record, a division leader would be determined at Arrowhead.

This game featured it all. Johnnie Morton celebrated a third quarter touchdown with “The Worm,” a porous Kansas City defense stepped up with critical second half stops, Priest Holmes nearly coughed up the game on a fourth quarter fumble and, of course, “The Human Joystick” struck again.

10 Games in 10 Days: Dante’s Inferno from The Mothership

KC Star Photo Gallery: Kansas City Chiefs hold informal practice

Now, perceived moderates such as John Mara (New York Giants), Clark Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs), Bob Kraft (New England Patriots) and Dean Spanos (San Diego Chargers) have become the lead negotiators for the owners. Richardson has also been part of the process and some believe he has mellowed somewhat the past two months, particularly after his embarrassing treatment of players such as Peyton Manning became public. Likewise, Kraft was once seen as a hardliner early in the process, but has become much more of a peacemaker since late last season, repeatedly saying that a deal could be made, particularly if the lawyers were left out of the process.

Or as Mara said during the meeting of owners in Indianapolis last month, the best way to a long-term labor peace was a fair deal.

Chicago Meetings Pivotal for Goodell from Yahoo! Sports



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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 6/18 - June 18, 2011 by indyfootballreport

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Happy Saturday! Here is today’s Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

Kansas City at Cleveland: September 8, 2002

The Chiefs needed an Opening Day miracle…and then some.

“The Toss” led to the most improbable finish in franchise history – an ending unlikely to ever occur again. Kansas City’s 40-39 win didn’t come without a little help above…and a rumbling 315-pound offensive tackle…and a premature celebration.

10 Games in 10 Days: Tait Rumbles, Rudd Stumbles from The Mothership

The April draft didn’t just give Matt Cassel another offensive weapon. He also got himself a house guest.

In a locked-out offseason full of oddities, yet another strange dynamic developed shortly after the draft. Cassel welcomed a perfect stranger into his home — a stranger who is 6-foot-4, can jump like a basketball star, and who gives the Chiefs’ offense a much-needed vertical threat.

Welcome to the Cassel, home Jon Baldwin. Don’t worry about wiping your feet at the door. Just make yourself comfortable.

Perfect Strangers in Kansas City from ESPN

Cost? Nobody’s talking around the Packers. The NFL provides 0,000 to the winning team to pay for up to 150 rings. Anything more must be paid for by the winning team.

The Ring is the Thing from Bob Gretz

Now in its 28th year, the Chiefs Charity Game has generated nearly million for children’s charities in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

For the third consecutive year the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired has been selected as the recipient of this unique fundraising and publicity opportunity. CCVI prepares children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world.

Eileen Weir: Chiefs Charity Game to Help CCVI, Visually Impared from The Examiner

Throughout the Grand Opening Weekend, Blue Coast will donate 10% of all sales to the Eric Berry Foundation, with all funds ear-marked for refurbishment work of local parks in areas that serve the underprivileged in Knoxville.

Blue Coast Burrito Celebrates Opening With Fundraiser for Eric Berry Foundation from WBIR.com

Berry, perhaps the best defensive player ever to wear a “T” on his helmet, is of more recent vintage. He played in an SEC championship game as a freshman, but experienced the turmoil firsthand in 2008 and 2009.

A Pro Bowler as a rookie with the Kansas City Chiefs, Berry is still plugged in to his former teammates. He said he speaks to one or more of them nearly every day.

“Every time I talk to them they have nothing but good things to say,’’ Berry reported.

Former Vols Can’t Wait for Renewal from Go Vols Xtra

Still, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, the faction of unhappy owners that exists isn’t yet large enough to derail an agreement. That could lead to some heavy lobbying in Chicago at the first owners’ meeting specifically scheduled to deal with the lockout.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because details of the negotiations are not supposed to be made public, said a new CBA is not imminent.

NFL Deal Will Take Time from The Albany Times Union

Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs have seen both sides of the Lockout Age.

Saturday, tight end Leonard Pope became an instant hero when he saved Bryson Moore, 6, from drowning at a pool party in Americus, Ga.

Wednesday, safety Eric Berry and cornerback Brandon Flowers defended their names when news spread that the NFL is investigating a Miami nightclub’s porn-event advertisement that lists them as two of eight player hosts.

Both stories are examples of the yin-yang personality of the era.

The Highs and Lows of the Lockout from FS Kansas City



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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 5/2 - November 14, 2010 by indyfootballreport

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Good morning Chiefs fans! Obviously there is bigger news out there this morning than anything you’ll find in this post. When you get up to date on that, we’ve got today’s Kansas City Chiefs news for you waiting for you here.

The offensive and defensive lines appear to be subject to the most noticeable changes, particularly after the Chiefs selected linemen or pass rushers with five of their nine choices. Three draft picks seem to be likely starters on opening day, and at least five more should be on the two-deep depth chart.

The team’s picks in the first three rounds seem to have the best odds of starting immediately. First-round receiver Jonathan Baldwin is a big wide receiver who will be the favorite to start opposite Dwayne Bowe, who was selected for the 2010 Pro Bowl. Second-round offensive lineman Rodney Hudson and third-round pass rusher Justin Houston will have two aging veterans to beat out before the regular season begins.

Draft May Have Helped Chiefs Get Younger at Several Positions from KC Star

Analysis – Scouts have a term for players like Baldwin – million dollar body, 10-cent brain. There’s no doubting his physical skills; those can be seen on tape in just about every game that he played. The questions all surround his attitude, focus and motivations. If Todd Haley and the Chiefs coaching staff can find a way to corral those three things, then the Chiefs will be getting a very good receiver, with the potentially to be even better than that.

WHAT THE SCOUTS SAY

(Before the Draft) A scout for an NFC team – “Half the people you talk to about him have nothing but bad things to say about his attitude and personality. The other half have nothing but good to say about his attitude and work ethic. Sticking to the tape, he’s too inconsistent, but he has skills that make him unique, so there are going to be a lot of teams willing to work with the guy.”

(After the Draft) Same scout for an NFC team – “I don’t know how much of his day Todd Haley can devout to him (Baldwin), but he’s the perfect personality type to handle this guy. The only way he can be coached is with tough love.”

Player Profile Part #2 – Jonathan Baldwin from Bob Gretz

Ricky Stanzi began his football career as a junior high signal caller for the St. Mary’s of Mentor Knights, and he will continue that career as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. 

The local Lake Catholic High School product, and former Iowa Hawkeye Quarterback, was taken with the fourth pick of in the 5th round yesterday, 135 overall.

Ricky Stanzi: Lake Catholic Cougar, Iowa Hawkeye, Tremendous American, and Now a Kansas City Chiefs from Waiting For Next Year

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My take: Kiper knows more about this deal that I ever will. But I respectively disagree with this call. Kansas City nailed it on all three days. This young roster just got more dangerous. I think it a Grade-A draft.

Examining Kiper’s Draft Grades from ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs: D-
Apparently the Kansas City Chiefs can’t handle success. After a surprising 2010 season, the Chiefs followed it up with the worst draft class in the league.  They reached for WR Jonathan Baldwin and they really reached for C Rodney Hudson. The only thing that is keeping me from failing the Chiefs is third-round pick, LB Justin Houston, who was thought to be a late-first, early-second round talent.

FOX 11 Grade the Packers Draft from FOX 11 Online

Saturday morning at George Washington a handful of NFL draft picks along with current and former NFL players were at the Washington Heights school for the NFL Players Association’s debut “Let Us Play” Fitness and Skills Challenge…

… [Von] Miller was particularly popular. After the clinic, he spent time signing autographs and taking photos, instilling in the event’s participants the kind of work it took for him to get to this point in his career.

He wasn’t the only one. Overall, there were seven draft picks and eight current or former players including Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and former Philadelphia Eagles star Brian Mitchell.

NFL Stars Convene at George Washington for ‘Let Us Play’ Clininc from The New York Post

With a 15-year National Football League career that includes five Pro Bowl selections and three Super Bowl championships, there is no doubt Aliquippa native Ty Law has a resume that is Hall of Fame worthy.

´╗┐The retired cornerback told the crowd of about 550 people at the 36th Annual Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame banquet, though, that he isn’t waiting for any calls from Canton, site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“I don’t have to go to Canton,” Law told the crowd. “This is plenty for me. This is where it all started, it all stemmed from this place.

Law Satisfied with Beaver County Hall Call from The Beaver County Times

Kansas City

Heady move: Character concerns pushed Georgia’s Justin Houston down the boards, but if the Chiefs can keep him in line he’ll be a good find in the third round.

Head scratcher: A lot of draftniks think Pittsburgh receiver Jonathan Baldwin was a reach in the first round, especially with tackles Gabe Carimi and Derek Sherrod still around.

NFL Draft Featured Wise Decisions and Baffling Picks from The Calgary Herald

The impact of rookies is always hard to gauge — but I’m going to project anyway. Instead of going the old route and guessing who’ll be the defensive or offensive rookies of the year, I’m going to plug those that could have the most impact within their divisions…

Justin Houston, LB, Kansas City: Houston is a big-time talent who dropped into the third round because of character concerns. Having played in a 3-4 front in college, he could transition quickly. The Chiefs had the defensive rookie of the year in Eric Berry last season and a motivated Houston might throw himself into contention in 2011. The offensive lines within the division should be better, but so should the Chiefs’ defense.

Defensive Tackles, RBs  Could Have Biggest Impact as Rookies from NFL.com

“We’re looking for unique qualities for players that separate them from other players, and then we try to accentuate that uniqueness and make them special,” Carroll said. “There are examples of really good receivers in the draft that weren’t a lot different than what [Ben Obomanu] can do, so it wasn’t something that interested us as much as a guy with a different style [6-foot-5 receiver Kris Durham].”

Durham visited Kansas City last week; the Chiefs called Seattle to congratulate the Seahawks on selecting a player they also wanted to take, according to Schneider.

Post-Draft Grades: Seattle Seahawks from ESPN



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