Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 5/9



Happy Mother's Day! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news was a barren wasteland. Here's what I could piece together.

UNA had three players sign as NFL free agents last week with linebacker Michael Johnson going to the Kansas City Chiefs; wide receiver Preston Parker signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and wide receiver Mico McSwain signing with the Tennessee Titans.

Oglesby said the key for the UNA free agents is to continue to work hard and do the things that made them successful in college.

"You didn't get drafted, but you're still at the show, so when you get there, show out," Oglesby said. "You're in the NFL, so just go out and work hard. It's the same game you've been playing at UNA, but it's at the highest level now."

How to make it as a free agent from TimesDaily.com

Last year, over 50 percent of Kansas City’s roster was comprised of undrafted free agents.   

As important as undrafted free agents are, it’s difficult for fans to develop an emotional attachment to players who may soon be kicked to the curb.

When organized team activities (OTAs) start on May 17, NFL teams are allowed 80 players under contract.  Of that 80, 27 will not make the team’s 53-man roster.

For those who wish to be critical of Kansas City’s draft, it’s important to turn an eye to the class of undrafted free agents.

Kansas City Chiefs Have High Hopes For 2010 Undrafted Free Agent Class from Bleacher Report

Titus Ryan has changed. The sprinter has become a marathon man.

A football vagabond, Ryan will turn 26 in less than two weeks. The Cowboys are his fourth NFL team, but he has yet to appear in a regular-season game. He took a detour last season, playing with Calgary and Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League...

...The Kansas City Chiefs brought Ryan to training camp as an undrafted free agent in 2007. New Orleans did the same a year later, when Ryan also spent time on Carolina's practice squad. Each time, his speed could not overcome rawness.

"He's worth a shot, but how long are you willing to wait?" asked ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, who was Kansas City's coach in 2007. "That's the key. What you hope doesn't happen is you coach the guy for somebody else, that he goes to another team and makes it."

Ryan received much-needed game experience last season in Canada. The wide-open, bigger-field CFL game is a distant cousin to the NFL, but Ryan benefited by playing.

Speedy Titus Ryan Hopes He's on NFL Fast Track with Cowboys from The Dallas Morning News

Mark Ellis, 2009 NCAA Division I heavyweight champ from the University of Missouri, and Iowa State's David Zabriskie, crowned best of the big men at the 2010 NCAAs in March, were both invited to participate in rookie minicamp for the NFL Cleveland Browns last weekend... and that generated some coverage beyond traditional amateur wrestling websites and magazines...

...A number of top NCAA heavyweight wrestlers have explored the NFL option:

NCAA heavyweight champs Zabriskie, Ellis talk about their experiences at Browns minicamp from Examiner.com

Stan Kroenke, the billionaire sports tycoon and possible future owner of the St. Louis Rams, is cheering. Not hollering like a rabid NBA fan, but clapping his hands and jumping to his feet as a Denver Nuggets player dives for a loose basketball along the polished wood floor. He gets the ball. Kroenke slaps his hands once, hard. Yes!...

...After the deal, Kroenke began laying the framework for his sports empire, setting up Kroenke Sports Enterprises. He bought Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids in 2003 at the urging of Lamar Hunt, the now-deceased Kansas City Chiefs owner who saw a future in soccer. Kroenke then built the Rapids a $165 million soccer-only stadium surrounded by 24 youth fields, splitting the cost with the suburb of Commerce City. He said he believed "the model" was there.

'Silent Stan' speaks from StLToday.com

The M-Braves gave Diamond a lead in the third inning on singles by Concepcion Rodriguez and Travis Jones and a one-out sac fly by Alex Romero.

"You know Justin Cassel wasn't too bad either," Wellman said.

Barons starter Cassel, brother of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt, threw some tight spirals at the M-Braves for six innings, allowing just five singles and a walk.

The series finale is today at 2:05. RH Erik Cordier (1-2, 4.05) will face Barons RH Charlie Shirek.

Diamond sparkles in baffling Barons from The Clarion Ledger

Player Tweets

BCarr39 Watchin a classic...Ferris Bueller's Day Off
almighty31 headed to pnl to c a fashion show. lets c how its gonna b
GlennDorsey72 Hmmm....
BCarr39 Where could I go tonite to enjoy myself and be comfortable???
berry1429 31 kills on call of duty!!
berry1429 28 to follow. Had to step my game up.

Media and Fans

Jay_Glazer I just talked to cushing. He said he flunked a random test during the season and insists it was for a non-steroidal banned substance

Jay_Glazer In today's NFL guys have to be fully responsible for what goes in their bodies. I don't care if it was steroidal or not, it's on the player!

mellinger I've spent much time in phoenix. It sucks butt compared to kc RT @ddockett: had a dream I got traded to KC. living there will be a nightmare

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