Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 7/15

Good morning! It's not over yet, but we have some good news on the labor front and good Kansas City Chiefs stories in today's news. We're getting close to the end. Also, a certain someone is recording in Orland. Asking the question: "Are you ready for some football?"

When NFL owners meet next week in Atlanta, they hope to have a completed, proposed collective bargaining agreement on which to vote.

To that end, impressive momentum came out of a nearly 15-hour labor negotiation Thursday in New York, with the owners and players closing in on an agreement for a new rookie wage scale, according to a source. It appears the issue could be resolved soon if the parties can work out a few minor details.

Owners, Players See Breakthrough on Rookie Wage Scale Issue from NFL.com

The folks at Forbes do a pretty good job on these things but the real number on what the Chiefs are worth is something that only the Hunt Family and their bean counters may know. It may also be a fluid number because there’s so much that changes in the economic world with things like the new labor agreement we hope to see finalized next week.

But, I think the Chiefs value is higher. Whether it passes $1 billion I’m not so sure, but the magazine has the Chiefs behind Carolina, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Miami, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Seattle. I believe the Hunts’ financial picture is better than the Panthers, Buccaneers, Browns and Titans.

Just Short of a Billion... Morning Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Standing on a makeshift football field atop a soundstage in the middle of flashing lights, dancing cheerleaders and screaming fans, Hank Williams, Jr. lifted his cowboy hat and belted out the words that for more than 20 years have become synonymous with the start of the NFL season.

MNF Mainstay Gearing Up for Start of NFL Season from KC Star

As we’ve waited for the start of the 2011 NFL season, we didn’t spend the last four months twiddling our thumbs. Always in the search for something different, we’ll bring you some special statistics, some unusual stats.

Today’s example is our list of the top 10 best running quarterbacks in Chiefs history.

Best QB Rushers in Chiefs History from Bob Gretz

Former Kansas City Chiefs right guard Will Shields, a 12-time Pro Bowl performer who never missed a game in his brilliant NFL career, was conducting a clinic for the team’s offensive linemen, while members of his staff at 68 Inside Sports ran the other Wildcats through a series of demanding drills.

"I just hope these guys know who they’re learning from today," longtime Wildcats defensive line coach Dave Podjenski said as he watched Shields spend some one-on-one time with each member of the line.

Former Chiefs Gives His Professional Advice from The Examiner

Jonathan Baldwin has been labeled many things. The wide receiver was called a diva in the months leading up to the draft (University of Pittsburgh coaches have since defended Baldwin's attitude) and some scouts felt Kansas City's first round pick played "soft" for his 6-foot-4, 228-pound frame.

It's another label, however, that drew the attention of fantasy owners: big-play weapon.

NFL Rookie Watch: Jonathan Baldwin from Sports Illustrated

Although Studebaker has never been a starter, the fourth year linebacker out of Wheaton College is a sure tackler whose familiarity with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s defense should give him an advantage over his most talented challenger, third-round pick Justin Houston.

Chiefs Studebaker Has Inside Track for Outside Backer Job from Football News Now

1. Tamba Hali. Honestly, is there an NFL player with a better motor than Tamba's? A star at Penn State and a star (first) at defensive end and now as a 3-4 outside linebacker for the Chiefs.

Tamba Hali, Cameron Wake Head List of Best Penn State Players in the NFL from PennLive.com

"In addtion to Allen Iverson, athletes like Percy Harvin of the Vikings and Brandon Alberts of the Kansas City Chiefs, Stephen Jackson of the Milwaukee Bucks, Nelly" and others will be in attendance, according to CrossOver CEO and Iverson's agent, Gary Moore.

Allen Iverson Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday at Dudley from The Greensboro News & Record

After tremendous renovations to Arrowhead Stadium and a philosophical shift in the club’s approach to event presentation, industry peers awarded the Chiefs as the most outstanding stadium show in the NFL for 2010.

In addition to that powerful designation, the GMA was the first won in franchise history.

Arrowhead Shines from The Mothership

Bannister, along with about 250 other kids, ranging in age from 7 to 14, have spent this past week at the 6th Annual Pro Football Camp at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Each morning, campers receive instruction from more than a dozen current and former NFL players, as well as area high school and Pop Warner coaches, and area prep players...

...Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Warfield worked with campers on secondary drills.

Area Kids Team Up With Pros from OurColoradoNews.com

With a deal in place on the rookie wage scale, the NFL and the players apparently are moving quickly toward a full and complete CBA.

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN (via Chris Mortensen’s Twitter page) reports that a settlement is now on the fast track.  Chris Mortensen of ESPN (via Chris Mortensen’s Twitter page) reports that, at the current pace, a deal could come within the next 24-to-48 hours.

Stunning Momentum Puts Settlement on Fast Track from ProFootballTalk

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