INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Cam Newton participates in the vertical jump during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Good morning! Enjoy your Kansas City Chiefs news. Today we have stories about the upcoming combine, free agency, and a McCluster in a variety show.
GM Scott Pioli and Head Coach Romeo Crennel were among the Chiefs staffers who arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday. The entire slate of coaches, scouts and evaluators will arrive in Indianapolis sometime before the end of day Thursday.
Throw in [medical] staffers along with other front office personnel and the Chiefs contingency at the Combine tops 50 people.
Chiefs Value NFL Combine Interview Opportunities from The Mothership
So, if tackle doesn't already look like a spot where the Chiefs should use their first-round pick, consider this: Albert is heading into the last year of his contract. The Chiefs must get some insurance in case they can't get Albert re-signed. They could retain Albert next year by making him their franchise player, but they might rather save the tag for a player like Glenn Dorsey instead.
Switching From Free Agency To The Draft from The Red Zone
Head coach Romeo Crennel, just as Todd Haley did, is involved in the personnel process this time of the year. But Romeo's season begins in August. Pioli's began with the final gun of the season's final game in Denver.
Since he grabbed the keys to the Chiefs bus, the team has re-signed LB Cory Greenwood and TE Jake O'Connell. They've brought in S Kyle McCarthy as a street free agent and this week, Pioli got a deal done with free agent CB Stanford Routt. There are 49 players on the roster for 2012, or at least 49 that the public has been informed about. With an 80-man roster limit, nearly 20 players who will become free agents in three weeks and draft choices to prepare for, there's a lot of important work that remains to be done.
Back To Indy... Thursday Cup O'Combine from Bob Gretz
NFL free agency begins Tuesday, March 13th at 3:00 PM (CST). With the Chiefs looking to improve depth and competition across their roster, KCChiefs.com will preview 30 potential free agents in the 30 days leading up to the start of free agency. Today's featured player is Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne.
30 FAs In 30 Days: Chad Henne from The Mothership
On Friday morning, the NFL will conduct a series of coin tosses to determine the final order of the draft based on the identical records and strength of schedule of four teams. The Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins will be calling heads or tails to earn the No. 8 pick (the loser gets No. 9) while the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks will flip for the 11th and 12th slots.
Although the tosses will not garner much attention at the NFL Scouting Combine, I believe the outcome of the coin tosses could have a significant impact on the landscape of the draft. Here are three reasons why:
Danny from Kansas City wants to know if I think the Chiefs could sign Miami quarterback Chad Henne in free agency.
Bill Williamson: I think he has to be considered one of the possibilities. The Chiefs have said Matt Cassel will get some competition. Among the possibilities mentioned have been re-signing Kyle Orton or signing former Oakland starter Jason Campbell. Henne is younger than those players, but he is less accomplished. Perhaps the Chiefs could like Henne as a backup to Cassel.
Mailbag: Chad Henne In Kansas City? from ESPN
Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees and teammates Len Dawson and Bobby Bell spoke to hundreds of high school students Wednesday during the Hall's annual Black History Month Program...
...The Chiefs were the first to fill more than half its roster with black players.
Hall Of Famers Len Dawson, Bobby Bell Talk To Area Students from The Canton Repository
The first time Eric Harris pulled on a football jersey and popped on a helmet for a new team, he usually had an impact...
...And in his first season with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs in 1980, Harris had a string of six straight games with at least one interception.
Harris, 56, a former Hamilton High star and one of the most honored defenders in UofM football history from 1973-76, died at home in Little Rock on Sunday after a heart attack.
Former University Of Memphis Tiger Star Defender Harris Dies from The Memphis Commercial Appeal
Mayor Sly James and Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster will be among the local celebrities and philanthropists helping raise money for Variety: The Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City, at a variety show at the Midland theater that puts the talents of Kansas City notables on display. James and McCluster will perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and cash bar, and the show begins at 8 p.m. A cast and sponsor party will follow at The Windows on Main. Tickets cost $50-$800 on varietykc.org, but some levels are sold out.