Good morning! The Kansas City Chiefs won the coin toss and will have the 11th selection in the NFL Draft. Here is the rest of today's news. Enjoy.
The Kansas City Chiefs won the second and final coin toss Friday, and they will now pick 11th. The Chiefs outflipped (outcalled?) the Seahawks, who will pick 12th.
General manager Scott Pioli said he couldn't promise the Chiefs would find a more significant challenge for Cassel this year. But he indicated that if the Chiefs failed, it wouldn't be for a lack of trying.
Just as it wasn't, Pioli said, the last three seasons.
"The answer is yes, there's going to be competition at quarterback," Pioli said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. "But that doesn't make it different from any other year. That's not different from the past."
Miami, the N.Y. Jets, Arizona, Seattle, Washington - those are all teams that would seem to have an interest in Manning if he becomes a free agent in less than two weeks. Thursday, the Chiefs were thrown into the pile as well; although how serious a player they are remains to be seen.
While the franchise needs a shot in the arm to change public perception of how the team is operated, going after Manning and jumping through all the hoops that would be part of that effort is very [unlike] the profile the team has established under Clark Hunt and Scott Pioli.
But then, maybe they've come to realize what type of desperate situation they are in and Manning seems like the answer.
In Peyton's Place... Friday Cup O'Combine from Bob Gretz
If there is a physical test that can project a future Chiefs draft pick, it might be one that measures hops.
In three drafts under GM Scott Pioli, the Chiefs have plucked some of the NFL Combine's best jumpers.
Three years ago, the Chiefs made Ohio State cornerback
Donald Washington their fourth-round selection. Washington set an NFL Combine record in 2009 with a 45.0-inch vertical. It's a record that still stands, according to official Combine test results posted on NFL.com.
Past NFL Combine Performances Of Chiefs Draft Picks from The Mothership
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 Denver Broncos slot receiver Eddie Royal.
30 FAs In 30 Days: Eddie Royal from The Mothership
Manning makes sense for the Chiefs for various reasons. They have more than enough cap space, a relatively strong defense, a great young running back in Jamaal Charles, and competent receivers (who'd look a lot better with Peyton Manning throwing the passes). Last year, even after Charles, safety Eric Berry, and tight end Tony Moeaki were lost early to torn ACLs, the Chiefs pulled it together and nearly pulled off a second straight AFC West title.
The fact that the Chiefs play in the AFC West would make Peyton's path back to the postseason easier than elsewhere.
Kansas City Radio Host Says Chiefs, Condon Have Spoken About Peyton Manning from ProFootballTalk
Over the next few days, the Chiefs and their NFL brethren will poke, prod, question, and eyeball more than 300 college players in the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Stadium. They'll cross some players off their draft board while others will impress them so much that they'll shoot up the board...
...Here are six players Chiefs fans may want to pay attention to as possible first-round picks for the team in April.
Is Trent Richardson on the Chiefs' radar? The Alabama star running back won't compete at the combine because of a minor knee surgery. However, he will be able to run at his pro day next month. Still, perhaps the Chiefs will meet with Richardson. He has been connected to Kansas City in several mock drafts. I'd be surprised if Kansas City ended up with him because of other needs and because the Chiefs have running back Jamaal Charles coming back from a torn ACL. But it is an intriguing scenario.
AFC West Combine Primer from ESPN
Bobby Bell and Len Dawson grew up under vastly different circumstances and later become teammates and lifelong friends.
The Pro Football Hall of Famers discussed their lives and careers with high school students Wednesday and Thursday as part of the hall's Black History Month celebration.
Life lessons and inspirational moments were subtly disguised within stories of their glory days and after.
HOFers And Teammates Say Find Opportunity Amid Diversity from The Canton Repository