Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive lineman Quinton Coples does the broad jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Good morning! It's a good day for Kansas City Chiefs news. Some interesting stories and good info ahead. Enjoy.
Free agency is two weeks away and there were will be plenty of chatter going on around the league in the next 14 days as teams jockey for position to sign players and players jockey for position to sign with certain teams. Draft prep will continue as individual players hold their workouts around the country and personnel departments continue to slice and dice all the information.
But there was plenty of news that came out of the Combine, whether it was on the field, in the meeting rooms or at downtown Indy's Steak & Shake, the one spot where just about every NFL decision maker stops at least once during the week for a burger, fries and shake at midnight.
Here is some of what we've learned.
What We Learned From Indy... Wednesday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
The National Football Foundation announced today the names of 76 players and eight coaches who've made it onto the 2012 HOF ballot. The Class of 2012 will be announced live in New York City on May 15th.
Pro Football Hall of Famers Derrick Thomas and Willie Roaf are two of the former Chiefs up for induction this year.
Former Chiefs on the ballot this year include:
Seven Former Chiefs On 2012 College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot 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 Miami Dolphins nose tackle Paul Soliai.
30 FAs In 30 Days: Paul Soliai from The Mothership
Kansas City. The Chiefs seem much more likely to build around Matt Cassel and a free-agent import to compete with him, and keep Jonathan Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe. But Peyton Manning can make teams do things they never foresaw.
Monday Morning QB - Tuesday from Sports Illustrated
The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs might both consider taking a quarterback in the draft. Let's look at the top quarterbacks and the chances that they land with either team.
What Rookie QBs Fir For Broncos, Chiefs? from ESPN
The latest article from Peter King for Sports Illustrated surveys the land of the quarterback and finds that there are many options to choose from. But when one is as dynamic as Robert Griffin III of Baylor, then teams are still going to clamor to win the rights to select him in the 2012 NFL Draft. King says that among the favorites, there is a mystery team.
NFL Draft 2012: Robert Griffin III Reportedly Has Mystery Team Ready To Trade Up from SB Nation Kansas City
In 72 hours, the Chiefs handed their current list of salaries and salary-cap numbers for the 2012 to the Kansas City Star, signed free-agent cornerback Stanford Routt to a three-year, $19.6 million contract and publicly said they still want to re-sign starting cornerback Brandon Carr who will soon become a free agent.
It was an attempt by team chairman Clark Hunt and general manager Scott Pioli to show wary Chiefs fans that they plan to do whatever they can to improve on last year's 7-9 record for a team that failed to make the playoffs.
Chiefs Say They Will Be Active Spending Money from Fox Sports Kansas City
As part of a mini - series entitled, "Hard Knocks - Training Camp with the Kansas City Chiefs," Printers was released by Player Personnel director Ray Farmer in front of millions of cable viewers on the Home Box Office network. Told that if he could not be "Superman" (although something else seemed to be implied in the exchange), then he was of no use to the team.
That Farmer and the head coach at the time (Herman Edwards) were also Black made it a further slap in the face; because as stated in the conversation, Printers had "done everything asked of him" during training camp. Knowing Printers' release and the reason for it being "unbelievable" belied the sheer animus shown by Chiefs' management.
The QB Kansas City decided to keep was Tyler Thigpen (1 - 11 as a starter; 54.4 completion %; 21/18 TD/interception ratio; passer rating 72.5 - career stats provided by Pro - Football Reference.com)
Revisionist HIS - Story, Part II from Black Athlete
Poe is skyrocketing up draft boards with his rare measurables, and he sits somewhere in the middle of the first round at this point. If all goes well during the pre-draft process, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him go as high as No. 11 to the Kansas City Chiefs, who need a versatile anchor in the middle of their defensive line.
Poe Leads Impressive DL Group from ESPN
Kansas City -- Most likely order: Manning, RG3, Flynn/Tannehill tie.
Reasoning: The Chiefs are dangerous in that they are serious. They typically don't leak stuff. They typically don't suffer soap opera situations, although the Todd Haley deal bordered on it. They are just a fit for what Manning wants in an organization. They're all football and no frills. They also have a ton of cap space. Worry about this team if you're a Dolphins fan.
Match The QB With The QB Priority from The Miami Herald