Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 3/18

Ouch. Okay kids, let's do this so I can go back to bed. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news.

The Chiefs filled two of their biggest roster holes Saturday, signing veteran right tackle Eric Winston to a four-year contract and agreeing to terms with backup quarterback Brady Quinn. Financial terms were not disclosed for either deal.

Winston may be the Chiefs' biggest free-agent prize so far, following previous additions in running back Peyton Hillis, tight end Kevin Boss and cornerback Stanford Routt.

Chiefs Pick Up QB Brad Quinn, Tackle Eric Winston from KC Star

Winston was in the fourth year of a $30 million, five-year deal when he was cut by the Houston Texas to save salary cap space. He instantly became the most coveted right tackle on the market, and Kansas City quickly swooped in to line up a visit.

Their likely sales pitch include a chance to block for one of the most dynamic running backs in the league in Jamaal Charles, play for a team on the rise, and sample some of the world's best barbecue - Winston tweeted during his visit on Friday that Chiefs brass had taken him to Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue for lunch.

Kansas City Chiefs Sign Free Agents OT Eric Winston, QB Brady Quinn from SportingNews

Winston's arrival doesn't just fill a need for the Chiefs. It patches a gaping hole. The Chiefs entered free agency with offensive tackle undoubtedly ranking as the club's biggest need from both a talent and depth perspective. Prior to signing Winston, the Chiefs had just two tackles under contract for 2012 and neither had NFL experience playing on the right side.

With Winston, the Chiefs are getting a player who's made 86 career starts and is still in his prime at 28-years old.

Chiefs Sign T Eric Winston from The Mothership

Quinn, once selected 22ndoverall by Cleveland in the 2007 NFL Draft, reunites with former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel in Kansas City.

The Browns traded up to select Quinn out of Notre Dame. If they hadn't, former Chiefs President and General Manager Carl Peterson was prepared to make Quinn a Chief.

Instead, the Chiefs chose WR Dwayne Bowe.

Chiefs Agree To Terms With QB Brady Quinn from The Mothership

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily Newsreports that Cotchery is scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday and Tuesday.

Jerrico Cotchery To Visit The Chiefs Early Next Week from ProFootballTalk

And then there's the personal work on his ACL that has occupied his time, which he estimates is "80 or 85 percent" done.

"I'm really excited about where I'm at, ahead of schedule," Berry said. "Right now, I feel very comfortable with where I'm at, running, cutting, starting to do plyometrics as well, and the process is going really well.

Love Affair Between Eric Berry And Vols Still Going Strong from Go Vols Xtra

That road led to western Kansas and a semester at Dodge City Community College, but he didn't play football there, ultimately ending up at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. But it's there in the Ragin' Cajun program that Bentley showed the NFL he deserves serious consideration on draft day.

Top 100 Prospects - No. 87 CB Dwight Bentleyfrom Bob Gretz

Free agent running back Mike Tolbert is visiting the Carolina Panthers this weekend, a league source said Saturday.

Tolbert, 26, who played four seasons in San Diego, visited the Kansas City Chiefs last week and also has drawn interest from San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

Source: Tolbert Visits Carolina Panthers This Weekend from The Rock Hill Herald

What should have been the charming story of Peyton Hillis, the everyman running back voted onto Madden NFL 12's cover, turned into a farce by year's end. Hillis bickered with Browns management over his contract, which was off-putting to Browns fans, who are noted for their loyalty. He sat out a game on the advice of his agent, which further soured their opinion of him, and last week he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He is the first Madden cover star to be traded in the offseason following his appearance.. He becomes the second athlete to change teams in the offseason immediately after his appearance, though Favre's switch to the Vikings involved retirement and a return late in training camp.

Ten Disasters Under The Covers Of Sports Video Games from Deadspin

Some teams paid a premium to persuade players to make quick decisions, even though both sides might have been better served by taking their time. The Vikings spent as much as $25 million for tight end John Carlson, who caught just 31 passes for the Seahawks in 2010 before missing last season with a shoulder injury. Carlson was in Kansas City, preparing for a meeting with the Chiefs, when Vikings officials called him with an offer so good that he canceled his plans and flew to Minnesota. Carlson arrived at Vikings headquarters and signed a five-year deal that guarantees him $9 million.

Shopping Fast Doesn't Necessarily Mean Shopping Well from The New York Times

Khaled: I like what the Kansas City Chiefs did on a number of levels, but any time you turn one of your biggest weaknesses into a strength, you've done very well. That's why they did at the right tackle spot by swapping Barry Richardson for Eric Winston.

Nathan: I'll go with Peyton Hillis to the Chiefs. If both Hillis and Charles can return to their 2010 form, then that offense can be very dangerous. I think that move can help the team win the division in 2012.

Free Agency Day 5: 5 Questions, 5 Analysts (3/18/12) from Pro Football Focus

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