Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
The Chiefs added four new players the first week of free agency, and general manager Scott Pioli indicated Monday that they weren't finished.
"We're planning and hoping to continue to sign players," Pioli said at the University of Iowa, where he and coach Romeo Crennel were part of a contingent of Chiefs officials attending the school's pro day.
"We're not done."
Pioli Says Chiefs Not Done Shopping For Players from KC Star
A contract worth $22 million is what attracted Winston to Kansas City, but it was a big help that his new fans were all in and wanted him on the roster.
"That was something else; my Twitter blew up obviously when I was released and got a lot of messages from a lot of people. I feel like the fans from Kansas City probably blew it up five times more than anyone else's fan base. Every day, it was, ‘Come to Kansas City. Come to Kansas City,' and then obviously when it was made known that I was in town, I had hundreds of mentions every day.
The Fresh Start Of Free Agency... Tuesday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
"To be honest with you, Kansas City wasn't somewhere that if I had to just pick off the top of my head right then, ‘Where do you want to go?' I can honestly that Kansas City wasn't that choice right away," Winston said.
But Winston eventually made his way to Kansas City and, though he admittedly didn't know much about the team or the town, quickly became sold on the Chiefs.
"To tell you the truth, I thought it was more of a rustbelt city and I had never been there," Winston said. "When you get there, you learn that it's far from it. It's a beautiful city. It's a beautiful place. I was pretty blown away with just the overall atmosphere of Kansas City."
Eric Winston: Chiefs Put On Full-Court Press from The Mothership
"I just think that you can't make every decision in life based on money," Quinn said. "For me, personally, I had to take advantage of making the best decision I felt was out there for me at that given point in time. I feel like Kansas City was the right choice."
Quinn's last start came in 2009 with Cleveland under new Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. He made nine starts in Daboll's system that year and three starts during Romeo Crennel's final season serving as Browns head coach in 2008.
Quinn Finds Right Fit In KC from The Mothership
"I'll be in a similar situation with a team that is on the brink of breaking through, so I feel like I'm going to a really good situation where it's not that much different," Winston said Monday on a teleconference. "Kansas City is a city that wants to win and wants to win badly ... and it's a team that is on the brink of doing it.
"I wouldn't have come to Kansas City for any other reason than to win ... and looking at the roster, and looking at the moves that have been made, we're going to have the pieces."
Winston, Quinn Ready For Fresh Starts With Chiefs from KC Star
Suffice is to say the Chiefs and the rests of the AFC West will now get the chance to face Manning twice a year. The Broncos are especially happy that he's on their side now - Denver was 8-2 against Manning.
The Chiefs are 1-7 against Manning, while the Raiders are 2-3. Only the Chargers have been able to solve Manning and his offense, as they are 5-4 and have won five of the last six against him. Maybe that's why Chargers QB Philip Rivers expressed happiness when he heard that Denver was the next stop for Manning.
Peyton, Broncos Deal Almost Done & NFL Free Agency from Bob Gretz
Kansas City -- coached by Romeo Crennel, whose defenses played well against Manning while he was the defensive coordinator in New England -- likely will look to upgrade on the defensive front and at linebacker early in the draft. The Chiefs loaded up on offense in free agency.
Pressure Is On Defenses In AFC West from ESPN
The biggest names that rolled into football from N.H. were 15-year veteran quarterback Greg Landry and 14-season center Don Macek
Kendall Reyes plans on changing all that. Born and raised in Nashua, he took his talents to the University of Connecticut where he played defensive tackle and defensive end for the Huskies and eventually ended up an All-Big East defensive stalwart and two-time team captain.
Top 100 Prospects - No. 85 DT Kendall Reyes from Bob Gretz
Two of Iowa's NFL prospects, offensive tackle Riley Reiff and wide receiver Marvin McNutt Jr., had solid but unspectacular workouts Monday at the Hawkeyes' Pro Day in Iowa City. Lesser-known guard Adam Gettis, meanwhile, impressed NFL personnel in attendance, a group that included five representatives of the Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL Draft 2012: Reiff OK, Gettis Surges At Iowa Pro Day from SportingNews
I wish the Browns were having a free-agent season like Kansas City. I love how the Chiefs targeted right tackle Eric Winston, signing him for a reasonable (by NFL standards) four-year, $22 million contract. I also wondered why the Browns weren't in serious contention for Winston, who would have solved the right tackle problem for the next few years.
Cleveland Browns Could Use A Free-Agent Season Like The Kansas City Chiefs from The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Running back Michael Hayes doesn't have a stat line with counting statistics busting at the seams like Keenum or Edwards, and he might not be drafted on the first or second day, but according to a source close to him, multiple scouts are very interested in him as a late-round pick and he will find a home in the NFL...
UH Pro Day Notebook: Several Under-The-Radar Prospects Impress Scouts from The Daily Cougar
And the Kansas City Chiefs are better than their 7-9 record last year indicated. If K.C. can get solid quarterback play, Romeo Crennel's team will be a factor. None of these defenses will slow Peyton down, but they're also not the Jaguars, Titans and Texans teams that Manning feasted on the majority of his career. They're actually decent.
Coach Bill Belichick hosted San Diego Chargers defensive end Luis Castillo on Saturday, two sources said, kicking the tires on a former first-round pick coming off a broken leg...
...Castillo has also visited the Kansas City Chiefs, and San Diego is still in play, as are two other teams.
Sources: Mankins Needed ACL Surgery from The Boston Herald
That might well qualify as the biggest gamble the team has ever taken in General Manager A.J. Smith's decade in charge of personnel decisions.
Gaither is too talented to have been running out of chances. He is too big and can move too well to not be in the NFL this summer, regardless of how he performed for the Chargers over the 2011 season's final month.
But a false start and seemingly kneejerk reaction by the Kansas City Chiefs had him at a crossroads this past November.
Gaither Gets The Contract He Earned from The San Diego Union-Tribune