KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31: Jackie Battle #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the San Diego Chargers on October 31, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Good morning! We have some more on Manning, including a story I am being cautious about, a totally unconfirmed report from a Denver radio host on a contract offer from KC. Relax. Enjoy your Kansas City Chiefs news.
The Chiefs have contacted the agent for Manning, one of football's all-time great quarterbacks. How serious they might be about acquiring Manning, who was released this week after 13 seasons with Indianapolis, remains to be seen...
...Still, landing Manning would be out of character for the Chiefs. It hasn't been their style to outbid opposing teams for any players since general manager Scott Pioli joined the Chiefs three years ago and it will take serious money in order to sign Manning.
The Kansas City Chiefs were the only team to offer a completed contract to free agent quarterback Peyton Manning on Thursday, according to Denver radio host Brandon Spano. Spano's source says that Kansas City appears to be the most prepared of the teams interested in Manning's services.
Peyton Manning Rumors: Kansas City Chiefs Only Team To Offer Full Contract On Thursday from SB Nation Denver
KC Star Photo Gallery: Front Runners To Land Manning
Did the Chiefs know something?
Of course the Chiefs did. And so did everyone else who at least casually follows the NFL. Manning's release was imminent before his $28 million roster bonus kicked in on March 8th. This was no secret.
However, the Chiefs decision to jettison Williams had nothing to do with the timing of Manning's expected release. The timing of Williams' release was more about respect for a veteran than anything else.
No Hidden Agenda To Timing Of William's Release from The Mothership
Today, we zero in on the defensive players who as of Thursday at 2 p.m. did not have contracts for the 2012 season. Several were in negotiations with their clubs and this type of list could be shuffled quite a bit as teams try to keep their better players off the free agency street...
...Here are the top defensive players:
Top Defensive Free Agents 2012 from Bob Gretz
All the plans in the world can't stop a young man when a football coach whispers sweet words of defense in his ear.
"I really had no interest in coming to Alabama," Crimson Tide NT Josh Chapman said. "And then one day everything changed."
Top 100 Prospects - No. 96 NT Josh Chapman from Bob Gretz
Cuts are rolling in across the league, most of them financially related before the NFL calendar begins a new year on March 13th. The free agent pool is being fed daily with cap casualties, none more popular at the moment than former Colts QB Peyton Manning...
...For the Chiefs, this secondary pool of free agents is where the team has found a sizeable portion of its free agent productivity in recent years.
Finding Value In Cap Casualties from The Mothership
As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs have joined the scrum for newly free Peyton Manning. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs are one of 12 teams that have reached out to Manning's representatives since he was released by the Colts on Wednesday. Denver is also among the teams to contact Manning's folks. The Broncos did so soon after Manning was cut.
Chiefs, Broncos Square Off For Manning from ESPN
In attendance for today's event were scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans. One CFL team was also in attendance, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
University Of Colorado Pro Football Timing Day 2012 from CUBuffs.com
BW: I think the Manning deal is a different animal. Unless a team is totally set at quarterback, I think they should look at him. That is what Denver and the Chiefs are doing. If the Chiefs don't land Manning, I think Cassel is still the favorite to be their quarterback. The Chiefs will add to the position in some form, but if it's not Manning, Cassel will get a chance to remain the starter.
Chat Wrap: Manning Madness from ESPN
Cynics will point out that he has enjoyed a steady diet of QBs from Oakland and Denver recently, including two Tim Tebow starts as well as a chance to play Curtis Painter, Caleb Hanie, and even Donovan McNabb in Minnesota. But, the counter to that is that this season the Chiefs also dealt with Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, and of course, Phil Rivers twice each season.
The Case For The Cowboys To Sign Brandon Carr from FS Southwest