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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off the field holding his head during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Good morning! Did you guys hear the Chiefs signed a quarterback? Well, the rest of the world sure did. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

The Chiefs' latest signing at quarterback might not have a chance to unseat Matt Cassel as the starter, but if they need a guy to throw a pass out of a second-floor bedroom window to a receiver riding in the back of a moving pickup truck, Alex Tanney is their man.

Chiefs Sign YouTube Star Alex Tanney from KC Star

An undrafted rookie from Monmouth College (Illinois), Tanney recently took part in Buffalo's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He joins Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi in the Chiefs quarterback ranks.

Chiefs GM Scott Pioli indicated in April that he preferred to carry four quarterbacks into training camp.

Chiefs Add Rookie Free Agent QB Alex Tanney from The Mothership

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Think you've got the voice to lead Chiefs Kingdom? The Kansas City Chiefs are looking for you!

Help the Chiefs celebrate our 50th season in Kansas City by showcasing your vocal talent for our inaugural "Voice of the Kingdom" competition. One lucky fan will win the chance to lead the Kingdom in the national anthem on August 24th before the Chiefs final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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A three-time Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year and 2009 Melberger Award winner, Tanney will work out with the Chiefs and quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn prior to the Chiefs' training camp, which will be held in St. Joseph, Mo., in late July.

"This is the opportunity Alex was looking for," said Fighting Scots coach Steve Bell. "We're pretty excited for Alex and what it means to him as well as to our program. He's got the chance now to show what he can do and hopefully make the 53-man roster."

Alex Tanney Going To Join KC Chiefs from CBS4QC

"The biggest thing right off the bat is trying to get the terminology down and the formations, the cadence, the snap counts, the shifts," Tanney said. "There's a lot to learn. But you just put your head in the playbook and start getting it down."

Tanney is the NCAA's all-time all-division touchdown passing leader. He was a three-time Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the 2009 Melberger Award winner at Monmouth.

Kansas City Chiefs Sign Former Lexington QB Alex Tanney from

The fact that Tanney put up big numbers in college makes him interesting. But, at this point, I think he is a long-shot prospect whose best chance is to stick on the practice squad this year. If any NFL team truly thought Tanney had a real chance to make its team, he would have been signed immediately after the draft.

Still, at the very least, he should provide some occasional summer entertainment. There's always value in that.

Does YouTube Star Have A Chance In K.C.? from ESPN

As for the video that launched him into the spotlight, Tanney told Sports Illustrated he was surprised it became so popular.

"We really didn't expect it to take off like it did. It kind of blew up," Tanney said. "We had fun with it. It was a good experience. But I kind of think that's past me. I'm just looking forward to getting my shot in the NFL."

And on Tuesday Tanney got just that.

YouTube Football Star Signs With Kansas City Chiefs from FOX4KC

Two NFL stars from Palm Beach County will host charity events here this weekend.

On Friday, Kansas City Chiefs safety and Riviera Beach native Abram Elam will host a celebrity bowl-a-thon at Jupiter Lanes to provide youths from his hometown with back-to-school shopping sprees and NFL tickets.

Abram Elam And David Clowney Will Host Charity Events In Palm Beach County This Weekend from The Palm Beach Post

"We've talked about it," Whisenhunt said. "There's nothing really firmed up yet. I'm not opposed to it. We've done it before with Tennessee a couple of years ago and I thought it was a great experience. It's a good chance to evaluate your team against other players. You don't get a chance to do that unless it's in a game. When you get more reps and see them in certain situations, it's a good tool. I hope it's something we will be able to work out."

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One report suggested Stanzi outplayed Quinn at last week's organized team activity session, which was open to the media. On Monday, Quinn reportedly looked sharper.

That isn't going to stop the Chiefs' fan base from pumping up Stanzi.

"I mean, I really don't know anything about that," Stanzi recently told "I try to stay out of those things, and you know, the (talk about) what's popular."

It is just a gut feel, but we suspect this is a battle Stanzi will eventually win.

Brady Quinn Battling Ricky Stanzi For Chiefs Job from

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Kevin Boss thinks his paring with teammate Tony Moeaki can be the next Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in 2012.

Morning take: I seriously doubt it. "Gronk" and Hernandez are two of the top five tight ends in the NFL. Neither Boss nor Moeaki are even in my top 10. Second, Matt Cassel is the quarterback in Kansas City, not future Hall of Famer Tom Brady.

Morning Take: The Next 'Gronk,' Hernandez? from ESPN

The reality, of course, is that showing up on "Hard Knocks" shouldn't make a difference to the bottom line. The numbers even support it. Bill Barnwell of looked through the history of the show and proved there is no curse.

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7. Kansas City Chiefs - The brass in KC have always said that Arrowhead Stadium is a great place to play, and they always seem to have rabid fans that make it more like a college atmosphere than the sometimes stale feel of a bad NFL game. If the Chiefs can continue to get better like the end of 2011, there's no doubt Arrowhead will be rocking again in 2012.

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@ArrowheadPride #TwitterTuesday You have to live with one Chiefs player for an entire year. Who is it going to be?

I gave this a lot of thought, actually, and my answer might surprise you: Matt Cassel.

I've only talked to Matt away from the cameras and with my tape recorder off a few times, but I'm convinced he'd be a blast to hang out with.

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Don't forget about all the young backs returning from injury, either -- a group that includes Kansas City's Jamaal Charles, Buffalo's Fred Jackson and Oakland's Darren McFadden.

The reality of the league is that these men are as vital to their teams as all the higher-profile quarterbacks who've been slinging it like crazy lately. We just forget about them when the ball is in the air so much.

Don't Sleep On The Run from ESPN

You have been asked who the greatest coach was to never win a Super Bowl and, yesterday, who the most underrated coach was. In both instances, you answered Marty Schottenheimer. What makes him so special?

He was successful everywhere he's been. I think Art Modell made a terrible mistake firing him in Cleveland, and I can't imagine how Daniel Snyder could've fired him after just one season in Washington, especially after winning eight of the last 11 games with Tony Banks at quarterback following an 0-5 start. Being fired in San Diego after going 14-2, because the Chargers lost a playoff game to Tom Brady, is just plain ridiculous. What Schottenheimer did in Kansas City year after year without having a true franchise quarterback is special. In the process, he developed a pretty good future head coach.

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It's hard to say what those kind of throws say about Tanney's ability to make the NFL, but the Chiefs seem to be intrigued. The team announced Tuesday that they have signed Tanney as a rookie free agent.

His chances of the team might rely on who wins the backup quarterback derby currently going on at Chiefs practice.

Chiefs Sign Trick Shot Quarterback Alex Tanney from ProFootballTalk

Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs: Hillis is coming off a terrible season (Madden curse, anyone?), rushing for a mere 587 yards with three touchdowns. Now in Kansas City, he'll serve in a potential backfield committee with Jamaal Charles that will limit his overall value. Considering he's 26, playing for a contract and possibly even a starting role with another team next year, Hillis does have some added appeal. The problem is that his touches are unlikely to be excessive with the explosive Charles ahead of him on the depth chart.

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