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Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. We're getting ready for this week's combine. Enjoy!
Chiefs Sign Safety Husain Abdullah from The Mothership
In four seasons with the Vikings, Abdullah appeared in 54 games (24 starts), including three postseason contests. With Minnesota, he recorded 167 tackles (111 solo), two sacks, four INTs, 11 passes defensed, six tackles-for-loss, two QB pressures and 49 special teams tackles.
Husain Abdullah Signs With Kansas City Chiefs from NFL.com
Abdullah -- a practicing Muslim -- was signed Monday after sitting out last season to speak at mosques across the nation before making a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Husain Abdullah Returns To NFL With Chiefs from FS North
Abdullah had finished a trying season with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011, forced to the sideline because of concussion symptoms that wouldn't subside. He was cleared by the end of the season, but as a free agent, he decided against signing a new contract. He and his brother were both free agents at the time.
"I visited Makkah, Saudi Arabia in March and a strong sense of urgency overcame me to attend 'Hajj' in October," Husain told the website profootballtalk.com last summer. "I love the game of football but, it would directly coincide with my pilgrimage. So, I'm taking some time off."
Inside Free Agency: Day 9 from The Mothership
It's a gross understatement to say Charles Woodson has experience. Entering his 15th season, Woodson is hoping for one more end-of-the-year celebration, with him hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, for a second time.
Woodson's instincts in the secondary are uncanny, leading to 55 INTs. He is tied for second in league history with 11-career INT returns for TDs, trailing only Rod Woodson (12).
When he does make the pick, Woodson isn't easily satisfied; he is the first player in league history to record a pick-six (return an INT for a touchdown) in five-straight seasons (2006-10).
The way NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock sees it, the Chiefs should be looking to the offensive line for their first overall draft pick. And there are only four players worth the No. 1 overall pick in this draft for Kansas City: Alabama guard Chance Warmack, UNC guard Jonathan Cooper, Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher.
Franchise Time: 20 NFL Players Who Might Be Tagged from USA Today
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: He was tagged last year, and another one would drive his salary into the $11 million range. But new coach Andy Reid has a history of taking care of his young players (DeSean Jackson received a long-term deal after being tagged by the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago). And the Chiefs have a better draft fallback at tackle (Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel) than wideout, so Bowe could be prioritized ahead of Branden Albert. Kansas City also needs to figure out how to keep long underrated Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt.
Bears' DeCamillis Believes 4-3 Defense Helps Special Teams from The Chicago Tribune
Interestingly, when former special teams coordinator Dave Toub left for the Kansas City Chiefs, he said he would prefer a 3-4 defense to draw players from, if given his choice. His reasoning is there are more linebackers on the game-day roster to utilize. As it turns out, Kansas City will remain in the 3-4 under new coach Andy Reid.
"I think a 3-4 is better," Toub said. "You get more linebackers active on the 46-man game day roster. You will have eight and sometimes nine linebackers active. Every time we played a 3-4 team I always thought it was rough for us matchup-wise because they always had more linebackers than us. I always thought a 3-4 was the best special teams situation you can be in."
What To Know About The 2013 Combine from FOX Sports
1. Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs need a quarterback. Unfortunately, there might not be a quarterback worth drafting first overall in this year's class. With free agency looming and a lot of other needs on the roster, Andy Reid holds the cards at the top of one of the most wide open drafts in recent memory. He also has the 33rd pick, something a lot of teams might covet.
Sources: Barkley Not Throwing At NFL Combine from CBS Los Angeles
Quarterback Matt Barkley will be taking part in running and jumping drills for this week's NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, but sources say he will not be throwing.
Barkley, 22, is still recovering from a separated shoulder, which was aggravated during a 38-28 loss to UCLA on Nov. 18.
Franchise Tag Breakdown By Team from Sports Illustrated
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs may wind up having to decide whether to tag WR Dwayne Bowe or LT Branden Albert. Their goal is to re-sign one so they can tag the other.
Geno Smith The Second Coming Of... Sam Bradford? from NFL.com
"Smith has been described as a 'ho-hum' quarterback prospect in some circles, but I see a polished pocket passer with outstanding arm talent and passing skills," Brooks wrote. "(He) displays the capacity to throw the ball accurately to every area of the field with zip, velocity and touch. Additionally, he flashes anticipation and awareness by leading receivers into open areas against tight coverage."
Chiefs Should Adopt A New Quarterback Strategy from National Football Post
But Kansas City has the unfortunate timing of owning the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 Draft, which lacks an obvious franchise quarterback. Neither an Andrew Luck nor a RG III exists - let alone a Ryan Tannehill.
"There is no quarterback where personnel guys can definitely say, ‘He's a first-round pick,'" new general manager John Dorsey told The Kansas City Star. "There really wasn't one clear-cut guy."
So what should the Chiefs do?
Choose an offensive lineman No. 1, pick a quarterback later in the draft and then trade for a veteran quarterback.
49ers Analysis: Alex Smith's Future Boils Down To This from The Sacramento Bee
In fact, there's a growing consensus there are no sure-fire, top-flight quarterbacks in the draft. If that's reinforced at the combine, which begins this week in Indianapolis, it will increase trade possibilities.
The Chiefs have the first pick in the draft. Chiefs general manager Mike Dorsey recently told the Kansas City Star there's no agreement on whether there are any first-round quarterbacks much less quarterbacks worthy of the No. 1 overall pick. That makes veterans such as Smith more valuable.
Could Glen Dorsey Stay In AFC West? from ESPN
Dorsey isn't expected to return to the Chiefs. He has had his ups and downs in Kansas City, and he never lived up to his draft status.
I reached out to Williamson to get his thoughts on why he thinks Dorsey can be a good player and why he could fit well in Denver or Oakland. Both of those teams run a 4-3 defense and both teams need interior defensive linemen.
The AFC West is a very strong punting division, so if Lechler leaves Oakland, he will likely also be leaving the division. The only way that could change is if Kansas City Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt leaves as a free agent. But the Chiefs want Colquitt back.
Which Sports Reigns Supreme In Each Major League City? from HardballTalk
Kansas City: They don't tailgate for the Royals like they do for the Chiefs and that's not for lack of a parking lot.