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Good morning! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news has pre-draft guesses, looks at free agents, article mentioning the Chippendales... you know, the usual. I should note that The Mothership uploaded a ton of new videos and I promptly got lazy so in stead of linking to each video individually, I provided a link to the video page. Finally, there is a story in Missouri Lawyers Media that updates the age-discrimination lawsuits currently active against the Chiefs organization. The article requires a subscription so I am unable to see/link it, but it mentions arbitration. Have a good day and be careful if you're getting a ton of snow dumped on you tonight.
How The Chiefs' Brain Trust Has Drafted In The Past from KC Star
Reid, as head coach at Philadelphia, and Dorsey, as director of college scouting at Green Bay, were with teams that took players who became franchise quarterbacks. But they didn't stop drafting quarterbacks in the later rounds of subsequent drafts, even when the position wasn't the glaring need that it is this year with the Chiefs, who own the first pick in the 2013 draft.
2013 NFL Scouting Combine Invited Players Rankings from The Mothership
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is just over two weeks away (Feb. 23-26), so there's no time like the present to take a snapshot look at the Top 10 ranked players in each position group*, except for the Specialists (who graded just five players). Let the great debates begin, as we await to see who performs best in Indy.
Click here to see the entire invite list and ranking definitions.
Quarterback Matt Cassel has been among the regulars since the end of the season working out at the Chiefs' Truman Sports Complex practice facility.
That doesn't necessarily mean Cassel will be a part of things when the Chiefs begin organized team workouts in April. Even though it's been a month since he took the job as Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid hasn't made a commitment to Cassel.
"I'm going to just let that play out,'' Reid said when asked whether Cassel would play for the Chiefs in 2013. "We're too early in the process to know that. We'll continue to evaluate it. We're evaluating him just like we do a free agent. That's what you do, and the thing about that is it takes time. I think he realizes that. That's how it works when there's a change.''
Trinity Hires Ex-Star Urban from The San Antonio Express-News
Trinity hired Jerheme Urban, a former All-America receiver at the school, as its offensive coordinator.
Arguments against stereotyping Native Americans will carry less weight than new revenue in changing names such as the Redskins, the target of political debate and a legal fight, the panelists at the National Museum of the American Indian said.
Teams could launch a new revenue stream by junking their mascots and names - such as Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians, the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and the Florida State University Seminoles - and then selling new jerseys and other items to fans, they said.
Former Browns Deliver Inspiring Messages from ClevelandBrowns.com
Paul Wiggin, a defensive end from 1957-67 and the lone panelist who was not African American, talked about a linebacker he coached with the Kansas City Chiefs, Hall of Famer Bobby Bell.
"He told me that he went back to where he grew up, Shelby, S.C., to be honored and the mayor gave him the key to the city," Wiggin said. "He said he asked the mayor, ‘Can I use this key to go across the street to that ice cream parlor and get an ice cream cone?' The mayor told him, ‘No, not yet, Bobby.'
"It's hard for me to even tell that story."
49ers Won't Win It All Until Jim Harbaugh Loosens Up from The San Francisco Examiner
Make the best possible trade for Alex Smith. The hottest Internet rumor in the last week had the New York Jets trading cornerback Darrelle Revis to the 49ers for Smith. That's not going to happen. The Jets certainly need a good quarterback, but they have serious salary cap issues. It's more reasonable that they'll try to clear the dead wood off their roster, including Tim Tebow, so they can rebuild.
There are two more likely teams: The Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. The Chiefs have the very first pick in the draft, which they won't give up, but their second-round pick would be virtually a first rounder.
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Todd MCShay Unveils Latest Projections from Mocking The Draft
Since the draft has that butterfly effect to it, where future picks can only be determined by who's left on the board, we should start at the top. McShay has the Kansas City Chiefs taking Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, citing this pick in-part because the Chiefs may ultimately not decide that any of the quarterbacks available are worth the draft's top overall spot.
Along with that, here's McShay's case for the versatile Lotulelei at No. 1:
Top 10 Free Agents From AFC West from ESPN
NFL free agency starts March 12. Some players will be re-signed and some will be given the franchise tag. But, as of now, I'm ranking the top 10 players who are set to be unrestricted free agents from the AFC West:
1. Ryan Clady, Denver, LT: He is a premier player. He made All-Pro this season. Denver will either extend him or give him the franchise tag.
2. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City, WR: Bowe can be a top-level receiver. There will be fast interest if he hits the open market.
3. Branden Albert, Kansas City, LT: Albert came into his own in 2012. He is going to be a rich man, whether it's from the Chiefs or on the open market.
New Coaches Already On The Hot Seat from FOX Sports
Outlook: The quarterback situation is problematic, especially because the free-agent pickings are slim and no college passer is likely to emerge as being worthy of selection with Kansas City's No. 1 overall pick. Otherwise, there's a lot to like about the Chiefs. There is cornerstone talent - five players were selected to the Pro Bowl - and Kansas City is likely to enter the free-agent signing period with eight-figure space in salary cap room available to bolster the roster. Reid has a golden opportunity to show that Philadelphia's collapse over the past two seasons was largely the fault of others in the organization besides him.
Strip Scribbles: Wedding Crashers Wanted At Bagatelle On Valentine's Day; Chippendales On 'View' from The Las Vegas Sun News
Heraea, the new high-energy restaurant and sports lounge with a feminine twist at the Palms,opened for a sneak preview with guests including model Selita Ebanks, singer Taylor Dane andNFL stars Greg Little (Cleveland Browns), Michael Bush (Chicago Bears), Lance Briggs (Chicago Bears), James Johnson (Pittsburgh Steelers), Jalil Brown (Kansas City Chiefs), Brandon Bostick (Green Bay Packers) and Rock Cartwright, formerly of the 49ers.