Good morning! The Free Agency fun and games officially begin at 3:00pm (Arrowhead Time) today. In addition to possible signings, keep checking back for official word on the reported trade between the Chiefs and 49ers for QB Alex Smith. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
Though the Chiefs have been busy reworking their roster, the process can begin for real starting today with the opening of the NFL's free-agent signing period. The Chiefs have already made a couple of key acquisitions, agreeing on a trade with San Francisco for quarterback Alex Smith and signing Dunta Robinson, an experienced player who could help in a variety of areas in their defensive backfield.
Their other major moves were internal. The Chiefs re-signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt and effectively kept left tackle Branden Albert off the free-agent market by designating him as their franchise player.
People tell me I'm crazy to keep Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel as the Chiefs' first pick. I tell them that Kansas City just released Eric Winston, and, yeah, I know, he's a right tackle. I also know coach Andy Reid learned the hard way that you can never have enough offensive linemen. So Joeckel stays where he is until or unless I'm convinced the Chiefs are satisfied with the protection they have for quarterback Alex Smith.
Inside Free Agency 2013 - Day 30: Michael Turner from The Mothership
Name: Michael Turner
College: Northern Illinois
Born: February 13th, 1982 (Waukegan, Il)
Experience: 9 years
Drafted: 2004, 5th Round-154th pick overall by the San Diego Chargers
Career Stat Line: 134 games (74 starts), 1,639 rushes, 7,338 yards, 66 TDs, 70 receptions, 528 yards and 1 TD
Snapshot Summary Of Our Free Agency Preview from The Mothership
During the last 30 days, we showcased 30 free agents or players possibly available, who turned League heads. Here's a quick review of the players we referenced, as well as a few 'honorable mentions'.
Gatorade Inserts Itself In Great Moments In Sports History from Co.Create
Set to the folk-strummy tune "Path of the Lightning Bolt" from emerging artist Jake Bugg, the spot takes us from the Kansas City Chiefs, who were the first professional team to use glass bottles of Gatorade during the game, to Michael Jordan at the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest (sponsored by Gatorade), up to Serena Williams' leg-splitting move on the tennis court. TBWA\Chiat\Day art director Renato Fernandez says the moments chosen needed to be ones "where Gatorade was actually there and actually played a role. It needed to be legit."
Chiefs' Javier Arenas Lashes Out At Chiefs Blogger In Wake Of Dunta Robinson Signing from Arrowhead Addict
Some might argue that if it is fair for sports writers to criticize a players work on the field, it should be fair for the players to criticize the writers. In this situation, however, turnabout was not fair play. Thorman gets paid to express his opinions on the Chiefs and that is what he did here. Arenas' criticism of Thorman was personal.
Arrowhead Pride, like this site, is part of a growing form of new media. Blog networks like SB Nation and FanSided provide a platform for fans come together and express their opinions on their favorite sports teams, offering a level of fan-empowerment that didn't exist in the newspaper age. Perhaps what Arenas doesn't realize is that along with being a member of the media, Thorman is also a fan.
Chickie's And Pete's Headed To Worlds Of Fun And Arrowhead? from The Pitch
We're not just getting a taste of Philadelphia from whatever came across the transom in Andy Reid's mustache. Fooboz has the news that Chickie's and Pete's - a Philly sports bar - is heading west to Missouri.
Eric Fisher's Presence Brings Scouts From 26 NFL Teams To CMU Pro Day from The Morning Sun
Never before has a Central Michigan Pro Day come with this much intrigue.
A lot of that has to do with a certain 6-foot-8 and 304-pound left tackle in Eric Fisher who is projected in most circles as a top-10 pick in next month's NFL Draft.
So to say that Monday morning's CMU Pro Day was a bit of a zoo in terms of everyone wanting a glimpse of Fisher is entirely accurate. The highest a Chippewas player has ever been taken in the NFL Draft is current San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley (28th overall in 2007), so when mock drafts have Fisher going as high as No. 1 overall it brings a little bit of extra pizazz to the normal Pro Day proceedings in Mt. Pleasant.
NFL Free Agency: What You Missed Over The Weekend from Sports Illustrated
Sean Smith to Kansas City?: The Chiefs made a splash over the weekend, signing ex-Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson to their defensive backfield. But they may not be done just yet. The NFL Network's Albert Breer reported that Kansas City is interested in Smith, "even with Robinson in the fold."
Smith will be seeking a hefty contract, up there with the elite cornerbacks in the league. Kansas City may not be able to reach to that level, but could be the team to beat if his demands drop at all.
You Can Put Jamaal Charles On The Cover Of Madden from The Beaumont Enterprise
Voting for the next Madden cover began Monday, and former Port Arthur Memorial standout Jamaal Charles is one of the candidates.
AFC West Foes Tough For 'Madden' Cover from ESPN
In the old-school vote, this one will upset some folks. Marcus Allen is representing the Chiefs and not the Raiders. The Hall of Fame running back played 11 years for the Raiders and five years for the Chiefs. He is a No. 6 seed and faces No. 11 Tedy Bruschi of the Patriots.
The details of Robinson's deal have yet to emerge, but multiple sources said that the Chiefs were hoping to get Robinson done and still sign another cornerback such as Sean Smith so that they could have a trio of Robinson, Smith and Brandon Flowers.
That's in line with the thinking of most teams today. Most clubs play with a third cornerback on at least 40 percent of the downs in this era. That's a huge change from two decades ago.