Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Good morning! We have a full Arrowheadlines for you today. Lots of reaction to free agency signings yesterday and some reports on pro days and team visits. Here's your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
The Chiefs didn't just solve their starting quarterback problem Tuesday, when they completed a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire Alex Smith.
They overhauled the position by also agreeing to contract terms with their new backup, former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel.
The Chiefs were scheduled to have a news conference Wednesday to introduce Smith.
...DeVito, will turn 29 in June, played six seasons for the New York Jets. In Kansas City, he will be coached by new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who also comes from the Jets.
The 6-3, 305-pound DeVito was a starter for the past three seasons. He joined the Jets as an undrafted free agent from the University of Maine.
Alex Smith Trade To Kansas City Chiefs Becomes Official from The San Jose Mercury News
"We would like to thank Alex for his contributions to the 49ers organization over the past eight years," general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "He is a true professional who represented the 49ers with class on and off the field."
Smith's wife, Elizabeth, posted a farewell message through her Instagram account: "Thank you everyone for the kind words & support. This chapter of our lives will forever be cherished." She attached a picture of Smith in his 49ers jersey holding their toddler son, Hudson.
Jets Lose Versatile DT Mike DeVito To Kansas City from The Newark Star-Ledger
The Jets have been working to re-sign DeVito, 28, since the combine, but with at least six teams interested, the cap-strapped Jets were unable to get a deal done before free agency opened at 4 p.m. today.
Kansas City Chiefs Land Former UMaine Standout DeVito, Near Deals With QB Daniel, TE Fasano from The Bangor Daily News
The 28-year-old DeVito on Tuesday agreed to a three-year, $12.66 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
DeVito, a 6-foot-3, 305-pounder, was a free agent after spending the first six years of his professional career with the New York Jets. The Chiefs' new defensive coordinator is Bob Sutton for whom DeVito played in New York.
DeVito was a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection at UMaine in 2005 and 2006 and earned first-team honors as a senior, when he served as a team captain.
Fasano set a career high last season with 41 receptions for 332 yards and five touchdowns. His yards-per-catch average plummeted 6 full yards (14.1 to 8.1) in 2012, but that likely was more the product of a more conservative Dolphins offense with rookie Ryan Tannehill behind center. Fasano will be 29 next month.
Chris Canty Agrees To Deal With Baltimore Ravens from NFL.com
Report: Chiefs Agree To Deal With Anthony Fasano from ProFootballTalk
That gives them a solid safety valve option for new quarterback Alex Smith and recently extended wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, to go along with what was already a good run game, and the first pick in the draft.
It is not clear if Daniel was signed to compete with Smith for the starting job or if he's being brought in to serve as a backup. Either way, Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette made it clear on Twitter which quarterback he believes should start in Kansas City.
"Chase Daniel > Alex Smith....." Galette tweeted, suggesting Daniel is better than Smith, who led the 49ers to a crushing divisional playoff defeat of the Saints in the 2011 playoffs.
Report: Chiefs Reach 3-Year Deal With Jets DE Mike DeVito from CBS Sports
DeVito, a physical, run-stuffing defensive end, finished with 52 tackles in 2012 to rank in the top 20 in the category among all defensive ends. The former University of Maine lineman ended 2012 as the fifth-ranked defensive end in run defense efficiency, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Chiefs reportedly signed the seven-year veteran to a three-year, $12.6 million contract, according to multiple reports. The deal includes roughly $8.0 million in guaranteed money.
49ers Take Big Hit In Roster Via Free Agency from The San Francisco Examiner
The Niners will also receive a visit from free agent defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who played in just four games with the Kansas City Chiefs last year due to a calf injury.
Departures Leave Holes On Jets' Line from The New York Times
The Jets were eager to re-sign the 28-year-old DeVito, but his eventual cost - $12.6 million, according to multiple reports - was out of their range, even after they saved about $3.8 million in salary-cap space by cutting Po'uha. Their absences will be felt on the defensive line, where they served as reliable run-stuffers, and in the locker room, where they commanded a strong presence.
The Saints will have to find a back-up quarterback, as Chase Daniel has agreed to become a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
"It's a better opportunity for Chase in KC," Bobby said. "He will probably be able to compete for the starting job along with Alex Smith. And he will make more money with the Chiefs."
Follow Free Agency News, Rumors from FOX Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the most active teams this off-season. In addition to signing quarterback Chase Daniel and tight end Anthony Fasano, they inked former Jets defensive lineman Mike DeVito on Tuesday. The DeVito signing was first reported by the Kansas City Star.
DeVito will join former Jets LB coach Bob Sutton in Kansas City, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs. An undrafted free agent out of Maine in 2007, DeVito was a key member of Rex Ryan's defensive units that went to the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010.
Eric Fisher Uses CMU Pro Day To Impress NFL Scouts Again from Central Michigan Life
Fisher is also expected to go through a private workout with the Kansas City Chiefs along with other teams later this month. The Chiefs also have private workouts scheduled with Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel and Oklahoma's Lane Johnson, the other top-ranked tackles in the draft.
"It's been pretty hectic," Fisher said. "It's been a great process, though. My schedule constantly keeps getting busier and busier. But this has been my dream, and I'm really looking forward to getting drafted in April."
Floyd Sits Out Florida's Pro Day With Ankle Injury from Go Vols Xtra
"I think today was just to prove that I'm still able to run around," said Jenkins, who added he has private workouts scheduled with the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. "A lot of people were concerned about how he's going to come back after the injury, but I think that's one of the things I proved today. Everything we did out here was still football related, still the same thing I did when I was playing at Florida."
Chiefs And USA Football Promote Player Safety from The Mothership
For the fifth consecutive year, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the USA Football's Kansas City Leadership Forum to promote the Heads Up initiative which educates coaches, adults and players on techniques to strengthen player safety.
USA Football is the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels and is the Chiefs official youth football development partner.
Coaches Are Set to Host Camps & Clinics from UND.com
Also hosting a coaches' clinic this spring is Home Depot Coach of the Year award winner Brian Kelly and his staff. They will be joined by feature speakers such as former Nevada head coach Chris Ault, current New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, former Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Sam Wyche and former Irish All-American offensive lineman Andy Heck, who currently serves as an offensive line coach with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City coach Andy Reid. He found his starting quarterback in Alex Smith. Now he has a backup in Chase Daniel. And a solid tight end in Anthony Fasano. And a plugger in Mike DeVito. There was talent in Kansas City when Reid landed. There's more today and hope that maybe, just maybe, the Chiefs can be a division factor in 2013. It took Reid two years to turn Philadelphia around, but the 1999 Eagles didn't have as much talent as these Chiefs.
Before Tuesday, Daniel was best known as the guy always high-fiving Drew Brees as he came off the field; now the he'll assume that role behind Smith.
Vote For Jamaal Charles On The Cover Of Madden 25 from The Port Arthur News
Kansas City Chiefs running back and former Port Arthur Memorial Titan Jamaal Charles is in the field ESPN and EA Sports is presenting to find the next Madden cover player.
The Chiefs Need To Sign These Free Agents from The Pitch
The Chiefs hit the restart button at the end of the season, picking up a new general manager, a new head coach and a new starting quarterback. But as with any down-to-the-studs rehab, there's still a lot of work ahead. In the last week alone, the franchise has nailed down five separate deals, not counting the possibility that Chickie's & Pete's might serve up Crabfries at Arrowhead next season. To make sure nothing is forgotten, we've put together a list of the five free agents who should be on the Chiefs' shopping list.
What Stands Out Thus Far In Free Agency from ESPN
Another "dream team" for Reid? The Chiefs have been wildly busy all offseason. Some detractors are saying new Kansas City coach Andy Reid is taking the same "dream team" approach his Eagles took two years ago when they stockpiled many big-name free agents. It didn't work. This is a much different approach. The Chiefs had to keep their top free agents, had to get a quarterback in Alex Smith and have added some key rotational players in free agency. There isn't a ton of flash here. A solid roster is being built.
It Took Time to Realize, But Alex Smith Is Better For Having Been A 49er, And The 49ers Are Better For Having Himfrom The San Jose Mercury News
Soon, Alex Smith will appear in Kansas City, smile, put on a Chiefs hat, and do most of the things he did when he first became a 49er almost eight years ago.
He will be full of hope and promise-hey, he's still only 28. He will signal a new era. He will sound modest and thoughtful and enthusiastic.
Smith will be the same in so many important optimistic ways as he was in April 2005, when the entire 49ers universe lay at his feet.
But when he emerges in Kansas City after his trade from the 49ers for two high draft picks-which was officially announced today-Smith will also be weathered and wizened by his turbulent time as a 49er.
Importantly, the end of the Smith era for the 49ers is not the end for him or his old franchise. It's just another start.