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Good morning! WTF? A bit of a surprise last night with the release of Eric Winston (and Branden Albert has apparently deleted his Twitter account). Get reaction to the release and more in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
Chiefs Release Tackle Eric Winston from KC Star
In addition to Albert - who has insisted left tackle is his position and he does not care to shift to guard or even right tackle - the Chiefs also have second-year tackle Donald Stephenson on the roster. Stephenson, a third-round draft choice last year, started one game at right tackle and five at left tackle when Albert was out with a back injury.
If the Chiefs want to bring in another veteran tackle to replace Winston, they could look to a glut of available free agents at the position, though some like Jake Long, are left tackles. High-priced tackles Andre Smith, Bryant McKinnie and Sam Baker will be on the market along with Phil Loadholt and Gosder Cherilus. Two tackles who played for Andy Reid - King Dunlap and Winston Justice - also will be free agents.
Jury Backs Chiefs In Age-Discrimination Case from KC Star
The Chiefs declined to answer questions after the verdict was announced. But they did release a statement that read, "We are pleased with today's verdict. We appreciate the time and effort the jury gave with regards to the facts of the case."
Two additional age-discrimination lawsuits against the Chiefs, both brought by former employees who also believe they were wrongfully terminated, remain headed for trial.
Former controller Larry Clemmons and former community relations director Brenda Sniezek have filed separate suits against the team in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Kansas City Chiefs Win Age Discrimination Lawsuit from Kansas City Business Journal
In closing arguments Tuesday, Romano said Cox admitted he had given the raise without permission. He also criticized the plaintiff's lawyers for drumming up media interest in the case and drawing TV cameras into the courtroom.
Eric Winston Released By Kansas City Chiefs from NFL.com
While Winston was tweeting out his classy goodbye, newly tagged left tackle Branden Albert was venting on his Twitter page about a potential position switch. When asked by one of his followers if he saw himself strictly as a left tackle, Albert replied, "You damn right."
Winston's tenure with the Chiefs ends less than one year after he signed a four-year, $22 million contract as a free agent. The move saves $3.5 million in cap space.
John Dorsey Wastes No Time As Kansas City Chiefs GM from The Associated Press via NFL.com
John Dorsey hasn't wasted any time since he was hired to replace Scott Pioli as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, making a series of bold moves to shore up the roster.
Dorsey said in a phone interview with The Associated Press late Wednesday that the decision to sign wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to long-term deals, and place the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert, are all part of a plan he set out upon his arrival.
Kansas City Chiefs Cut Eric Winston, Could New England Patriots Pounce? from Irish Central
Even though the Patriots may not feel comfortable enough with Vollmer to invest heavily in him, that doesn't mean they won't invest heavily in another free agent offensive tackle. Fortunately for the Patriots, one of the very best in the league just came free.
For the second season in a row, Eric Winston was released by his team despite impressing on the field during the season.
Former Tennessee Volunteers: Dustin Colquitt Now Highest Paid Punter In NFL from All For Tennessee
The Colquitt family probably has the most distinct family lineage of punters that you'll find anywhere. Craig Colquitt, Dustin's father, punted for Tennessee from 1975-1977, and later won two Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Craig's brother Jimmy Colquitt punted for the Volunteers from 1981-1984, and was later briefly signed by the Seattle Seahawks.
The Colquitt punter legacy might not be quite finished yet either. Dustin Colquitt has two young sons, Brinkley and Colston (in addition to a daughter, Hartley).
An Off-Season Like No Other In Kansas City from FS Kansas City
Perhaps the infamous "Our Time" slogan for the Royals in 2012 was simply ahead of its time.
And perhaps the slogan now more aptly defines the Royals and the Chiefs.
One of the most fascinating off-seasons in Kansas City in recent history continues to unfold, an off-season filled with headline-grabbing firings, hirings, trades, and signings that have the Kansas City faithful dreaming of the highest possibilities.
And it all seems to have been triggered by two owners apparently ready to both go all in.
The Two Sides Of Dives from The GW Hatchet
But walk a ways down and you'll find Jay's Saloon & Grille, a house-turned-watering hole that bills itself as "one of Arlington's last true dive bars."
The walls of this buzzing but not overcrowded bar are adorned with little homages to the Nats and, for whatever reason, the Kansas City Chiefs. The TVs above the bar must be from 1986, and a small ramp from the main dining area leads down to what must be the world's smallest pool table.
Inside Free Agency 2013 - Day 25: Sean Smith from The Mothership
Name: Sean Smith
Born: July 14, 1987 (Pasadena, California)
Experience: 4 years
Drafted: 2009, 2nd Round-29th pick (61st overall) by the Miami Dolphins
The deadline for franchise tags to be used by teams has come and gone, leading up to March 12, when free agency begins. Sean Smith is a player, who "could be asking to be paid in the playmaker range," according to the SunSentinel.com's Chris Perkins. Regardless of what Smith asks for and/or which secondary he's playing for in 2013, here's a look at some of his strengths and weaknesses.
Career Stat Line: 63 games (56 starts), 180 tackles, 31 assists, five INTs, 56 yards, 39 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery
Winston, selected by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft, was a solid player for the Chiefs in 2012, but given his history as a zone blocker, and new head coach Andy Reid's preference for straight-ahead man-on-man power blockers, it may not have been the best fit. The question now becomes what the Chiefs will do with tackle Branden Albert, who they gave the franchise tag last Monday.
Defense attorney Lewis Galloway said he plans to appeal the verdict.
"We think that the next jury will hear lots of evidence that this jury just simply wasn't allowed to hear," he said.
Cox is one of three former employees fired under former General Manager Scott Pioli who filed discrimination lawsuits.
Dwayne Bowe More Valuable With Andy Reid from NFL.com
Where do you rank Dwayne Bowe now that he's staying with the Kansas City Chiefs and has Alex Smith throwing him the football? - @Mr_Pivetz (via Twitter)
Michael Fabiano: To be honest, I like the fact that Bowe is playing in a pass-laden offense under new coach Andy Reid more than him catching passes from Smith. During his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, Smith failed to help even one of his wide receivers reach 1,000 yards -- Michael Crabtree had the most in a single season (874 yards, 2011). Part of the reason for that statistic was the offensive attack, however. The Niners ran the football a ton with Smith under center, which didn't allow him or his wideouts a glut of opportunities to produce in the stat sheets. With that being said, I still like Bowe as a high-end No. 3 fantasy wideout in leagues with 10-12 teams.
Von Miller Makes Super Bowl Guarantee Inspired By Cousins Recovery from Larry Brown Sports
Hey, it's not like he plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos were one of the best team's in the AFC last season and a legitimate Super Bowl contender. With Peyton Manning more acclimated to life in Denver next season, they could be even better.
I'm not totally sold on the idea of taking a player at No. 1 and moving him to right tackle. But I think the Chiefs are totally open-minded about the pick, and this is one option. I think they want to trade the pick, but if they keep it, they will take the best player. If that means moving Joeckel or Fisher to the right side, that will be the case.
This move clearly caught Winston by surprise. He recently expressed excitement about the opportunity of blocking for new Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith. In the end, Winston will be remembered for a verbal outburst.
Got Questions About NFL Free Agency? from FOX Sports
Q: Where are all the quarterbacks?
A: The pickings are extremely slim with backups like Miami's Matt Moore, Chicago's Jason Campbell and Kansas City's Brady Quinn currently atop the list. The Chiefs will assuredly cut ties with Matt Cassel after finalizing the trade to acquire Alex Smith from San Francisco. Oakland's Carson Palmer, Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick and Arizona's Kevin Kolb also could get released if they don't agree to restructured contracts.
John Dorsey: Bowe Ready To Become One Of Top Receivers In NFL from ProFootballTalk
There's been bad feelings about last year's franchise tag, reports of trade demands, weight issues and a suspension for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy during his run with the team, all of which led some to wonder about the wisdom of signing Bowe to a long-term deal with a sizable amount of guaranteed money. New Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey is not one of those people.
Amendola Thoughts As Free Agency Nears from ESPN
But even if Amendola's ties to those teams' coaches were relevant, neither Kansas City nor Dallas appears to have a pressing need for a slot receiver. The Chiefs' Dexter McCluster and Tony Moeaki combined for 62 receptions from the slot last season, according to game charting from ESPN Stats & Information.