Good morning! We have a pretty big cross section of Kansas City Chiefs news from you today. Last night's report of a deal with CB Dunta Robinson starts us off. Enjoy!
Chiefs Reportedly Sign Cornerback Dunta Robinson from KC Star
The deal can't be made official until Tuesday, when the new league year begins, but Robinson, a nine-year pro who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Houston Texans, could compete for the starting cornerback spot opposite Brandon Flowers. That position was a revolving door of mediocrity most of last season after the Chiefs didn't offer Brandon Carr a contract, then signed the disappointing Stanford Routt, who was released during the year.
A first-round draft pick taken No. 10 overall by Houston in 2004, Robinson started all 16 games that season and set career highs with 73 tackles, six interceptions and three sacks. His interception totals have since tailed off, with just four combined in the last four years, but his toughness and steady play is unquestioned.
Inside The New Three-Day Negotiating Period from The Mothership
The three-day negotiating period applies only to potential unrestricted free agents; those who are potential exclusive-rights players or restricted free agents, or players who have been designated as franchise players or transition players, do not apply.
What does this essentially mean?
Players set to become free agents, get a sneak peek at their market value (via their agents), before deciding whether or not to re-sign with their current team, before March 12th.
"I think it went well, but who knows?," Joeckel said of his initial talks with Chiefs officials. "It's them evaluating me, not me evaluating them. I think I did well. I think my tape shows I'm a good player. But it's them making all the decisions."
The Chiefs sent area scout Willie Davis to watch Joeckel at A&M's Pro Day, which was attended by representatives of all 32 NFL teams. Most teams sent scouts or assistant coaches, but New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen made the trek to College Station. The Raiders pick third.
Breaking Down Chiefs' Free-Agent Situation from KC Star
Assuming he doesn't sign a long-term contract with the Chiefs before then, Albert, starting Tuesday, would be free to sign a contract with another team. But that team would have to send two first-round draft picks to the Chiefs in return.
Here are the remaining potential Chiefs free agents. The Chiefs would hold the rights to the restricted and exclusive-rights free agents listed here only if they make a minimum qualifying offer to them by Tuesday. If not, they would become free for any team to sign.
Dunta Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs Agree To Contract from NFL.com
Robinson -- cut three years into the six-year, $57 million deal he signed in 2010 -- struggled in coverage last season and figures as more of a nickel defender for the Chiefs. He remains consistent against the run and could be worked into the mix at safety.
Robinson turns 31 in April, but the Chiefs, at least, have landed a relatively durable player.
Dunta Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs Agree To Contract from USA Today
His disappointing stint with the Falcons lasted only three years, despite his signing a six-year deal with the team after spending his first six seasons with the Houston Texans.
The Chiefs are surely banking on Robinson to serve as a capable starter opposite Brandon Flowers. It's the latest move to solidify their roster under new head coach Andy Reid, following the re-signing of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt, the placing of the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert and the lopping $10 million off defensive end Tyson Jackson's contract to keep him on the team.
Chiefs See Huge Surge In Tix Sales from The Associated Press via ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs have a new coach, a new general manager -- and plenty of new season-ticket holders.
New season sales are up 112 percent over this time last year, according to figures provided to The Associated Press on Friday. Season renewals are also up 5 percent over last year, and the Chiefs are on pace to have their best renewal since coming off their 2010 playoff season.
Fans Buying What Chiefs Are Selling from ESPN
It is playing big in the fan base. According to the Associated Press, tickets sales are up 112 percent from a year ago. That is vital in Kansas City, where the fan base was starting to waver in recent years. But the Chiefs appear on their way to filling Arrowhead Stadium once again, and the season is still six months from starting.
That wouldn't be the case if Pioli's regime was kept.
Ex-LSU Star Tyson Jackson Takes $10M Pay Cut from The Shreveport Times
The upside for Jackson is his salary is guaranteed up to $4 million, an improvement from a guarantee of $3.2 million. He also doubled his workout bonus from $250,000 to $500,000 and has a $500,000 escalator if he plays more than 50% of the snaps. In all, he could earn $5.2 million this season.
Jackson will be a free agent next year. But in order to secure a big payday on the market in 2014, Jackson will have to start living up to the potential that got him drafted so high.
Former NFL Star Pleads Guilty In Tax Fraud Case from Forbes
Eventually, Mitchell was released by the Eagles in 2005 and went on to a short stint with the Kansas City Chiefs before a knee injury forced him into early retirement.
And now, at the age of 34, he has added felon to his resume. The Internal Revenue Service claims that Mitchell approached another professional athlete, known only as "A.G." in court records, and advised that one of his co-defendants, Jamie Russ-Walls, had managed to wrangle a tax refund for him of $1 million. Mitchell told A.G. that Russ-Walls could do the same for him and A.G. allegedly paid a "down payment" of $100,000 for the preparation of tax returns (note to normal taxpayers: $100,000? A little steep for a down payment on a form 1040 unless it's actually written in gold).
South Philly Bar Selling Andy Reid Chiefs T-Shirts from CBS Philly
When you think South Philly, you don't usually think "Kansas City Chiefs." That is of course, unless you're at Big Charlie's Saloon.
Big Charlie's is the biggest little Kansas City Chiefs bar in Philadelphia, located on 11th and McKean Streets.
Inside Free Agency 2013 - Day 27: Rey Maualuga from The Mothership
Here's a look at some of Maualuga's strength and weaknesses.
Name: Rey Maualuga
College: University of Southern California
Born: January 20th, 1987, (Fort Still, Oklahoma)
Experience: 4 years
Drafted: 2009, 2nd Round-38th pick overall by the Cincinnati Bengals
Career Stat Line: 60 games (59 starts), 194 tackles, 150 assists, three sacks, three INTs, 60 yards, 11 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries
Pro Sports Groundskeepers Share Lawn-Care Tips from The Enterprise
Water grass early in the mornings: To reduce water loss to evaporation, turn on your sprinklers before it's too hot and windy. And guard against overwatering. If watering in the afternoon, merely shower lightly to cool off the grass. "I want that grass going to sleep in a dry diaper. If it's a wet diaper, maybe you're going to catch a baby rash; the grass is going to get diseased," says Toma, who retired in 1999 as chief groundskeeper for baseball's Kansas City Royals and football's Kansas City Chiefs.
Starting Over: A Look At The New Faces In New Places On The NFL Sidelines from Yahoo! Sports
Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs): Reid leaves a four-win team in the Eagles to join a two-win team in Kansas City. And when you consider both Philadelphia and Kansas City were tied (with the Jets) for the league in turnovers last season (37), there's work to be done. Some of that will come from new quarterback and former 49ers signal-caller Alex Smith, who doesn't join the team until next week.
Eight In The Box: Top Offseason Targets from ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs: Sean Smith, CB, Dolphins: The Chiefs are an interesting team. Despite being 2-14 in 2012, they don't have a ton of screaming needs. Getting a quality cornerback to team with Brandon Flowers may be just the thing this defense needs. The Chiefs tried it with Stanford Routt last season (to replace top dollar Dallas free-agent signee Brandon Carr), but it didn't work. Yes, the Chiefs could use the No. 1 pick on Alabama's Dee Milliner and I still think a trade for Darrelle Revis would be worth exploring. But adding a tall, athletic corner like Smith could be the ticket as well. He won't be cheap, but he has skills and a Smith-Flowers pairing would be interesting.
Winder Product Open Eyes At Pool from Barrow County News
Delaney was a smash-mouth running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the 1981 Rookie of the Year, but tragically drowned in 1983. Delaney was at an amusement park when he heard children screaming for help.
Despite being able to swim about as well as Evelyn and Veeta, which means he could barely dog-paddle, Delaney dove in to save three children floundering in a water hole left by recent construction work, acording to the 2002 book, "Joe Delaney: Don't let the memory fade" by C.K. Rairden.
The 20-foot-deep water hole covered two acres and was not intended for swimming, but to add to the park's aesthetics. Delaney rescued two kids, but one died at an emergency room. Delaney and the third child drowned. The amusement park has since been closed to the public.
NFL Vets Facing The Chopping Block from FOX Sports
Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel: With the deal for San Francisco's Alex Smith set to become official Tuesday, the Chiefs are expected to release Cassel if they can't find a trade partner for his services. Cassel flopped the past two seasons in Kansas City but would have value as a backup in a quarterback-starved market.