Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 4/16

Jamie Squire

I have to start today's post by recognizing the terrible events in Boston yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured, the dead, their loved ones, and all of the people who aided them. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

Revamped Chiefs Ready For Minicamp from KC Star

These will be the Chiefs' first practices with Andy Reid as head coach, John Dorsey as general manager and Alex Smith as starting quarterback. This week, they will begin to get an idea of whether this creation is any better than the last one.

"Up until this point, you could only look at the team on paper, basically," said Smith, acquired in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. "You see potential there, but from here on out it's about us putting in the work and coming together, getting out here on the field, executing plays. That's what it's going to come down to.

"You have to treat every day like a sprint, work as hard as you can to get better each and every day and keep stacking days together."

Chiefs Sign LB Akeem Jordan from The Mothership

Jordan has played in 82 games (34 starts) in six NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2007-12).

His career numbers include 184 tackles (151 solo), one sack, two interceptions, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Chiefs Linemen To Tackle Roles At Kansas Speedway from KC Star

Chiefs offensive linemen Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson will serve as honorary officials for the NASCAR Sprint Cup STP 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

Could Syracuse's Nassib Be A Fit For Chiefs? from FS Kansas City

Jon Gruden has been good friends with Andy Reid for years, dating back to their days together on the Green Bay Packers' coaching staff in the 1990s.

But Gruden, analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football, doesn't claim to know what Reid will do with the Chiefs' No. 1 pick.

Yet if Reid is looking for a quarterback past the first round, there's one prospect that stands out in Gruden's mind: Syracuse's Ryan Nassib.

NFL Draft 2013: Chiefs Are "Begging" To Get Out Of First Pick from SB Nation

No team has traded a No. 1 pick since 2004 when the Chargers traded Eli Manning to the Giants, but that was a different scenario, as Manning had publicly stated he wouldn't play for the Chargers. Despite the ultimatum, they were still able to get a good haul for him - the fourth pick in that draft, Phillip Rivers, as well as first and third-round picks in 2005.

Draft Questions: Will Anyone Trade For Branden Albert? from NFL.com

The Chiefs are looking for a second-round draft pick in exchange for Albert, who says he is seeking "clarity" from the Chiefs before he shows up to offseason workouts. Albert is an above average starting left tackle, which is worth plenty in the NFL. But he's not worth a second-round pick and the monster contract that he's looking for.

Draft Spotlight - Day 23: Tavon Austin from The Mothership

During his junior year, Tavon earned Big East Special Teams Player of the Year and led the nation in all-purpose yardage, averaging 198 yards per game. He became one of two receivers to have 100 or more catches (101) in Big East Conference history.

Austin bolted into Heisman contention during his senior campaign in 2012, covering 572 all-purpose yards (second most in FBS history) against Oklahoma, which included four catches for 82 yards, 21 carries for 344 yards and two TDs, as well as 146 kick return yards.

His dominating play last season earned him the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player), as well as First-Team All-America accolades as an All-Purpose player.

Recycle Your Electronics April 20th At Arrowhead from FOX4KC

The Kansas City Chiefs, FOX 4 and Vintage Tech Recyclers are teaming up Saturday, April 20th to help you clear out your house or garage of electronics you no longer use.

Report: Chiefs Lower Asking Price For LT Branden Albert from CBS Sports

Albert, who signed a $9.8 million franchise tag late last month, has publicly criticized the Chiefs for dragging their feet as he looks to secure a long-term contract. Now less than two weeks before the NFL Draft, Kansas City has reportedly lowered its price tag for Albert. On Monday, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported that the Chiefs would be willing to trade Albert for a second-round pick.

Albert's high salary cap figure could dissuade teams with a need for a bookend tackle from surrendering a top-60 pick. At the same time, the rookie salary cap has also made it more enticing for teams to pursue a left tackle early in the draft.

Chuck Liddell On 'Path To The Draft'; Tuesday's NFL News from NFL.com

Here's what else is on tap for Tuesday:

" Fighting legend Chuck Liddell stops by to talk some football on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" at 6 p.m. ET. And our State of the Franchise series continues on "NFL Total Access" at 7 p.m. ET, with linebacker Derrick Johnson discussing the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Picks 1-5 from The New York Post

1 - Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel - OT - Texas A&M - Yes, the Chiefs have used their franchise tag on Brandon Albert, but Joeckel is too good of a prospect to pass up, especially after the team addressed its quarterback issue (for now) by trading for Alex Smith.

Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland Had Mentor In Grandfather Jim Palmer from The Palm Beach Post

"I'd always say, ‘Wow, you drafted Walter Payton,' " said Ireland, "and my grandfather would say ‘That was easy. He was the best player on the board.' Then I'd say, ‘OK, but why'd you take Roland Harper?' He made such a great living drafting fifths and sixths and eighths and ninths and 12th-round draft choices because they were great players and most likely good guys.

"They wanted to play, they wanted to win, they wanted to destroy you. That defensive football team, that offensive line, they had so much cohesiveness. You try to emulate that in today's world as much as you can."

It's not so easy, even for someone like Ireland who has been around professional football all of his life. His stepfather, E.J. Holub, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was a starter in a couple of early Super Bowls for the Kansas City Chiefs, one of them at linebacker and the other at center.

2013 NFL Draft: What They're Saying About Kiko Alonso (Links) from The Oregonian

WalterFootball.com slots Alonso in as the No. 4 inside linebacker. They have him getting drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 63 overall in the third round...

...Pro Football Central has Alonso going to the Chiefs in the exact same spot. PFC Draft Writer Philip Arnold details Alonso's abilities when it comes to run support and pass coverage:

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Yank Barry Reunites With His Former Band, The Legendary Kingsmen from PR News Channel

The legendary rock n' roll band, The Kingsmen, had a mini-reunion when current drummer Dick Peterson teamed up with former lead singer Yank Barry for charity. The two Kingsmen, most famous for their song "Louie Louie," were together for the Imagine 100 Faces Charity Event created by Kansas City Chiefs Hall-of-Fame Kicker Nick Lowery.

21 NFL Teams Begin Offseason Workout Program On Monday from Yahoo! Sports

Eleven players are tied for fourth with workout bonuses of $500,000, including quarterbacks Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez. Other players with $500,000 workout bonus are Jets center Nick Mangold, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams, and defensive lineman Justin Smith and linebacker Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers.

Potential Overall No. 1 NFL Draft Pick Eric Fisher: "I Can Play Anywhere On The Line" from Sports Radio Interviews

On if he'd be open to playing right tackle:

"Oh yeah, I think I'm a very versatile player. I played left tackle in college and hopefully I'll get the opportunity to play it again, but I know there's some great tackles in the league right now, and as a rookie if I had to come in and play right tackle I'd have no problem with that. ... I can play anywhere on the line they need me."

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