Bowe Feeling Confident With New-Look Chiefs from KC Star
Dwayne Bowe made clear last fall that he was more than willing to continue his career in Kansas City. All along, it was going to take one thing to make it happen: public validation from the Chiefs in the form of a lucrative long-term contract that he was one of the NFL's top wide receivers.
They provided him that with a five-year deal worth more than $11 million per season, making him at the time of the signing the third-highest-paid receiver in the league.
But if the pressure is now on Bowe to prove himself worthy, he isn't feeling it. Bowe indicated Monday as the Chiefs began their offseason conditioning program at their Truman Sports Complex practice facility that he's already done that.
Chiefs Open The Doors To Offseason Program from The Mothership
What fans have been asking for is their football team to restore the winning ways of the past. Coach Reid was brought in for such a mission and believes his players are of the similar mindset, work hard and win.
"I think the players, they're receptive and I think that's shown by the turnout," coach Reid admitted.
"And then if you would have been able to watch them work today, you would have seen the same thing in that they approach it with the same aggressive, workman-like attitude and I appreciate that."
Branden Albert Skips Chiefs' First Voluntary Workout from KC Star
Left tackle Branden Albert was the only member of the Chiefs' 65-man roster who did not report to the team's first day of voluntary off-season workouts and meetings Monday.
Albert last month signed a one-year, $9.83 million franchise tender. But there is a possibility the Chiefs could use the first overall pick of the upcoming NFL Draft to take either Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M or Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and ask Albert to switch to right tackle or guard, something he has said he does not want to do.
It's also possible that Albert was told by the club not to report if the Chiefs are trying to trade him.
Chiefs Sign LB Edgar Jones, Release LB Andy Studebaker from The Mothership
Jones has played 57 games during six NFL seasons with Kansas City (2012) and Baltimore (2007-11).
Primarily serving as a special teams player, he's totaled 39-career tackles, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries, one he returned for six against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6.
On defense, he's totaled nine tackles (five solo) and 1.5 sacks. While in a Baltimore Ravens uniform, he saw action in 41 games, contributing as both a LB and TE.
Draft Spotlight - Day 9: Geno Smith from The Mothership
Geno Smith is pegged by many as the first QB to be taken in April's draft. During his Pro Day at West Virginia, Smith excelled, being led by former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke, now the Director of IMG's Football Academy in Brandenton, Florida. Apparently, Weinke's expertise is paying off for Smith, according to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.
"I saw what I needed to see - the kid ripped it," said Mayock.
Kansas City Chiefs Down To Four Options For Top Pick from NFL.com
Dorsey said the Chiefs plan to make a final decision four days before the draft. He's been meeting with head coach Andy Reid three times a day about the pick. Reid will get even more involved in the 7-10 days before the first pick is announced on April 25 at Radio City Music Hall, according to Breer.
Weak Draft Class Leads To QB Shuffle from The Detroit Free Press
West Virginia's Geno Smith is widely considered the top quarterback available and has been praised by multiple teams picking in the top 10, including the Kansas City Chiefs, who have the No. 1 pick.
But is all the talk just a smokescreen? Even Smith is skeptical.
"I hope Kansas City is legitimately interested," Smith told USA TODAY late last week. "The Chiefs are bringing me in, so I'm going in there thinking that they're interested (in me), because I am in them."
Report: Packers. Aaron Rodgers Are $2 Million Per Year Apart On New Contract from Yahoo! Sports
Rodgers may currently be one of the best values in the league.
The 29-year-old is scheduled to earn $9.75 million in cash compensation this season ($9.25 million base salary, $500,000 workout bonus), which has him tied with Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs for 12th among current quarterbacks in that department in 2013.
Nearly All Chiefs Report For Start Of Offseason from FS Kansas City
Alex Smith and Derrick Johnson said it felt like the first day of school.
Andy Reid is playing the role of the new teacher, and general manager John Dorsey took on the guise of the new principal. The Kansas City Chiefs even had someone truant for the start of class, though the reality is that the start of offseason workouts Monday was strictly voluntary - even if everyone but left tackle Branden Albert decided to show up.
It was the first time the Chiefs could gather as a team since Reid and Dorsey were hired in January, the two of them tasked with turning around a franchise that went 2-14 a year ago.
Former Kansas City Chiefs fullback Kimble Anders is returning to a football sideline. After a three-year hiatus, he's restarting his coaching career.
Anders resigned Thursday as the athletics director for the Interscholastic League in the Kansas City School District. He will depart that position - which he held for the past four years - to accept a job as the head football coach and athletics director at Galveston Ball High School in Texas.