Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 7/2

Jamie Squire

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Enjoy!

Chiefs Rookie Recap: Nico Johnson from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Alabama LB Nico Johnson in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft in April. Johnson joined the Chiefs with three BCS title rings from championship runs with the Crimson Tide during the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons and is working to experience the same type of success in the NFL, with his new team.

Following the team's 2013 offseason training program, Johnson took some time to describe his past couple of months, addressing a wide range of topics, including his memories from draft day and much more.

Former Chiefs QB Brady Quinn Looks Back On Time In KC from KC Star

"Reflecting back on my time in Kansas City, it was obviously tough the way the season went," Quinn said. "I think it was crazy, just thinking back a year ago now - this time of year - looking at the situation, looking at our roster, and looking at all the possibilities of what we'd be able to accomplish. It just seems like, it looked so great on paper, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way - on the field and off the field."

Quinn, who returned to the area in late June for Weis' charity golf tournament at Firekeeper Golf Course, has now moved on. He's signed on to be the backup to Russell Wilson with the Seattle Seahawks, and he's pleased to be with a franchise with Super Bowl aspirations.

Key Deadline Looms For Albert, Clady from ESPN

July 15 (which is in exactly two weeks) is the final day of the calendar year in which a franchised player can sign an extension. Denver's Ryan Clady and Kansas City's Branden Albert were both given the franchise tag. Thus, if neither player signs an extension in the next 14 days, neither can sign a new deal after the season is over.

Kansas Sports Hall Of Fame Announces 2013 Induction Class from The Salina Journal

Bell, a native of Wichita and an all-state football player at Carroll High School, played at Colorado State where he was an All-American in 1977 and a consensus All-American defensive tackle selection in 1978. A sack specialist, Bell recorded 25 sacks during his collegiate career and left Colorado State as the all-time leader in that category. Bell parlayed his stellar collegiate career into a first round, second overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1979 NFL Draft. He played 12 years with the Chiefs where he totaled nearly 500 tackles, recovered 10 fumbles, and recorded 40 sacks. Bell was inducted into the Colorado State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

Camp Of Champs Notebook from The Youngstown News

After suffering a season-ending knee injury with the Kansas City Chiefs last July, Cardinal Mooney/Notre Dame graduate Kyle McCarthy expects to be cleared to return in a little more than a week. "Once that happens, I look forward to letting teams know and hopefully get myself in a camp somewhere and turn some heads," he said. Famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery - McCarthy's third in the last two years - and he's been rehabbing at Andrews' facility in Florida. "I've had all the help in the world through the different teams I've been with and from people in this community and outside the community," said McCarthy, who also suffered a season-ending knee injury as a rookie safety with the Broncos in 2010.

Ten thought On The NFL: Chicago Bears And Beyond from Windy City Gridiron

6) Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who I picked as the Chiefs Face of the Franchise, recently said his new QB is Super Bowl-caliber, and I agree. I think the addition of Alex Smith to work with head coach Andy Reid will be exactly what they need to turn that franchise into a contender.

In The Pipeline: School Treasure Is Really Old Friends And Memories from The Huntington Beach Independent

Frank Seurer, who attended Lamb in the early 1970s, went on to play professional football for the Kansas City Chiefs (another Lamb student, Emile Michael Harry, also went on to play for that NFL team). Seurer told me that while he was sorry he missed the reunion, he loves staying in touch with people and seeing photos from from the occasion on Facebook.

Amar'e Stoudemire Married: 4 Things to Know About Alexis Welch from The Latin Times

Alexis Welch and Amar'e Stoudemire met in 2002 after Stoudemire was drafted by the Phoenix Suns and Welch was attending high school as a three-sport star in basketball, track and volleyball.

"Since we were both 19, they put us in a private room in the back of the club. He was wearing a Kansas City Chiefs Joe Montana jersey," says Welch to the New York Post. "I'm originally from there, so we started talking about Montana when he played there."

Dwyer, Atlantic, Newman Among Area Teams In Brandon Flowers 7-On-7 Tournament from The Palm Beach Post

Flowers, the Kansas City Chiefs cornerback and Atlantic High graduate, has invited several NFL players to his event, including New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley (Atlantic) and San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin (Pahokee). There will be a football camp the day before, on Friday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon, and a charity bowling event on Thursday, July 11.

Eisen's Mailbag: 2013 Schedule Explained from Giants.com

Hi, I was wondering why the Giants are playing the Raiders at home this year? Four years ago when they played the AFC West they played the Chargers and Raiders at home and the Chiefs and Broncos on the road. The rotation should now be the Broncos and Chiefs at home. I was wondering if there was a reason or just an oversight in the schedule.
-Matt

No oversight. The NFL changed travel partners in both the AFC West and NFC West to reduce the likelihood that teams would have to make four or more coast- to-coast flights in a season - as the Giants did in 2005. Oakland and San Diego was one pair of partners, and Kansas City and San Diego were the other. The league made a switch, so Oakland and Denver would have the same travel schedule. So this year, the Giants will host Oakland and travel to Kansas City, as they did in 2009.

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