Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 2/12

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy your snow day if you have one, or make sure you get stuff done today if you're expecting one tomorrow (like me). Be safe and stay warm!

Chiefs In Talks With Smith's Representatives from Chiefs Spin

Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said during a Tuesday morning guest appearance on 610 Sports Radio that the team wouldn't openly discuss contract negotiations in the public. But he said communication is now open between the team and Smith's camp.

"We've begun the dialogue with his representatives," Hunt said. "Where it goes, whether it's something that gets done here in the offseason or during the season or perhaps even at the end of the season, I really don't know how that's going to play out."

Alex Smith To Deliver Commencement Speech At University Of Utah from The Deseret News

Former Utah quarterback Alex Smith, who was the NFL's top draft pick in 2005, has accepted an invitation from the University of Utah to deliver the general commencement address May 1.

The all-pro Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, who is a Utah graduate and generous philanthropist, was chosen to do so by school president David W. Pershing and the university's Board of Trustees.

Chiefs Weekly from The Mothership

Chiefs players were out in the community, at the gym working out, watching the Olympics, playing golf and much more this past week. Check out what's happening on social media in this week's edition of Chiefs Weekly.

No Room For Their Own Free Agents? from ESPN

They will find enough wiggle room as they move along to sign their draft picks and dabble in free agency as well. But this will be a different year for the Chiefs than they've had for some time as far as offseason spending...

...So, yes, things will be different for the Chiefs this year. There may be no room for some of their own free agents.

Rookie Report LB Nico Johnson from ESPN

Johnson is unlikely to be handed anything. He will have to earn the spot, so the Chiefs will at least give him some competition for the job, whether that's Jordan or someone else. Johnson could eventually develop into a solid run defender but that's probably all he will ever be. He lacks the proper speed and range to be good in coverage, so he will likely always come out of the game on passing downs.

Bears Hire Renowned Martial Arts Expert To Work With All Positions from The Chicago Sun-Times

Kim has worked with eight NFL teams as a pass rush consultant or specialist, most recently with the the Kansas City Chiefs from 2010-12, and also with Penn State.

Bears general manager Phil Emery became familiar with Kim's work in Kansas City when he was the Chiefs' director of college scouting.

Saints' Jimmy Graham Heads List Of Top 25 Potential NFL Free Agents from USA Today

9. Branden Albert, LT, Chiefs: He's had a few injuries, and Kansas City can move Eric Fisher to the left side rather than extending Albert or franchising him again. Best fit: Dolphins

Breaking Down Tony Romo's Five Worst Plays Of The 2013 Season from The Dallas Morning News

This play capped one of the worst offensive sequences this season. Romo had thrown incomplete passes on the two previous downs, the second of which was intended for Miles Austin and thrown well wide of the target. At this point Romo seemed out of rhythm and rattled by the pressure that Kansas City's front was applying. With the Cowboys in 11 personnel, the Chiefs crowded six defenders near the line of scrimmage.

Joe Banner, Michael Lombardi Leaving Browns from NFL.com

Ray Farmer, who toiled under Lombardi, has been promoted to general manager effective immediately. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Farmer's mentor -- former Kansas City Chiefs executive Bill Kuharich -- will assist the new Cleveland GM on personnel matters, according to a Browns source.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Bortles Apple Of Houston's Eye from Lindy's Sports

23. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU: Besides Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs are lacking for impact targets in the passing game downfield. Beckham is a dynamic athlete who will find ways to get open and create after the catch, giving Kansas City a pair of former LSU tigers for Alex Smith to throw to.

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