Preview Of The 101 Awards from The Mothership
This is a unique event, in its 44th year, which NFL players, coaches, legends and civic leaders will attend and hold it in high regard. It is a tradition in Kansas City since 1970, and shows the cities dedication to professional football.
"I think more than anything, it's a tribute to how much Kansas City embraces the NFL, loves the Chiefs and the history of this event," Burmeister noted. "Almost every year, all of the recipients attend and come on stage with their presenter, take a seat and talk to the group. They really open up about what the award means to them and what their presenter means to them. It's access at the highest level that most cities don't get."
Charles MVP, But Who Is Top KC Rookie? from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday will announce their Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards. On the first, there can be no debate. There is room for argument with regard to the second.
There is something wrong with the process if anyone but running back Jamaal Charles is the Chiefs' MVP. He has been spectacular in previous seasons and in fact has been the Chiefs' MVP in three of the past four seasons...
...The rookie of the year question is more interesting.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame: Finding players who can play the five-technique in three-man fronts isn't easy, which is why the Chiefs took soon-to-be free agent Tyson Jackson third overall five years ago. Wideout is also a consideration, but Kansas City should be able to find a quality one down the board.
McLane In 'Great Company' With TSHOF Lifetime Award from The Waco Tribune-Herald
Drayton McLane Jr. described himself as an average athlete at Cameron Yoe High School, so he's elated to become the third recipient of the Lamar Hunt Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Thursday, McLane joined former San Antonio Spurs owner Red McCombs and Dallas Mavericks founder Don Carter as winners of the award. The late Lamar Hunt was a founding American Football League owner of the Dallas Texans which later became the Kansas City Chiefs.
Former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last March for 2013 and 2014 second-round picks, could impact negotiations for Kaepernick's new deal. The Chiefs are interested in extending Smith's contract after he helped lead a turnaround from a 2-14 record in 2012, the worst in the NFL, to the playoffs with an 11-win season.
If Smith gets a better than expected deal that's in the same ballpark as Cutler's and Romo's contracts, Kaepernick would be justified in insisting on a much better deal.
Kaepernick became the starting quarterback even though Smith was playing a high level because the team thought he gave them the best chance to win a championship.
Free Agency Outlook: Wide Receivers from DenverBroncos.com
Dexter McCluster, Kansas City: As with Hester, McCluster has been a bigger threat on special teams than offense. And while McCluster remains a big threat on punt returns, the Chiefs used Quintin Demps and Knile Davis effectively on kickoff returns last year. McCluster could be redundant and might find better opportunities elsewhere.