Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 3/26

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning. I wish to express my condolences to the family of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. as well as to the fans of the team. I remember the passing of Mr. Hunt and the loss it involved. Today's Kansas City Chiefs news includes some articles on the passing of Mr. Wilson and the early days of the AFL. Additionally, there are many quotes and tidbits from the ongoing league meeting. Here is your news.

Andy Reid Talks Eric Fisher, Alex Smith And More from The Mothership

Q: What did you learn from Alex Smith?

REID: "I don't think you know a player until you have him. You do all your homework. But until you get him there, you don't realize. You've heard he's a great leader, but until you get him and work with him, you don't know that. You've heard about his strengths and weaknesses as a player, but until you get him and he's doing your stuff, I don't think you figure that out completely. I loved his accuracy. I love his want-to to be great. I love the way he took things over and challenged everybody around him and not in a boisterous manner but just by leading by example and teaching on the field. I appreciated his whole game. His approach to the game raised the whole team. He's a gym rat. You've got to kick him out of the building. I was almost on secret double probation his first week in the building because he wanted to stay there forever and I'd have to kick him out. I said, ‘You gotta go.' That's how he approaches the game."

Clark Hunt On The Passing Of Ralph Wilson Jr. from The Mothership

"...He took risks and made decisions that helped mold the NFL into what it is today. As two of the original members of the AFL's Foolish Club, my father and Ralph shared a unique bond and a special friendship. I had the privilege of knowing Ralph and his family my entire life. His sense of humor was extraordinary and his passion for the Buffalo Bills was remarkable. He was a gentleman and a family man and will be missed dearly."

Chiefs Sign Defensive Tackle Cory Grissom from The Mothership

Grissom (6-2, 316) originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots on May 3, 2013. He was released by the Patriots on March 10, 2014, after spending the 2013 season on the club's injured reserve list.

Chiefs Q&A With CB Chris Owens from The Mothership

Q: As far as the sacks last season, did they use you as a blitzer or were you opportunistic?

OWENS: "Coach Ray Horton dialed my number up a couple of times. You know, I have to give credit to those guys up-front, the o-line and running backs. I guess it was a distraction for me to come in and get a sack. I guess it was an opportunity and I made the best of it."

History Of The Chiefs Compensatory Picks from The Mothership

2005:

Dustin Colquitt - Tennessee - Third Round -(99th overall)

142 games, 744 punts for 33,386 yards (44.9 avg), long of 81 yards, 66 touchbacks, 285 punts inside the 20-yard line and 29,372 net yards (39.3 avg)

Three playoff games, 11 punts for 545 yards (49.5 avg), long of 66 yards, two touchbacks and 477 net yards (43.4 avg)

Chiefs Content On TV All Year from The Mothership

In July, Chiefs Blueprint will begin airing; this show allows fans to follow the growth of the team as the Chiefs invade St. Joseph for 2014 Training Camp presented by Mosaic Life Care. Offering a weekly in-depth look at the team as it prepares for the 2014 season, Chiefs Blueprint will highlight draft picks and rookies as they hit the field for their first training camp, discuss how free agent moves impact the team, offer behind-the-scenes practice footage from the campus of Missouri Western State University and will preview and recap each of the team's preseason games.

Updating The Six Picks Of KC's Draft from ESPN

The NFL has handed out this year's compensatory picks and though the Kansas City Chiefs didn't get any, their draft is now in better focus. They know the exact six spots in which they will be picking, and they are:

First round, 23rd overall; Third round, 87th overall; Fourth round, 124th overall; Fifth round, 163rd overall; Sixth round, 193rd overall; Sixth round, 200th overall.

Chiefs' Andy Reid Touches On WRs Avant, Jackson from Chiefs Spin

The Chiefs have a need at wide receiver and there was plenty speculation Avant could wind up with his former coach in Kansas City.

Still, in a draft considered deep at the wide receiver position, the Chiefs could choose to forgo Avant, who turns 31 on April 20, in favor of a young playmaker.

Eric Fisher Will Be Kansas City Chiefs' New Left Tackle from NFL.com

After struggling out of the gate last season, Fisher gradually improved at right tackle down the stretch. With ideal size, quick feet and athleticism, he was billed as an ideal blindside protector coming out of Central Michigan.

Chiefs Receive C+ Grade In Free Agency from ESPN

For those with ESPN Insider access, a team of ESPN's personnel analysts (including former Colts general manager Bill Polian) have graded free agency for each of the NFL's 32 teams. The Kansas City Chiefs ranked 16th for the things they have and haven't done in free agency, and received a C+.

Chiefs' Reid Views Free Agency Like Thompson from The Green Bay Press-Gazette

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid's view on free agency sounds like he took a page right out of Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson's playbook.

Thompson often is criticized for not being active enough in free agency, but Reid spelled out one of the reasons he has soured somewhat on signing players from other teams.

AFC Roundup: Andy Reid Thinks Alex Smith Is "Brilliant" from The Sacramento Bee

When the Kansas City Chiefs gave up two second-day draft picks for Alex Smith, it seemed like a steal for the 49ers. Smith, however, finished the 2013 season with a career-high 3,313 yards (in 15 starts) and led the Chiefs to a surprising playoff berth after they had a 2-14 record the year before.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid today sounded as if he was more than happy with the deal.

Ralph Wilson Jr.'s Impact Reaches Well Beyond Buffalo Bills from NFL.com

Without the financial wherewithal of Wilson and Oilers/Titans owner Bud Adams, the upstart outfit spearheaded by Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt likely would have been backed down by the already popular NFL, which was still reveling in the success of the 1958 Championship Game, aka "The Greatest Game Ever Played."

Other NFL Teams Faced Succession Questions from The Buffalo News

Kansas City Chiefs

Founder and owner Lamar Hunt died in 2006 at the age of 74. Control of the Chiefs was passed onto his son, Clark, who serves as chairman and CEO.

Clark Hunt's siblings - Lamar Jr., Sharron and Dan - also have ownership stakes in the Chiefs.

Wilson Was A Player's Owner from The Buffalo News

We were going to party that night. I saw Mr. Wilson walking in the lobby, and he had this strange look on his face. I asked him, I said, ‘Hey boss, what's wrong? You look like you lost your last friend.' He said, ‘I might have lost my last friend, if I don't find some alcohol because I've got the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs here and some other business people.' I said, ‘What do you need?' He said, ‘A bottle of vodka would be great.' I went up to my room, got a bottle of vodka and brought it down. You should have seen the smile on his face.

Relaxed Reid Has Praise For Successor, Former Players from Philly.com

Maybe it's the resort settings or maybe it's the short-sleeve March temperatures or maybe it's the fact that the next regular-season game always is at least 5 1/2 months away.

Whatever, Reid's always been much more relaxed, much more informative, much more fun, at these get-togethers than he ever was at his sleep-inducing, name-rank-and-serial number news conferences back at NovaCare.

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