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KANSAS CITY MO - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs scrambles during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 26 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY MO - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs scrambles during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 26 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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 Good morning! Yes, it's Friday and here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

From Matt Cassel to Tamba Hali, the Chiefs had no shortage of candidates last season for team most valuable player. Likewise, in Tony Moeaki and Kendrick Lewis, they had players who in other years might have been chosen as their rookie of the year.

But it was no surprise their award winners for the 2010 season were running back Jamaal Charles as MVP and safety Eric Berry as top rookie.

Chiefs Pick Charles as MVP, Berry as Top Rookie from KC Star

Port Arthur native and NFL running back Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs will be the grand marshal of the Majestic Krewe of Aurora Grand Parade at the March 3-6 Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas.

Charles will ride the Lamar State College-Port Arthur float operated by the Krewe of Gates, which was named after the late Port Arthur millionaire and philanthropist John Gates, who founded Port Arthur College in 1909.

Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles will Lead 2011 Mardi Gras Parade from The Beaumont Enterprise

The Chiefs have 25 players without a contract for the 2011 season so they've got some work to do before the scheduled start of free agency on March 4. The starting date may get pushed back if the owners and players can't agree on a new collective bargaining agreement by then and if negotiations drag on through the spring and summer, there may be no free agency period at all.

Some of these 25 players could be classified as unrestricted, restricted or exclusive rights free agents, depending on the rules in the new CBA. Since for now we don't know what rules will eventually be in place, we're going to lump them all together.

Free Agent Strategy from The Red Zone

Out of playoffs

Kansas City

The Chiefs are going to be good and are building something for the long haul, but they just might not be good enough. Learning to improve after a down season is easy, so to speak. Improving upon success will be the hard part.

2011 Playoff Picture Could Look Very Different from NFL.com

There is not a general consensus after our sound-off question this week. I asked readers what AFC West team they think is best equipped to make a Super Bowl run.

The Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders all got their fair share of support. Denver, which was 4-12 in 2010, didn't get much support and that is fair. The rebuilding Broncos currently look behind the other three teams.

The Chiefs won 10 games in 2010, while San Diego won nine games and Oakland won eight games. I could see the arguments for all three of those teams since all three have things going for them.

Below are some of your responses. Thanks to everyone who participated:

Sound-Off Responses from ESPN

He's always been comfortable and confident in any environment, and his gift of putting others at ease has hidden the sweat and tears Cassel surely has expended to reach this point in his life: husband, father, Pro Bowl quarterback and, most important, role model.

I've covered high school sports since the 1970s, and Cassel has earned a special place in my memory because of his perseverance. He had a dream and wouldn't let anyone or anything deter him from reaching it.

Matt Cassel's Story is One of Patience, Perseverance from The Los Angeles Times

Once in a while a prospect falls through the cracks and goes undrafted.

That doesn't mean the end of his career. Over the years, numerous undrafted free agents have crafted fine careers for themselves.

Kansas City's Jovan Belcher appears to be one of those players.

Chiefs Found Gem in Jovan Belcher from ESPN

Most Overrated NFL Team: The Kansas City Chiefs. Objectively speaking, they're down in the bottom-third of the NFL.  However, they appear to be playing like a team in the top-third. My guess is strength of schedule (or lack thereof) have something to do with both lists.  Honorable Mentions: Jaguars, Rams and Seahawks.

Power Rankings from Around the Web: Post Super Bowl Edition from Bolts from the Blue