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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 3/18

Hello, Chiefs fans! How's everyone feeling? March Madness and St. Patty's Day pack a mean 1, 2 punch. Enjoy today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

The National Football League lockout of its players could dip into the pocketbooks of Jackson County taxpayers.

The Arrowhead Stadium lease agreement between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority includes a "force majeure" clause, which would give the Chiefs a partial break in rent if the team misses games because of the NFL lockout. These clauses typically are inserted into leases to cover calamities such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks. However, the clause in the Arrowhead Stadium lease also includes "strike, lockout, work stoppage or other labor disturbance."

National Football League Lockout Puts Some Chiefs Rent Payments at Risk from The Kansas City Business Journal

His voice sounded like he gargled each morning with gravel. Invariably, there was a cup of coffee nearby and sometimes a cigarette, although he was always trying to stop that habit. This morning routine always came wrapped up with a story...

...Few had more, or told them as well, as the raspy-voiced Erkenbeck. On Tuesday in his native southern California, Jim Erkenbeck ran out of time for another story. His death robbed football of another one of the characters that wrote the history of the game and passed along the old stories like a town elder or the Chief of an Indian tribe.

Another Voice Silenced... Friday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Under the direction of his tutor, former Chiefs quarterbacks coach Terry Shea, Gabbert entertained and educated a large collection of NFL personnel from all 32 teams, with scouts, assistant coaches, coordinators, six head coaches and three GMs watching indoors at the Devine Pavilion.

Coming into the Pro Day session, Gabbert was tagged a first-round choice in April's NFL Draft. Coming out of the Pro Day work, Gabbert may have guaranteed he'll be the first quarterback selected and there's the possibility that he could become the first player taken.

Gabbert Climbs the Ladder from Bob Gretz

Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote NFL players Thursday, outlining the league's last proposal to the union and cautioning that "each passing day puts our game and our shared economics further at risk."

Goodell ended the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, by telling players: "I hope you will encourage your union to return to the bargaining table and conclude a new collective bargaining agreement."

Goodell E-mails All Active NFL Players from KC Star

"We've told guys a year out that this (lockout) could happen and to be smart and to cover your expenses. A lot of them might understand, but their families don't. Their wives or parents or fiancees don't. They have people asking to loan them money, people who may be counting on them, and they haven't said no. They need to have the ability to say no."

If owners are counting on players to break rank because money is tight, the first sign of that likely would come in late summer.

The minimum salary was $320,000 for rookies in 2010; $395,000 for one year of experience; up to $630,000 for four to six years; $755,000 for seven to nine seasons; and $855,000 for 10 and above. The average career is about 3.5 years.

Budgeting is Player's Big Concern During Lockout from KC Star

Kansas City has the 21st overall pick and should be looking for value along both sides of the line of scrimmage. Depth along the offensive line might be a high priority and even more so should they suffer some loses to free agency. The Chiefs could also be aided by picks along the defensive line or a solid pass rushing outside linebacker to bookend defensive end Tamba Hali.

Remember, Kansas City used its first overall pick in 2008 and 2009, both top-five selections, in taking defensive linemen Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson respectively.

They will need further production from them and more this season given their out-of-division opponents coming from the NFC North and AFC East along with games versus Pittsburgh and at Indy.

Chiefs Need Draft Help on Offense and Defense from FOX Sports

In Super Bowl IV, Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Dave Hill went up against Carl Eller, one of the best defensive ends to ever play the game.

Now he blocks for his wife, Toni, and when she wants a beach, well, she gets a beach.

"We just thought a little bit of beach would look good," Toni Hill said, walking around the sand stretching from the couple's pool to the nearby lake. "I didn't realize it was going to be such a big beach."

Homegrown Beach Springs to Life from The Panama City News Herald

When the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Tennessee safety Eric Berry with the fifth overall pick, it showed just how important the position had become. Berry, a multi-dimensional demon in college, tool those skills to the NFL and really showed out as he developed through his rookie campaign. He won the Mack Lee Hill trophy as the most talented and inspirational rookie by a vote of his veteran teammates, went to the Pro Bowl, and took the Defensive Player of the Month award for December/January as the Chiefs clinched the AFC West. He finished with 126 tackles and four interceptions, taking his place as one of the best young defenders in the game.

In this exclusive interview, Berry talked about a wide range of things, starting with the adidas adiZero 5-Star cleat, which he's very happy with.

The Shutdown Corner Interview: Eric Berry Pt. 2 from Yahoo! Sports (Part 1 is here)

Best choice: Jamaal Charles, running back. Charles was a wonderful parting gift from the Carl Peterson era. He was part of Peterson's final draft in Kansas City and was he a doozy. He was taken in the third round, with the No. 73 overall pick in 2008. The pick was acquired from Minnesota in the Jared Allen trade. Charles has developed into one of the best running backs in the NFL. He is a big reason why the Chiefs were a worst-to-first story in 2010.

Draft Watch: AFC West from ESPN