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Good morning! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news gives us some updates on current and former players, an new theory on why Weis may have left for Florida, and a look at what impact a prolonged lockout might have on KC's economy. Keep an eye out for updates on the CBA talks. We are likely to hear of either an extension to the CBA so talks can continue, or word will come out that the NFLPA has decertified. We'll keep you up to date.

Though the football season does not begin until early September, the league is in jeopardy of losing regular-season games to a work stoppage for the first time since 1987. And such a shutdown would have far-reaching implications in the community.

Each Chiefs game generates an economic impact of about $15 million in the Kansas City community, according to the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission. And that says nothing of the effect a Chiefs game has on the psyche of the region.

Stakes Are High for Everyone in NFL Labor Talks from KC Star

The Chiefs will be slashing the salaries of virtually everyone in the organization if, as expected, a work stoppage hits the NFL starting tomorrow night.

Might this have had anything to do with Charlie Weis' departure for, of all things, college football?

Is This Why Weis Left? from The Red Zone

The event's organizers tell me that all players scheduled to attend will be allowed to attend. The 101 is not an official team or league function and is instead viewed by the NFL as a third-party event, so players and coaches are allowed to attend.

101 Banquet is on as Scheduled from The Red Zone

Topeka City Councilman Jeff Preisner and former Kansas City Chief Kendall Gammon are among members of the 2011 Leadership Kansas class announced Wednesday by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

Leadership Kansas, an affiliated program of the Kansas Chamber, is entering its 33rd year of educating and motivating leaders from throughout the state.

Leadership Kansas Class Announced from The Topeka Capital-Journal

It could have been nothing else for the funeral of Bill Grigsby, a longtime member of the Chiefs broadcast crew and civic ambassador. Calling a day bee-u-ti-ful was the signature line of Grigsby, who died last week at the age of 89.

"I'm sure if he were here this morning, he would be regaling on lots of topics and subjects," said the Rev. Michael Roach, who presided over the ceremony. "But one thing he would say for sure, in his own distinctive way, is what a bee-u-ti-ful day it is this morning.

Hundreds Bid Chiefs Broadcaster Bill Grigsby Farewell from KC Star

Super Bowl XLV was a referendum on two quarterbacks, Rodgers and Roethlisberger, highly qualified to beat blitzes by extending plays with their feet.

In a copycat league, their success figures to help several top-tier quarterbacks in this draft class, including Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, Missouri's Blaine Gabbert, Washington's Jake Locker and Florida State's Christian Ponder. Each has the ability to escape and make plays outside the pocket, à la Rodgers, Roethlisberger and Freeman...

..."Are you able to close the deal and win games when it counts?" Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley said when asked what separates quarterbacks.

Mobility Helping Quarterbacks MOve Up Draft Board, Too from USA Today

Americus native Leonard Pope was on hand today to visit Phoebe Sumter's new medical campus. Pope, a former standout tight end for the University of Georgia who currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, was very impressed with all three support buildings

Pope Visits Phoebe Sumter's New Medical Campus from WRBL.com

The Green Bay Packers cut linebacker A.J. Hawk. The team wants to re-sign him...

...Even though he has played in the Packers' 3-4 defense the past couple of seasons, many scouts think Hawk is best suited to be a weakside linebacker in a 4-3 unit...

...The Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers both employ a 3-4 defense that could use inside line help.

Evening AFC West Notes from ESPN

There will be several more of these mocks heading to the draft, so, again, don't lock me in on this one.

There are still pro days to see, tape to watch and data to acquire.

That's more than enough to cause big-time shuffling in the next one, which will come in about a month...

21. Kansas City Chiefs: Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin. They are rebuilding their offensive line and Carimi could step in and start at right tackle.

Mock Draft: Fairly Certain at No. 1 With Shifts Ahead from CBS Sports

The Knicks hold a strange place in sports culture: inescapable, yet irrelevant. The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees made people hate them by being overexposed, bullying winners. The Knicks have made people hate them through overexposure alone. They are covered as if they were the Pittsburgh Steelers of basketball, when they are really the Kansas City Chiefs: a franchise that hasn't won a championship since the Nixon administration.

What's Moderately Good for the New York Knicks is Moderately Good for American from Slate.com

The Miami Dolphins moved to maintain their quarterback depth Wednesday by offering a one-year tender to Tyler Thigpen, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Thigpen, a five-year pro out of Coastal Carolina, was Miami's third-string quarterback in 2010, moving up to No. 2 when Chad Pennington suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Since Thigpen has less than six years of NFL experience, his status is in limbo because of the unresolved nature of the collective bargaining agreement.

Report: Dolphins Give One Year Tender to No. 3 QB Thigpen from NFL.com

Every year, a handful of Canadian university players earn NFL contracts. There were a half-dozen of those last year, including Concordia's Corey Greenwood, who spent all of last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

But college free agents will be shut out until the NFL lockout ends.

NFL Lockout Would Have Immediate Effect from TSN