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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 3/9

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Good morning Chiefs fans and welcome to another Arrowheadlines! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news covers CBA updates, draft prep, and a certain Chiefs punter with his priorities straight. Enjoy.

Every team in the league has a history of lucky finds, players who arrived with no expectations but carved out a niche. The Chiefs are no different - some of the best players in 50 seasons of football did not enter pro football through the draft. That group includes a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and three members of the Chiefs Hall of Fame.

A spot on this list required several levels of qualifications. First, the player could not have been drafted by the AFL, USFL or NFL. Second, he did not play in a regular-season game for another CFL or NFL team before playing with the Chiefs. Third, with the exemption of one player, this group had a career longer than a cup of coffee.

Here's my list of the top free agents in Chiefs history, in alphabetical order:

Who Needs the Draft!... Wednesday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Beyond the rich players and even wealthier team owners arguing over how to divvy up $9 billion in revenue a year, the people who would suffer most if there's no NFL season this year are those whose jobs, businesses and even charity work depend on games.

It's the 2,500 ticket-takers, janitors and other game-day employees at the Superdome in New Orleans, and the suburban dry cleaner who washes all their uniforms.

It's the receptionists and accountants for the New York Jets, and the high school band booster club that sells burgers and beer at Carolina Panthers games.

 If NFL Stops, "Innocent Bystanders" to Take Hit from KC Star

The NFL Players Association retained an international investment bank to help it decide whether the league's offer to reveal more financial information during negotiations will be enough to satisfy the union's call for full disclosure.

Zeroing in on the crux of the labor dispute - how to split $9 billion in revenues - one NFLPA executive committee member, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, said in a telephone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press and NFL Network that what the NFL has turned over to the union so far "hasn't been sufficient.

NFL Offers More Financial Info; Union Deciding from KC Star

We are working overtime these days getting our draft coverage ready and in the next few days you will start to see more and more stories related to the 2011 NFL Draft.

Kicking it off is our first edition of the Top 100 players who will be available in April. Earlier we produced a list of 100 names based by position. Now, we've put them in order based on what we've seen and what we've been told by NFL personnel types and scouts.

Edition #1 BobGretz.com Top 100 Players from Bob Gretz

You've watched the NFL's 2011 Rookie Class train and analyzed combine results as they came available. But you didn't go inside the team interview rooms, step behind the podium or head down radio row. Here's what the Chiefs 2011 NFL Combine looked like away from the on-field workouts.

Week at the Combine from The Mothership

Here's a look at the top 15 NFL cities rated by public investment in an NFL stadium, according to estimates gathered from multiple sources, including public records, media reports, and football.ballparks.com, a football-reference site...

...Arrowhead Stadium is owned by the Jackson County Sports Complex and is managed by the Kansas City Chiefs. The stadium, which opened in 1972, cost $150 million to build but is undergoing $375 million worth of renovations.

People's Game? The Tax Payers Stake in NFL Labor Negotiations from The National Journal

Men Building Men, a non-profit organization that provides support to Louisville-area young men by giving them positive role models, is joining with the West Louisville Boys Choir to sponsor a two-day event that will feature some well-known athletes...

...Guests confirmed to attend both events are: Kimble Anders, former Kansas City Chiefs fullback

Events Planned to Build Louisville-Area Youth Esteem from The Louisville Courier-Journal

New England was not alone in being a playoff team to have a lack of speed in the passing game showed up in the postseason. The Baltimore Ravens clearly need help in that department.

In two playoff games, their starting receivers, including a presumed No. 1 in Anquan Boldin, were held to seven catches for 73 yards. I was in the press box to watch the Kansas City Chiefs corners play press-man coverage all day to limit Boldin and Derek Mason in the wild-card round. And then the Steelers were even better in shutting them down, as those two combined to catch one pass for minus-2 yards.

Teams Looking to Get Good Should Heed Speed from CBS Sports

The owners and players are discussing issues that are quite serious, but when it comes right down to it, it's only football. At least that's the way Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt sees it.

"Obviously, we're fighting over millions of dollars. But there are people in this world that fight over water and food and necessities like that," Colquitt said. "If we can look at it like that, I'm sure they can come to an agreement and we can keep on playing."

Freeny: "I don't think either side wants no football. That's ridiculous" from The Canadian Press

Former Washington Redskins GM Vinny Cerrato believes that ex-head coach Jim Zorn's ego led to his firing after the 2009 season.

Zorn had never held a head coaching job when the Redskins hired him in 2008. His inexperience didn't initially show, leading the team to a surprising 6-2 start before they lost 18 of their next 24 games.

Vinny Cerrato: Jim Zorn's "Ego" Led to Firing from Football News Now