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 Good morning. Another good day of Kansas City Chiefs news for you. Read up and enjoy.

Minus Vrabel, the Chiefs are left without a proven four-down player opposite AFC sack champion Tamba Hali. Suddenly, the starting position at left outside linebacker has become one of THE position battles to watch this preseason.

There’s plenty of young talent to compete, but little experience to go around.

Life After Vrabel from The Mothership

As always seems to be the case in this affair, the mood of the negotiations has been characterized from almost being over, to having major issues that must still be decided. The so-called "drop-dead" date has moved once again. Originally it was reported that this Friday, July 15 was the day when an agreement had to be finalized to keep the entire NFL calendar intact for August.

Now, the media is reporting Tuesday, July 19th could be the day – that’s when the owners and players will meet in Minneapolis for a session with mediator U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan. The league owners are set to meet on July 21st in Atlanta, where supposedly they could ratify the deal with a vote.

Football Potpourri... Morning Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

I’m still kind of nervous about it. I feel like they’ve been saying "This is a big week. This is a big week. This is a big week" for the last three or four weeks. Until something actually gets done I don’t think we can get too comfortable or put all our eggs in saying this things about to get done any day now. I feel like every week they’ve been saying, "this is a big week," and here we are 120 days into the lockout.

Chiefs' Donald Washington Nervous Lockout Will Drag On from Football News Now

A regrettable battle over funds for the Truman Sports Complex needs to be resolved this week with a plan that puts local taxpayers on the winning side.

The Kansas City Council should approve a measure that allocates $2 million in the current fiscal year to help maintain the sports complex’s two stadiums, which are owned by Jackson County.

The Star's Editorial: KC Payment to Sports Complex Would Fulfill Pledge from KC Star

Jon Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs: Much like Julio Jones (above), this 6-5, 230-pound beast will have the luxury of playing opposite Dwayne Bowe, meaning Baldwin won’t be priority one for opposing defensive coordinators. He’ll need to get better at creating separation and could have some issues with press coverage, but Baldwin is a talented deep ball threat who has the size and balance to win down the field. Think of him as a poor man’s Vincent Jackson who probably won’t catch an abundance of passes this season, but he will have his fair share of big-yardage receptions.

The Rookie Report from Yahoo! Sports

Had he taken a different path and followed in his father's footsteps, Mark Alt might be boning up on his football playbook, limbering up his passing arm and preparing for preseason practice.

Instead, Alt is at the Carolina Hurricanes' rookie conditioning camp. A defenseman and rising sophomore at the University of Minnesota, he was a second-round draft pick by the Hurricanes last year but is experiencing his first rookie camp...

...Alt's father John Alt, was a star offensive lineman for the Iowa Hawkeyes and later a Pro Bowler with the Kansas City Chiefs during a 13-year NFL career.

Alt Happy Choosing Hockey from NewsObserver.com 

Two-time Super Bowl champion Anthony Pleasant will be in Century Saturday night as the town dedicates the sports facility that bears his name...

...Pleasant is currently the defensive line coach for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.

Two Time Super Bowl Champ Anthony Pleasant to Attend Park Dedication from NorthEscambia.com

Other UA alumni players, including Kansas City Chiefs cornerback and punt return specialist Javier Arenas, have been in Tuscaloosa during the lockout. Arenas has been working out, as well as helping out with tornado relief efforts while in Tuscaloosa.

Players Staying in Shape for Lockout's End from The Crimson White

It’s a difficult decision for any high school athlete to transfer schools, but Bishop Miege football player Quanzee Johnson completed the transition with relative ease...

...Miege finished the year with a 6-4 record and lost a back-and-forth game to eventual state champion Blue Valley, 35-34, in the first round of the state playoffs.

Johnson said he learned a lot from Miege coach and former Kansas City Chiefs standout Tim Grunhard.

Elite Football Camp Invite Latest Accomplishment for Miege's Johnson from The Shawnee Dispatch

Monday morning meant the start of the work week for most people, but at Oakwood Country Club in Kansas City, it was the end of a weekend event for the NFL Alumni’s Kansas City Chapter.

Pro Football Hall of Famers Len Dawson and Bobby Bell were among the 200 former NFL players and sponsors gathered for the 29th annual golf tournament benefitting The Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City.

Former Chiefs Tee Up for Dream Factory from The Mothership