Good morning! Lots of Kansas City Chiefs news today and it's a mixed bag. Most of the stories are leading us into the upcoming season and that's good. Sadly, the team is also getting national exposure for cutting back (again). Here's the news.
The good news for the Chiefs regarding the NFL’s proposed new collective-bargaining agreement is that it contains nothing sinister that would cripple their ability to compete with the league’s wealthier teams.
But the new labor deal, which could be voted on by players and owners as soon as today, also wouldn’t change a simple fact of life for the Chiefs as one of the NFL’s lower-revenue teams: Their margin for error is still going to be considerably smaller than that of more affluent teams, such as Dallas or Washington.
Analyst: Proposed NFL is Good News for Chiefs from KC Star
Kansas City Chiefs ticket takers and parking attendants say that the team has taken one of the only benefits of their jobs away from them, and they are not happy about it.
The workers say that the team has, in the past, allowed them to saty and watch the games at Arrowhead Stadium for free after they finish their duties. But Steve Warner, who has worked for the team as a ticket-taker for 13 years, says that the team told them that would not be the case this year.
On Thursday, we’ll take a look at the lowlights for the Chiefs.
Suggest your own worst moments for the franchise in the comments. We’ll count them down at some point between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. ET.
Chiefs' "Worst Moments" On Deck For Thursday from ProFootballTalk
Our theme this morning is greed, a word that keeps rearing its ugly head around the National Football League in general and the Kansas City Chiefs in particular.
Let’s start with the story on the home front. It comes from WDAF-TV, Channel 4 and it casts a spotlight on another attempt by the Chiefs front office to step on the little guy.
Greed Ain't Good... Morning Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
Over three days we are taking a comprehensive look at the player personnel decisions made by Chiefs GM Scott Pioli since he was appointed to the job in January 2009. We’ll look at the moves in three parts:
FIRST PART – Inherited players, here’s the link.
TODAY – Veteran players acquired as free agents, in trades and waiver claims.
NEXT - Draft picks and rookie free agents.
Pioli & Personnel - Free Agents, Trades, Waivers from Bob Gretz
One way to ready for the return of football is to simply walk the halls of One Arrowhead Drive. Photos from the 2010 season, chronicling the best moments that the year had to offer, line the walls throughout the first and second floors of the Chiefs Training Facility.
Each picture is a product of team photographer Steve Sanders’ best work.
Walking One Arrowhead 's Walls from The Mothership
In the user poll (in which we received more than 8,000 votes), the Oakland Raiders were the wining team by a slight margin. As of 6:20 p.m. ET Wednesday, Oakland received 31 percent of the vote. Kansas City received 28 percent...
Due to the lack of off-season preparation time, teams figure to be more likely to spend the money necessary to keep their own free agents. That’s especially true for the Chiefs as they speak often of the culture they are trying to create and the type of personalities that fit into that team picture.
One spot that will require their attention will be the defensive line, specifically interior players for the nose tackle and defensive tackle positions...
...Here’s the unofficial list of unrestricted free agents at DT/NT, plus a few guys who have played DE, but can move inside.
Interior Defensive Line Free Agents from Bob Gretz
Run for Tuscaloosa, a certified five-kilometer run and walk, will be at 9 a.m. Sunday with an awards ceremony at 10 a.m. The start and finish line is at 10400 Roe Ave. The organizers joined with Garry Gribble’s Running Sports to work out race certification; the KC Running Co. will time it...
...Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Javier Arenas, who played for Alabama, donated several autographed items for a race day raffle, and safety Reshard Langford plans to run in the race. Langford grew up in Alabama and reached out to the group about participating when he heard about it on television.
Run a 5K, Help Tuscaloosa from KC Star
The Kansas City Chiefs have suddenly taken over the broadcast commercial airwaves. This month, quarterback Matt Cassel and second-year safety Eric Berry have debuted shoe commercials.
Would You Buy Shoes From A Chief? from ESPN
Anthony Hancock, a former wide receiver who was the Chiefs’ first-round pick in 1982, and former linebacker George Jamison were among the 75 names listed on an 86-page suit, obtained Wednesday by The Star from its filing location, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Albert has returned to the downtown YMCA for "Branden Albert Day,'' to meet and greet children in summer programs, each of the last three years, the number of seasons he has played in the NFL.
He has also made financial donations to the non-profit organization.
"This place meant a lot to me,'' said Albert.
NFL's Branden Albert Gives Credit to YMCA in Rochester from The Democrat and Chronicle
"Dawson ‘Will Be Given Chance’ But It May Be His Last," said a headline in The Canton Repository 50 years ago.
As his team’s "quarterback school" started early in July of 1961, fifth-year pro Len Dawson — an Alliance native — didn’t even know if he had a job with the Cleveland Browns.
"Speculation is that Dawson may be traded if he can’t beat out newly acquired John Roach of the St. Louis Cardinals," wrote Repository sports writer Chuck Such in a story published in the newspaper July 7, 1961.
The Monday After: Len Dawson's Last Days With Browns from IndeOnline.com
Daniel from Nashville wants to know if I expect rookie Justin Houston to help the Chiefs.
BW: I think the third-round pick from Georgia has a chance to help Kansas City right away. He was expected to go in late in the first round, so he was a bargain player.
AFC West Mailbag from ESPN
For the last several months, players who were overlooked in April's NFL draft like former University of Wisconsin star running back John Clay of Racine have been in the dark about their future...
...the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs were two teams that expressed more than a passing interest in the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Clay.
Clay's Time to Sign is Approaching from The Racine Journal Times