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Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

Since making the trade with New England for Matt Cassel three years ago, the Chiefs committed to him in a way that teams do for a franchise quarterback.

They rewarded Cassel with a long-term contract before he'd ever taken a snap in Kansas City. They haven't brought in a serious threat to take his job.

Cassel said through it all, he never believed he was entitled to be the starter. He also indicated he would be willing to compete for the job if that's what the Chiefs ask him to do.

Cassel Never Felt 'Entitled' To Be Chiefs' Starter from KC Star

Romeo Crennel's Kansas City Chiefs gave the Green Bay Packers their only defeat this season with Kyle Orton at quarterback. Which seems impressive only if you don't remember that Crennel won 10 games with the Browns with Derek Anderson at quarterback in 2007.

That was the highlight of Crennel's four seasons here. Maybe the Packers game will be the same for him in Kansas City, where he is now the head coach. But I hope not.

Perhaps Romeo Crennel Has Found An NFL Team To Match His Own Character from The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Orton is headed for free agency while incumbent Matt Cassel, who went on injured reserve in November with a hand injury, is under contract for three more seasons. Cassel was a Pro Bowler in 2010 as the Chiefs rode to the AFC West title, but he was erratic in 2009 and 2011.

Yet Cassel's struggles can be partially attributed to the season-ending injuries to RB Jamaal Charles and TE Tony Moeaki, who were gone by mid-September. Having them back will help whoever is under center in 2012.

Crennel addressed the situation on WHB radio in Kansas City ... sort of.

Crennel Won't Be Drawn Into Cassel vs. Orton Debate from USA Today

Will Jonathan Baldwin be the receiver and first-round talent the Chiefs thought he could be after coming out of Pitt and dealing with injuries (and fights) this season? What about the rest of the draft class?

Mel Kiper Re-Grades The Kansas City Chiefs 2011 NFL Draft from SB Nation Kansas City

In my previous post I told you the 22 Chiefs players who could soon become free agents. Now, as promised, here's what the Chiefs should do about that.

What To Do About The Chiefs Free Agents from The Red Zone

The Chicago Bears have received permission to interview four candidates for their general manager job.

The team reported on its website Wednesday that it will interview Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery, New England Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht, San Diego Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye and New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross.

Bears To Interview Chiefs' Emery, Patriots' Licht, Chargers' Raye, Giants' Ross For GM Job from The Associated Press via The Washington Post

In 11 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Brian Waters never tasted playoff victory. And while the Patriots have had their own playoff struggles in recent seasons, Waters can sense a difference in the confidence as he prepares for his first playoff game with New England.

Waters Wants Taste Of Postseason Success from ESPN

Well, if you can go back 42 years ago, the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings squared off for the first Super Bowl ever played in New Orleans...

...I remember that game for another reason besides that fact it was the city's first Super Bowl. As a young high school student, I served as an usher for Saints home games, a great job at the time. I was paid to watch the NFL live by just showing people where they were going when they were looking for their seat. By the third game of the season, most fans knew where their seats were. So I enjoyed a lot of football. I also enjoyed a job during that Super Bowl.

January 11: A 'Super' Day For Me And New Orleans from Sports NOLA

Last October, the ABC series began its historic project of building seven homes for seven families in seven days in the city devastated by a mile-wide EF5 tornado last May 22, an event that killed approximately 160 people and destroyed nearly 8,000 homes...

...On the show, viewers will see that the design team, the volunteers and the builders also refurbished a local park, created a new playground and created a memorial site dedicated to those who came to the aid of others during and after the tornado. Special guests include LA Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Kansas City Chiefs' Matt Cassel and Clark Hunt.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Series To End With Joplin Tornado Finale from The Tulsa World

As a pro, Lawrence would be cut twice by the Kansas City Chiefs. He would kick again in Scotland with the Claymores of NFL Europe, play in the Canadian Football League, and finally make it with the Chiefs before a 2007 trade brought him to the Giants, who nearly fired him during the season for not putting enough points on the board.

Tynes' Toughness A Family Trait from ESPN

Shawn Ducey from Barre, VT wants to know why I think the Chiefs could address safety this year in the draft.

BW: I don't necessarily think safety will be a huge draft priority, but I could see Kansas City adding a safety in the middle rounds if they like a certain player.

AFC West Mailbag from ESPN