Good morning! Lots of Kansas City Chiefs news for you today. Enjoy.
Making a clean sweep of the three players widely considered as the top quarterbacks available in the draft, the Chiefs interviewed Stanford's Andrew Luck and Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill in addition to Baylor's Robert Griffin III at the NFL scouting combine.
"All three of those guys were very impressive in the interviews," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Saturday. "Generally, when you talk to top-notch quarterbacks, you're impressed with the interview."
Crennel Talks About Draft's Top Three QBs from KC Star
All-Pro running back
Jamaal Charles, Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki are each on pace to make a full football return by this summer's training camp according to Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli.
"They are not on the same schedules, but it's similar," Pioli said. "They happened around the same times. We expect and hope that (the return) will be around the same time, but bodies respond differently.
Injured Chiefs On-Pace For Training Camp Return from The Mothership
I've taken part in 74 interviews, whether they were with the media horde, or one-on-one. Those are just the ones that were committed to a recording. There's probably another 30 to 40 off-the-record conversations on top of that with people at different levels of the NFL pipeline, as we prod and probe for information on free agents and the draft.
And then, on Saturday the players finally reached the field for actual physical activity on the playing surface of Lucas Oil Stadium...
...Based on the numbers we know, here are the players that helped themselves on Saturday;
Combine Information Overload - Part NO. 1 from Bob Gretz
But something was different with RG3. He and Crennel formed a connection based of their upbringing in military families.
Crennel grew up the son of an Army sergeant. Griffin often credits his on-field success to the influence of his retired Army parents.
"He's the type of person that you'd like to go and get," Crennel said. "Not only was he sharp in football, but he was sharp about life. And because he was an Army brat and I was an Army brat, there is a special connection there. I'm going to give him a little more headway than the other guys just because of that."
Crennel Forms Connection With RG3 In Combine Interview from The Mothership
"I'm not supposed to talk about anybody else's players, and he's still a player with Indianapolis," Crennel said, "but with a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it, if he were available. So I'll leave it at that."
Was that tampering? Read this passage from the NFL anti-tampering policy and decide for yourself:
"When you look at Marty's progression in Kansas City, what happened after Joe Montana left? It set back the progression that I imagine Marty - and you'd have to ask Marty - I can't imagine that wasn't a bit of a detour as to what Marty wanted to put together, and ultimately he (Schottenheimer) ended up leaving Kansas City. So I think there are some analogies to draw from that."
Billick Talks Chiefs, Montana & Manning from Bob Gretz
NFL free agency begins Tuesday, March 13th at 3:00 PM (CST). With the Chiefs looking to improve depth and competition across their roster, KCChiefs.com will preview 30 potential free agents in the 30 days leading up to the start of free agency. Today's featured player is Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey.
30 FAs In 30 Days: Vernon Carey from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs plan to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Dwayne Bowe if the two sides cannot reach a new deal, according to a league source.
The franchise tag number for wide receivers this year is $9.5 million.
Source: Chiefs Will Tag Dwayne Bowe from ESPN
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said Friday that Matt Cassel is the team's starting quarterback, but yesterday, coach Romeo Crenneldid not exactly give a ringing endorsement to Cassel, who finished 2011 on injured reserve.
Crennel, KC Look Around from The Boston Globe
Asked what he learned during his first head coaching stint with the Cleveland Browns, newly promoted Chiefs HC Romeo Crennel smiled: "Try to avoid quarterback controversies for one."
Yet Crennel, who once flipped a coin to determine whether to start Charlie Frye or Derek Andersonprior to a Browns preseason game, could soon have another QB conundrum on his hands.
Chiefs Hint Orton Could Return To Battle Cassel For QB Job from USA Today
If you listen to several league observers, expect the Kansas City Chiefs to have keen interest in Richardson's workout. Many mock drafts have the Chiefs taking Richardson at No. 11.
In my mind, there are a lot of obstacles in the way of that intriguing pairing. The biggest issue is Richardson's availability. There is a chance Richardson could go as high as No. 5 to Tampa Bay. If Richardson does drop to No. 11, the Chiefs would have to decide if they want to bypass needs at tackle and linebacker to take Richardson.
These days, Schottenheimer, who coached the UFL's Virginia Destroyers last fall, has read a lot about Peyton Manning, who will be 36 in a month. He's the newest Hall-bound quarterback (presumed) ready to hit the market, coming off multiple neck surgeries that sidelined him one full season.
Schottenheimer wouldn't touch it.
At best, he would be "very, very reluctant."
Marty Gave Joe A Go, Peyton? Very Likely A No from The Virginian-Pilot
Kansas City: If Dwayne Bowe leaves in free agency (I don't think he will), I could see the Chiefs considering Jackson. He'd be a nice fit, but I'm not sure the Chiefs would give the Eagles what they would want in return for Jackson.
DeSean Jackson In The AFC West? from ESPN
The decision to franchise Bowe also affects San Diego. Receiver Vincent Jackson is a free agent and he is not expected to be given the franchise tag. The Chargers want to re-sign him, but he is expected to go to the open market first. With Bowe out of the way, the market for Jackson will get even more competitive.
Thoughts On Plan To Tag Dwayne Bowe from ESPN