Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
The trade for Montana wasn't a success in the sense that the Chiefs didn't get a Super Bowl victory or even a conference championship. They advanced to the AFC title game in 1993, where they lost to Buffalo.
The following season, they lost a playoff game against Miami in the first round. And that game proved to be Montana's last.
Still, the benefits of the Montana trade lingered for the Chiefs after he had retired. His acquisition ushered in an era of unprecedented popularity for the franchise in Kansas City, an era that wouldn't wane until a decade or more after he was gone.
The agent who brokered the deal that sent Montana to Kansas City was Tom Condon--the same Tom Condon who will broker Manning's deal. The general manager who pulled the trigger on that deal was Carl Peterson--the same Carl Peterson who now advises Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on Manning and many other matters.
"Steve and I are in the same office," Peterson told me. "I do try from time to time give him some sage counsel. He does ask my advice, but he doesn't always take it. It's quite obvious Peyton has to be a consideration for Miami."
NFP Sunday Blitz from National Football Post
After taking a brief moment to speak with Director of Athletics Kurt McGuffin, he said he was prepared to hire a lot more security this summer for the Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp at Missouri Western. Why?
Peyton Manning may be coming to town.
Prestige QB Could Be On Campus from The Griffon News
Josh Looney, the Chiefs Insider on the official team web site (www.kcchiefs.com), released an unofficial depth chart for the team on Friday...
...Today, I will look at Looney's offensive depth chart in regards to the skill positions (QB, RB, and WR) and preview potential free agent signings and draft picks that will strengthen the team. Later, I will cover the other areas of the team.
KC Chiefs "Unofficial" Pre-Free Agency Depth Chart - QB, RB, And WR from Examiner.com
It's become quite an interesting development that when the Chiefs release a player these days, there's a very good chance his next employer will be the San Diego Chargers.
That happened late in the 2011 season when they dumped OT Jared Gaither - he went on to become a starter for the Chargers by the time they closed up shop for the regular season.
And now the Chiefs made a move earlier this week and dumped ILB Demorrio Williams.
A Post With Notes Of All Sorts from Bob Gretz
KANSAS CITY The Chiefs are in the Manning mix, too, but whether he is the quarterback, or Matt Cassel or somebody else, they have to get a right tackle to improve the pass protection.
N.F.L. Free-For-All from The New York Times
Under G.M. Scott Pioli, the Chiefs have adopted a Belichickian brand of secrecy. And for good reason; Pioli also is the son-in-law of the NFL's master of ceremonial silence, Bill Parcells.
So why are the Chiefs so openly chasing quarterback Peyton Manning?
Chiefs Go Out Of Character In Pursuit Of Peyton Manning from ProFootballTalk
The Dodgers signed NFL veteran Jarrad Page to a minor league contract Saturday.
Page, 27, played football and baseball at UCLA. He pursued an NFL career and played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-09, for the New England Patriots in 2010 and for the Philadelphia Eagles andMinnesota Vikings last season. He was not expected to be retained by the Vikings.
Page, an outfielder, attended the Dodgers' open tryout on March 1.
Dodgers Sign NFL Veteran Jarrad Page from The Los Angeles Times
Tournament leader Bubba Watson is a big fan of Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, having gone to high school with him in Florida.
"I have his jersey from when he played for the Kansas City Chiefs, and I pulled it out during the Super Bowl while watching the game,'' Watson said. "He's a great athlete. He played soccer in high school. I can remember him scoring six goals in one game, so I knew he was pretty good.''
Heat On Rory Gives Tiger Edge At Masters from The New York Post
Miami has one liability for Manning. The Dolphins are in the same division as Tom Brady. If Manning doesn't believe the Dolphins are better than the New England Patriots, he may lean toward Denver or Arizona. Kansas City is also an intriguing option.
Some of the losers in these quarterback derbies aren't in bad shape. The Chiefs still haveMatt Cassel, and he was good enough to get the Chiefs into the playoffs two years ago.
Market For QBs Is Taking Shape from ESPN
That long stretch of open field next to the Ohio River is a favorite spot of former Kentucky punter Ryan Tydlacka, who said he frequently drives around with a collection of footballs in the back of his car looking for places to punt.
Tydlacka, who was at Pro Day in the morning cheering on his former teammates before doing individual kicking for scouts later that day, said punting helps him relieve stress...
...Tydlacka has individual workouts planned with the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, and he said his agents are going to set up others in the coming weeks.
Football Notebook: If Sneed Can't Make Tackles, He'll Make Arrests from Kentucky.com
Teams who believe they are a QB away from the Super Bowl should look elsewhere, as Orton never has played in a postseason game. However, the 2011 season proved to several teams that having dependable QB depth is very important. Orton is either an average starter or an elite backup, but with solid passers in high demand, some team will give him a decent contract. The Chiefs must decide if they are comfortable with Matt Cassel - who is coming off a wrist injury - and 2011 rookie Ricky Stanzi at quarterback or if they want to bring back Orton to provide more depth.
Free-Agent Scouting Report: Chiefs QB Kyle Orton from ProFootballWeekly
The Chiefs have been mentioned as one of the dozen or so teams interested in Manning but those odds seem long. Kansas City needs to upgrade the right side of the offensive line -- RT Barry Richardson didn't grade out well according to PFF. Charles should be healthy when training camp begins but the Chiefs need to find a young, fresh pair of legs to replace Jones and Battle (Dexter McCluster is a start, but he's more a change-of-pace back at this stage of his career).
2012 NFL Free Agency Previews: AFC West from CBS Sports