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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 2/6

Good morning! It's the offseason, but football isn't over. Today's Kansas City Chiefs news brings rumors and speculation on what may be in free agency. Enjoy!

Jamie Squire

Vick's Dog Fighting Past Not Forgotten In KC from FS Kansas City

Vick is under contract with the Eagles through 2017. But it's a hefty contract, on a club that's looking to shed some payroll. No worries: The Chiefs reportedly had at least $16 million in cap room at the start of last season. Plus, it's shaping up to be a weak quarterback draft, which means ...

"It's making way too much sense for my comfort," Chesser says.

To that end, MPR recently launched something of a small pre-emptive strike, just in case Vick, who served 21 months in prison for financing an interstate dog fighting ring and who admitted to playing a role in the death of at least a half-dozen the aforementioned dogs, lands on the Chiefs' off-season shopping list.

Last month, Veronique set up an online petition - "Tell the Kansas City Chiefs That We Do Not Want Michael Vick" - at the web site As of early Tuesday morning, the petition had received 2,853 signatures.

Alex Smith Trade Rumors: Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns Interested In 49ers Quarterback? from International Business Times

Even though he lost his job, Smith still has more value than almost any backup in the league. Last year, he took San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game. Before he was replaced during the 2012 season, he led the 49ers to a 6-2 record and completed over 70 percent of his passes.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs are two teams that could have interest in the signal caller. New Cleveland offensive coordinator Norv Turner worked with Smith in San Francisco in 2006. Andy Reid is entering his first year as the Chiefs head coach, and he has previously expressed interest in Smith, according to the report.

Neither the Browns nor Chiefs have an established quarterback on their roster.

Twitter Tuesday from KC Star

@patronaut0709 #TwitterTuesday Likelihood of the #Chiefs getting Alex Smith?...

...It really is an interesting philosophical thing they've got, because Smith is the safe route. He's a known-ish quantity, would come at a fixed cost, and the move would almost certainly be done before the draft so the Chiefs could sort of check off the quarterback box going in.

Then again, it would be interesting to see the reaction from Chiefs fans over getting ANOTHER quarterback who wasn't good enough somewhere else. Finding the right quarterback is important enough that if the Chiefs don't do it, it doesn't matter what else they do.

Adam Zimmer Goes To Work For His Father As Bengals Assistant from Pro Football Talk

Adam spent the last three seasons working for the Chiefs as a defensive assistant and assistant linebackers coach. He was initially hired to serve under head coach Todd Haley. Adam remained a member of the coaching staff following Haley's firing when Crennel was promoted to head coach.

Pratt's NFL Comeback Tops All Others from The Beloit Daily News

While Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell is basking in the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, he isn't the only Beloit native with a Super Bowl ring.

Another Beloiter, Tom Pratt was the coaching mastermind behind the Kansas City Chiefs' powerful defensive line of the 1960s that featured Buck Buchanan and Curley Culp. They helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl IV in 1970.

"Jim has two rings so he's one up on me," Pratt said from his home in Florida. "I've got to catch up."

Pratt will have an opportunity to do exactly that. New Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians recently signed him to a two-year contract to be his defense's pass-rush coach.

Typecasting: Comparing The Class OF 2013 To Previous Stars from CBS Sports

OLB Jaylon Smith could be the next: Derrick Johnson.Outside linebackers who can rush the passer are nice; those fluid enough to rush the passer, make plays in pursuit on running downs and drop into coverage when necessary are much, much nicer. Assuming the 6-3, 218-pound Smith can add 20 to 25 pounds without sacrificing his exceptional change-of-direction skills, speed, or fluidity, it's not difficult to see him emerging -- eventually -- as an all-over-the-field playmaker in the mold of the current Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro and former Texas Butkus Award winner.

Hall Voters Need To Reevaluate from The Volante

Football is a multi-dimensional game. Offense, defense and special teams represent the three basic elements of the game. The failure of one of them during a game puts the entire team's chances of winning at risk. And yet there is a persistent belief among some HOF voters that special teams players aren't worthy of induction because their positions aren't "as tough" as offensive, defensive, coaching or ownership positions on a team. As of now, only one full-time placekicker, Jan Stenerud, of the Kansas City Chiefs, (1967-1985) is enshrined. No other full-time special teams players are included. There are many examples of why this needs to change.

NFL Rumors - Devin Hester Won't Stay With Chicago Bears from Sportige

He was considering retirement but has now turned the other way. Still, after Lovie Smith was fired, Hester doesn't seem too pleased about staying with the Chicago Bears, a team he has one more year to play for according to his contract. If Hester wants a fresh start, he needs to convince the Bears to either drop him or trade him. The question is - what is a return man everyone is simply too afraid to punt or kick to worth these days?

According to his agent, once the Bears conclude their evaluation of their players and their team, I expect to have discussions about Devin's future. Until they finish that, everything is premature to talk about.

The Kansas City Chiefs might be interested in the former Miami (U) player, with special teams coordinator Dave Toub recently hired by the team. Hester worked under Toub for his entire career with the Bears.

Cap Casualty Season: Here Are Some Likely Big-Name Victims from CBS Sports

Matt Cassel, Chiefs ($7.5 million): League sources said there is almost no chance he remains in Kansas City. The fans have turned on him, and it's time for a change.

Miami Heads List Of Possible Landing Spots For Mike Wallace from CBS Sports

Kansas City: If the Chiefs don't re-sign or franchise Bowe, Andy Reid could go after Wallace. As's Chris Wesseling notes, Reid found ways to get DeSean Jackson the ball in space. Wallace is a better all-around receiver with just as much speed. Video: The NFL Play60 Bus Could Come To You!

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