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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs news 3/16

Good morning. NJ Chiefs Fan is out of town so I'm holding down Arrowheadlines. Enjoy today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

Tyler Barrick

Chiefs sign free-agent tackle Geoff Schwartz -
Schwartz said he believed his best position to be guard but the Chiefs didn’t specify where they would ask him to play. "They told me there will be competition," said Schwartz, who missed the 2011 season after having double hip surgery. "I’m definitely coming to play. That’s my goal. I’m finally healthy. I’m ready to start again, get back on the field and all that good stuff. There’s definitely an opportunity to do that.

Smith and Robinson eager to get on the field for the Chiefs -
The situation will begin to sort itself out when the Chiefs begin offseason practice next month. The most likely scenario is that Flowers and Smith will start, and Robinson will be the first corner off the bench when opponents use extra receivers or will even play at safety. But Robinson, a nine-year starter with Houston and Atlanta, promised he will make Flowers and Smith earn their jobs.

Minnesota Vikings sign ex-Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel -
Not having a backup quarterback capable of winning a big game was a fatal flaw for the Minnesota Vikings in the 2012 playoffs. They attempted to address the problem Thursday, signing former Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots starter Matt Cassel just hours after he was officially released by Kansas City.

AFC West Free Agency Roundup: Kansas City Chiefs - Bolts From The Blue
Boy, was there a lot of optimism surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs heading into the 2012 season. New head coach Romeo Crennel had finished the 2011 season winning 2 of the final 3 games of the season, including an impressive win over the then-undefeated Green Bay Packers. The team was getting back several key players in 2012 that ended the season on IR, including Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry, among others. It's a good thing optimism doesn't translate to on-field success as we all now know the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs were, well, abysmal.

Chiefs add another Smith to roster
The move was made possible in part because the Chiefs cleared salary cap space Thursday by releasing Matt Cassel. The quarterback had two years left on his six-year, $63 million contract. "There are still a few holes left. There's no doubt about it," new Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said Wednesday, when asked to assess his roster. "It's how you go and attack that. But at the end of the day, players we acquire will be able to fill all the holes we need." The Chiefs had two of the best cornerbacks in the AFC two years ago in Flowers and Brandon Carr, but they allowed Carr to slip away in free agency prior to last season.

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