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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 3/3

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Next Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith Is Also A Leader Off The Field from KC Star

The venue was not Candlestick Park, his home field at the time as the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback. Nor was it Arrowhead Stadium, which will be his new home starting with the 2013 season.

It was at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in midtown Kansas City. Smith, then in his sixth season with the 49ers, spent a March 2010 weekend here and shared his dedication to helping older teenagers as they "age out" of the foster care system and have nowhere to turn as young adults.

He outlined how The Alex Smith Foundation had put 23 foster teens through college in his hometown of San Diego and helped them transition to adulthood.

And now, thanks to Smith's encouragement, a similar program is working in Kansas City.

Gary Barbaro Inducted Into Chiefs Hall Of Fame from FOX4KC

Kansas City Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt announced on Saturday that Gary Barbaro will be the 2013 inductee into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. The 43rd member of this prestigious group will be honored at the 101 Awards Banquet in downtown Kansas City.

Chiefs Will Have Salary Cap Flexibility In 2013 from KC Star

Starting March 12, each team's top 51 salaries plus so-called "dead money" will count against the cap. The Chiefs' top 51 salaries, including Smith, total $121,474,975 and they have paid $8,084,145 in dead money, which includes salary cap figures for players who were either released last year or voided the 2013 season from their contract. That equals $129,559,120, which is $6,559,120 over the cap.

But the Chiefs will carry over $14,079,650 in unused cap money from 2012, leaving them $7,520,530 of cap space.

Not including the contract of Smith, the Chiefs have more than $17 million of salary cap room.

NFL Mock Draft: Luke Joeckel To Kansas City Chiefs from's Daniel Jeremiah unveiled his top 10 forecast Friday and, not surprisingly, the most dramatic changes unfold right at the top. After projecting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to go No. 1 to Kansas City inlast month's mock, Jeremiah now sees the Chiefs -- with Alex Smith in the fold -- making Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel the top overall pick.

Inside Free Agency - Day 21: Cliff Avril from The Mothership

There's a hint that Cliff Avril may be playing for a team other than the Detroit Lions, next season, according to a report on Wherever Avril lands in 2013, here's a look at some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Name: Cliff Avril
Position: DE
Height: 6'3
Weight: 260
College: Purdue
Born: April 8, 1986 (Jacksonville, Florida)
Age: 26
Experience: 5 years
Drafted: 2008, 3rd Round-29th pick (92nd overall) by Detroit Lions

Avril just completed his fifth NFL season, including 60 starts in 73 games.

Who's Who Of Authors Coming To Town from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Michael MacCambridge will draw Kansas City Chiefs fans with his biography of the team's owner, "Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports." 7 p.m. April 4.

Terry Pluto's Talkin... About Browns Expectations, The Indians' Off-Season Decisions And Dion Waiter's Multidimensional Role With The Cavaliers from The Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Browns never were serious about Alex Smith once they heard Kansas City was willing to trade a second-rounder for him. The deal ended up being a 2013 second-rounder and a 2014 third rounder that may elevate to the second round for the 49ers. The Browns don't have a second-rounder in 2013 because they used it to sign Gordon in 2012.

West Column: NFL Personnel Guru Gil Brandt High On Christine Michael from The Port Arthur News

A prior commitment to be in a friend's wedding kept Jamaal Charles from hanging out with the likes of Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson Saturday night in Kansas City. For the third time in four years, Jamaal was named the recipient of the Chiefs Derrick Thomas Award that goes to the team's MVP. It's presented at Kansas City's prestigious 101 Awards Dinner that also honors the NFL's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year in the AFC and NFC. Charles became the first three-time Chiefs' MVP in the 34-year history of the award.

Caplan's Free Agent Rankings: WR from

2. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City - Ht: 6-2, Wt: 221, Age: 28, Exp: 6

Career: Former first-round pick of the Chiefs in 2007, Bowe has 415 catches for 5,728 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career. Earned Pro Bowl honors after leading the NFL with 15 touchdown receptions in 2010 to go along with 72 catches for 1,162 yards. Followed that up with 81 receptions for 1,159 yards in 2011. Played under the franchise tag in 2012.

Manning Tops AFC West QBs, With Rivers At No. 2 from The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Chargers used to have it easy within the AFC West when it came to the other quarterbacks.

Those days are over.

With Peyton Manning coming off a great debut season with Denver and Alex Smith headed to Kansas City, the AFC West has its best quarterback class in the Philip Rivers Era, which began in 2006.

How capable are the division's four starters? Here's how I rank them: Photo Gallery: 101 Awards Gallery

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