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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 4/4

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Sorry about the missed post yesterday (life got in the way). Enjoy.


Chiefs Reportedly Agree To Deal With Linebacker Frank Zombo from KC Star

The Chiefs have reportedly agreed to contract terms with Frank Zombo, an outside linebacker who played the past three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Zombo would be a backup for starters Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

The signing was reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Chiefs Sign OL Tommie Draheim from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs added depth to their offensive line, signing Tommie Draheim, the team announced Wednesday.

Draheim (6-4, 309) originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 2012. He was released by the Packers before the start of the regular season and was added to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad on Sept. 6.

School Is In Session For The 2013 Chiefs from The Mothership

The 2013 league year began on March 12, but not until this week were players and coaches allowed to "begin class", if you will, at One Arrowhead Drive.

So, when the doors opened on April 1, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had his lesson plans ready.

"You really want to start off with the base fundamentals of the philosophy of what you're going to establish with the team," coach Reid said.

"We focused in on that. Offensively and defensively and special teams-wise, coaches did the same thing there. We mainly went over philosophy for the offense; you talked about formations and motions and shifts and all the things, the protections, all the things that lead up to being able to put in the actual play."

Draft Analyst Kyper: Chiefs Could Take Either Of Two Tackles from KC Star

"I've gone back and forth on these two," Kiper said. "I gave them a similar grade. I gave the edge to Joeckel just because of the level of competition week in and week out. If Fisher had any issues, it was against the lesser opponents, which was a crazy thing. When he had to rise up and go against better opposition, he did a great job. His Senior Bowl week was phenomenal.

"You're splitting hairs. One day you like one better, the next day you like the other better. I think Kansas City is probably going through that themselves.''

Draft Spotlight - Day 11: Barkevious Mingo from The Mothership

Barkevious Mingo began playing football during his junior year of high school, to gain size for basketball. The move has paid off for the former LSU star, as he prepares for life in the NFL. However, the path to the draft is not without its peaks and valleys.

"NFL teams were disappointed in Mingo's play last season, but his combine workout underscores why he's so highly ranked," wrote USA Today Sports Tony Pauline.

Judge Upholds Chiefs Win In Workers' Comp Case from The Kansas City Business Journal

The Kansas City Chiefs won an offseason victory against former players trying to make workers' compensation claims in California.

The players' contracts require them to file any such claims in Jackson County, U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes ruled March 30.

Weekend Of Tours from KC Star

And don't forget the home of the Kansas City Chiefs. Even though it's the off-season, Arrowhead Stadium is offering tours Thursdays-Saturdays this month (though no tour this Saturday because of an event at the stadium). The 90-minute Arrowhead Tour costs $12 for adults (less for seniors, military members and kids).

Chiefs Reportedly Bringing In Zombo from The Green Bay Press Gazette

In an interview with the Press-Gazette last month, Zombo said the Packers have been in contract with his agent and expressed his desire to return to Green Bay, but didn't have any scheduled visits at the time.

"I have been injury prone," Zombo told the Press-Gazette last month. "But when I've been healthy I've produced."

Zombo, 26, started the season on the physically unable to perform list, but returned for the final seven games where he registered eight tackles. He said he's at full speed and strength.

NFL Quarterback Quandary: find One Or Watch Him Win Elsewhere from The Denver Post

An NFL team without that upper-tier quarterback?

"It's like a writer without a pen," said new Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid. "There's a problem. You have to make sure that you have that position taken care of."

Former Auburn Football Players Accuse Program Of Racism, Bribery, And Numerous Other Violations from Deadspin

In a team meeting, players were told by coaches not to contact any of the accused or risk losing their scholarship. "Mike was like a brother," says Nieko Thorpe, a former Auburn defensive back who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. "I wanted to talk to my brother. I'm sure, with all that was going on, he felt betrayed."

McNeil's trial begins on April 8. If convicted, he could be face 21 years to life in prison.

NFL Hopefuls Prepare For Futures As Professionals from The Northwest Missourian

Williams and running back Jordan Simmons have a local pro day with the Kansas City Chiefs April 5, which could lead to a perfect situation for Williams.

"I can't really put into words what that's like a dream," he said. "Being from Kansas City and having my family there and just the thought of maybe playing for the Chiefs would just be crazy. That's special."

NFL QB Prospect Geno Smith Calls Critical Evaluation 'Untrue' from The Morning Call

Quarterback Geno Smith spoke out against a harsh Pro Football Weekly scouting report that critiques his physical skills, football acumen and leadership ability.

"It's untrue in all things," Smith told USA TODAY sports Wednesday. "I heard about it (Monday) night when my quarterbacks coach (Jake Spavital) called me to tell me about it."

PFW's draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki authored the report that lists among former Smith's negatives that he is "not a student of the game," "does not command respect from teammates and cannot inspire," is "not committed or focused" and "cannot handle hard coaching."

Trading For A Quarterback Doesn't Really Help from The Wall Street Journal

Since 1994, there have been 25 trades involving quarterbacks who started at least eight games for their new team the following season. Only two led their new teams to the postseason in the first year-Brad Johnson (1999 Redskins) and Steve McNair (2006 Ravens).