Chiefs' Free Agents Find Big Deals Elsewhere from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
As the first hour of free agency came to a close Tuesday, the flood of players headed out of Arrowhead Stadium for big-money deals had finally slowed to a stop.
Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert was a Dolphin. Pro Bowl punt returner Dexter McCluster was a Titan. Defensive tackle Tyson Jackson and guard Jon Asamoahwere headed for the Falcons, while fellow guard Geoff Schwartz appeared on his way to the Giants.
All of them were significant contributors to last year's dramatic turnaround, when Kansas City went from two wins in 2012 to an 11-5 record and the playoffs.
Albert, McCluster First Two To Leave Via Free Agency from Chiefs Spin
Albert joined the Chiefs in 2008 as the 15th pick overall of the NFL Draft. He appeared in 85 games with 83 starts at left tackle.
His departure means the Chiefs need to figure out what to do with last season's No. 1 pick overall, Eric Fisher, and Donald Stephenson at the tackle positions.
The earliest hint of what the Chiefs are thinking at left tackle will arrive in organized team activities.
Asamoah, Jackson, Schwartz Leave For Other Teams from Chiefs Spin
There's a reunion in Atlanta, as guard Jon Asamoah and defensive end Tyson Jackson get to see a familiar face in Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli.
As the Chiefs general manager from 2009-12, Pioli drafted Jackson in 2009 and Asamoah in 2010.
Asamoah agreed to a five-year deal on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
DB Husain Abdulla Tweets His Return from Chiefs Spin
But free safety Husain Abduallah is staying with the Chiefs after a report surfaced on Twitter from Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports the Chiefs and Abdullah agreed to a two-year deal.
Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Chiefs Weekly from The Mothership
This week, the Chiefs hosted a social media party at the 810 Zone to celebrate our 1 million followers on Facebook.
Also, this week, Chiefs insider, Reid Ferrin discussed the team's preparations for the 2014 season.
Plus, the first episode of Red and Gold aired on Saturday, which featured an interview with Andy Reid, a look at
Alex Smith's performance in 2013 and discussion of the NFL Combine. If you missed it, click here.
KCChiefs.com Video: 810 Zone Chiefs Social Media Party
Kansas City Chiefs Lost Five Free Agents In First 90 Minutes Of League Year from Yahoo! Sports
The Chiefs are by no means in major trouble here, but there is work to be done. Let's start up front. Eric Fisher was the No. 1 overall pick a year ago, playing right tackle, and though GM John Dorsey said that Fisher was the right tackle "for now" at the scouting combine last month, those plans now have changed. Really, the Chiefs have planned for Albert walking for about a year, when they decided to make Fisher the top pick. Now, he has to play like one - and at the demanding left tackle spot.
Fisher at left tackle and Jeff Allen at left guard is a bit scary. Neither player has shown it yet. Donald Stephenson is a good swing tackle, but he's the likely starter on the right side, unless Fisher is not yet ready.
Tyson Jackson, Jon Asamoah Sign With Atlanta Falcons from Sports Illustrated
Grade for the Jackson signing: B-minus. Still waiting on guaranteed money here, so the mark could go either way. Right now, at a reported five years and $25 million, Jackson is a large investment for a team that looks somewhat unsettled on defense...
...Grade for the Asamoah signing: B. Again, need to see the $ figures. Assuming that the Falcons landed Asamoah at a fairly reasonable price, this could stand out later as a very impressive move for the opening day of free agency...
Branden Albert Agrees To Five-Year, $47 Million deal With Miami Dolphins from The Miami Herald
Albert, the left tackle long coveted by the Dolphins, has agreed to a five-year, $47 million contract, with at least $25 million guaranteed.
It gives Albert the big payday he has sought since the Kansas City Chiefs franchised him a year ago.
And it gives the Dolphins a new cornerstone for an offensive line that surrendered a franchise-worst 58 sacks in 2013.
Jamaal Charles Posts Really Sad Tweet About Teammate's Departure from FOX Sports
Kansas City Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles is feeling a little down in the dumps right now.
We know this thanks to Twitter.
Let's climb inside his brain for a second:
There is no way to paint this as good news. Here is what I wrote early Tuesday morning, as it appeared the Chiefs would lose those players. It still applies now.
But you can console yourself with this: Every one of those players has more value to his new team than he would have to the Chiefs. The Chiefs were smart to not even try to compete with those offers.
Titans Begin Reshaping Their Offense By Signing McCluster from The Tennessean
Some wondered if life without Chris Johnson might be duller.
Maybe not. On the first day of NFL free agency, the Titans added a dynamic playmaker they hope will keep things entertaining and help produce wins.
Dexter McCluster is no Chris Johnson - the former Ole Miss star made his biggest mark on special teams in four seasons with the Chiefs and went to the Pro Bowl as a return man last season - but the jack-of-all-trades athlete is likely to have a big role on offense under new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Free agent guard Wade Smith has hit hit the free agent market and is receiving interest from at least two teams.
"I have specific teams that have interest." Smith told SportsRadio 610
Smith, 32, joined the Texans in 2010 coming over from the Kansas City Chiefs. He started all 16 games at guard last season and wouldn't rule out a return to Houston.
Giants Bolster Offense In Quick Start To Free Agency from NY Post
Schwartz, 27, is a massive man (6-foot-6, 332 pounds) and has played for the Panthers, Vikings and last year for the Chiefs, starting 26 games in what has been something of a vagabond NFL career. In addition to guard, he also has played tackle. He can plug in immediately at either guard spot, but also could be an interesting option on the outside for the Giants, as they believe Justin Pugh, who started every game as a rookie at right tackle, can play any position along the line other than center.
Having Schwartz gives the Giants the option of playing him at guard or right tackle, allowing Pugh to perhaps move to left tackle if Will Beatty is unable to return following surgery to repair a broken leg. One NFL source, though, said the thought of putting Schwartz at tackle is "scary.''
2014 NFL Free Agency Day 1 Winners And Losers from CBS Sports
...Jamaal Charles/Alex Smith -- You know what happens when you go from a two-win team to an 11-win team? People take notice and want your players. Such is life for the Chiefs, who lost three of their starting offensive linemen in the first hour and a half of free agency.Branden Albert bolted to the Dolphins for a ton of cash (like he'd wanted to do for a while),Geoff Schwartz took off for the Giants and Jon Asomoah signed with the Falcons. Kansas City has first-overall pick Eric Fisher still in town, but he struggled last year. That line is a major question mark at this point in time and that's no good for Charles or Smith.
U. Of Utah To Award Honorary Doctorate To Chiefs QB Alex Smith from The Salt Lake Tribune
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was a dedicated student at the U., earning a bachelor's in economics in two years and graduating with a 3.74 GPA.
Were he not a No. 1 draft pick, Smith might very well have earned an advanced degree. Now, he'll have one anyway. Sort of.
The school's Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that Smith, slated to deliver the U.'s commencement address on May 1, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
One pastor with an idea to change the Easter tradition of buying in your Sunday's best with their movement called, Forget the Frock. Phillip Kelley, Spiritual Development Pastor at Grace Church and Chaplain of the Kansas City Chiefs, shares how to dress down and give back.