Read Across America from The Mothership
On Monday, for the 16th year, the Chiefs participated in Read Across America Day, a nationwide program that encourages all adults to promote reading among children. The event coincides with the 110th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to many simply as "Dr. Seuss."
"Read Across America is a another way the Chiefs help giveback to the young people in the community," Chiefs CB
Marcus Coopercommented. "This is a great opportunity for us to use our platform to promote kids to read and learn. I loved Dr. Seuss' books when I was growing up so it was fun to be able to read some of those books again these kids for Read Across America. "
Free Agency Outlook - SS T.J. Ward from The Mothership
The crazy time of year that is free agency begins on March 11 and until then, we'll take a look at one unrestricted free agent per day, who could be making an impact with a different team next season. None of the reports are indicative of the Chiefs plans for 2014.
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Read Across America Photo Gallery
Don't Overlook Weston Dressler Signing from ESPN
His acquisition may get lost publicly in the coming months as the Kansas City Chiefs go through free agency and the draft, but their recent signing of receiver Weston Dressler could wind up as one of their most significant offseason acquisitions.
Dressler caught 442 passes for more than 6,000 yards and scored 43 touchdowns in his six seasons for the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The only in-house free agent we'd make a serious run at is the undervalued Schwartz, who can effectively play guard or tackle. Otherwise, best to take care of Smith and Houston, let the blue-chip free agents sign and then look for deals on the secondary market on either side of the draft. Finding a veteran safety on the cheap shouldn't be too difficult.
As Expected, Chiefs Don't Franchise Branden Albert from ProFootballTalk
With Albert, Eugene Monroe and Jared Veldheer all going untagged, it's shaping up to be a busy year for left tackles in free agency. Having three talented players hit the market in the same year as a good crop of tackles hit the draft could make for a buyer's market, but the higher cap number and amount of teams looking for an upgrade at the position should serve all three of them well.
Former Morgan Park, Illini WR Chris James Hosts HeroH Showcase from CSN Chicago
Stepping forward so far has been an impressive list of former standout CPL players who will also serve as camp instructions and mentors including former King and current Kansas City Chiefs Jeff Allen plus former Simeon/Northwestern standouts DL Corbin Bryant (Buffalo Bills) and Illinois/Dallas Cowboys DE Martez Wilson. James counts over a dozen volunteers who have major D1 college and/or NFL experience who will all be involved in this event.
23. Kansas City Chiefs
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
The Chiefs could go with a safety here, but few prospects shined like Beckham at the combine. He's not tall (5-11), but showed his speed with a 4.43 40.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Marshal Yanda, offensive tackle, Iowa (No. 86) Actual pick: Bowe The Chiefs get a two-time All-Pro in Yanda as they miss out on Bowe in the redraft.
Cold Sets In, Practice Heats Up from The Battalion
Two former A&M players, Dante "X-factor" Hall, a former Pro Bowler for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Tiki Hardeman, have returned to A&M to finish their degrees and have been lending a helping hand in spring drills.
"We have a number of players who went on to play in the NFL who may or may not have finished their degree, but when you have guys like that who love football, it's different than me and Coach Beaty yelling at them," Sumlin said. "While they're here, they're giving our guys some knowledge from an aspect that can really, really help them and we're really appreciative."
Questions About 2014 Draft:? John Harris Has Answers from The Houston Chronicle
Kansas City did a similar thing, trying to win with Matt Cassel, at the same time building up the roster with Pro Bowlers through the draft. Former GM Scott Pioli built that roster and built it well but chose the wrong QB. When Cassel bottomed out in 2012 and Alex Smith was brought in, the Chiefs were in prime position to turn that thing around quickly with a QB that's good, not great. Now, let me be clear, the Chiefs roster was well stocked with young stars ready to bust loose or young stars in their prime. That's not the Texans right now but it can be in a couple of years.
My point? My point is that the roster isn't at a point where any quarterback can push them back to 11 or 12 wins like Kansas City last year.
Buyers Beware: Decker's Not Elite from ESPN
There's an infamous list of pretenders who've followed him as well: Peerless Price, Deion Branch, Javon Walker, Bert Emanuel, Jerry Porter, Yancey Thigpen and, most recently, Miami's Mike Wallace. All were players who cashed in on their success with one team. They subsequently struggled with more money in the bank and more pressure on their backs.
Decker is likely to attract a deal in the area of $10 million per year, given the money that's been paid to free-agent wide receivers in recent years. The leverage he'll wield might even push that price tag even higher. The Indianapolis Colts already have been suggested as a possible landing spot, with the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs desperately needing help at receiver as well. The Chiefs saw firsthand what Decker can do when he's really on, as he scored four touchdowns and gained 174 receiving yards against them in a Broncos' win last December.