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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 5/18

Good morning! Sorry a bout the lack of a post yesterday... life got in the way. I went back and linked to all of the stories I could find since Friday morning's post. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Chiefs Sign De'Anthony Thomas from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the club has signed running back/specialist De'Anthony Thomas. Thomas was the team's fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft (124th overall). He became the fourth of Kansas City's six selections in the draft to sign with the club.

Chiefs Fantasy Camp At Arrowhead Stadium from The Mothership

On Thursday, fans enjoyed a cocktail reception to meet members of the Chiefs organization, including General Manager John Dorsey, former head coach Dick Vermeil, Dante Hall, Will Shields, Shawn Barber, Eddie Kennison and Trent Green.

On Friday morning, the participants arrived at Arrowhead to enjoy breakfast with their team captains, meet their teammates and sign their player contracts with John Dorsey.

"My team's coach is Shawn Barber and he's provided some incredible stories," Kevin Jones, a participant at Fantasy Camp, said. "It's been an incredible experience, a lot of fun and some great stories."

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Fantasy Camp Photo Gallery

KCChiefs.com Video: Chiefs Live! Overdrive: Draft Pick Breakdown

KCChiefs.com Video: Access Arrowhead: Cheerleader Calendar Shoot

Fourth-Round Pick De'Anthony Thomas Signs from Chiefs Spin

A highly anticipated explosive element to the Chiefs offense and special teams is officially in the mix ahead of the May 24-26 rookie minicamp.

The Chiefs announced Friday the signing of fourth-round pick (124th overall) De'Anthony Thomas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

'The Guy Is Still On His Game' from ESPN Wisconsin

John Dorsey's tone was clear, forceful. And irritated.

"I've heard this [expletive] since the combine," the Kansas City Chiefs general manager said.

He and his wife, Patricia, were in the middle of hosting a baby shower - for a couple from Wisconsin, coincidentally - Saturday evening at their home outside Kansas City, but the conversation was important enough to him to slip away. For the past several months, the former Green Bay Packers player, scout and personnel executive had heard entirely too many rumors and questions about his longtime friend, colleague and boss, Ted Thompson, and whether the 61-year-old Packers general manager might be nearing the end of the line.

The only thing that was going to end, as far as Dorsey was concerned, was that narrative. Right now.

Former NFL Stars Remain Concerned About Effects Of Head Injuries from The Tribune-Review

"When some of these guys are getting (older), I think it affects them a whole lot more then it does in the early years," said Dawson, the longtime Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback. "We've seen examples of guys who have given up their life because of concussions.

"You talk to some of the guys who are here, the old-timers, and there used to be a saying (about injuries): ‘Put a piece of tape on it, and you're ready to go.' "

Of course, many weren't ready to go at all, re-entering games not long after a damaging blow left them unconscious. Now, many are suffering for that machismo - a price that even a federal court is having difficulty calculating.

Snoop Dogg Attends His Youth Football League's Tournament from The Source

It's nice to know the youth of inner city LA have uncle Snoop to look up to. Snoop was also proud that three alums of his SYFL were recently picked in the 2014 NFL draft. Kam Jackson from Cal Berkley was drafted by the CB Indianapolis Colts. De'Anthony Thomas from Oregon, was drafted by the dRB Kansas City Chiefs and Greg Ducre from the University of  Washington was drafted by the CB San Diego Chargers. These three players join fellow alum Ronnie Hillman who was the first SYFL player to join the NFL, and is now a running back for the Denver Broncos.

Four Inducted Into Joplin Area Sports Hall Of Fame from The Joplin Globe

Wright, a 1977 Carthage High School graduate, starred at Drake University and then took the long road to the NFL. After not being drafted, Wright becan coaching at Joplin Memorial High School before a tryout with the Houston Oilers led to a roster spot in the Canadian Football League. He played two seasons in the CFL before joining the Cleveland Browns in 1985. Wright went on to play nine seasons in the NFL with the Browns, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs and led the Browns in interceptions for four consecutive seasons (1987-90). He led the NFL in interception with nine during the 1989 season.

"He wasn't the biggest guy, but he was always around the football," said former Drake teammate John Hoffman. "He had a knack for being around the football."

Vikings Rookie Camp: Dean Attempting To Make It In NF[L] from The Marshall Independent

"It has always been a dream of mine to go to the NFL, but it's not a done-deal, yet," Dean said. "I'm excited about this opportunity and I'm ready to go there and work."

If he fails to be scooped up by the Vikings, Dean has also received phone calls from the Kansas City Chiefs, the St. Louis Rams and his hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers.