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Wow! Feels good to have Jamaal Charles locked up for the next 4 years, right? Read all about that and a ton of other items in today's Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Also, can someone write a nice rebuttal to the whiny article from Tampa Bay? Thanks.

Kyle Rivas

Chiefs Sign Charles To Contract Extension from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Wednesday that the team has inked running back Jamaal Charles to a contract extension. Terms of the contract will not be released by the club.

"Jamaal is an elite player in the National Football League," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term."

Veterans Report To Chiefs Training Camp from The Mothership

"Our goals are set," Hali said. "There's only one goal we set - to get to the championship game. That's our mindset. We have to just take it a day at a time."

As a leader who will be looked upon to help first-round pick Dee Ford, another player who, like Hali, makes the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. Something Hali knows quite a bit about as he made that same transition back in 2009.

Hali is excited at what the Chiefs are building on defense, particularly in the aspect of getting after the passer.

Kansas City Celebrates At The Station from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs and 100-year old Union Station today jointly announced plans for "KC Celebrates at the Station," a centennial celebration of music, lights, fireworks and football at the city's storied Union Station on Friday, Sept. 5 that is free and open to the public. As part of the festivities, the Chiefs will host their annual Red Friday Pep Rally downtown outside of the Kansas City landmark.

Birth Of A Salesman from The Mothership

Clearly, times have changed. Selling is much tougher these days, as is the competition for buyers, and as successful as professional football has become the work never ends in building a fan base -- or holding onto one -- so there really isn't any formal end or a beginning.

Lamar Hunt knew that as early as the day he founded his Dallas Texans and the American Football League. When he opted to become an owner of a sports team, the idea of marketing sports included little more than putting an advertisement in the local newspaper and making sure that a sportswriter had the start times right. Photo Gallery: Top 25 Jamaal Charles Photos Photo Gallery: Chiefs Veterans Arrive At Camp Photo Gallery: 7/23 Training Camp Video: Training Camp 7/23: Tamba Hali Video: Training Camp 7/23: Eric Kush Video: Training Camp 7/23: Junior Hemingway Video: Chiefs Practice Report 7/23 Video: Chiefs BluePrint: Interview With GM John Dorsey Video: Player Focus Dee Ford Video: Jamaal Charles Agrees To New Contract With Chiefs

RB Jamaal Charles Agrees To Contract Extension from Chiefs Spin

Charles, who wasn't present during the open media period when veterans arrived Wednesday, agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Chiefs, a source confirmed with

The extension locks up Charles through the 2017 regular season.

Report: Charles Get New Contract, Set To Report To Chiefs Camp from FS Kansas City

Charles, 27, was a one-man, fantasy monster in 2013, leading the NFL last season in rushing touchdowns (12) and total touchdowns rushing and receiving (19). He singularly accounted for 40 percent of the Chiefs' total offense under new coach Andy Reid.

He'd also been playing under a team-friendly contract -- a five-year extension worth a reported $28 million, signed in December 2010. According to, Charles' $4.7 million annual average salary ranked No. 13 among active tailbacks. His cap hit was a reported $4.83 million and $7.33 million in 2015.

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs Strike Extension from

Rapoport was told the contract is worth $18.1 million in new money with an extra $5 million over the next two years. The revised deal makes Charles one of the game's top-five highest-paid backs.

The 27-year-old Mr. Everything signed a six-year, $27.97 million contract in 2010, but was due just $3.65 million in 2014, well below market value for a player who accounted for 35 percent of Kansas City's offense last season. He spent much of last season as a legitimate MVP candidate and a dangerous weapon carrying and catching the ball out of the backfield.

Jamaal Charles Agrees To Extension from ESPN

Charles was absent from camp at Missouri Western State University at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, when players were required to report. But the sides reached an agreement shortly afterward and Charles was en route to camp from his home in Kansas City.

K.C. Would Have Been Lost Without Charles from ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs selected a running back in each of the past two drafts. They have one of the league's highest paid wide receivers. They are hopeful a healthy collection of tight ends can make a difference in their passing game.

But no matter how they looked at it, the Chiefs would have felt the absence of running back Jamaal Charles.

And it would have hurt.

Chiefs, Pro Bowl Running Back Jamaal Charles Reach Deal On Contract Extension from The Associated Press via US News & World Report

With Charles secured through 2017, the Chiefs can shift focus to quarterback Alex Smith and outside linebacker Justin Houston, both of whom enter the final years of respective contracts...

...Smith reported Sunday with rookies and quarterbacks and put in two morning practices before being excused from Wednesday's practice. The Chiefs' second-year quarterback attended voluntary organized activities and mandatory minicamp.

The same can't be said of Houston, who missed the Chiefs' offseason workout program. Houston is expected to report for training camp, however.

Former SCSU All-American Getting NFL Shot With Kansas City from The St. Cloud Times

"I'm just happy to be here," Williams told the Times on Wednesday afternoon. "I'm ready to make this team. It took me a long time to get here and now I have an opportunity."

The 6-foot, 195-pound Williams, 26, is one of 12 wide receivers in camp with Kansas City. The Chiefs already have established stars like Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery, but the other spots seem to be wide open for the taking.

"It's tough competition," Williams admitted. "This is a great group of guys. Donnie and Dwayne took me under their wing a little bit. I'm always a student of the game first. I'm taking in all the information from the older guys who have been here before. I'm hoping to do whatever I can to make this team."

Chiefs Sign OT Ryan Harris, LB Josh Mauga from Chiefs Spin

Offensive tackle Ryan Harris signed a free-agent deal with the Chiefs, Harris' agent, Eugene Parker, confirmed with Terms were not disclosed.

Harris, 29, first announced the signing on Twitter.

Ryan Harris Announces He's Signed With Chiefs from ProFootballTalk

The Chiefs have Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson set at left and right tackle, respectively, which likely leaves Harris with a chance at earning the swing tackle job behind them if he can beat out J'Marcus Webb during camp.

After Solid Rookie Campaign For K.C. Chiefs, PU Alum Catapano Aiming To Be Dominant Force from Town Topics

As Catapano prepared to start his second training camp this week, he was drawing on a silver screen hero for inspiration.

"I tune out all distractions, it is Rocky 4 mode," said Catapano, a native of Bayville, N.Y. who will be arriving at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. this week with camp slated to kick off on July 24.

"I turn off my cell phone and computer. It is getting ready for war. I take it really seriously, preparation is everything. Everybody in the NFL is strong and fast. It comes down to who is preparing the hardest and I am confident that I am doing that."

Let's Build On Camp Success from The St. Joseph News-Press

Count on the loyal fans for their reliable attendance as long as Missouri Western and the Chiefs meet their expectations. But less-frequent camp visitors will require some wooing.

Rather than pondering what it would be like to not have a camp in the future, we think it's best to spend that brain power and energy coming up with fresh ideas for building on a great foundation.

What can we do to improve the experience at camp? What would bring infrequent fans to camp for at least one day each year, and reward them for their efforts? What more can we do to connect the camp to the community?

Kearney Resident Is Santa, Drives Bus For Chiefs from The Kearney Courier

When the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid, calls Kirby Roach "Santa," his preparation for one of his part-time jobs is paying off.

Roach has had myriad jobs. He served as a principal from 1993 to 1998, when he retired for health reasons. Fortunately, he recovered but decided not to go back to working in school systems. But now every fall as he drives the Kansas City Chiefs charter bus, he's also growing out his beard for Kansas City's children.

How Many Hall Of Famers Does A One-Title Team Deserve? from The Tampa Bay Times

A Hall of Famer at both defensive tackles. Two more at linebacker. Another at cornerback, and quarterback, and kicker. One at owner. One at coach. In total, that's nine Hall of Famers from the same sideline.

No, we are not talking about the old Pittsburgh Steelers. Or the San Francisco 49ers. Or the Dallas Cowboys. Or the Green Bay Packers.

No. It was the 1969 Kansas City Chiefs. You know, the team that won one Super Bowl, and it didn't even win its division on the way.

Those Chiefs. Really.

Charles Deal Is Worth $28 Million Over Four Years from ProFootballTalk

Multiple reports have characterized Charles as moving to No. 2 on the running back compensation list, behind only Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.  The truth, according to one source, is that Charles has finagled the second highest new-money average, with the two extra years adding another $18.1 million to the existing two-year deal.

That's a new-money average of $9.05 million.

That 0.05 become critical to the analysis and was hardly a coincidence, given that Eagles running back LeSean McCoy averages $9 million per year on a five-year, $45 million deal.

Toucher & Rich: Albert Breer Previews The AFC from CBS Boston

"I think the gap is wider than it was last year. I think Denver got better, I think San Diego kind of tread water and Kansas City could be the team that's in for a big step back," said Breer.

Breer points to the low ceiling of Alex Smith, how they finished last season and the contract situation of Jamaal Charles as a reason for regression for the Chiefs.

Agent's Take: NFL Holdouts Much More Complicated Than You Think from CBS Sports

Houston reported to the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp even though missed Kansas City's offseason activities and isn't happy with his $1.406 million base salary. As a 2011 draft pick in the final year of his four-year rookie contract, Houston lacked leverage because it's important that he earn a year of service toward free agency. Missing the Aug. 5 deadline and playing out his rookie deal would have made Houston a restricted free agent in 2015. The Chiefs would have likely given him a restricted free agent tender where they would get a first-round pick, which should be between $3.27 million and $3.42 million next year, from a team signing him to an offer sheet that they don't match. Getting the year of service isn't a consideration with holdouts with four or more years of service. They already have enough service time to qualify for unrestricted free agency.

A Man And His Mission To Find The Best Barbecue In America from

"I want to give small, mom and pop, newer, rural or out-of-barbecue-country restaurants the chance to compete with the old, historic, big restaurants in places like Kansas City, Memphis, Lockhart and the Carolinas," he said. "Some of the famous places no longer live up to their reputations and some of the best barbecue comes from the hole-in-the-wall spots."

Fugitt passed through Philly recently. First off, he says, "I'm not sure how Philly views Andy Reid these days, but, as a Kansas City Chiefs fan, thank you for getting rid of him."

Right, pal. Time is yours.

Winona State Team Mourns Player's Death from The Post-Bulletin

"Shocked and saddened to hear the news of Shawn Afryl's death," tweeted Jimmy Nudera, a junior tight end for the Fighting Illini. "Was one of the best people you could ever meet."

"We lost a good one today way too soon," tweeted Jeff Allen, a former Illinois player who now plays with the Kansas City Chiefs. "R.I.P. Shawn Afryl you'll be missed, my prayers are with his family."

McClain: NFL Teams That Could Rise and Fall During 2014 Season from The Houston Chronicle

Let's look at three teams that could take a plunge: Kansas City, Carolina and Arizona.

In Andy Reid's first season as coach, the Chiefs improved by nine games. Not only do they play in the toughest division in the AFC, but the AFC West plays the NFC West - the toughest and best division in the NFL.

After opening at home against Tennessee, the Chiefs don't play another game against a team with a losing record until Oct. 26 when they host St. Louis. They play Denver, New England and San Francisco in the first five weeks.