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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 9/1

Good morning! Lots of articles and opinions in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Keep reading for news Alex Smith's extension, the Chiefs' practice squad, and the upcoming season. We're almost there! Have a great holiday, and be safe.

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Jed Jacobsohn

Chiefs Sign QB Alex Smith To Contract Extension from The Mothership

Entering his 10th season in the National Football League, Smith has played in 95 games (90 starts), completing 1,598 of 2,685 passes (59.5%) for 17,593 yards with 104 touchdowns and 70 interceptions. He has also been effective on the ground, rushing 288 times for 1,192 yards (4.1 avg.) with five rushing touchdowns.

Smith originally entered the NFL as the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He graduated from the University of Utah.

Chiefs Waive K Succop As They Reach 53-Man Limit from The Associated Press via The Mothership

Along with their cuts, the Chiefs also placed quarterback Tyler Bray and wide receiver Kyle Williams on injured reserve, defensive end Mike Catapano on the non-football injury list and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and right tackle Donald Stephenson on the reserve-suspended list.

Bowe will miss the opener as punishment for his arrest last November, and Stephenson is suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's drug policy.

Chiefs Sign 8 To Practice Squad from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Sunday that the following players have been signed to the club's practice squad roster: Video: QB Alex Smith And Chiefs Agree On New Deal Video: Kansas City Chiefs Buying Into Alex Smith

Chiefs Give Alex Smith His Deal from KC Star via The Wichita Eagle

The Chiefs - and particularly Reid, who has championed Smith since they acquired him - are clearly happy about that.

"Alex is a smart, talented football player that has adapted well to our offensive scheme," Reid said. "He also, obviously, has had a tremendous amount of success as a quarterback in this league. We as a team are very happy to have Alex as our quarterback moving forward."

Chiefs QB Alex Smith Signs Four-Year Deal from Chiefs Spin

The Chiefs received a long-term answer at the quarterback position Sunday evening after announcing Alex Smith signed an extension.

While the Chiefs didn't disclose the contract terms, Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports Smith signed a four-year, $68 million deal with $48 million guaranteed. The contract details have since been confirmed by numerous media outlets.

AP Source: Chiefs' Smith Agrees To Four-Year Extension from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise.

Now, he could have that opportunity for at least four more years.

Smith signed a $68 million extension Sunday to remain with the Chiefs through the 2018 season, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

Alex Smith, Chiefs Deal Worth $68M from ESPN

The Chiefs now have their franchise tag to give to linebacker Justin Houston after this season. Houston has just one year left on his current deal. If Houston and the Chiefs don't get a deal done, the tag would be a likely option.

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The way I figure it, Smith is now the 11th-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL in terms of average salary in the existing contract. I have these quarterbacks ahead of him: Aaron Rodgers ($22 million), Matt Ryan ($20.8 million), Joe Flacco ($20.1 million), Drew Brees ($20 million), Peyton Manning ($19.2 million), Jay Cutler ($18.1 million), Tony Romo ($18 million), Eli Manning ($16.3 million), Matthew Stafford ($15.3 million), and Philip Rivers ($15.3 million). Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick each have newly minted deals that could surpass Smith, but they have too many qualifiers here to include. Suffice it to say if they're both really good over the next few years, they should exceed Smith.

So let's answer the questions many of you have this morning about the deal and about the player.

Alex Smith, Chiefs Sign Four-Year Contract Extension from

Smith is entering his 10th season, and there were questions this offseason about whether the Chiefs wanted to pay him among the top-tier of NFL quarterbacks. Smith won the staring contest by not agreeing to an Andy Dalton/Colin Kaepernick pay-as-you-go deal.

Smith had one year left on his contract at $7.5 million this season, which brings down the five-year average slightly.

According to Rapoport, the deal allows the Chiefs to pay him a price they believe is fair without going into the dreaded Joe Flacco territory.

Commitment To Smith Is The Right Move from ESPN

One of the reasons the Kansas City Chiefs haven't won a playoff game in 20 years is their failure to commit to the right quarterback for the long term.

If they don't win one in the next five years, at least a lack of commitment to a quarterback won't be the problem.

The Chiefs made a bold move with Alex Smith, agreeing with him on a four-year contract that various media reports put at about $68 million. From the Chiefs' standpoint, this is a step they had to take.

While Smith isn't one of the NFL's great quarterbacks, he's good enough to win with, even in the playoffs.

The Chiefs Reportedly Gave Alex Smith A Buttload Of Money Up Front from Deadspin

Head coach Andy Reid must really love Smith's place in Kansas City's offense. The former first overall pick made accurate throws with minimal errors in his first year with the Chiefs, and Reid weaved that in with the dominant rushing-receiving threat that is Jamaal Charles. Smith is a decent quarterback, but his value increased because he excelled at the role required.

Alex Smith Avoids Team-Friendly Chiefs Contract from

Smith -- after years of playing the scapegoat -- finally got paid big money. According to Pro Football Talk, Smith got $30 million guaranteed at the signing and gets another $15 million guaranteed in March 2015. That is a boatload of guaranteed cash for a 30-year-old who just made his first Pro Bowl.

During the negotiations, Smith said he didn't want an Andy Dalton-type contract. In the end he didn't settle for that kind of pay-as-you go deal. He got his money upfront.

In truth, that sort of deal never made sense for a 10-year veteran. Dalton has years to bet on himself with a team-friendly deal. Smith didn't.

Kansas City Chiefs, Alex Smith Agree To Four-Year, $68 Million Extension from Yahoo! Sports

The Chiefs had the option of franchising Smith, but they also must take care of impending free agent Justin Houston and have a tight salary cap situation. The two sides had exchanged several rounds of negotiations without making much progress, per reports, and the situation could have turned ugly.

Luckily, for the Chiefs, Smith showed up to camp, remained quiet about his contract and hoped for things to work out, which is what happened.

Chiefs Show Commitment To Alex Smith With Four-Year Extension from Sports Illustrated

Like Dalton, Smith is a good caretaker in an offense that plays to his strengths. But he's not been a do-it-all guy throughout his career.

In 2013, per Pro Football Focus, Smith threw the ball over 20 yards in the air on 8.1 percent of his attempts. Only Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Jacksonville's Chad Henne had lower percentages.

Smith's Value To Chiefs Still Not Clear from TSN

Smith's value is hard to gauge because he will never put up the gaudy numbers of the highest paid quarterbacks around the league, but produces similar results to the top earners. While there's no doubt running back Jamaal Charles is the team's best player, many around Kansas City would be okay with the assertion that Smith was the team's MVP...

...The problem could solve itself this year. If Smith leads the team on another playoff run he'll almost certainly be able to claim he's joined the top tier at his position. And conversely if Kansas City takes a step back, Smith may have no choice but to accept lesser terms from the team. There is of course, always the franchise tag as well.

Chiefs Add DL Damion Square Via Waivers from Chiefs Spin

The Chiefs claimed defensive lineman Damion Square off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles, a source confirmed Sunday morning with

The 6-3, 286-pound Square originally entered the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama. He appeared in 10 games last season before the Eagles released him Saturday.

Kansas City Chiefs Roster Analysis from ESPN

We've told you the roster moves made by the Kansas City Chiefs and analyzed them. Now it's time to look at the 53 players who remain and analyze the roster. Keep in mind the Chiefs may make more moves before they get to next Sunday's opener against theTennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium.

G Ricky Henry, WR Fred Williams Return As Chiefs Practice Squad Members from Chiefs Spin

Various sources confirmed with early Sunday afternoon the Chiefs signed guard Ricky Henry, wide receivers Fred Williams and Darryl Surgent, and defensive end Kona Schwenke.

Meanwhile, fullback Jordan Campbell posted an Instagram photo of himself signing his practice squad contract.

Report: Former Cajuns WR Darryl Surgent Makes KC Chiefs Practice Squad from KATC

Mulitiple reports Sunday indicate former Ragin' Cajuns wide receiver Darryl Surgent has made the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. Surgent was cut by the Chiefs last week. He did not record any statistics during KC's preseason games.

Area Roundup: Williams Joins Chiefs' Practice Squad from The St. Cloud Times

Williams didn't make the final cut for the Chiefs' roster on Saturday and cleared waivers on Sunday. He signed with the team shortly thereafter. Williams was on the Chiefs' practice squad at the end of last season.

Top 5 Protagonist Athletes In Sports Today from CBS Los Angeles

Well-known athletes are not always classy. The threshold of success in professional sports is attained only with a fierce competitive edge, which often brings with it a regrettable failure to communicate, appreciate or respect...

...On the other side of the spectrum, there are a number of successful athletes who have shown that, win or lose, competitive success is not more important to them than their character. Some athletes have decided that a competitive edge does not necessarily have to come exclusively with discourtesy, incivility or ego - but rather, it can be enhanced with generosity, amiability and class.

We take a look at five of the classiest athletes in sports today:

5.) Brian Waters, NFL Free Agent

Predictions For The NFL Season from The Orlando Sentinel via The Juneau Empire

AFC West: Denver 14-2, San Diego 8-8, Kansas City 5-11, Oakland 2-14. Broncos' only challenge during regular season is not falling asleep. ... Chargers improve attack led by QB Phil Rivers but poor secondary lets them down. ... Chiefs swear they have film that proves they won 11 games last year but nobody believes it. ... With the first pick in the 2015 draft, the Raiders select a quarterback or a receiver or maybe a running back.

Preseason NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks Look Primed To Repeat As Super Bowl Champions from

14. Kansas City Chiefs There was nothing done to improve the roster after a promising first year under Andy Reid, which means the Chiefs are still behind Denver.

Bachelorette 2014: Winner Josh Murray Congratulates Aaron Murray As Andi Dorfman Celebrates Friendship With Nikki Ferrell from Epoch Times

The winner of the Bachelorette 2014 season Josh Murray has congratulated his famous brother Aaron Murray for making the Kansas City Chiefs final roster.

Cuts in the NFL were made following the final preseason game, and Aaron was not among them.

"Congrats to my lil bro @aaronmurray11 for officially making the team and becoming a @KCChiefs QB! Just the start of great things to come!" Josh said.

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