Governors Approve Three-Year Extension of Chiefs Training Camp from The Mothership
The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University has approved a contract amendment that will keep the summer training camp of the Kansas City Chiefs in St. Joseph for three more years, through 2017. The contract also includes two additional extension terms of one year each at the option of both the Chiefs and Missouri Western.
"We are thrilled to be the ‘Summer Training Camp Home of the Kansas City Chiefs' for the next three years," said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western's president. "As a campus, we have benefited from the increased exposure of the training camp and from physical improvements like the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex that would not have been possible without the support of the Chiefs. The St. Joseph region has also benefited from the thousands of fans who have visited training camp during the last five years."
Opportunity to Win a Trip to London from The Mothership
Those who renew their tickets from January 19th through February 17th will be entered into a drawing to receive prizes, including tickets to the Super Bowl, a chance to watch a Chiefs game from a suite, or lunch with team president Mark Donovan. Plus there's even a chance to win a trip to the 2016 Pro Bowl or catch the Chiefs take on the Lions in London. 30 drawings will be conducted, one for each day of the program.
"The Signing Bonus program allows us to show appreciation to our Season Ticket Members by rewarding them with opportunities to win unique prizes and experiences simply for renewing," Jayne Martin, Director of Fan Experience, explained. "We received a lot of great feedback from those who have won over the past two years of the program and enjoy giving back to our loyal fans."
NFL Now Offering Veterans Combine Of Their Own from The Mothership
Just like the Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis every February for college players, the NFL is now offering a "veteran's combine" for veteran free agents.
The event will be held in Phoenix at the Cardinals training facility on March 22, which is just 12 days after the new league year begins. Players have the opportunity to apply for the event and around 100 will be chosen to participate.
"The event will allow veteran free agents to go through the same kinds of drills and testing draft prospects go through in Indianapolis, with representatives of all 32 clubs on hand," said Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk.
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Missouri Western, Chiefs agree to 3-year contract extension from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs moved training camp from River Falls, Wis., after 19 years to St. Joseph in 2010. The 45-minute drive from Kansas City affords convenience for local fans to attend practice sessions.
A study by the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau concluded the approximately 40,000 visitors to training camp in 2014 boosted the local economy to an estimated $6.3 million, according to the press release.
"We were pleased we were able to reach an agreement with Missouri Western State University," Chiefs president Mark Donovan said in a statement. "As an organization, we've really enjoyed the relationships and the support that we have received from the St. Joseph community and Missouri Western. It's a privilege for us and our fan base to continue to hold camp in Chiefs Kingdom."
Chiefs' training camp to Missouri Western for three more years from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
"From a football perspective, continuing to hold camp at Missouri Western State University makes sense for us," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in a statement.
"The school and community take great care of us, the people are phenomenal and it provides the team the resources and facilities necessary to build momentum toward the season. We are excited to be back."
The Chiefs used to hold training camp in Wisconsin in part because of the cooler late-summer weather. But they moved closer to home in 2010, striking a deal with the Division II school in St. Joseph that included help with major facility upgrades.
Chiefs agree to three-year training camp contract from The St. Joseph News-Press
A decision on the training camp location initially was expected by Dec. 1, but the deadline was pushed back as negotiations continued. A second deadline of Jan. 1 also passed without an agreement. But both dates were "soft" deadlines and now both parties have come to terms. Dr. Vartabedian said the delays were primarily to work out the contract's term and practice field improvements requested by the Chiefs. The Chiefs required the field improvements to be ready by July 1, and Dr. Vartabedian said that type of work necessitates working with partners to complete the improvements.
"When you talk about a renovation that involved, there are a lot of details to be worked out on that and it probably moved a little more slowly than we would have liked it to," he said.
Spratt Stadium Renovations from The Griffon News
It's the start of a new year and a new semester. However, the days are numbered for the current Spratt Stadium.
During winter break, the architect Ellison-Auxier was selected for the new stadium by the Missouri Western Board of Governors to provide design elements for the project because of their experience with similar projects, particularly Northwest Missouri State University's stadium.
The next big step in this process is giving bids for general contractors before demolition can begin.
Why demolish Spratt?
The ultimate decision to renovate Spratt Stadium came after a report from Clark Huesemann, which stated that, "The exterior walls show extensive water infiltration that with the effects of freeze-thaw cycles, are damaging the brick."
No movement in talks between Chiefs, LB Justin Houston's camp from Chiefs Digest
More than two weeks have passed since the end of the 2014 regular season, and one pressing issue remains in limbo.
The Chiefs and outside linebacker Justin Houston's representatives have had "zero talks" on a contract during that span, a source familiar with the negotiations informed ChiefsDigest.com Thursday.
Houston played the final year of his contract in 2014 and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the league's new calendar year begins on March 10.
Mel Kiper's first mock draft has a Sooner going to the Cowboys, Texas DT headed north from The Dallas Morning News
No. 18: Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma WR, to the Kansas City Chiefs:
Kiper writes: "... The off-field book, however, is a major question. He was booted from one program because of off-field transgressions, and he'll have no fun with the interview process as teams get answers about his past and maturity. But talent like this is hard to pass on."
He gives the Chiefs Dorial Green-Beckham, a wide receiver from Missouri by way of Oklahoma. You have heard me rant about the need for a wide receiver before, and -- spoiler alert -- you will hear it a few more times from me as we move through the offseason. So I'm in no position to complain about this choice.
Physically, he's everything they need. Everything. The kind of absurd specimen drawn up in basements with nothing more than a PlayStation controller, a vivid imagination and a bag of Fritos.
It's all there: 6-foot-5 in stocking feet, 230-some pounds. A 28-to-30-inch vertical leap, depending on the report. A whopping 17 receiving touchdowns in 25 collegiate games. A red-zone machine, quick enough and strong enough to hold the position on slants and powerful and tall enough to go up and win just about every jump ball imaginable on a fade in the corner.
As a target, Dorial Green-Beckham is just what the Kansas City Chiefs ordered, the kind of ceiling that stretches to the stars.
Chiefs' John Dorsey, Andy Reid enter important period from Chiefs Digest
Year Three is when the consistent playoff pushes arguably begin; Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid are now in that territory.
Before going forward, here is a look back at how four prior Chiefs head coaches have fared in the third season since 1991.
The game was tied 20-20 in the final seconds after the Chiefs had moved on a frantic drive to the San Diego 30. They sent rookie kicker Cairo Santos on the field with 26 seconds remaining to try a 48-yard field goal that would give the Chiefs a lead and, most probably, a much-needed victory.
NFL's Sturgis, Santos, Allen expected to highlight free special teams camp at Mainland from The Daytona Beach News-Journal
And it does not get much bigger than what Lundy has put together - a one-day, free, youth special teams clinic that will feature some of the top kickers, punters and special teams players in the country.
Lundy said Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos, Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis, Chicago Bears punter Pat O'Donnell and former Mainland standout and current Atlanta Falcons cornerback Ricardo Allen are among those scheduled to work the camp, slated for Feb. 8 at Mainland High School.
The Kansas City Chiefs saw seven regulars depart as free agents last year and released an eighth. Here, we're starting a series looking back at each of those decisions and rendering a verdict whether the Chiefs made the right decision in letting the player walk.
Today: OT Branden Albert
D-line coach Tomsula to be named 49ers coach from The Hays Daily News
Unlike most of the league's other 28 current coaches, Tomsula has never been a NFL coordinator, a stepping stone also skipped over by only the Kansas City Chiefs' Andy Reid, the New York Giants' Tom Coughlin and the Philadelphia Eagles' Chip Kelly.
Former LPGA golfer Jan Stephenson joins Super Bowl XLIX Celebrity Golf Classic from ArizonaNewszap
Stephenson, winner of 16 Tour titles, including three Major championships, will lead a team of wounded veterans from the Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The veterans, invited guests of the NFL, will be part of the field of amateur golfers and NFL legends.
More than 40 former NFL players, including 20 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will captain teams of golfers in the 18-hole team scramble event to be played on both the Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo designed courses at the Wildfire club.
Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, a three time Pro Bowl and twice First Team All Pro defensive back for the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, will be among the former NFL stars participating. Williamson, now an actor and producer, is also a spokesman for the Wounded Warriors Project.