Offseason Forecast: Kansas City Chiefs from NFL.com
Offseason crystal ball
Tagging Houston is a no-brainer.
The more difficult decisions come in the form of veterans that need to be cut or restructured to pay for Houston and add playmakers in the receiver corps. My guess is they restructure Bowe, and cut Hali and Devito out of necessity. Reid will then chase Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin hard and my red and gold-tinted crystal ball tells me he lands one.
Coffman, Daniel, Maclin enter HOF, reflect on time at MU from The Columbia Daily Tribune
On watching MU succeed after they left...
Daniel: "For us, I'd like to think it was a big stepping stone to know that we can win at a high level. It's an attitude. You really have to work for it in the summer. It's a year-round thing. For them now to be competing at the highest level in the SEC, it's fun to watch as a player. Back-to-back SEC Championship games, to where the heights are now as a program, I'd say they're even higher than in ‘07 and ‘08. Without a doubt."
Chiefs sign CB Shaquille Richardson from Chiefs Digest
The 6-0, 194-pound Richardson has the size the Chiefs covet in defensive backs. Richardson also has speed, having clocked a 4.43 40-yard dash time at his Pro Day in March 2014.
The signing of Richardson could be viewed as insurance in the event the Chiefs choose to not re-sign cornerback Chris Owens, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10.
Defensive back Ron Parker, who can play cornerback and safety, and safety Kurt Coleman are also scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.
It's never a good thing when your team has two players on a list of the top-20 prospective free agents but also has work to do in order to comply with the NFL's salary cap.
But that's the situation the Kansas City Chiefs find themselves in. ESPN's Kevin Seifert has ranked the top 20 players with expiring contracts and linebacker Justin Houston (No. 3) and center Rodney Hudson (No. 19) are on it.
Seifert also lists the current salary cap situations for each of the 32 teams, and the Chiefs are near the bottom there.
Tag teams: These seven are most likely to use franchise label from FOX Sports
Kansas City: OLB Justin Houston (2014 franchise tag, $11.5 million)
The Chiefs could have found themselves in a tough spot with both Houston and quarterback Alex Smith in the final years of their contracts entering last season. Kansas City, though, struck a five-year, $76 million deal with Smith. That now gives the Chiefs leverage with Houston by having the franchise tag available. Houston's value is even greater now than it was then. His 22 sacks last season were the second-highest total in league history behind the 22.5 posted by Pro Football Hall of Fame end and FOX Sports analyst Michael Strahan.
Position analysis: tight end from ESPN
If Kelce stays healthy, it would be a disappointment if he doesn't significantly see an increase in his receiving numbers. Harris has value, too. He played basketball in college and is still learning his new craft, but could still develop into a receiving threat. Fasano still has value. Seven of the 48 catches he has made in his two seasons with the Chiefs scored touchdowns.
Position analysis: kicking specialists from ESPN
Even if they weren't the only players at their positions on the roster at this point, there's no reason to think the Chiefs won't go with Santos and Colquitt again and expect big seasons from them. But the Chiefs might be ready to move on from Gafford. The Chiefs brought in a practice-squad snapper after the December game against Oakland and though that player is no longer around, they wasted no time at the end of the season signing Hartson and Hus.
Kansas State's Ryan Mueller continues to defy odds on journey to NFL from Chiefs Digest
More than 300 draft prospects converge on Indianapolis beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17 for the NFL Scouting Combine, an annual week-long draft evaluation process.
A majority of invitees come with awards as evidence of decorated college careers, and all participants hope to impress NFL teams for a shot at playing at the next level.
But Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller finds himself in a familiar setting on the outside looking in. While Mueller has the credentials as a 2014 first-team All-Big 12 selection as voted by coaches, he didn't receive a Combine invite.
The former Wildcat walk-on from Leawood, Kan., wouldn't have it any other way.
Free agent watch: C Rodney Hudson from The San Diego Union-Tribune
Hudson was the best center in the AFC West last year and the top offensive lineman for the Chiefs. The Chiefs likely want to sign him. Can they afford him? Kansas City is 28th in salary cap space. Also, the Chiefs will have to pay up to keep NFL sack leader Justin Houston.
Still youthful -- he's 13 months older than Chargers 2014 draftee Chris Watt -- Hudson may not have peaked.
When some students met the Kansas City Chiefs legend, they actually didn't know who Bobby Bell was, but were quickly schooled.
"Those rings just caught my eye and I said, ‘oh my gosh, if one day I can have that on my hand that would be amazing,'" said Bobby Jackson, a junior at Central High School.
Jackson didn't know the man wearing the Hall of Fame ring was Bell.
"To be honest, I didn't notice him because I don't know much about the history of football," he said.
That's why he, along with his classmates, was at Arrowhead Stadium - to learn from the best. Bell talked about the role African-Americans had in the NFL. It's a rich history that needs to be told.
Kelly: Time for NFL to dial back QB salaries, which keep escalating from The Miami Sun Sentinel
Fear of the free-agent quarterback is what's terrorizing every NFL team that possesses a half decent warm-blooded mammal behind center.
That's why some smart executives - and a few dumb ones - have given average to decent quarterbacks like Ryan Tannehill $90-130 million contracts the past few seasons.
It's why Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is one of the highest paid (seven years, $126 million) players in the NFL. That's why Kansas City's Alex Smith, who didn't throw a single touchdown pass to a receiver last season, got $45 million in guaranteed money from the Chiefs to stay put.