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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 2/17

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. A wide variety of articles today. Enjoy!

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Countdown: Top Blocks of Chiefs' 2014 Season from The Mothership

There are a lot of great things about the play that has our No. 1 block of the season, which came against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 11.

Initially, De'Anthony Thomas' motion before the snap on a jet sweep-like action affected the Seahawks linebackers, who slid to their left before and right after the snap, probably in hopes of not being late to catch Thomas on the edge if he was given the ball.

Consequently, the linebackers sliding gave right tackle Ryan Harris and right guard Zach Fulton the proper angles to set key blocks on what resulted in a Jamaal Charles' 28-yard run.

But Travis Kelce laying out Earl Thomas at the second level is the most memorable part of this play and was the most memorable block of the season. Video: 2014 Top Plays: Top Blocks

Chiefs should have draft options at receiver from KC Star via The Wichita Eagle

"First and foremost, I think you have to talk wide receiver when you're talking Kansas City," Mayock said. "So when you're sitting there at No. 18, you kind of go OK, which wide receiver might we get? Oakland could probably take a wide receiver at four. St. Louis (10) and Cleveland (12) are potential wide receiver picks, and maybe even San Francisco (15).

"So at 18, you're probably looking at the second, third or fourth wideout, and there's some really good football players there."

Countdown to Combine: Kansas City Chiefs WRs from ESPN

Position of need: The Chiefs were last in the league at wide receiver in catches (129), yards (1,588) and touchdowns (0). Their No. 1 wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, had another in a series of uninspiring seasons (60 catches, 754 yards) and will turn 31 in September. It's past the time where the Chiefs should think about replacing him as their go-to wideout.

Three players the Chiefs could target in the draft:

2015 NFL Combine: Do you know the drill? from CBS Sports

The first 10 yards of the 40-yard dash, this test is used to measure initial quickness and burst. Steps are the same as the 40-yard dash.

Memphis DT Dontari Poe tipped the scales at 346 pounds during the 2012 NFL Combine and impressed when he recorded 44 reps on the bench. He was expected to perform well in the other drills, but few expected the numbers he produced, including 1.67 10-yard split and 4.89 40-yard dash. Poe's remarkable Combine performance helped him on draft day when he was drafted 11th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. At last year's NFL Combine, Michigan OT Taylor Lewan (1.71) and Auburn OT Greg Robinson (1.72) were considered two of the top offensive linemen in the 2014 class and neither disappointed with exceptional 10-yard splits. Lewan was drafted 11th overall by the Tennessee Titans and Robinson was off the board to the St. Louis Rams with the No. 2 overall pick.

Welcome to the franchise tag watch, Justin Houston from ESPN

So there's plenty of incentive for the Chiefs to reach an agreement with Houston on a multi-year contract. Not only would Houston's salary cap figure for 2015 be substantially less than $13 million, but the Chiefs would have the security of having their best young (he turned 26 last month) player under contract for the foreseeable future.

That, of course, doesn't mean a deal gets done. Negotiations last year went nowhere and Houston skipped the offseason workouts as a sign of his frustration.

NFL franchise tag 2015: Everything you need to know about values, candidates from SB Nation

The best defensive player that nobody talked about this season, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was the most effective pass rusher in the NFL in 2014. He was overshadowed by J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, who rushed the passer about as well on top of all the other stuff he does. But if Watt wasn't busy being himself, Houston would have been making far more headlines for his play.

Houston had 22 sacks in 2014, and has plenty of leverage that he's already used to decline some contract offers from the Chiefs. The interesting issue with Houston will likely be what position he's tagged under. He's listed as a linebacker, but is arguably a defensive end, a position that carries a higher franchise tag value. It's likely that Houston's camp will make a claim that he should be tagged as a defensive end, provided it gets that far. That seems likely unless a huge long-term deal is reached.

It's a shame if Chiefs let Ron Parker walk from ESPN

Now comes with a list of five under-the-radar free agents and again, the Chiefs have two players listed. One of them, Hudson, is on both lists. Hudson might be under-the-radar to many NFL fans -- most centers are -- but he's definitely not an unknown to league personnel types looking for help on the offensive line.

But the other under-the-radar Chief is defensive back Ron Parker. With the signings of Houston and Hudson more urgent, there's a good chance Parker moves on in free agency.

These Cowboys not one-hit wonders from ESPN Dallas

It's hard to believe the Cowboys have not won at least 10 games in back-to-back seasons since they ruled the NFL in the mid-1990s. However you interpret that information, the reality is it's an embarrassing streak.

Only six franchises have longer streaks.

The Kansas City Chiefs haven't done it since 1992 and 1993, and the Washington Redskins' drought began in 1990 and 1991.

The New York Jets went to consecutive AFC Championship games in 2009 and 2010 but haven't put consecutive 10-win seasons together since the mid-'80s. Neither have the Cleveland Browns.

The Detroit Lions, a franchise established in 1930, have never done it, nor have the Carolina Panthers, an expansion team formed in 1995.

5 Potential NFL Trades That Make Too Much Sense from Yardbarker

4. Kansas City Chiefs Trade Tamba Hali to the Chicago Bears for Brandon Marshall

A player-for-player swap in the National Football league? That's almost as unlikely as most of these trades coming to fruition. However, this is a deal that makes too much sense for both sides. It's also a deal that would require both players to take on new contracts in order for it to go down.

In terms of overall fits, Hali would be suited well for Vic Fangio's 3-4 defensive scheme in Chicago. He's among the best all-around pass-rushing outside linebackers in the NFL and would help that struggling defense a great deal. Hali would likely also love to go play for two defensive coaches in Fangio and John Fox in the Windy City.

As it relates to the Chiefs, their receivers did not catch a single touchdown from Alex Smith last season. And while the team is still on the hook for $14 million for Dwayne Bowe in 2015, teaming these receivers up could work out well. Marshall would provide a much more consistent receiving option opposite Bowe than what the team had last year. He also has a nice amount of tread left in those tires, so it's not like Kansas City would be trading a player in his prime (Hali) for another player that's over the hill.

The Awesome That Was: Jared Allen still climbing NFL sack chart from CBS Sports

Allen couldn't have had a better contract year. After earning the league minimum on his three-year rookie deal, he had those 15.5 sacks while playing on a one-year, $2.35 million contract he signed with the Chiefs after the 2006 season.

It led to Kansas City hitting him with another one-year contract, this time an $8.8 million franchise tag.

But the tag wasn't used to keep Allen in the nation's midwestern BBQ hub. It was a strategic decision by the front office precipitated by young edge rusher Tamba Halishowing immense promise. League rules state a team that trades its franchise player is compensated (at least) a first-round pick by the team acquiring said franchise player.

In late April 2008, the tagged Allen was shipped to the Minnesota Vikings and signed a massive six-year, $72.3 million deal with a $15.5 million signing bonus. At the time, it was the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history.

Downtown vigil honors Muslim slaying victims from The Indianapolis Star

Authorities said Hicks shot the three during a dispute over a parking space, according to The Associated Press. But that explanation sparked outrage from some on social media, including Hussain Abdullah, a safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, who tweeted the day following the shooting: "Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha were not executed over a parking spot. #BeReal #ChapelHillShooting."

The FBI and Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice have since opened an investigation into the shooting to determine whether the incident was a hate crime.

L.I. Doctor's Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Could Revolutionize Brain Injury Treatment from The Long Island Press

Football players are well aware of this morbid detail, as evidenced by the final act of former Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson, who committed suicide in 2011 by shooting himself in the chest, reportedly to preserve his brain for examination.

Among the NFL legends found to have had CTE are Duerson, Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster and former San Diego Chargers legend Junior Seau. ESPN's Outside the Lines reported that signs of CTE had also been discovered in the brain of Jovan Belcher, the former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who had shot and killed his girlfriend and then driven to their practice facility and committed suicide in front of team officials.

Dr. Sherr, who has treated football players including former linebacker Bill Romanowski-a five-time Super Bowler with the 49ers and Raiders-believes that time is of the essence when dealing with these brutal injuries.

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Duvernay-Tardif in Quebec City from Le Journal de Quebec [translated from the original French]

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be in Quebec City on March 6 at the time of the football school of Notre-Dame-de-Foy campus.

The Keeper of the Kansas City Chiefs will deliver a lecture to the participants of the football school to conclude their week. Great friend and Duvernay-Tardif agent, Sasha Ghavani also attend the conference.

"Lawrence was not difficult to convince, said the instigator of the project and responsible for Sébastien Lévesque football school. He wants to give back to the youth. It is embedded in the project immediately. When he saw the quality of the coaches who will be present at the school, he was impressed. He can not wait to be there. "