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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 2/18

Good morning! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs release WR Donnie Avery; Waive WR A.J. Jenkins from The Mothership

Avery (5-11, 200) has played in 77 games (60 starts) in seven NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-14), Indianapolis Colts (2012), Tennessee Titans (2011) and St. Louis Rams (2008)...

...Jenkins (6-0, 200) has played in 28 games (three starts) in three NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-14) and San Francisco 49ers (2012). While with the Chiefs, Jenkins recorded 17 catches for 223 yards (13.1 avg.).

2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Schedule of Events, Top Prospects Attending and More from The Mothership

The NFL Scouting Combine will take place this week from Tuesday, February 17 to Monday, February 23 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The week serves as a job interview for some of the best college football prospects in the country.

How to Watch: Beginning February 18, NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile will broadcast live from Lucas Oil Stadium, providing an up-close look of the combine.

Arrival Dates by Position

Tuesday, February 17 - place kickers, special teams, offensive line, tight ends

Wednesday, February 18 - quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs

Thursday, February 19 - defensive line, linebackers

Friday, February 20 - defensive backs

KCChiefs.com Video: Arrowhead Update 2/17: NFL Scouting Combine Primer

Chiefs part ways with Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins from Chiefs Digest

Avery had one year remaining on his free agent contract signed with the team in 2013. He was set to count $4.05 million against the salary cap in 2013, and the Chiefs will save $3.5 million with his release.

Jenkins, who was acquired in via a trade with San Francisco for WR Jon Baldwin in August 2013, was set to count approximately $1.4 million versus the salary cap.

The combined moves will clear about $4.9 million in cap space for the 2015 season.

Chiefs release WR Donnie Avery from ESPN

Avery, 30, fell from favor with the Chiefs last season. He had surgery to repair a sports hernia in October, returned for a couple of games later in the season, and then was a healthy scratch for the final two games.

Avery never developed into the reliable deep threat the Chiefs envisioned when they signed him in 2013. In 22 games for the Chiefs over two seasons, he caught 55 passes for 772 yards and two touchdowns.

Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins released by Chiefs from NFL.com

It will be interesting to see if Dorsey also opts to cut ties with nominal No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe, who is due an untenable $10.75 million salary after failing to find the end zone even once in 2014.

To put the lack of production in perspective, Kansas City became the first team since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger without a single touchdown by a wide receiver.

Expect the Chiefs to keep a watchful eye on all of the most promising wideout prospects at this week's NFL Scouting Combine.

Memo to Dwayne Bowe: If you really are a team guy, you'll restructure your deal from FS Kansas City

The Kansas City Chiefs need you. They do. You're a big body (6-foot-2, 221 pounds), a known quantity, a willing blocker and a veteran presence.

But what they don't need is the $10.75 million base salary and $14 million cap hit for what you still bring to the table.

Whether because of age or the oft-discussed conservatism of quarterback Alex Smith, or both, big No. 82 is giving you No. 2 receiver numbers for No. 1 receiver money. Over the past two seasons, the 30-year-old wideout has averaged 58.5 receptions, 713.5 yards and two-and-a-half touchdowns. As returns go, it's a Keyshawn Johnson contract and Wayne Chrebet production.

Take one for the team, Dwayne.

Cutting Avery, Jenkins shows Chiefs are serious at WR from ESPN

Neither player was productive for the Chiefs in his two seasons in Kansas City, and the team saves more than $4.7 million against the salary cap by making these moves.

Beyond that, though, there's a lot to like about these moves. They show that the Chiefs are serious about fixing a weakness.

They're clearing out the debris. Avery never developed into the deep threat the Chiefs hoped he would be when they signed him two years ago. It was time for him to go. Likewise for Jenkins, who produced little when the Chiefs turned to him for desperately-needed help at his position last year.

The Chiefs are left with three wide receivers who caught a pass for them last season and are under contract for 2015.

Chiefs part ways with A.J. Jenkins from ProFootballTalk

The Chiefs needed major improvement at wide receiver when Avery and Jenkins were on the roster, so Tuesday's moves merely clear room for new additions that should be on their way to Kansas City in free agency and/or the draft.

Extra picks make this a big draft for Chiefs from ESPN

This expected bounty of picks comes at an opportune time for the Chiefs. Their salary-cap situation is tight, they have two must-retain free agents in linebacker Justin Houston and center Rodney Hudson who are still unsigned. They also might have to release veterans such as wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and linebacker Tamba Hali, who have been pillars for the Chiefs for many years, for cap reasons.

Countdown to Combine: Kansas City Chiefs DBs from ESPN

Safety is a particular need with uncertainty over Eric Berry's return and Ron Parker and Kurt Coleman being potential unrestricted free agents. Additionally, Husain Abdullah is heading into the last year of his contract. The Chiefs have some capable bodies at cornerback but not enough of them. Sean Smith is also heading into the last year of his contract. Young corners Jemell Fleming and Phillip Gaines held their own but didn't establish themselves while Marcus Cooper took a few steps backwards last season.

For John Schneider, the process has always begun with the NFL Draft from Seahawks.com

Schneider is a build-through-the-draft proponent, just like the rest of the general managers in the league who learned and honed their talent-evaluation skills while working for Ron Wolf when the Hall of Fame GM was running the Green Bay Packers from 1991-2001 - a group that also includes the Packers' Ted Thompson, Kansas City Chiefs' John Dorsey, Oakland Raiders' Reggie McKenzie and Washington Redskins' Scot McCloughan. Thompson, Dorsey and McCloughan also worked for the Seahawks.

What Can Kansas City Expect from Jamaal Charles in 2015? from Football.com

Chiefs fans understand very well that some of it had to do with the fact Reid likes to pass as if he is playing in the backyard with his friends, but even so, Charles needs to have the ball at a minimum 15 times per game.

It would behoove the Chiefs to give it to him closer to 18 or 20 times, considering they were 4-1 when he carried the ball at least 18 times last year, and 3-0 when it was 20-plus.

The most concerning part about those stats is that Reid only gave Charles the ball 18 times in five games.

Gov. Jay Nixon restores state money for Truman Sports Complex from The Associated Press via KSHB

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to restore nearly $5 million in state funding for the Truman Sports Complex and Bartle Hall in Kansas City, easing concerns expressed by local officials.

The money was eliminated in Nixon's proposed budget for the next fiscal year without explanation but the governor's spokesman said Monday the funds would be restored for the fiscal year that begins July 1, The Kansas City Star reported .

Councilman seeks streets resolution from The St. Joseph News-Press

In other action, the council unanimously approved $150,000 in funds for upgrades to Missouri Western State University facilities used by the Kansas City Chiefs as part of their training camp.

The city has agreed to pay $50,000 a year over the next three fiscal years for practice field renovations.

Catching up with Maryland football's 2009 recruiting class, 6 years later from Testudo Times

Darin Drakeford, OLB, Roosevelt Senior (D.C.), three stars, .8472

Drakeford recorded 18 tackles as a reserve linebacker in 2009, doubling that total the next season and adding in 5.5 tackles for a loss. He won the starting SAM job as a junior in 2011, forcing a team-high four fumbles (tied for a program-high since 1987) with 68 tackles. As a senior, Drakeford transitioned to the WILL position and thrived, recording 49 tackles (9.5 for a loss) and six sacks. He is now on the Kansas City Chiefs' roster.

Rob Oller commentary: When did sports have to become so serious? from The Columbus Dispatch

More often than not, however, we focus on athletes and coaches not fitting our definition of competitive integrity. We judge them based on the sporting version of the seven deadly sins, which include smiling after losses, lacking a killer instinct and not screaming at officials for blown calls. 

I recently came across one of my favorite photographs, a shot of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson smoking a cigarette on the bench with a bottle of Fresca at his feet as the Chiefs were getting trounced by Green Bay in the first Super Bowl. I'm not endorsing nicotine as a stress reliever, nor soda as a fluid replenisher. It's just a funny photo that today would be considered callous and inappropriate.