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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 2/27

Happy Friday!!!! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news (and a baseball story that was too good to pass up). Enjoy!

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Chiefs Release Tight End Anthony Fasano from The Mothership

While in Kansas City, Fasano played in 24 games (22 starts) in two seasons and tallied 48 catches for 426 yards (8.9 avg.) with seven touchdowns. He originally entered the NFL as a second-round (53rd overall) pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

101 Awards Preview from The Mothership

This weekend, some of the NFL's greatest players, coaches and legends will be recognized and honored at the 45th annual 101 Awards.

Founded in 1969 by a group led by Kansas City businessman Jack O. Wheeler, the NFL 101 Awards has annually recognized outstanding achievement in professional football based on votes by a selection committee of the national media. Many of the greatest players and coaches ever to take the field have accepted NFL 101 Awards, and this year's class is no different in terms of talent.

Take a look at last year's 101 Awards, honoring the best in Pro Football.

The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Come to Union Station, Kansas City from The Mothership

Union Station Kansas City - in partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs -- announces that Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition will open on May 23, 2015.

Gridiron Glory is the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever created on America's favorite sport and will include more than 10,000 square feet of the most iconic pro football artifacts of all time. In total, more than 200 football artifacts, photos and rare documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collection will be on display . . . some for the very first time.

Gridiron Glory tackles everything from football's cultural impact to the science behind the game. Guests will able to view NFL Films video footage and learn about the sports' pioneers. This interactive multimedia experience includes rare documents and spectacular NFL Film footage.  Additionally, a special gallery of 4,000 square feet - including unique artifacts -- will be created to pay tribute to the Kansas City Chiefs.

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Gridiron Glory Press Conference

KCChiefs.com Video: The Chiefs & Union Station Announce Gridiron Glory

KCChiefs.com Video: Gridiron Glory: The Best of the PFHOF

Chiefs release TE Anthony Fasano from Chiefs Digest

Fasasno, who enters his 10th season, turns 31 in April. He has appeared in 132 games with 109 starts on his career, totaling 253 receptions for 2,799 yards and 31 touchdowns during that span.

The release of Fasano leaves tight ends Travis Kelce, Brandon Barden, Richard Gordon, Demetrius Harris and Adam Schiltz on the Chiefs' offseason roster before the start of the league's calendar year on March 10.

Harris is an exclusive rights free agent and Gordon is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

Chiefs cut Anthony Fasano from ESPN

The Chiefs began to phase Fasano out of their lineup late last season in favor of the younger Travis Kelce, who proved last season he can handle the position full-time both from receiving and blocking standpoints.

Travis Kelce becomes more prominent with Anthony Fasano's release from ESPN

The move with Fasano is a good one in that the time had come for them to build around Kelce at tight end. Kelce, who was in the lineup for about 65 percent of the snaps in 2014, proved last season he can handle the position full-time both from receiving and blocking standpoints.

Despite what should be an expanded role for Kelce, the Chiefs may shop for a tight end in the draft or free agency.

Chiefs mock draft: Just because they need a WR doesn't mean they'll take one first from FS Kansas City

It might surprise Chiefs fans to learn that quarterback Alex Smith threw just two fewer touchdown passes last season (18) than Seattle's Russell Wilson (20) and that the Chiefs scored 36 offensive touchdowns, compared with 40 by the Seahawks. For a beleaguered offense, it wasn't that much less productive than one that almost won a Super Bowl.

Even so, that reality is overshadowed by the oft-repeated number that some believe defined the Chiefs' 2014 season: No wide receiver caught a touchdown pass. Not surprisingly, wide receiver sits high on the team's list of needs as the new league year is set to begin March 10.

Does that mean the Chiefs will take a wide receiver with one of their top picks in the 2015 NFL Draft?

NFL draft: Some receivers to watch, some to avoid from ESPN

PFF's theory is that the most important combine drills for wide receivers with regard to predicting future success are weight, 40 time and vertical jump. For comparison purposes, the combine averages in those categories for wideouts were 203 pounds, 4.51 time in the 40 and 36-inch vertical, according to PFF.

By those measures, PFF suggests to keep an eye on Georgia's Chris Conley, Arizona State's Jaelen Strong and William & Mary's Tre McBride.

Under the radar players to monitor during offseason from Chiefs Digest

The 6-4, 291-pound Catapano joined the Chiefs in 2013 as a seventh-round pick and appeared in 15 games, recording four tackles (three solo), a sack and three quarterback pressures.

The Chiefs, unfortunately, are one of the teams around the league that don't allow injured players to talk to reporters, even if the player is in the locker room during media availability. So, updates on Catapano's recovery during the 2014 season weren't available.

Catapano, however, has used his Twitter page since the regular season ended to provide updates on his progress, and his tweets, which include Vines, photos and YouTube videos, appear promising.

Kansas City Chiefs release TE Anthony Fasano from NFL.com

NFL Media's Jeff Darlington was told that Fasano, 30, hopes to continue his career. He's bound to land elsewhere after logging 109 starts over nine seasons with the CowboysDolphins and Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs featured in Gridiron Glory Football Hall of Fame exhibit at Union Station from KSHB

Union Station has a big announcement for football fans.

The Kansas City Chiefs will be featured in a new exhibit titled "Gridiron Glory" at Union Station.

Visitors will have the chance to see America's largest traveling football exhibit beginning May 23. It features more than 200 football artifacts, photos and helmets. Some of these items will be on display for the first time.

Traveling Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit coming to Union Station from KCTV5

The exhibit will include more than 10,000 square feet of the most iconic pro football artifacts of all time.

More than 200 football artifacts, photos and rare documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collection will be on display - some for the very first time.

Guests will able to view NFL Films video footage and learn about the sports' pioneers.

There will also be a special gallery of 4,000 square feet to pay tribute to the Chiefs.

"It's pretty exciting," fan Eric Martens said. "I'm a Chiefs football fan. Just seeing the old stuff would be so interesting."

It looks at football history, but also the way the game entwined with the nation's cultural history.

Going For Two: One for the Thumb? from The Daily Free Press

While the Patriots have their eyes set on a possible fifth Lombardi Trophy, other teams such as the Green Bay Packers, who came an onside kick away from a Super Bowl appearance this season, aim to knock the champions off in 2015. Up and coming squads such as the Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs also pose a threat in the AFC, as do the always-dangerous Baltimore Ravens.

Bob Motley called game with grace from ESPN

Yes, Motley is alive and well at 91, a breathing reminder of the glory -- and outrage -- of segregated baseball. As his 2-year-old great-granddaughter Chrisslyn scurries around his living room in northwest Kansas City on this January morning, he is happy to recount an extraordinary life that began in Jim Crow Alabama and took him into the Marines, past a Purple Heart at Okinawa and then into the Negro Leagues, where he upheld justice in an institution borne of injustice.

Had minds been more open, or had he come along a few years later, he might have become one of Major League Baseball's men in blue. But that's not his biggest regret.

"I do wish I'd kept all those lineup cards I threw away after games," he says. "The ones with Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks and Satchel Paige and Buck O'Neil and Willard Brown written on them. Imagine how valuable one from the East-West Game would be."