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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 3/18

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Chiefs DB Ron Parker Knows His Story Can Inspire Others from The Mothership

Since joining the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks on July 26, 2011,Ron Parker was released on eight different occasions after spending parts of four different seasons with four different teams.

There was no stability for the defensive back, who was an All-American at Newberry College by way of Independence Community College (Kan.), where he played just 169 miles from Arrowhead Stadium after growing up in South Carolina.

Despite the setbacks, Parker's confidence never wavered, and by faith and spirit, the goal of achieving his dream was never lost.

"I always kept a strong head and just stuck with it and kept a strong mind and kept going," Parker said. "I never thought my day would be done."

Did the Chiefs Play in the Greatest Game of All-Time? from The Mothership

In the fourth annual "Bracketology," the NFL is trying to determine which individual game is the best in the sport's deep-rooted history.

The Kansas City Chiefs, together with the Miami Dolphins, have been entered into the "Dynasty Makers" bracket as the No. 7 seed for their 1971 AFC divisional round game, a game held on Christmas Day and commonly nicknamed "the longest day."

Free-agency review: Chiefs from ESPN

Biggest surprise: The Chiefs were more aggressive than appeared possible. They had to restructure a few contracts merely to comply with the salary cap so they had the look of a team that would be more in bargain-hunting mode. But they found a way to clear a considerable amount of cap space. They agreed with Maclin on terms of a five year, $55 million contract before the signing period even began. They took on another large contract in trading for guard Ben Grubbs. The Chiefs also found room to sign a pair of defensive backs, Ron Parker and Tyvon Branch, and another offensive lineman, Paul Fanaika.

Kansas TE Jimmy Mundine primed to showcase skills to NFL from Chiefs Digest

Former Kansas Jayhawks tight end Jimmay Mundine is on a mission after not receiving an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

The 6-2, 242-pound Mundine wrapped up his career in Lawrence, Kan., in 2014 by leading the Jayhawks in receiving with 45 catches for 584 yards, adding three touchdowns. He appeared in 45 career games, totaling 86 catches for 1,082 yards and 11 touchdowns, the latter marking the most for a Kansas tight end.

Mundine hopes his resume and skillset are more than enough to impress the NFL scouts during his Pro Day workout on March 25 in Lawrence to prove he belongs in professional football.

Analyzing a Chiefs need: Running back from ESPN

The Chiefs look set. Charles or Davis will again get almost all of the work as the featured back, Gray is the special teams player and Sherman the fullback. The Chiefs also have De'Anthony Thomas, who for these purposes we're counting as a wide receiver. But, particularly because the Chiefs are expecting 10 draft picks, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if they spent one on a running back.

Analyzing a Chiefs need: quarterback from ESPN

The Chiefs have committed to Smith as their starter, for better or for worse. Despite Bray's torn ACL, which happened playing basketball after the season, the Chiefs have enough bodies to bring to training camp. So there doesn't appear to be much of a need.

Analyzing a Chiefs need: Tight end from ESPN

The three-tight end formations were the best thing the Chiefs had going on offense last season before Harris and the since-released Anthony Fasano were injured. If they intend to get back to that, the Chiefs have more work to do here. Kelce is their only proven player at the position. He caught 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns last year, and those numbers should only improve with more playing time.

Report: Bears Sign Long Snapper Thomas Gafford from CBS Chicago

Gafford has previous ties to the Bears, spending the 2008 training camp with the team. Bears assistant special teams coach Derius Swinton was the Chiefs quality control coach in 2012, so he's previously worked with Gafford.

Caesars Dissolves Deals With Kansas City Chiefs, Others from ABC News

A bankruptcy judge has allowed an arm of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. to tear up contracts it had with the Kansas City Chiefs, a hotel in Louisiana and an audio company as it looks to shed millions of dollars of costs.

The deals involved renting a suite at the football team's stadium sometimes used as a perk for its gambling customers, buying a guaranteed block of rooms each month at the Springhill Suites next to the company's Louisiana Downs Racetrack and Casino for its patrons and selling promotional space to Monster Inc. to market its audio products at a Britney Spears show at Planet Hollywood.

Georgia DB Sanders works alongside Pro Bowlers from Online Athens

Sophomore Dominick Sanders said he spent spring break going home to Tucker to work out.

That might seem kind of mundane except the free safety/star did it hanging with a couple of NFL Pro Bowlers from Georgia: Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green and Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston.

"Most of the workout time I was talking to them like, `Man, I can't believe I'm in front of two NFL guys," Sanders said.

Senior Bowl to induct Hall of Fame class Thursday night from WALA

The Reese's Senior Bowl will welcome three new members into its Hall of Fame Thursday night with the addition of former Alabama and San Diego Chargers linebacker Woodrow Lowe, former Auburn and Kansas City Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson, and former LSU and current Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

The event, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will take place at the Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile.

Former Wisconsin Badger Borland goes out his way from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Those conversations between Koonce and Borland often circled back to Koonce's 11 concussions. He can still remember that 1992 collision with former Kansas City Chiefs bruiser Christian Okoye along the sideline at Lambeau Field. Okoye knocked out two fillings in his teeth.

Koonce refused to leave the game. It was the preseason — a virtual job interview for the young linebacker.

"I played through it," Koonce said. "And I wasn't right. I had to play through it because I wanted to make the team. We all know that for every Chris Borland there's about 1,000 guys that are lined up, hoping and praying to fill that spot."

Richmond Football hosts Pro Day in Mechanicsville from WRIC

Seniors and prospects gathered to impress and show their skill sets to a number of NFL Scouts. The confirmed list of scouts in attendance: New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Pro Football Hall of Fame to Host "Salute to Greatness" on June 15-16 from Business Wire

This year, in addition to Hall of Fame President David Baker, confirmed attendees include Richard Dent (Chicago Bears), Dan Hampton (Chicago Bears), John Randle (Minnesota Vikings), Jan Stenerud (Kansas City Chiefs), Leroy Kelly (Cleveland Browns) and Marv Levy (Buffalo Bills),Andre Reed (Buffalo Bills), Thurman Thomas (Buffalo Bills), Anthony Munoz (Cincinnati Bengals), Randall McDaniel (Minnesota Vikings),Steve Largent (Seattle Seahawks), Dave Casper (Oakland Raiders) and from the Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 Tim Brown (Oakland Raiders), and Will Shields (Kansas City Chief) to name a few.

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