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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 1/27

Good morning! We're gearing up for the Senior Bowl and all I can think is I get older, they stay the same age. Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news. All right, all right, all right.

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Senior Bowl Week: Tuesday Observations from The Mothership

4. Shawn Oakman of the South team is a "giant amongst men"

Baylor's Oakman is the tallest member of the South team at 6 feet 7 inches, and he has long arms that serve like clubs when he is going through pad drills.

In addition to that, during the weigh-in portion of the day, he appeared to have very little sloppiness - €”an impressive frame.

Chiefs Top 10 Articles from the 2015 Season from The Mothership

1. Chiefs Roster Down to NFL-Mandated 53

"The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Saturday that the club has waived/released 19 players in addition to other roster moves in order to meet the NFL's mandated 53-player roster. Clubs can set their 10-man practice squad roster beginning tomorrow, Sept. 6, at approximately 1 p.m."

Chiefs Top 10 Tweets from the 2015 Season from The Mothership

A look at the Chiefs best tweets from the 2015 season

1. Eric Berry and his mother

Social Recap: What Are the Chiefs Up to This Offseason? from The Mothership

Jeremy Maclin recalls the moment he handed the football to Eric Fisher so that the offensive lineman could get a spike in.

Chiefs Extend Partnership Agreement with Regional Grocer Hy-Vee from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that the club has reached a seven-year exclusive agreement with Hy-Vee, Inc. to extend their partnership, making Hy-Vee the Official Grocery Partner of the Kansas City Chiefs through 2023. The financial details of the agreement were not released.

Hy-Vee has partnered with the Chiefs since 2009, making the 2016 season its eighth year with the club. In fan surveys and focus groups, Hy-Vee stands as one of the most recognizable Chiefs partners, specifically becoming synonymous with tailgating at Arrowhead.

"For nearly a decade, Hy-Vee has been a loyal and leading supporter of the Chiefs, both in Kansas City and the broader Chiefs Kingdom," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "It has been a great privilege to partner with a strong, well-respected Midwestern company that focuses on delivering quality, variety and value, and is a leader in customer service. We look forward to our continued partnership with Hy-Vee as we expand programs and offerings for our dedicated fans who are loyal customers of theirs."

Alex Smith's scrambling added dimension to Chiefs' offense from ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs were still trying to resurrect their season on Nov. 1 when they played against the Detroit Lions at London's Wembley Stadium. They would go on to win 45-10 for their second straight victory, but early in the second quarter the outcome was in doubt with the Chiefs ahead just 7-3.

What broke the game open was the scrambling ability of quarterback Alex Smith. Smith started Kansas City's first drive of the period with a 49-yard run in which he outraced four defenders to get to the sideline and gain a large portion of the yardage.

Numbers show the Chiefs need to spend more on their secondary from ESPN

The Chiefs are at an extreme in salary-cap expenditures for 2016 at three positions: linebacker (third in the NFL), safety (28th) and cornerback (31st).

It's early and much will change in this regard as players around the league are signed and released. But the early numbers show the Chiefs to be heavy spenders at linebacker, where mainly because of Justin Houston they have about $26.9 million invested in their cap, and light spenders at safety (about $3.2 million) and cornerback (about $4.3 million).

Mellinger Minutes: Hoping the best for Maty Mauk, predicting the Big 12, Chiefs improvements, and Royals pitchingfrom The Kansas City Star

This is a specific moment, but the Chiefs missed a big opportunity in that Patriots game when Dee Ford came in at Tom Brady unblocked on the opening drive. Brady saw Ford coming, and made him miss with a simple step up into the pocket. The play should've been a sack, and forced the Patriots to punt. Instead, it was a first down and the Patriots ended up with a touchdown.

Now, we can choose any number of things to blame on that: Houston's injury, Ford's inability to catch a 38-year-old heavy-footed quarterback, the interior line's inability to turn the disruption into a sack*, or even the defensive backs' general inability to create more opportunities for the front seven by delaying Brady's releases.

Still ‘the Hammer' after all these years from The San Francisco Chronicle

Williamson, still known as "the Hammer," is a startlingly vibrant, 77-year-old man who could break into a sprint if asked. He made some famously brash statements in the buildup to that game between his Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 15, 1967, and he remains as boldly outspoken as ever.

Williamson today is much the same man as he was in the early '70s: an internationally known actor working virtually nonstop, with some 80 films to his credit. Not much has changed in his movies, either: He's a dynamic action hero, always in character, always prevailing in the end.

There's a hint of genius behind it all.

12 players that make sense for the Jaguars in free agency from First Coast News

Eric Berry

SS, Kansas City Chiefs

(27, 6-0, 212)

Berry is an extremely special player, who overcame Hodgkin's Lymphoma and produced a Pro Bowl season. This past year, Berry produced 61 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions, while playing in all 16 games. While he is likely to receive an extension or the franchise tag before he can hit the open market, if he comes loose and the Jaguars should write him a blank check. Players of Berry's caliber are few and far between.

Sean Smith

CB, Kansas City Chiefs

(28, 6-3, 218)

The Jaguars have "a thing" for cornerbacks with size. Smith is a veteran who has proven that he can play at a high level in the league and could slip through the cracks in Kansas City with the team having to pay several players, including Berry. Smith has been a starter for his entire tenure with the Chiefs and covered some of the most talented players in the AFC. His veteran presence and starting experience in the secondary could really improve a much-maligned group.

NFL Players Use LinkedIn to Manage Their Off-Field Aspirations from The Wall Street Journal

For networking, it's hard enough just to figure out who's who. Unlike Facebook or Twitter,LinkedIn doesn't verify celebrity accounts. As of Tuesday evening, there were profiles for Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is listed as a "Sideline towel waver" for the Houston Texans, and for Kansas City passer Alex Smith, whose company was the Chiefs, but whose job title was "Awful Quarterback."

Inouye said the social network makes regular efforts to scan for fake profiles.

Geoff Schwartz Q&A: An unlikely journey to the NFL from

Q: And then you went to Kansas City the following year. 
Schwartz: "I had a great time in Kansas City. I was healthy. Being healthy is nice. When I'm healthy, I can play. Shocking. I had a great year there." 

Q: You had a great year, but they didn't show any interest in re-signing you - or did you just had a better offer here? 
Schwartz: "They showed very minimal interest. I was disappointed at first, but that's the way it works, not everyone is going to like you. The Giants are a team that I've always wanted to play for. When I was going through the draft process, it got toward the end of the draft, my agent talked to me about how the free agent process works. The first team that we were going to look at was coming here. My agent is from the area, the Giants are a great franchise; you want to play for them. I'm glad I ended up here in the end."

Breaking Brad: UNO hoops, taco cannon projected to make NCAA tournament from

Andy Reid is going to take over Kansas City Chiefs play-calling. A press conference was going to be held to announce this but with Reid's clock-management skills he just would have been late.

NFL Pro Bowl To Let Viewers Hear the Game Unfiltered from Sports Video Group

The microphone attached to the Steadicam, rarely used during the rest of the season, will also be available throughout the game. "Normally, we'd have to keep that mic off during the huddles, as well as the microphones on the sideline cameras," says Pray. "But the NFL gives us free rein during this game, and the sound is much bigger as a result. We can acquire sound that is off limits the rest of the time."

That extends to the coaches' communications system; Kansas City Chiefs' Andy Reid and Green Bay Packers' Mike McCarthy will act as the game's coaches. Team captains (and hall of famers) Jerry Rice (winning 2014 Pro Bowl captain) and Michael Irvin (winning 2015 Pro Bowl captain) will wear wireless microphones. As a result, viewers will be able to hear the opposing head coaches call plays over the wireless system, then hear the quarterbacks relay those instructions and set up their lines accordingly, and ultimately see and hear the plays executed.

Duvernay-Tardif satisfied with the return-to-play from ICI Radio-Canada [translated from the original French]

In an interview with RDI Morning, the Colossus of Mont-Saint-Hilaire emphasized the seriousness with which his first concussion was handled.

"I was really pleasantly surprised by the Protocol as such, but also for the acceptance and respect of the Protocol it is the part of the players or coaches. "

Duvernay-Tardif has suffered a blow to the head in the playoff game against the Chiefs Houston Texans on 9 January.

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