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Good morning. It's the offseason. Not a lot of Kansas City Chiefs news out there this morning. I included the latest buzz about the 2003 defamation lawsuit with Peyton Manning, because I believe it's important and there will be interest in it. Enjoy.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The SteelDrivers demonstrate tenacity at the Folly Theater from The Kansas City Star

Nichols further ingratiated himself with the audience when he said that he was inspired to write "Hangin' Around," a pretty song about loyalty, after watching a documentary about Derrick Thomas, the late football player for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The relaxed demeanor of Brent Truitt, the mandolinist who took the place of Henderson, is in keeping with the band's informal stage presence.  Yet nothing is nonchalant about the group's formidable musicianship.

Notebook: Ascension Catholic basketball player Kaleb Winchester becomes school's all-time leading scorer from The Advocate

Put University High on the list of schools commemorative golden footballs before Super Bowl 50. The Cubs have two on display, one for Johnny Robinson and the other for Brian Kinchen.

Robinson, a 1956 graduate of U-High, went on to play at LSU. A safety who had 58 career interceptions, Robinson played in Super Bowl I and Super Bowl IV for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Paige: Super forecast sees back-to-back titles for Broncos from The Denver Post

According to 2015 regular-season records, the Broncos' strength of schedule for next season is in the middle of the league (14th), but I think it's easier than this past season's. The Broncos will play six teams that were in the playoffs, but they get four of those games at home (Kansas City and Houston and, yes, folks, New England and Carolina). They play the Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals on the road.

All three division teams will be improved. The Chargers can't get any worse; the Raiders have all the cap money in the world; and the Chiefs frightened the Broncos this past season. The excellent news is that the Broncos play five lesser lites on the road, all at warm-weather sites — San Diego (still there), Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Nashville and New Orleans (only indoor game). In addition to Cincy, the Broncos have to travel, as usual, to Oakland (still there too) and K.C.

Kansas City Chiefs: Top priority free agents from isportsweb

Heading into 2016, the Kansas City Chiefs have a number of unrestricted free agents ready to hit the market in the following months. While the Chiefs do have some salary cap room to play with, approximately $27 million, there is still a good chance that some key players won't be returning to Arrowhead next season.

Let's take a look at some of the top Chiefs' unrestricted free agents.

Kansas City Chiefs: Season in review from isportsweb

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2015 season with a playoff loss in the AFC Divisional Round against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. To many teams, this past season would be considered a failure, but looking back at how the Chiefs' season started and how they finished, their 2015 season was one of the most remarkable seasons in franchise history.

Super Bowl reflections on immigrants in professional sports from Asian American Press

I kept wondering about those who helped construct Levi's Stadium, those high tech workers behind the phenomenon known as Silicon Valley, those responsible for creating the inventive commercials, the musicians, singers, and dancers, and, yes, even the football players themselves. That's right, our "American" sport peopled by players hailing from other countries.

A brief inquiry led me to find Star Lotulelei, a defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers, who was born in Tonga. Further investigation led me to Ghanian Ezekiel Ansah, a defensive end for the Detroit Lions, Liberian Tamba Hali, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, and recently-retired Nigerian Osi Umenyiora, former defensive end/linebacker with the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons.

KING: Peyton Manning's squeaky-clean image was built on lies, as detailed in explosive court documents showing ugly smear campaign against his alleged sex assault victim from The NY Daily News

Thirteen years ago, USA Today obtained 74 pages of explosive court documents on Peyton Manning, Archie Manning, the University of Tennessee, and Florida Southern College that revealed allegations of a sexual-assault scandal, cover up, and smear campaign of the victim that was so deep, so widespread and so ugly that it would've rocked the American sports world to its core. Yet USA Today never released those documents for reasons I can't explain...

...Facebook wouldn't be invented for three more months. Twitter didn't come for three more years. The word "viral" was still only being used to describe the spread of infectious diseases.

But when the documents were sent to me on Tuesday, two days after the Super Bowl, it was immediately clear to me that had the world actually known what they contained, it's doubtful that Peyton would have ever been the "swell, golly, gee-whiz" pitchman for Nationwide Insurance, DirecTV or Papa John's Pizza. Certainly, evangelical op-eds calling him "squeaky clean" and positioning Peyton as the arbiter of all things good and decent in the world simply wouldn't be the case.

Peyton Manning's 2003 defamation lawsuit resurfaces: Things to know from CBS Sports

The most important question is the most difficult to answer. So who's telling the truth? SI.com legal analyst Michael McCann poses this question, and then provides an answer that won't satisfy most people.

"The accusations and denials were made under oath and thus under penalty of perjury,"McCann wrote Saturday. "It would seem that someone is lying, but we likely won't ever find out who that might be. ... [N]o records have surfaced indicating that he was ever investigated by law enforcement for either incident. While star college athletes have been known to receive favorable treatment by law enforcement, that alone does not prove Manning's guilt."