How many more shots do the Chiefs want to take with their current core? That’s a pressing issue for Dorsey right now, with the likes of Berry, Johnson and Hali hitting free agency. Meanwhile, Charles has no guaranteed money left on his contract, which runs through 2017 and includes an upcoming roster bonus. Kansas City should be targeting the Super Bowl in 2016. Can it do so without sacrificing its cap situation for several years to come?
Former Vikings star Carter agreed, noting that Chiefs did a nice job playing to his strengths — he played a lot of off-coverage, which took advantage of his ability to close on the football quickly and make plays on the ball in the air — while also creating a positive locker room environment for him to grow in. "Kansas City did a great job of getting him to do things that he did well in college," said Carter, a former receiver. "But also from a maturity standpoint, there were a lot of marks with him coming into the league, and you can see the way he handled the responsibility and also handled the success."
Berry would be a strong candidate to be named as the Chiefs’ franchise player if a long-term contract can’t be worked out with him before the tag deadline. But that would come at a cost, too. ESPN projects the franchise tag for a safety to be about $10.7 million. That’s a bargain compared to the projected franchise number for Smith ($14.8 million for a cornerback), Johnson ($14.1 million for a linebacker) or Howard ($15.5 million or $13.4 million, depending whether he would be classified as a defensive end or tackle).
The Indianapolis Colts have used the franchise tag an NFL-high 11 times since 1993, followed by the Seattle Seahawks (10). The New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs have used it nine times apiece. On the other hand, the Houston Texans -- who began play in 2002 -- have used it only once. The Atlanta Falcons (two) used it fewer times than any team that was in business in 1993.
"It’s been an incredible run," Smith said of his career. "The thing is, as you get older, you do start to notice you lose a little here, lose a little there. "You make up for it in other ways." It all began when Smith, a broadcast journalism major at Drake, tried out as a kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, where he met NFL Films co-founder Steve Sabol. Smith eventually received a call from Ed Sabol (Steve’s father) after trying out for the Chicago Bears.
Texas announced the hiring of new running backs coach Anthony Johnson on Saturday afternoon. Johnson, who most recently worked at Toledo, is a former Longhorn running back himself having played in Austin from 2001 to 2005. He also served as a quality control assistant at Texas under Mack Brown from 2007-09. There were lots of former Longhorns who reached out to congratulate Johnson after the hiring was made official, but one stood out above all. Derrick Johnson, the Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro linebacker, was Johnson's roommate at UT, and he could not be happier with Texas' hire.