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Good morning! It's Friday Eve. We're almost to the weekend. Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news to help you along the way. Enjoy!

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Kansas City Chiefs and City Year Celebrate Black History Month at Arrowhead from The Mothership

In a continued celebration of Black History Month, more than 20 students from Central Middle School joined the Kansas City Chiefs and City Year for a hands-on experience at Arrowhead Stadium on Tuesday morning.

"City Year is an education focused non-profit organization that puts mentors and tutors in schools to help keep kids on track to graduate," said Jeff Shafer, senior development manager for City Year Kansas City, "and today, discuss a little bit about the history of art and Kansas City, and how it correlates with the Chiefs, and also what it means to be a hero in your own community."

What Grade Did NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks Give the Chiefs Rookies? from The Mothership

The fact that the Kansas City Chiefs rookie class was nothing short of spectacular this season isn't a huge surprise, but how did it measure up compared to the other teams in the NFL?

For that, we lean on the expertise of NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks, who gave the Chiefs rookies an "A" for their performance in 2015.

Here's part of what Brooks had to say, via NFL.com:

Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk wonders how long Jamaal Charles should be a Chief from The Kansas City Star

Indeed, Marshall Faulk was one of the NFL's finest all-around running backs, a man whose skill as a runner and receiver is generally without peer -€” though few would deny that Charles might come close.

Yet Charles has some work to do if he wants to become a Hall of Famer like Faulk.

Although Charles boasts a sterling yards-per-carry average of 5.5 -€” best all-time for a running back, topping Hall of Famers Jim Brown (5.2), Gale Sayers (5.0) and, yes, Faulk (4.3) -€” he ranks 59th in career rushing yards with 7,220.

For modern backs, 12,000 yards would appear to be the barrier for entry into the Hall of Fame -€” all the retired backs who rushed for that many are in, with LaDainian Tomlinson possibly next as soon as 2017.

It's time for Aaron Murray or Tyler Bray to sink or swim from ESPN

This will be Bray's fourth season with the Chiefs, Murray's third. Neither has played in a regular-season game, and Bray's progress has been stunted by injuries that kept him from practicing much of the last two years.

But the Chiefs brought them in, Bray as an undrafted free agent from Tennessee in 2013 and Murray as a fifth-round pick from Georgia in 2014, and nurtured them for a reason. This is it. It's time for one or the other to serve a meaningful purpose, and a duel between them to be Smith's primary backup would be one of the most interesting at Chiefs' training camp.

Chiefs lose assistant strength coach to Vikings from The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs have lost another member of their coaching staff. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings announced they've hired Brent Salazar as strength and conditioning coach.

Salazar had been an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Chiefs since 2007, serving under two different coaching staffs and two different head strength and conditioning coaches.

McShay's rankings reveal which players might be available to Chiefs at No. 28 from ESPN

McShay's draft board will change between now and the draft and differ from those of the Kansas City Chiefs and other teams. For now, it can be informative to look at the players ranked around No. 28, where the Chiefs will make their first pick, and see the type of player who might be available.

Taking the five players ranked from 23 through 27, the 28th player and the five ranked from 29 through 33, the Chiefs might reasonably be able to pick from 11 players at No. 28. On McShay's board, at least, those 11 players include two cornerbacks, four defensive linemen, three linebackers and two quarterbacks.

Silverman: The 6 NFL Free Agents That Must Stay Where They Are from CBS New York

Berry was thrilled just to get back on the field, but once he got there, he was one of the best safeties in the league and he ended up making the Pro Bowl. As an inspirational player and an effective performer, the Chiefs must find a way to re-sign him with the more than $32 million they have in cap space.

Franchising him is not the best option, because it would send the wrong kind of message to his teammates. The Chiefs need to swallow hard and get Berry back in the fold as soon as possible.

The Chargers Should Target These Free Agents from NBC San Diego

Safety Eric Berry (KC) or Tashaun Gipson (CLE)

Weddle leaves a massive hole in the back of the San Diego defense. The Chiefs would love to keep Berry but with Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali also facing free agency, Kansas City has a tough decision to make and it's no guarantee all of them will stick around. Any of the three could get the Franchise Tag or work out a long-term deal but if Berry hits the open market the Bolts need to be first in line to talk to him. Gipson is not a household name but he's a solid football player with a nose for the football, as his 14 interceptions over the last four seasons would indicate. Those 14 picks in four years are only five fewer than Weddle has in nine years, by the way.

Le'Veon Bell leads early five-round fantasy mock draft from NFL.com

13. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs:Charles averaged more than five yards per attempt last season before suffering his second torn ACL in the last five years, so he didn't look like a back who was on the verge of a statistical decline. There's some risk in drafting him coming off the surgical procedure, but Charles is worth that risk at this point in the draft.

Hey, SD: NFL team's exit aids St. Louis from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Moving to L.A. would dilute three rivalries between the Chargers and their AFC West neighbors that span over half a century. Don't forget, it was an AFC West owner, Clark Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs, who cast the lone dissenting vote within a six-owner committee that recommended Spanos' Carson plan over Kroenke's project.

"I dissented," Hunt told The MMQB's Peter King, "because I felt the NFL would be best served by having less realignment. Moving one team would be less disruptive to our fan base. And, also, having just one team in Los Angeles would give the league the best chance to be successful."

Top 10 defensive plays of the Broncos' 2015 Super season from DenverBroncos.com

3. Marshall sets up Roby's scoop-and-score.

Marshall and fellow ILB Danny Trevathan took heed of Phillips' counsel from a meeting the night before the Week 2 game at Kansas City. Phillips told them that when Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles falls forward, he exposed the football in a way that opened up the possibility of punching out the ball. The Charles fumble forced by Marshall was the running back's second of the night, and Roby was in position for the recovery and touchdown that stunned the Chiefs, sending them spiraling into a five-game losing streak that nearly derailed their season.

Free agent buyer's guide: Finding value on defense from NFL.com

Need a rusher and don't feel like paying Bruce Irvin? Tamba Hali could be an interesting one-year option that might come under market value depending on who is looking. Hali wants to play in 2016 despite some health concerns and might end up being a beautiful fit as a situational pass rusher with a contending team if he is not steadfast on finishing his career in Kansas City. Sam Acho could also be effective for the price in the right system.