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Good morning! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Enjoy!

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Pro Bowl More Than Just a Consolation Prize for Chiefs Veterans from The Mothership

It's not the Super Bowl; there is no question that the nearly 90 Pro Bowl participants would much rather be there.

But for some, like Kansas City Chiefs linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, the Pro Bowl isn't a consolation prize either.

It's an honor.

"It's always a pleasure to come to the Pro Bowl, to get invited with some of the best players in the world," explained Johnson last week. "It's great to be around all the great other inside backers that I see, like Bobby Wagner or NaVorro Bowman, Sean Lee, those guys."

Johnson was drafted to the Chiefs in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft and didn't make it to his first Pro Bowl until his seventh year in the league (2011). Since then, he's been to three more, only missing in 2014 when he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1.

Chiefs Rookie CB Marcus Peters Has Dominant Season Full of "Firsts" from The Mothership

It's obvious that playing football is what Marcus Peters was born to do, and that's exactly the way he played in his rookie season for the Kansas City Chiefs.

From the very first day he stepped on the field for the Chiefs at minicamp, to his first reps in pads at training camp, to the first regular season snap of his career down in Houston, to his first game at Arrowhead Stadium, to his first playoff game and then the first Pro Bowl game of his career - €”Marcus Peters had interceptions during each of those "firsts."

It's hard to forget Peters intercepting Brian Hoyer on the first snap of his career, or his pick-six against Peyton Manning in his regular season debut in front of Chiefs Kingdom at Arrowhead Stadium.

That's what he was brought to Kansas City to do - €”make plays.

Former Chief Vance Walker enjoying more playing time with Broncos from The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs signed Walker, 28, to a three-year deal worth $13 million in March 2014. But Walker, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 305 pounds, didn't make much of an impact. He couldn't get ahead of Dontari Poe, Allen Bailey or Jaye Howard on the depth chart and ended up recording 19 tackles and two sacks in 16 games, but only two starts.

"Honestly, I couldn't tell you (why)," Walker said, when asked why he couldn't crack the defensive-line rotation. "I know it was more politics than anything. But I know I can play, they know I can play, my teammates know — which is the most important thing."

Of course, the three guys he sat behind all turned in pretty good seasons in 2015. Bailey, the recipient of a four-year, $24 million extension, was one of the team's best players in the first half of the season. Howard had a breakout contract year, and Poe turned in another strong campaign.

Former Chiefs safety Kurt Coleman has found a home in Carolina from The Kansas City Star

It was Jan. 24, the evening of the NFC Championship Game, and Coleman -€” who snagged a career-high seven interceptions in the regular season, tied for third-most in the league -€” had just snatched two more in the Panthers' 49-15 rout of the Arizona Cardinals.

Now, Coleman, who was on his fourth team -€” and had been discarded twice by two teams before a comeback year with the Chiefs in 2014 -€” was the hero, someone who answered questions for 40-plus minutes after the game without complaint, simply because he knows how fickle football can be.

"That's why this league is interesting — it's all about opportunity," said Coleman, 27. "But when I was not given an opportunity to come back in Philly, and when I was given the papers in Minnesota to go to Kansas City, you don't take it personal. It's a business, you have to understand the big (picture)."

Early offseason look at Chiefs' current roster from Chiefs Digest

Teams are allowed a maximum of 90 players on an offseason roster and the Kansas City Chiefs currently have 78 players, including 17 signed to reserve/future contracts.

Six players return from injured reserve, specifically running back Jamaal Charles (knee), guard Ben Grubbs (neck), cornerback Phillip Gaines (knee), linebacker Justin March (knee), tight end James O'Shaughnessy (foot) and guard Paul Fanaika (back).

Quarterback Tyler Bray returns from the non-football injury list and wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas returns from the non-football illness list.

The Chiefs will have an estimated $33 million in cap space when the league's new calendar year begins on March 9, which signals the start of free agency.

Ranking the Chiefs' most valuable free agents, Part 2 from ESPN

8. S Husain Abdullah. He's been an underrated part of the Chiefs' defense the past three seasons. The Chiefs felt comfortable with him in a lot of different roles, including as a blitzer and in pass coverage, so his versatility will get him a job somewhere. But he will turn 31 in July.

Ranking the Chiefs' most valuable free agents, Part 3 from ESPN

2. S Eric Berry. Eight months after being diagnosed with lymphoma, Berry returned to the practice field for the Chiefs. But his success story didn't stop there. He had perhaps his best all-around NFL season and played in the Pro Bowl. He's 27 and his health willing, Berry should have several more seasons like that ahead of him.

Man, Vince Lombardi Really Dumped On The AFL After The First Super Bowl from Deadspin

Reading Lombardi's contemporary's comments on the Chiefs and the AFL gives me a better sense of the scale of the underdog story than any history can. Hot damn, it must have been a glorious time for argument. If Twitter or the sports-shouting shows existed during a merger today, it'd be unbearable. You'd never hear the end of moronic, ill-informed opinions on the leagues' relative strengths. There'd be so many hot takes! God, I feel like I missed out.

Out of a Rare Super Bowl I Recording, a Clash With the N.F.L. Unspools from The New York Times

Troy Haupt is a 47-year-old nurse anesthetist here in North Carolina's Outer Banks. He has a secret to reveal about Super BowlI: He owns the only known recording of its broadcast.

CBS and NBC, which televised the game, did not preserve any tapes. But the copy that Haupt owns — of a broadcast that launched the Super Bowl as an enormous shared spectacle that attracts more than 100 million viewers — might never be seen on any network. The N.F.L. does not want to buy the tapes and has warned Haupt not to sell them to outside parties or else the league will pursue legal action.

Unless the league and Haupt make a deal to resolve the financial differences that have privately divided them since 2005, the tapes will stay in storage in a former mine in upstate New York.

"This year had to be the year, with all the hype of Super Bowl 50," Haupt said.

AP survey: Concussions not most NFL players' chief concern from The Associated Press via The Bellingham Herald

Less than half of the group -€” only 39 of the 100 players -€” said they are more worried about the long-term effects of concussions than those of other injuries.

Of the remaining 61 players, 20 either said they are not concerned at all about concussions or less concerned about them than other injuries, while 41 said the concern is equal for all injuries.

"Personally, I don't think about head injuries. They don't affect me," said Nikita Whitlock, a New York Giants special teamer. "I wonder: What are my joints going to be like in 20 years? How will my knees hold up in 20 years? What about my shoulders and wrists? These are the real weak points of your body."

That sort of sentiment was heard repeatedly by AP reporters, as if players were ignoring everything related to head trauma and football.

Peyton Manning told close friends he expects to retire from

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reaffirmed that scenario during an appearance on NFL Network's Super Bowl Live on Monday.

"The reality is he let the cat out of the bag a little bit," Rapoport said. "I also know he has told close friends that he expects this to be his last game as well."

Manning, however, didn't reveal anything on Super Bowl 50 Media Night in San Jose on Monday.

How The Super Bowl Became "The Big Game" from vocativ

Fifty years ago, as the Packers demolished the Chiefs 35-10 in Super Bowl I, some 30,000 seats in the 100,000-capacity Los Angeles Coliseum remained empty. The Tuesday before the game, the NFL said over 40,000 seats remained. A group of burglars who ransacked the Kansas City Chiefs front office the previous weekend left the team's hoard of Super Bowl tickets untouched. The first Super Bowl was a non-event, so much so that no official footage was saved by the television networks.

Now, the Super Bowl is both the biggest night on the American sports calendar and the American television calendar, a glorious celebration of our nation's unique brand of excess. It is one of the strongest brands in a nation where brands rule all.

Top 5 players the Cowboys regret passing on in 2013 draft from SportsDay

3. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati / Drafted 63rd overall by the Kansas City Chiefs/ The decision to draft Gavin Escobar with the 47th overall pick a couple of years ago has been one of the most regrettable in the Cowboys' recent history. But would Kelce have had the opportunity to shine in Dallas' offense? Based on Escobar's involvement, that's questionable. What isn't, however, is Kelce's impact in Kansas City. This past season, he made 72 catches for 875 yards and five touchdowns, earning his first Pro Bowl invitation. He also just received a $46 million contract extension.

Rubio, Trump, Carson make final caucus pitches after Bush leaves from MyPalmBeachPost

Rubio arrived early with his wife and four children. He shook hands, posed for pictures and chatted about football and other topics with dozens of voters.

"If your hopes don't get up, you can't break your heart," Rubio told one voter. Rubio wasn't playing the political expectations game, however. Instead, after seeing voter Brent Havermann's Kansas City Chiefs hat, Rubio was sharing his coping strategy as a longtime fan of the chronically underperforming Miami Dolphins.


18. Kansas City Chiefs. (Super Bowl record: 1-1. Last appearance: 1970. Last win: 1970.) It's been alooong time since the Chiefs have made the Super Bowl, right? At least they finally got a playoff win this year.

Vote for your favorite Sports Illustrated Super Bowl photograph from Sports Illustrated

You see old Tulane Stadium in the background, the sun setting, back when games were played in daylight. When you shoot vertically, you think cover, but it's not good for football because you're eliminating everything except a player or two. This didn't make the cover, but because of the combination of the moment and the sky, I shot it vertically.

The end of the game is so interesting and so important in sports. What happens when it's over, and teams rejoice or lament? Hank Stram's and quarterback Len Dawson's hands about to meet, congratulating each other on the victory - €”it's sort of perfect. You really get a feel for the stadium and the moment. Even Robert Holmes - €”his body and hand reaching in - €”leads you right into Stram's and Dawson's hands. All the pictures come down to about five-hundredths of a second. If their hands clasped, it was already over. And if Dawson were a half step farther to the center of the field, it wouldn't be interesting.

Pro Bowlers on how to stop the Panthers and Broncos from

Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton still loves devouring the teachings of Chinese philosopher and military strategist Sun Tzu. The Art of War is a time-tested blueprint for battle, and deals heavily in the mental aspect of conflicts.

His attacking defense mirrors that subtle viciousness; a mix of everything Sutton has learned over more than four decades in coaching, from Bo Schembechler's staff at Michigan to West Point; from Rex Ryan confidant to one of the most feared defensive coordinators in football.

But when it comes to stopping Peyton Manning and the Broncos, there are certain rules of war that apply more than others. There is the will to remain steadfast against a slew of run plays and the art of puzzling Manning after the snap -- never before.

Super Bowl Scoring: Pick the Best Football Player Houses, AFC Edition from Curbed

Alex Smith vs. J.J. Watt:

When current Kansas Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith left his first NFL home, the San Francisco 49ers, he managed to sell his French villa-inspired Bay Area home (↑) for a modest $370K profit. The 4,650-square-foot home was built in 2010, but seems to embrace more old-timey charms like 100-year-old reclaimed wood beams and antique limestone floors. The four-bedroom house also comes with a patio, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and bocce ball court - €”all in all, a world apart from the Wisconsin cabin (↓) Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt picked up last year.

Watt, the 4th highest paid player in the NFL last year, was apparently seeking a "no frills" place devoid of any distraction, but at 4,500 square feet, the home is no simple log cabin. In fact, there's an elevator inside, and Watt is reportedly planning to add a gym to the barn on the 35-acre property.