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Bon jour! Here is today's Kansas City chiefs news. Enjoy.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Which NFL Draft Prospect Reminds NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah of Dontari Poe? from The Mothership

One player who has impressed Jeremiah in particular was also a standout at the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago.

"Vernon Butler, to me, from Louisiana Tech, is somebody when I'm watching, I'm just sitting here like ‘Who does he remind me of?' He's not 350 pounds like Dontari Poe, but this is a 325-pound guy who has just incredible athleticism and range," Jeremiah noted. "He'd be fun to watch in that defensive scheme.

"You can go on and on and on. There are so many defensive tackles. The two Alabama guys. Jarran Reed, to me, I love. And I know there's so much talk when you look at who's playing next to him in A'Shawn Robinson, who has all this athletic ability. You've got a situation with Jarran Reed. Each and every game I know what I'm getting. He's just solid. You can't move him against the run, and I think he does have a little upside to the pass rusher."

Chiefs GM will do everything in his power to retain Derrick Johnson from The Kansas City Star

There is not much room for sentimentality in the game of football. It is a brutal game on the field and a ruthless one off it — a cutthroat business through and through.

Yet some players spend so much time in one city and are such a positive presence in the locker room that it's hard to imagine them playing anywhere else.

Derrick Johnson, the longest-tenured Chief, certainly appears to fit that bill.

"He doesn't get the recognition most of the other guys do," said outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who has been a teammate of Johnson for the last 10 seasons. "But as far as this city goes? All-time great."

Chiefs face decisions with Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali: Part ways year early or year late? from ESPN

Linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali are longtime standouts for the Kansas City Chiefs and each played well enough last season to be selected to play in the Pro Bowl.

But in football terms, they're getting old. Johnson will turn 34 next season, Hali 33. Both players are potential unrestricted free agents.

That means the Chiefs are faced with among the most difficult decisions a franchise can make, ones that can impact them for years: when to say when on aging but still productive players.

Chiefs' Eric Berry will keep playing lighter in 2016 from

Berry cited Jamaal Charles as part of his inspiration. Charles is a health nut who keeps himself in peak condition year round.

Scouts, teammates and opponents noticed a swifter and more aggressive Berry this season against all odds. The scary thing about him is that he's just 27, and could be entering a new prime in his career at a more agile weight.

In NFL draft, top offensive tackles are no longer a sure thing from The Baltimore Sun

Stanley is regarded as polished and NFL-ready, but if the Ravens take him at No. 6, he would have to break a recent pattern of uninspiring play by offensive linemen taken in the top 10. The list of early-draft disappointments includes the Kansas City Chiefs' Eric Fisher(first overall, 2013), the Jacksonville Jaguars' Luke Joeckel (second, 2014), the Arizona Cardinals' Jonathan Cooper (ninth, 2013) and St. Louis Rams' Greg Robinson (second, 2014).

According to Sports Illustrated, of the 17 offensive tackles picked in the top 10 since 2005, only three — the Cleveland Browns' Joe Thomas, Dallas Cowboys' Tyron Smith and Miami Dolphins' Jake Long — have been named first-team All-Pro.

Chiefs' lack of continuity up front needs addressing from Today's Pigskin

The logjam of expiring contracts hovering over the best Kansas City Chiefs' defense in many years will rightfully occupy the bulk of the front office's attention come March.

Obscured in the potential for a mass exodus on defense is an offensive line still in sub-optimal shape and the trend that's formed during the John Dorsey-Andy Reid era regarding that position.

Under their current power structure, the Chiefs have watched their best lineman depart via free agency the past two springs, and Kansas City's top blocker from last season is about to hit free agency and potentially extend this streak.

Jeff Allen's well-timed emergence as an upper-echelon guard worked well for both parties, the Chiefs because of their shaky overall unit and obviously Allen because of his status as one of the best guards available in unrestricted free agency.

Sunday Sound Off: Where does Bill Self rank among current college coaches? from KSHB

Sports Radio 810 WHB personalities Soren Petro and TJ Carpenter along with Sam Melliger, Kansas City Star columnist, discussed Bill Self, Royals and Chiefs.

Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees from Virtual-Strategy Magazine

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) is honored to announce the three individuals that will be inducted into the 2016 Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame at the June symposium in Grantville, PA.

Rick Burkholder, MS, ATC, a long-time native of Pennsylvania, was born in Carlisle, PA. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his bachelor's degree in athletic training...

...and currently holds the position of the Head Athletic Trainer with the Kansas City Chiefs and serves as the President of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers' Society.

News of Monday, 29 February: no respite for football from Le Canada Francais [translated from the original French]

Orchestrated by the Montreal Alouettes, the School offers a busy week with the presence of professionals in the field as well as lectures on various aspects related to football. Young people will have the chance to interact with personalities including Laurent Duvernay-Tardif who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.