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Happy Friday. Today's Kansas City Chiefs news is all over the place, both in content and source location. Enjoy.

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Andy Reid Provided Own Health Update Tuesday from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs announced in mid-February that head coach Andy Reid underwent knee replacement surgery this offseason, and as a result, he would miss the NFL Scouting Combine. The surgery also kept Reid away from this past week's NFL Annual Meeting.

On Tuesday, Reid provided an update on his current condition via conference call.

Mock Draft Roundup 5.0: A Quarterback for Chiefs in First Round? from The Mothership

For the first time since we started compiling these picks, one of the platforms has the Chiefs selecting a quarterback with the No. 28 pick.

What do you say Chiefs Kingdom? Is that possible?

Here's a look at all of the picks in 20 of the latest mock drafts from around the internet:

Chiefs still open to selling naming rights to the field at Arrowhead Stadium from The Kansas City Star

"We are in discussions with two companies, but I'd say they're very preliminary at this point," Chiefs president Mark Donovan said at the NFL's annual meeting.

But if the Chiefs were to sell the naming rights to the stadium, Donovan wanted to make it clear that fans don't have to worry about losing the "Arrowhead" name.

"It would be ‘blank' field at Arrowhead," Donovan said. "We go into that discussion with partners that way. We think Arrowhead is iconic, we think it's part of the brand, so changing that name doesn't work for us."

KC Chiefs not quite ready to court potentially lucrative St. Louis market from The Kansas City Star

"We're going to be very cautious, we're going to be very respectful," Donovan said. "They've been through a process, and their fans, they've been through a lot. We're gonna be very cautious, we're going to be patient. We are going to take opportunities as they come."

To be sure, there will be some opportunities. St. Louis was considered to be part of the Chiefs' market before the Rams arrived in the mid-90s.

"If you look at the Chiefs Kingdom and you look at the plot map of season tickets, we have a pretty big map in comparison to other NFL teams, so yeah, St. Louis was a part of that," Donovan said. "There are definitely (Chiefs) fans there that have been there for a long time."

CB, WR to Chiefs in first two rounds of McShay's latest mock draft from ESPN

The Chiefs have no bigger positional need than cornerback. They have Marcus Peters as one starter and Phillip Gaines, who is rehabbing from a torn ACL, as the other. Otherwise, the Chiefs have some developmental prospects and little else.

That the Chiefs didn't work harder to retain Sean Smith when he became a free agent and haven't yet added a replacement would seem to indicate the Chiefs believe they can get a cornerback in the draft.

NFL annual meeting notebook: Chiefs hopeful 2016 schedule won't be so front-loaded with road games from The Kansas City Star

"We're always looking to bring events to Arrowhead because we believe it's good for the community, it's good for the county, it's good for the Kansas City Chiefs," Hunt said. "Whether we'll have as congested a schedule as we did last year, I'm not sure ... we also, every year, ask for the league to give us as many games as they can in September and October. It's something we really work hard for.

"Last year, it didn't work out that way, in part because of the scheduling complications. So we're hopeful we'll have a better schedule, in that regard, this year. And also, we don't have the London game."

Chiefs shouldn't pass on QB Paxton Lynch if he's available -- and they like him from ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs have a solid if not spectacular starting quarterback in Alex Smith and a couple of promising developmental backups in Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray.

So they don't need another quarterback. But they also aren't so solid at the position that they can afford to pass up in the draft a passer whom they feel can become a solid player.

That's what makes the visit to the Chiefs by Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch so interesting. The visit was reported on Twitter by a reporter for the News-Journal in Daytona Beach, Florida, which is Lynch's hometown.

Frank Zombo's return to the Chiefs made sense for both sides from The Kansas City Star

"To me, I really would have taken anything," said Zombo, 29. "So, it was hard for my agents to really talk to me about it because they're like, ‘Well, Frank, you want a fair deal, I know you want to be back in Kansas City but let us do our jobs.' "

So Zombo stayed out of it, and about 10 minutes before free-agency began on March 9, his agents and the Chiefs put the finishing touches on a three-year deal worth $3.6 million, with another $750,000 in incentives.

"I was a little stressed out before that point," Zombo said. "But I'm just overwhelmed with happiness, and my family is (too), to be back here, because we truly do love it here."

Paxton Lynch to meet with Kansas City Chiefs from NFL.com

Just a day after working out for the Dallas Cowboys, Paxton Lynch is off to visit with another NFL club that, like Dallas, could be looking for a young quarterback to groom behind a veteran starter. The former Memphis star is traveling to Kansas City on Thursday for a Friday meeting with the Chiefs, a source informed of Lynch's plans told NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.

Chiefs starter Alex Smith is 31, but enjoyed arguably his best NFL season last year, his 11th year in the league. He passed for a career-high 3,486 yards, rushed for a career-high 498, and threw just seven interceptions. The Chiefs hold the No. 28 overall pick, and their primary draft need is at outside linebacker.

DC Comics Mock Draft from NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs: Green Arrow

Alex Smith has been a steady force at the quarterback position for the Chiefs the past three years, but Kansas City has to start looking towards the future. Green Arrow is a perfect fit in Andy Reid's system and could benefit from sitting behind Smith for a year or two. Green Arrow can throw precision passes and can improvise when things start to collapse around him. Plus, he'd be playing in Arrowhead Stadium. Seems like a no-brainer.

Kansas City Chiefs 2016 NFL Draft Reset: Reid reshuffles roster from CBS Sports

Although the Kansas City Chiefs finished second in the AFC West and earned a wild-card ticket to the postseason, they enter 2016 with coach Andy Reid concerned about much more than his No. 28 pick in the April 28 draft.

First there was the shuffling on the coaching staff, not all of it by design. The Chiefs actually endured only minimal changes as Reid lost three assistant coaches along with a coordinator, Doug Pederson, who was named head coach of the Eagles...

...Also, the Chiefs were fined and must forfeit two draft choices after being informed by the NFL that they violated the league's anti-tampering policy relating to their contact last year with prospective unrestricted free agent Jeremy Maclin, then under contract to the Philadelphia Eagles.

AFC West Update: Kansas City Chiefs Dealt Big Blow To Pass Rush from Raiders.com

After the season concluded, Houston returned to Alabama to see Dr. Andrews and have his knee ‘scoped,' and after the results were available, it was determined that the All-Pro linebacker required surgery to fix his ACL.

The surgery was performed Feb. 16, and recovery from that type of procedure is typically six to 12 months, putting Houston's 2016 season in jeopardy.

However, after the news of his injury was made available, the former Georgia Bulldog took to social media to address the speculation that he'd be on the shelf for a majority of the upcoming season.

Sprint CEO answers Ricky Gervais KC diss in Verizon ad. from USA Today

Meantime, other KC notables didn't take too kindly to the Verizon ad. Third basemanMike Moustakas of the World Champion Kansas City Royals tweeted: "Hey, ‪@Verizon we're proud ‪@Sprint delivers the fastest network speeds in its hometown KC & 100+ cities across the U.S. ‪#Proud2bKC‪#Ad."

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry" culang="en">Eric Berry tweeted: "Hey @Verizon, you don't have to live in Kansas City to enjoy @Sprint's LTE Plus Network, but we're sure glad we do.‪#‎Proud2bKC."

While neither athlete is on Sprint's payroll, the company did provide a few sample tweets as "thought starters."

Jaguars WR Bailey continues to fight an uphill battle in the NFL from First Coast News

During his hiatus, Bailey had workouts with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. While he was happy with the tryouts, he was again told to look elsewhere for work.

"I killed those workouts," Bailey said. "I thought one of those teams was going to sign me, but unfortunately, it was another one of those NFL growing pains and everyone goes through them."

After having been turned away from four NFL teams, Bailey decided to take his professional football career elsewhere in October.

"I had to make a decision," Bailey said. "Did I want to sit and wait or did I want to do something? That's why I took the opportunity to be with the BC Lions on their practice squad."

NFL great Tony Gonzalez moves his home field to the 90210 from The Los Angeles Times

Set along a tree-lined street, the double-lot property in the flats area centers on a Traditional-style main house built in 1951. A guest house, a swimming pool, a pool house, lawns and mature trees fill the hedged grounds of about three quarters of an acre.

Retaining the vibe of a bygone era, the roughly 4,050 square feet of interiors feature such details as gold crown molding, ornate chandeliers and ribboned wainscoting and trim. In the den/office, rich wood paneling and a marble fireplace and hearth surround a sea of burnt orange carpeting.

MU pro day short on lights, cameras after high-profile past from The Columbia Daily Tribune

As much as the pre-draft season is about prospects showing what they can do on the field, it's also about networking.

Simon said he heard from the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams over the past few months. Running back Russell Hansbrough said he met with the 49ers on Wednesday. Cornerback Kenya Dennis said he met with the 49ers and Chicago Bears on Tuesday.

Mizzou and Lee's Summit West grad Evan Boehm closes in on NFL dream from The Kansas City Star

Afterward, Boehm sat down with the Seahawks, Colts and Patriots. He'd already spoken with the Bengals extensively at the NFL Combine and previously met with the Eagles, Titans and Panthers.

Boehm, who has stressed to teams that he can play center or guard at the next level, is scheduled to meet with the Buccaneers next week and also will attend the Chiefs' local Pro Day on April 8, which is more of an opportunity to meet the team's staff than another critical workout.

A mentor can help guide you to success as an entrepreneur from KTAR

In his newest book, "When Opportunity Knocks: 8 Surefire Ways to Take Advantage,"former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver J.J. Birden shares how the obstacles he faced, both on and off the field, helped prepare him for life as an entrepreneur.

No matter where you are in your personal or professional life, this book will help you see opportunities differently.

During my interview with Birden on a recent It's Business Time, he shared one of my favorite Birden stories -- the time he got hit in the back of the head with the football by legendary quarterback Joe Montana.

REVISITING PRO CAREERS OF FORMER BUCKEYE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AS TAYLOR DECKER PREPARES TO CREATE HIS OWN NFL LEGACY from Eleven Warriors

The next grouping features four guys who made at least five Pro Bowls during the course of their spectacular careers.

A name you're likely unfamiliar with, Jim Tyrer, headlines this group with nine Pro Bowl nods in 14 career seasons. The linchpin at left tackle during 13 seasons with the Dallas Texans / Kansas City Chiefs franchise, Tyrer helped them to three AFL titles and one Super Bowl victory.

Though Tyrer was a Hall of Fame finalist in 1981, it came on the heels of him murdering his wife and committing suicide amid financial struggles in September of 1980.

Abnar's speedy recovery nets impressive pro day showing from The Lynchburg News & Advance

Thankfully for Davis, the injury has healed and the Kansas City Chiefs signed him to a futures contract.

But that hasn't been the highlight of Davis' offseason.

"I spent about three weeks in D.C. working in Congress, which was really cool," Davis said. "I was in the office of Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who is over New York's 8th district. It was really cool. My intention was to just go there and learn a lot, and learn as much as I could. That's exactly what I did. It was a great time."

NFL club hired a Lithuanian discus thrower from YLE [translated from the original Finnish]

NFL clubs rarely make contract offers to players who do not have experience with the type of game. However, a few examples can be found, like Kieraksen Estonian Margus Hunt changed the Athletics and counting, and currently represents the Cincinnati Bengals.

Getting NFL contract does not mean that Kieras would be seen as the top league next season. Teams test their players continuously and can cancel the agreement quickly if the performances are not satisfied.

David meeting with the Super Bowl champions from Helsingborgs Dagblad [translated from the original Swedish]

Page NFL Support reports that David Hedelin, offensive lineman, because of injury could only participate in the three exercises. Furthermore, you write that David had "a good meeting" with the reigning Super Bowl champions the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs