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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 3/29

Good morning. Today's Kansas City Chiefs news includes a bunch of articles on Husain Abdullah's retirement due to concerns over concussions. None of them are from If anyone finds an article I missed, please let me know. Thanks.

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How Did Three NFL Experts Grade Chiefs Free Agency Moves? from The Mothership

Retaining value and looking ahead long term, Dorsey followed his theory of "not [letting] good football players go."

"I want to build a program," Dorsey said at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. "We try to build that up every year. Then you begin to see the holes that you need to fill in there. Then all of a sudden you have to factor that formula into the best available player approach as well.  And I foresee this year not being any different from all the years that I've been doing this.", CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus all gave their grades on how the Chiefs have done so far this offseason.

Here's what they had to say:

Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah announces retirement from The Kansas City Star

During his tenure with the Chiefs, Abdullah played in 43 regular-season games and tallied 104 tackles, two interceptions and 15 pass deflections. He proved to be a smart, versatile player that Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton also felt comfortable using as a nickel corner or linebacker, in addition to his typical safety duties.

"The Kansas City Chiefs will forever have a special place in my heart," he wrote. "After sitting out of football to fulfill my Hajj Pilgrimage in 2012, the Chiefs were the first to call. The three years I spent playing for KC may have been the most enjoyable football experience in my entire life. Thank you."

Safety Husain Abdullah announces retirement from Chiefs Digest

Abdullah, who turns 31 on July 27, points out he suffered a fifth concussion on his seven-year career the past season.

The concussion, which occurred during practice on Dec. 3, caused Abdullah to miss five regular-season games before he returned for the two postseason contests.

'Personal health' primary reason for Husain Abdullah to retire from ESPN

Numerous productive players have indicated plans to retire this offseason, including Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo. Many of them have cited their long-term health as one reason behind their decisions.

The 30-year-old Abdullah had been a valuable defender for the Chiefs since he joined the team as a free agent in 2013. Kansas City used Abdullah, a part-­time starter over his three seasons, in a variety of roles. He was effective as a blitzer, though he had just a half-­sack with Kansas City, and was used a lot in man-­to-­man pass coverage.

Husain Abdullah's versatility will be difficult for Chiefs to replace from ESPN

So the Chiefs are left with starters Eric Berry and Ron Parker, plus Daniel Sorensen. The Chiefs have moved cornerback Jamell Fleming to safety and perhaps he can help, but the Chiefs wouldn't be wise to count on that. The Chiefs also have Jordan Kovacs, who played in 28 games with no starts the last three years with the Miami Dolphins.

That isn't enough for the Chiefs to get the job done, particularly considering that Parker spends some of his playing time as a nickelback. The Chiefs have done a nice job of finding veteran safeties at low cost in free agency in recent years: Abdullah, Branch and Kurt Coleman. It may be too late for them to find that type of help in free agency this year, which means it's a good thing they have seven picks in the upcoming draft.

Chiefs tweet their farewells to Husain Abdullah from ESPN

Some of the Kansas City Chiefs used their social media accounts to send farewell messages to retiring safety Husain Abdullah.

A typical message came from running back Charcandrick West on Twitter:

Risk No Longer Worth Reward For Many NFL Players from Forbes

During the NFL owners' annual meeting, Irsay acknowledged that the game of American football has always been a risk, but also said that owners will not go to a situation where players are essentially engaging in a "pillow fight."

"I believe this: that the game has always been a risk, you know, and the way certain people are. Look at it. You take an aspirin, I take an aspirin, it might give you extreme side effects of illness and your body ... may reject it, where I would be fine. So there is so much we don't know," said Irsay.

Chiefs look better on offense, worse on defense from ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs are not done building their 2016 roster but they're close. They may add another veteran or two in free agency, and they have seven draft picks and will sign some players who go undrafted.

But the top of the roster is mostly finished. Here is how their starting lineup compares from last year to this:

Quartet of Former Mustangs Display Skills and Talent to NFL Scouts on Cal Poly's Pro Day from KSBY

Four former Cal Poly football players displayed their skills and talent to National Football League scouts at Cal Poly's Pro Day held Monday on campus.

Wide receivers Jordan Hines and Willie Tucker, linebacker Burton De Koning and quarterback Chris Brown were put to the test by scouts from the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys.

Hines turned in the fastest 40-yard dash time of 4.57 seconds while De Koning excelled in the three-cone and shuttle drills and also bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times.

Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah retiring, citing concussions from ProFootballTalk

Commissioner Roger Goodell has effectively scoffed at the idea that players are walking away at a higher rate, or that it's a player safety issue.

But hearing yet another player citing it on his way out the door adds another brick to the anecdotal wall.

As NFL Continues To Downplay Concussion Concerns, Roger Goodell Gets Safety Award from Think Progress

Last week, a New York Times investigation showcased extensive flaws in concussion research conducted by the NFL last decade. From 1996-2001, over 100 concussions were omitted from official data that was used in important concussion research. Not only did the league heavily deny the accusations, it took out ads on the NYT website to showcase how it is "advancing player safety on and off the field."

Congress has also submitted a letter asking the NFL to explain why it attempted to intervene in concussion research by Boston University, research it was supposedly funding with no strings attached, according to ESPN's Outside the Lines.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah announced his retirement from the game after suffering his fifth concussion, mainly due to "personal health" concerns. At 30, Abdullah joins a growing list of NFL players who are retiring early due to concerns over concussions and their long-term health.

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