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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 3/5

Good morning! Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

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Chiefs Replay: Week 13 vs. the Oakland Raiders from The Mothership

Chiefs Replay: Week 13 vs. the Oakland Raiders

WHEN: Saturday, March 5 at 10:35 p.m.


Chiefs' Jaye Howard has come a long way since Seahawks released him in 2013 from The Kansas City Star

Howard, it's safe to say, has come a long way since the Seahawks released him on Aug. 31, 2013, and the Chiefs claimed him off waivers the next day.

Off the field, he got married and had twin sons. On the field, he's bulked up to 320 pounds while maintaining his quickness, and in 2015, he recorded 57 tackles and a career-best 5 1/2 sacks while emerging as a consistent, disruptive presence along the interior of the league's seventh-best defense.

"You know what, I think Jaye Howard he came and played — as they said — he played like a grown man," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said.

Now Howard is set to hit the free-agent market.

Jaye Howard doesn't sound optimistic about returning to Chiefs from ESPN

The Chiefs still have time to re-sign Howard, who doesn't become a free agent until March 9.

Losing Howard would be difficult for the Chiefs. They pulled him off waivers in 2013 from the Seahawks and developed him into a productive player. He was arguably their best defensive lineman last season.

But he's not indispensable, particularly if he's asking for a contract worth more than $8 million a year, as the Chicago Tribune recently suggested.

Chiefs tender four players as exclusive-rights free agents from The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs have tendered running back Charcandrick West, safety Daniel Sorensen and defensive linemen Nick Williams and David King as exclusive-rights free agents, sources told The Star on Friday.

The Chiefs signed West, 24, as an undrafted free agent in May 2014. He appeared in six games as a rookie, mostly as a special teamer, before taking over the role of lead running back in October 2015, once star Jamaal Charles went down with a season-ending ACL injury. West proceeded to rush 160 times for 634 yards and four touchdowns, while also catching 20 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown, for a team that won 11 of its final 12 games and won a playoff game for the first time in 22 years.

Safety Daniel Sorensen tendered as exclusive rights free agent by Chiefs from Chiefs Digest

Sorensen saw action on 227 defensive snaps, with 136 of that total coming in Weeks 14-17, and finished the regular season with 16 tackles (14 solo), a sack and two passes defensed.

He led the Chiefs in special team snaps with 363 and ranked fourth on the unit with seven tackles.

Sorensen, a native of Colton, Calif., originally joined the Chiefs in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Brigham Young University.

Chiefs tender exclusive rights free agent DL David King from Chiefs Digest

He appeared in one game for the Chiefs in Week 13 against the San Diego Chargers and recorded five snaps on special teams, while being inactive for six contests during the regular season.

The 26-year-old King originally entered the league in 2013 out of Oklahoma as a seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. Seattle signed King off the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad in December 2014.

Chiefs tender DL Nick Williams as exclusive rights free agent from Chiefs Digest

He originally joined the Chiefs on Nov. 24, 2014 after being signed to the active 53-man roster from the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad. Williams appeared in two games for the Chiefs that season.

The 26-year-old Williams, a native of Birmingham, Ala., entered the league in 2013 out of Samford as a seventh-round pick with Pittsburgh, but spent the year on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Chiefs 2015 MVP and top rookie should be one and the same: Marcus Peters from ESPN

Never in their history have the Kansas City Chiefs elected the same player as their Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season. That would make cornerback Marcus Peters the first if he could pull off the rare double for 2015, as I think he should.

The Chiefs will announce their 2015 award winners Saturday, as well as this year's entrant into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. Their top rookie was without a doubt Peters, who tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions and had another in the playoffs. He was the leader in the Chiefs' efforts to turn a defense that was starved for turnovers in 2014 to one that had more interceptions than all but one other team in 2015.

Chiefs mailbag: Spotlight falls on free agency from Chiefs Digest

Agreed that cornerback Sean Smith is too valuable to lose and the proof is in how the pass defense looked in Weeks 1-3 the past season without Smith, who served a three-game suspension to start the season.

But Smith will not come cheap and it takes two sides to negotiate to come to an agreement.

Joel Corry, a salary cap/contract expert with CBS Sports, projects Smith's next contract as a four-year, $44 million deal.

And whenever Corry, a former NFL agent, offers an opinion, it's wise to listen because he's normally right on the money - no pun intended - when it comes to projected contracts.

The Star's NFL mock draft, version 1.0 from The Kansas City Star

28. Kansas City Chiefs

DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech

Butler boasts a big frame (6-4, 323) with long arms (35  1/8 inches) and big hands (10  3/4) that make him an interesting option as a five-technique end. He can also reduce down inside when necessary, and although he had marginal pass-rush production in 2015 (only three sacks), his impressive physical traits, which include solid quickness of the ball, closing speed and powerful hands, hint at a player who could break out with NFL coaching, especially as he gets stronger.

Broncos Ticket Prices Tops in NFL During Super Bowl Run from FOX Business

For instance, fans of the Oakland Raiders were more likely to make ticket purchases on their Apple (AAPL) iPhones than other fans. They also had the lowest percentage of purchases on SeatGeek's desktop website.

Kansas City Chiefs tickets were the hottest sellers on Android devices, while Packers fans preferred iPads. Patriots fans utilized the desktop site more than other fanbases.

How Sports Science Could Fix The NFL Combine from Forbes

To get a better sense of how applicable the combine drills are to actual NFL ability I spoke with Dr. Micheal A. Clark, the chairman, founder and CEO of Fusionetics. An expert in human movement science, Clark worked as a physical therapist for the Phoenix Suns for 13 seasons and his company counts 60 college and professional teams as clients including 15 NBA teams as well as the Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs.

Most of the combine drills, Clark said, are not applicable to any specific thing a player does on the field, but they're not designed to be.

"It's more a misconception of what you're trying to measure with that stuff," he said.

Which NFL free agents should the New York Giants target? from The Asbury Park Press

Sean Smith, CB, Kansas City Chiefs: Smith is rock-solid on a very good Chiefs' defense. He is only 28 years old.

Jaye Howard, DT, Kansas City Chiefs: Will come cheaper than Malik Jackson and is a great run-stuffer. The Chiefs can't re-sign everyone.

Trevathan, McClain could top list if Dolphins target middle LBs from The Palm Beach Post

Free agency begins on Wednesday and if the Dolphins go the free agent route, here are the top options at middle linebacker, assuming that Kansas City veteran Derrick Johnson returns to the Chiefs.

The Usher of Two New Eras in Penn State Athletics from State College News

His four years playing for Penn State were as individually successful as they were for the team. He was an Academic All-American in 1982 and his exhibition of being a complete package led him to the NFL Draft and soon after, Kansas City.

The Chiefs selected Radecic in the second round of the 1984 Draft with the No. 34 pick. He spent three seasons there, with highlights including two starts and a pick-six in his rookie season. His only playoff appearance with Kansas City was a loss in the Wild Card game in 1986, which was his last game as a Chief before heading to Buffalo. He spent three seasons with the Bills and began starting games more regularly, including the only two playoff starts of his career. Finally, in 1990, he went to his final team: Indianapolis, where he spent six seasons and ended his career with a 1995 playoff run to the AFC Championship Game.

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