NFL, Chiefs Offseason Workout Program Dates Announced from The Mothership
As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club's official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or "OTAs". No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Spencer Ware Made the Most of His Opportunity With Chiefs from The Mothership
Jamaal Charlesout for the season and Knile Davisinactive, head coach Andy Reid turned the running back duties over to Spencer Ware, who at that point had a combined 6 carries on the season and 9 for his career.
An unknown, who, at the time, even the biggest Chiefs fan likely couldn't pick out in a line, was finally getting his chance after waiting a long time.
And he wasn't about to let it slip away.
Charcandrick West's Story Should Resonate With Everyone from The Mothership
He'd been signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of the little-known Texas school of Abilene Christian University, and he'd spent the first nine weeks of the 2014 season on the practice squad, biding his time and learning from the franchise's all-time leading rusher,
Jamaal Charles, among others.
In this regard, it's important to know West hadn't ever been handed anything on a silver platter.
From growing up in a small town of just 5,000 people in Louisiana, to the relatively unknown program at Abilene Christian, to signing with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent, to fighting his way onto the practice squadâWest had to earn it every step of the way.
John Dorsey Praises Mitch Schwartz's Success vs. AFC West Pass Rushers Last Year from The Mothership
"The value of college scouting is you get a chance to go back and read all the notes in terms of the background of the particular players," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey explained. "It just so happened to be [Streater] and [Schwartz] had very favorable reports. I had direct knowledge with both of these guys coming out because I had evaluated both and I liked both leading up in to the draft.
"They represent everything that we look for in players. They love the game. They're going to be good guys in the locker room. They're going to be great in the community. These are the basic tenants we try to look for as we move and build this roster."
Chiefs Announce Coaching Staff Changes For 2016 from The Mothership
The Chiefs have promoted Britt Reid to serve as the primary defensive line coach, and Al Harris has been elevated to Secondary Coach/Cornerbacks. Reid has assisted Coach Tommy Brasher with the defensive line since his arrival in 2013. Brasher will now work on special projects for the club. Harris' new role will focus on the corner position. He will continue to work with Defensive Backs Coach Emmitt Thomas with the entire secondary group. Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Corey Matthaei will assume additional responsibility with an expanded role working with the quarterbacks and assisting the offensive line. Assistant Linebackers Coach Mark DeLeone will have an expanded role on defense.
Chiefs Replay: Wild Card Round vs. Houston from The Mothership
In a lot of ways, it was a fitting matchup.
The last place the Chiefs had won a playoff game had been in Houston in the Divisional Round during January of 1994, except at that time, the Houston team was the Oilers, and the widely known Texans defensive end, J.J. Watt, was 4 years old.
For whatever reason, however, the game in 2015 had a different vibe leading into it than previous seasons.
Chiefs Visit Ronald McDonald House Charity to Volunteer, Present Donation Check from The Mothership
On Thursday morning, 75 members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team, including team president Mark Donovan and former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, visited the Ronald McDonald Longfellow House to serve lunch and snacks and assist with projects on the facility.
Tami Greenberg, who became the CEO at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City in the past year, was highly enthused to have Donovan, Green and members of the Chiefs staff on hand.
Guns N' Roses To Play Arrowhead Stadium This Summer from The Mothership
Legendary American hard rock group Guns N' Roses will play at the Home of the Chiefs as part of the Not In This Lifetime Tour on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, Arrowhead Events - the special events arm of the Kansas City Chiefs - announced today.
The concert announcement is the second for Arrowhead Events for the 2016 calendar year and comes on the heels of the most successful special events season in franchise history in 2015. The Guns N' Roses concert is the ninth concert date for Arrowhead Stadium since 2011 and the 49th music concert or festival in the stadium's history.
The Chiefs' rotten offseason puts even more pressure on John Dorsey and Andy Reid from The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs' offseason has not been a disaster. But if it was your home or car, you'd be considering an insurance claim.
In descending order of problems, the Chiefs have, in the 11 weeks since their playoff loss at New England: learned their best player is likely to miss a chunk and perhaps all of the 2016 season; been stripped of a third-round pick in an egregious overreach by the commissioner in the wake of an alleged tampering incident; lost their best cornerback in free agency; and unexpectedly lost a key safety and exemplary teammate to an early retirement.
The Chiefs ended the 2015 season with their first playoff win in a generation. Peyton Manning's retirement and Brock Osweiler's signing with Houston gave momentum to the idea that the Chiefs were closer to competing for an AFC Championship than at any point in years - maybe since 2003.
But it's hard to keep smiling when you keep getting punched in the face.
Chiefs' offseason workout program begins April 18 from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs are scheduled to conduct OTAs on May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2 and June 7-10. Player attendance at OTAs is once again on a voluntary basis.
The mandatory minicamp will be held June 14-16.
Rookie minicamp will be held May 7-9, the Chiefs announced.
Chiefs sign outside linebacker Andy Mulumba from The Kansas City Star
The club has signed Andy Mulumba to a one-year deal, his agent, Tom Tafelski, confirmed to The Star on Friday.
"He's very excited to be there," Tafelski said. "He loves barbecue â that made it even better."
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported the news first.
Mulumba, who turned 26 in January, was signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He has spent the last three years with the Packers, recording 35 tackles and a sack in 22 games.
Chiefs sign OLB Andy Mulumba to one-year deal from Chiefs Digest
The 6-3, 260-pound Mulumba entered the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan with the Packers.
He has appeared in 22 career games with three starts, totaling 36 tackles (18 solo), a sack and a fumble recovery. Mulumba suffered an ACL tear in September 2014 and finished that season on injured reserve.
The 26-year-old Mulumba, a native of Congo, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent when the NFL's new calendar year opened on March 9. The Packers, however, didn't extend a tender, which made Mulumba an unrestricted free agent.
Mulumba spent his first three NFL seasons with the Packers, who signed him as an undrafted free agent from Eastern Michigan.
"Andy would like that thank the Packers for what they did to help his NFL career," Tafelski said in a text message. "They are truly a classy organization, and it was a great few years."
Tafelski said now that Mulumba is employed again, the Chiefs will work with immigration authorities to help him work toward his goal of attaining U.S. citizenship. Mulumba also visited the Patriots before signing with Kansas City.
Chiefs sign safeties Jimmy Wilson, Stevie Brown from The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs are making moves to shore up their safety position, signing Jimmy Wilson and Stevie Brown on Friday.
A source confirmed Wilson's signing, first reported by Pro Football Talk, while the agent for Brown posted on Twitter that his client signed with the Chiefs.
Wilson, who turns 30 in July, is a six-year pro who has played for the Dolphins and Chargers. He started 13 games for the Dolphins in 2014, recording 58 tackles, two pass deflections and an interception. In 13 games and six starts with the Chargers last year, he recorded 44 tackles, two pass deflections and an interception. The Chargers waived Wilson in December.
Chiefs bolster depth with signings of safeties Jimmy Wilson, Stevie Brown from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs signed safety Jimmy Wilson to a one-year deal, a source confirmed with The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs have not announced the transaction.
ProFootballTalk.com reported the Wilson signing first.
The Chiefs also signed safety Stevie Brown, according to his agent, Blake Baratz, who announced the signing on Twitter.
"Congratulations 2 my man @StevieBrown27 on signing w/ the @Chiefs," Baratz tweeted. "There is a lot of good football left. This is Kurt Coleman all over again."
The Chiefs have the need for a veteran safety. Five safeties played significant snaps for Kansas City last season but two of them have moved on: Tyvon Branch signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals and Husain Abdullah retired.
The Chiefs have starters Eric Berry, who is their franchise player and unsigned, and Ron Parker and backup Daniel Sorensen remaining from last season's group of safeties.
Team goals come first for Chiefs RBs Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware from Chiefs Digest
The contract extensions for running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware provide stability in the Chiefs' backfield.
But the extensions also point to a crowded backfield with West, Ware and the anticipated return of Jamaal Charles from an ACL injury.
Good thing West and Ware aren't big on individual statistics despite their respective accomplishments the past season.
When fans talk about the injuries that affected the Kansas City Chiefs in their playoff loss to the New England Patriots in January, they tend to reference the ailing knees of linebacker Justin Houston and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
The ankle injury to running back Spencer Ware is often overlooked, but it may have proved to be as costly as any of the Chiefs' other ailments. Ware dressed for the game but played only on special teams.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid makes numerous coaching staff changes from Chiefs Digest
Over the past three seasons we've been able to develop some very talented young coaches from within our program," coach Andy Reid said in a statement. "Britt, Corey and Mark all started with us as quality control coaches when I first arrived here in Kansas City. Al has done a nice job making the transition from Pro Bowl player to an effective coach.
"They've each grown significantly and shown me with their abilities, work ethic and knowledge of the game, that they have earned their opportunities for expanded roles."
ESPN Audio: Path To The Draft: Chiefs
Jimmy Wilson swaps out Chargers for Chiefs from ProFootballTalk
Last March, Wilson agreed to a two-year, $4.85 million deal with San Diego, but he was cut in December after making six starts. Because Wilson had been cut, the move won't count toward the compensatory draft pick formula for Kansas City or for San Diego.
Mulumba signs one-year deal with Kansas City Chiefs from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Packers had high hopes of developing Mulumba, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who played defensive end at Eastern Michigan, into a pass rushing linebacker. As a rookie, Mulumba was a regular on special teams and wound up playing 298 snaps on defense
But he tore his ACL early in the 2014 season and last year barely played. He was active for just seven of 18 games and played just 40 snaps on defense and 19 on special teams.
Why the Kansas City Chiefs' Running Game Has a Bright Future from NumberFire
Charles is expected to be healthy and ready to go by the start of training camp in July. While that's overall good news for the Chiefs, it does potentially limit the amount of touches Ware and West will receive in 2016. But should the load for Charles be decreased, both backs have shown they have the ability to step in and more than competently handle a larger amount of carries.
The way the two backs have started their breakouts, though, has been slightly different. Ware is more of a big play threat, based on his excellent vision and ability to create yards on his own.
Zo & Bertrand Dream About Jamaal Charles On The Patriots from CBS Boston
After the Kansas City Chiefs signed a pair of running backs to long-term extensions on Thursday, Zo and Bertrand revisit a scenario brought up on the show a couple of weeks ago: The chances of seeing Jamaal Charles in a Patriots uniform.
While it's an extreme long shot, the guys can dream, right?
Former UConn Players Join Current Team On Football Practice Field from The Hartford Courant
Members of the Huskies' Fiesta bowl team - Jonathan Jean-Louis, wide receiver Kashif Moore and fullback Anthony Sherman - also were at the practice. Moore and Sherman are teammates on the Kansas City Chiefs.
And, for the most part, they were impressed with what they saw.
Hartford Courant Photo Gallery: Former UConn Football Players Address Team At Spring Practice
Hartford Courant Video: Anthony Sherman Speaks At UConn Football Practice
Glennon to the Jets? Six trades we'd like to see from NFL.com
Jamaal Charles to the Colts for a second-rounder in '17
Jamaal Charles is a special player and widely beloved in Kansas City. From another angle, the Pro Bowl runner turns 30 in December with two major knee surgeries under his belt. The Colts, meanwhile, can't afford to view Frank Gore -- soon to be 33 -- as the answer heading into next season.
They Came from Indiana: Fred Willamson from ValpoLife.com
Born in 1938 in Gary, Indiana, Willamson began his professional career playing football at Northwestern University during the late 1950's. Due to his performance on the field, he was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers. While participating in their training camp he was asked to change his former offensive position to a defensive one. It was here that his coaches noticed that he was too aggressive on the field, with his coaches telling him to stop "hammering" the other players, hence the origin of his nickname.
He played for one year for the Steelers before changing to the AFL, joining the Oakland Raiders and playing for four seasons and eventually making the AFL All-Star team for three consistent years in 1961, 1962 and 1963 before changing teams again for the Kansas City Chiefs.
His hammer nickname began to take on new life again due to him using his forearm to use karate-like chops on his opponents, and often using it as a way to promote himself during his time in the league. He eventually closed up his 8-year career in 1967.