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Today's KC Chiefs news.

Muhammad Ali and Hank Stram had a unique bond | The Kansas City Star

So during a break, Ali took the microphone, looked up to Stram's suite and played to the crowd:

"Hank Stram, I'm going to put a curse on you," Ali said, waving his hand over the crowd as if to make it official, according to a report by The Associated Press at the time. "From now on, you'll never win another football game until I OK it."

As it happened, he OK'd it seconds later.

"I take it back: Hank Stram's a good man," he suddenly added. "The Chiefs will do all right in Denver Monday night. They'll win."

Chiefs S Eric Berry not present for mandatory minicamp | The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs only have $226,818 in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association, which is the lowest in the NFL. But given the way NFL contracts work, they could actually create cap room in 2016 by signing Berry to a long-term deal.

The 4 most dangerous returners in the SEC | SEC Country

With 804 total yards on kickoff returns last season, Berry was a vital piece of Tennessee's special teams success. The younger brother of Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowler and former Tennessee star Eric Berry, Evan flirted with the single-season record for kickoff return average for most of 2015, ultimately finishing just short of the NCAA all-time single-season kickoff return average record. His three return touchdowns last season tied the school record, set by Willie Gault in 1980.

Rookie WR Tyreek Hill among those who impressed in offseason practice | ESPN

Fast players have the best chance to make an impact during offseason practices, which are conducted without pads or physical contact. So the speedy Hill, the Chiefs’ fifth-round draft pick, was going to stand out. But Hill went above and beyond. He showed not only that he was fast, but the ability to outrun the ball.

Playoff loss inspire new Houston Texans special teams coach Larry Izzo | ESPN

Week after week during the 2015 season, O'Brien called for better special teams. The Texans ranked 31st in kickoff return yards last season and 25th in yards per punt return. That need for improvement showed most glaringly in that 30-0 playoff loss to Kansas City.

Daniel Sorensen ready for his chance with Chiefs thin at safety | The Kansas City Star

Start with the free-agent departure of Tyvon Branch, a reserve a year ago who played in the Chiefs' nickel and dime personnel groups. Veteran Husain Abdullah, an understated leader with versatility, retired, and star Eric Berry has skipped the last two months as he waits on a new contract.

That has left the Chiefs with only one of their top four safeties, versatile star Ron Parker, throughout offseason workouts. Third-year pro Daniel Sorensen is also trying to fill the need at the position and also at the Chiefs' key nickel linebacker spot.

Five surprise players on the Chiefs roster bubble | Arrowhead Addict

Some of these predictions are pretty easy...Alex Smith is your starting quarterback.  Some are a bit more difficult to see coming...Albert Wilson is the #2 receiver.  However, what is the most fun is when a surprise player comes out of almost nowhere and makes the team.  Demetrius Harris in 2013.  Albert Wilson in 2014.  Spencer Ware in 2015.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith doesn't want to call plays in two-minute drill | The Kansas City Star

"It would be weird to switch all of a sudden, ‘Well, these guys play these defenses in two-minute situations, and we should get to these plays.' To have time to get to think like that, to play that chess match, would be hard. Not to say some guys couldn't do it, but I wouldn't want that."

Despite some past struggles in late-game situations, the Chiefs don't plan to change the way they execute this season. Reid will call the plays this year, and Smith will relay them to the huddle.

Former Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace moving on from career | Clarion Ledger

Bo gave up his career as a football player in an attempt to start one coaching the sport. He said the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts invited him a few weeks ago to minicamp after he received some interest from the Kansas City Chiefs and a few CFL teams last year. But the allure of being the quarterbacks coach at Marshall County High in Lewisburg, Tennessee, overwhelmed his desire to help his younger brother develop.

Hall Of Famer Breaks Down The New Texans Offensive Line | CBS Houston

NFL Hall of Famer Will Shields joined In The Loop and they talked about the newest Texan Jeff Allen and how will he fare switching teams and switching positions on the offensive line as well as rookie center Nick Martin and how will he fare.