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Tick Tock. Tick Tock. We're running out of clock here. I'm hoping John Dorsey and Chad Speck (Berry's agent) manage to get a deal done. Joel will be watching developments today and working to keep us all informed here and on Twitter. Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

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Hall of Famer Len Dawson Reducing Role with Chiefs Radio Network from Chiefs.com

"I've been traveling on Sundays for over 60 years as a player and a broadcaster. It takes its toll. Now I have the opportunity to do what I love and work the games without the travel," Dawson said via a release by Cumulus.

Pre-Camp Reads: Looking at WR Jeremy Maclin from Chiefs.com

Beyond the field, Maclin has provided veteran leadership to a young group of receivers.

"You want that responsibility," Maclin said this offseason of being a leader. "I'm doing what I have to do to help these guys and to help everybody know what goes on in the National Football League.

"As far as the rookies go, just lead by example. Half of the battle is leading by example, the other half is knowing each person's individual personality, taking them aside, talking to them not just about football, but life in general."

Maclin spent the offseason training in Kansas City, but he made sure he wasn't alone.

Chiefs and Eric Berry are far apart on deal from The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs and safety Eric Berry remain far apart on a contract extension, a source confirmed to The Star on Thursday.

The two sides have until 3 p.m. Friday to get an extension done.

In the absence of a new deal, the 27-year-old Berry would play the 2016 season under the one-year, $10.8 million franchise tag.

However, Berry — in the absence of a new deal — could also hold off on signing the one-year tender, which would allow him to skip training camp and the preseason and return shortly before the regular season and still collect his full salary.

AFC West Q&A: Who will win the division and which teams will make the playoffs? from ESPN

Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos reporter: Until somebody shows they're ready to push the Broncos aside, the division belongs to Denver. It's won five consecutive division titles despite the best efforts of the others to stop the string.

Len Dawson says he won't be color analyst for Chiefs road games this fall from The Kansas City Star

There was no word on who would be the color analyst for road games, but Rob Zerwekh of WDAF-TV (Ch. 4) tweeted that it would be Kendall Gammon, who is the sideline reporter on the radio broadcasts.

Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs might be sleepers of upcoming NFL season from UPI

Kansas City and Oakland have the first ingredient they need to make strides in the NFL - a competent quarterback. Kansas City's Alex Smith is a low-risk player whose percentage of passes that were intercepted trailed only Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers among season-long starters last season. Oakland's Derek Carr ranked third in the AFC in touchdown passes last year and has shown marked improvement throughout his two NFL seasons.

Reid and Del Rio, of course, are hardly the only coaches on at least their second go-round. Ten other NFL coaches have been fired previously including three (Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, Gary Kubiak) who have won the Super Bowl with their next team. That group of successful, second-time-around coaches from the recent past also included Mike Shanahan, Dick Vermeil, Jon Gruden, Tony Dungy and Tom Coughlin.

Chiefs aren't willing to use tag as starting point for Eric Berry deal from ProFootballTalk

As a result, he'll likely play for $10.8 million this year and either get $12.96 million in 2017 or have the market set his value.

Of course, the problem with having the market set a guy's value is that there's a chance someone else will be giving him that value.

The Curious Case Of The Kansas City Chiefs from The Sports Quotient

When people discuss Super Bowl contenders for the upcoming football season, the Kansas City Chiefs are rarely seriously considered or even included in the discussion. If I asked someone right now what teams were contenders for Super BowlLI, the most likely answers would be something like, New England, Denver, Pittsburgh, Carolina, Green Bay, and Seattle. Coincidentally (or not so much), these are currently the top six teams for Vegas Super Bowl odds.

However, when taking a look at regular season statistics from the 2015 season, the Kansas City Chiefs stand favorably in comparison to the current Super Bowl "contenders." In fact, the Chiefs were one of the strongest, and most balanced teams in the NFL last season, more so than the Broncos or Packers. How exactly, then, does Kansas City compare to the top "contenders" in terms of regular season statistics last year? Why aren't the Chiefs considered to be serious contenders themselves? Should they be? Let's take a look.

Time capsule: A second chance playing for the Chiefs in 1965 from The Kansas City Star

Originally published July 17, 1965, in The Kansas City Times, The Star's morning edition.

Miller Park ballfield dedicated in honor of Kerrie Orozco from The Omaha world Herald

City officials dedicated the field in Orozco's honor at a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the park near 24th Street and Kansas Avenue. Future improvements will include the installation of a new irrigation system, improved backstop, dugouts, extended fencing, bleacher pads and bleachers, a picnic shelter and improved walkways.

Representatives from the Kansas City Chiefs organization, which has a partnership with Omaha and helped to raise funding for the field, sponsored an event to get kids active.

Orozco, the Omaha police officer who was killed in the line of duty in May 2015, coached the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club baseball team, which is part of the Police Athletics for Community Engagement program.

UAlbany's Brian Parker works to become an NFL veteran from 6 News Albany

The list of UAlbany Great Danes who have gone on to appear in an NFL regular season game has only three names. Brian Parker is hoping to become the first to play multiple NFL seasons.

The 24-year-old Kansas City Chiefs tight end is spending his summer back home in Rochester working out in preparation for training camp. While he is now an NFL veteran, Parker still goes about his business as though nothing is assured.

"You kind of have to have that mentality that you're always trying out," said Parker. "Until you're someone like an Antonio Gates (Chargers TE), or an Alex Smith (Chiefs QB), which there aren't too many of those in the NFL."

Only in Arkansas: NLR Man Headed to Rio Olympics from Arkansas Matters

"It just threw me in the air and I was trying to land it as far as I could go," he says of his longest jump.

"Wow, I just said wow," said Jeff's father, as he watched from Arkansas.

With one goal now in hand, Jeff's dad is quickly moving on to another golden goal.
"For him to win a gold medal, come home and celebrate with the family and mom, and go on and play in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs," he adds.

Jeremy Towns brings Next Level Football Camp to Birmingham from Alabama News Center

It can be hard to reach youth today. It helps if you're a couple of NFL stars.

Former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jeremy Towns and Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Nick Williams aim to do just that with the Next Level Football Camp in Birmingham Friday. The duo played together at Samford University before heading to successful stints in the National Football League.