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Chiefs TE Sean McGrath is considering retirement.

McGrath was absent from Chiefs practice Thursday after reporting to training camp on Wednesday. A third-year undrafted free agent, McGrath led the Chiefs' injury-ravaged tight end corps with 26 receptions last season. He's still only 26, but buried on the depth chart behind Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce. Despite his roster odds, the only real reason for McGrath to retire would be that his heart isn't in it any more.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 8:16 PM

The Chiefs have continued to use CB Sean Smith with their second-team defense in training camp.

Smith's OTAs demotion wasn't the result of his June DUI arrest. He's in serious danger of losing his starting job to journeyman Ron Parker, with sophomore Marcus Cooper locked in at the other corner. Kansas City's secondary is quite suspect, with deficiencies they'll hope to mask via a dynamic front seven.
Jul 24 - 8:11 PM

Jamaal Charles' new contract includes no guaranteed money beyond 2014.

So that means Charles' "four-year, $28 million contract" is really a one-year, $8.3 million commitment. It's still a huge raise for a player who was set to earn only $3.9 million, but just the latest reminder that the vast majority of the league's players are on year-to-year deals. Charles can earn up to $6.45 million between salary and bonuses in 2015. It's highly unlikely he's cut next offseason.
Jul 24 - 4:26 PM

Justin Houston has reported to Chiefs training camp, as expected.

Houston isn't happy with his scheduled $1.431 million base pay for 2014 (the final year of his rookie deal), but he's coming to camp in the hopes negotiations will continue. Even if a deal doesn't get done, Houston can take solace in knowing he'll break the bank in 2015 free agency. The outside linebacker is just 25 years old and has 21 sacks over his last 27 games.
Jul 24 - 11:17 AM

Chiefs signed RB Jamaal Charles to a two-year, $18.1 million contract extension through 2017.

So much for that holdout. Charles is now the second-highest paid running back in the league behind Adrian Peterson and is locked up through his age-31 campaign. On his previous deal, Charles was scheduled to make $3.9 million in salary and bonuses this season. He'll now make $8.3 million in 2014. It's well deserved after Charles put the Chiefs' offense on his back and carried them to the playoffs in 2013. Charles is entering his age-28 season. He's a locked-in top-three fantasy back, along with Peterson and LeSean McCoy.
Jul 23 - 4:39 PM

Chiefs signed RT Ryan Harris.

Harris, 29, is a former third-round pick of the Broncos. He's appeared in 78 games, making 39 starts mostly at right tackle. In K.C., he'll push Donald Stephenson for the starting job opposite Eric Fisher and compete with J'Marcus Webb for swing-tackle duties. Harris made three starts for Houston in 2013.
Jul 23 - 2:35 PM

Chiefs signed LB Josh Mauga.

Mauga spent the last four seasons with the Jets, appearing in 29 games and making one start. He missed all of last season due to a back injury. Mauga will fight for a special teams role with the Chiefs.
Jul 23 - 11:05 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jamaal Charles will not report to Chiefs camp Wednesday barring a breakthrough in contract talks.

Charles believes he's outplayed his current contract, and he's absolutely right after carrying the Chiefs' entire offense on his back during last year's run to the playoffs. He's set to make just $3.9M this season, 15th-most among running backs in the league. Now is the perfect time for Charles to dig his heels in and capitalize on the leverage he's earned on the field. The Chiefs are going to have to find a way to satisfy him, and talks are underway already.
Jul 23 - 9:37 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms Jamaal Charles is considering a holdout.

There have been mixed reports amongst the local media, but Rapoport lends credence to CBS Kansas City's report that Charles won't show on Thursday. However, RapSheet is using cautious language, saying Charles "may not (report) at the start." There should be plenty of updates over the next 24 hours.
Jul 22 - 7:40 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston will report for training camp.

Houston skipped the Chiefs' entire offseason program, but isn't prepared to go to contract war. Reporting is a good-faith gesture that could get talks rolling in the right direction. Still only 25 and headed into the final year of his rookie deal, Houston has 21 sacks over past 27 games. The Kansas City Star believes Tamba Hali's five-year, $57 million deal is a potential "starting point" in talks.
Jul 22 - 7:35 PM

CBS Kansas City reports Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp as he seeks a new contract.

The T.V. station reports Charles is "prepared to hold out as long as it takes." CBS Kansas City is not a typical Rotoworld source, but the report certainly has a basis in reality. However, the Kansas City Star reports Charles is planning to report "regardless of whether an extension is in place." Coming off an MVP-caliber season, Charles is dramatically underpaid at $3.65 million between salary and bonuses, and is signed through only 2015. Running-back money has plunged in recent years, but Charles would earn considerably more on the open market. Chiefs camp begins Thursday. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports the sides have had talks.
Jul 22 - 7:09 PM

Chiefs LT Eric Fisher (sports-hernia operation, shoulder) will be a full participant in training camp.

Fisher has reported early, getting in snaps with a "skeleton crew" on Tuesday. "I had the surgeries, so I needed to get out here, get situated before the vets get here," Fisher said. "I’m glad to be here early so I can get a jump on things." The No. 1 pick of last year's draft, Fisher is coming off a rough rookie campaign, but is replacing Branden Albert on the blindside.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 4:46 PM

The Kansas City Star suggests Chiefs backup QBs Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray are competing for one roster spot.

According to beat writer Terez Paylor, rookie Aaron Murray is "likely a lock" behind starter Alex Smith. Daniel is due a $2.35 million base salary and could be one-and-done in Kansas City after signing a three-year, $10 million contract last offseason. Bray has a rocket arm and prototypical size, but will have to take the next step in his development as a sophomore to unseat Daniel as the No. 2.
Jul 22 - 9:25 AM

Chiefs WR Kyle Williams (knee) is healthy entering training camp.

Williams tore his ACL for the second time in as many years last November. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher expects Williams to get a chance to win the slot receiver job vacated by Dexter McCluster. Williams will be competing with Junior Hemingway and rookies Weston Dressler and De'Anthony Thomas.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 9:19 AM

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) is full go for the beginning of training camp.

Coming off a lost rookie season, Kelce is nine months removed from microfracture surgery. With the Chiefs' receiver corps perhaps the thinnest in the league, Kelce will get every opportunity to make an early impact on offense, provided he's healthy. He's worth monitoring as a TE2 in fantasy leagues.
Jul 21 - 5:29 PM


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