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The Chiefs have not had contract talks with OLB Justin Houston since the team franchise-tagged him in March.

The two sides have until July 15 to hash out a deal, so there's still time. Another team could swoop in and sign Houston to an offer sheet but it would require giving up two first-round picks. Houston, who led the league with 22 sacks last season, was Pro Football Focus' top-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker in 2014.
Apr 16 - 9:25 PM

Chiefs RCB Sean Smith has been sentenced to two years' probation in his June 2014 drunk-driving case.

Although he's now square with the law, Smith will likely be facing a two-game suspension. Going on 28 and headed into the final year of his contract, Smith was one of the better cornerbacks in the league last season. He graded out No. 5 overall in Pro Football Focus' corner ratings.
Apr 14 - 6:30 PM

Jamaal Charles says he's healthy after battling a host of minor ailments in 2014.

Charles missed just one game but was slowed by ankle, knee and hamstring issues. "I was frustrated more last season than I’ve ever been because of all of those injuries," he admitted. "I was frustrated because I didn’t feel my body was right the whole season." Despite the frustration and injuries, Charles averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Headed into his age-28 season, Charles has racked up 1,511 career touches, but there's little reason to believe he'll cease being a top-shelf RB1.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 14 - 1:50 PM

It remains unknown when, or if, Chiefs SS Eric Berry will resume his football career.

Berry is currently nearing the end of his chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, a highly curable form of cancer. Based on the picture of him in the story linked below, he's handling it very well.
Apr 13 - 11:14 AM

Eric Kush is expected to take over as the Chiefs' starting center in 2015.

With Rodney Hudson defecting for Oakland as a free agent, the job appears to be Kush's to lose. Kush was the 170th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He played zero snaps last season after being in on 73 plays as a rookie. Director of player personnel Chris Ballard believes Kush "has got a bright future."
Apr 8 - 2:56 PM

Chiefs re-signed exclusive rights free agent LB Josh Martin to a one-year, $585,000 contract.

Martin doesn't play much defense (52 snaps last season), but was Pro Football Focus' No. 1 special teamer in 2014, where he amassed 10 tackles.
Apr 6 - 7:08 PM

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said ILB Derrick Johnson's roster spot is safe.

Johnson is coming off a torn Achilles' tendon, is 32 years old and the cap-strapped Chiefs could free up $5.2 million by cutting him. But they're counting on his return (as well as Mike DeVito's) to correct a run defense that ranked 28th in the league last year. "In terms of the modern era of the Chiefs, it’s hard to think about the club without thinking about Derrick at inside linebacker. ... We’re looking forward to having him back this year, hopefully good as new," Hunt said.
Mar 31 - 10:14 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid wants Travis Kelce to bulk up for 2015, gaining as much as 15 pounds.

Kelce spent his breakout 2014 playing at 250, but Reid thinks he can retain his special athleticism and speed all the way up to 265. "It helps you in protection," Reid said. "He played as high as 265 at the college level, where I considered him a pretty good blocker. So he can function even with a little more weight added." Playing at 265 would put Kelce squarely in Rob Gronkowski territory. As good as Kelce was on limited snaps (66.6 percent) last season, he still has scary room for improvement.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 5:11 PM

Chiefs SS Eric Berry's recovery from Hodgkin's lymphoma is "going well."

However, the Chiefs have no update on Berry's football career. That's on the way back burner, anyway, as Berry's health is at the forefront. It sounds like the 26-year-old is progressing well. He's back behind the wheel and driving again.
Mar 24 - 8:21 PM

The Chiefs aren't considering moving QB Terrelle Pryor to another position.

"We’re going to give him an opportunity to play quarterback and see how he does," coach Andy Reid said. "We think he’s a quarterback, and I think that’s what he wants to be." Pryor is approaching Tim Tebow territory, where he'd perhaps be better off switching positions to tight end. With Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray also in the Chiefs' quarterback room, Pryor will be far from assured of No. 3 duties.
Mar 24 - 4:04 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid confirms DB Ron Parker will remain a safety first in 2015.

"Yeah, he’s a safety that can do both (safety and corner)," Reid said. "I’d say (we’ll) give him a shot (at safety), first." The majority of Parker's 1,037 snaps came at safety last season, but he also made four starts at cornerback. Parker figures to be the Chiefs' starting free safety opposite new SS Tyvon Branch.
Mar 24 - 4:00 PM

Coach Andy Reid said he expects "more and better" from Travis Kelce this season.

2014 was essentially Kelce's rookie year as a knee injury wiped out his entire 2013 campaign. He was coddled, playing just 66.6 percent of the snaps and seeing 5.4 targets per game. Now that Anthony Fasano is gone and Kelce is another year removed from the injury, the beast projects to be unleashed. He has a top-two TE ceiling in 2015.
Mar 24 - 10:38 AM

Andy Reid confirmed Jeremy Maclin will play the "Z" position in his offense.

It's the position DeSean Jackson played while Reid, Jackson and Maclin were all together in Philly. During that four-year stretch (2009-12), D-Jax averaged 3.8 catches for 70.4 yards with 0.38 touchdowns per game while going over 1,000 yards twice. Of course, the Kansas City version of Reid's offense is a bit different as checkdown captain Alex Smith refuses to throw into tight windows and Jamaal Charles is the focal point. Maclin will likely catch more balls but will be stretched to reach Jackson's yardage heights as Smith's "Z," leaving him as a low-upside WR2/3 type. He's going to miss Chip Kelly's scheme badly.
Mar 24 - 9:32 AM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher confirms the team likes WR Albert Wilson.

Right now, Wilson is penciled in as the No. 2 wideout opposite Jeremy Maclin. It would be a big leap of faith in the 5-foot-9 slot man and former UDFA out of Georgia State, but he showed some serious playmaking chops down the stretch last season. Over the last four weeks, Wilson caught 12 passes for 209 yards. Expect the Chiefs to add competition via the draft, but Wilson is at least in the mix to start and be the No. 3 target behind Maclin and Travis Kelce.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 23 - 8:46 AM

Travis Kelce revealed he wasn't cleared to resume running until a month before training camp last year, and the Chiefs limited his early-season reps as part of a predetermined plan.

Kelce was coming off microfracture surgery. He revealed that Chiefs coaches and medical staff planned the limited role before unleashing Kelce late. "I still wasn't full strength last year," he said. "Which is why I'm excited about this year. Because now I get the time to take a full offseason and get my legs ready. ... I didn't really feel that comfortable on the field (in 2014)." Kelce finished as the No. 8 overall fantasy tight end and was the No. 4 tight end over the season's final five weeks.
Mar 19 - 7:56 PM


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