Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

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The Chiefs have exercised NT Dontari Poe's fifth-year option, valued at $6.15 million.

He's now under contract through 2016. Poe was commonly billed as a "workout wonder" coming out of Memphis in 2012, but he's developed into one of the NFL's premier nose tackles. He did have a down year in 2014 run defense, but piled up a career-high six sacks. Poe doesn't turn 25 years old until August.
Apr 24 - 4:28 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey revealed Friday that team has had recent contract talks with franchise player OLB Justin Houston.

Houston was a no-show when Kansas City began spring conditioning, but it's good news the sides have begun to converse. As of April 16, there were reported to be no talks. Houston has not signed his one-year, $13.17 million franchise tender and won't have to attend team workouts until he's under contract.
Apr 24 - 2:07 PM

Alex Smith has been medically cleared for the Chiefs' offseason program.

He missed Week 17 last year with a lacerated spleen. As a 15-game starter, Smith compiled an 18:6 TD-to-INT ratio and 65.3 completion rate, the second-best percentage of his career. The addition of Jeremy Maclin and expected improvement from Travis Kelce and Albert Wilson give Smith a ceiling of high-end QB2 production this season. Smith turns 31 years old next month.
Apr 20 - 4:16 PM

Franchise player Justin Houston was a no-show for the start of Chiefs voluntary workouts.

Unsigned franchise players are almost never in attendance for the offseason program. Coach Andy Reid is confident Houston wants to remain in Kansas City even though he made noise about soliciting offers from other teams. "He knows this is a good place for him," Reid said. "We know this is a good place for him. They’ll get it all worked out." The sides have reportedly had no talks.
Apr 20 - 2:51 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') and DE Mike DeVito (Achilles') are participating in voluntary workouts.

Both players went down in Week 1. It's possible they'll still be babied through the rest of the offseason with an eye toward being 100 percent for training camp. The Chiefs are counting on Johnson and DeVito to restore order to their run defense.
Apr 20 - 2:38 PM

Jamaal Charles said he wants the Chiefs to upgrade the offensive line in the draft.

Charles, who lost stud center Rodney Hudson in free agency, channeled his inner Chris Johnson with these quotes. "It was challenging last year playing with guys — some got hurt, some got suspended. So it was hard playing. I never knew how crucial it was to my career that I needed linemen." Despite the struggles of the line, Charles still averaged 5.01 YPC and finished as fantasy's No. 7 overall running back. He'll be an elite producer even if the Chiefs' hogs project to struggle once again.
Apr 20 - 7:52 AM

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


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