Around The Web: Schedule Reax, No Gonzo Talk, Franklin Claimed, New Kicker, Hunt Money Man Guilty

The schedule for the Chiefs’ 50th anniversary season was released yesterday.

The reaction was expectantly wide ranging:

Over at the Red Zone Blog, Kent Babb goes game by game giving odds for a Chiefs victory and even a score prediction.  When the dust settles the Chiefs should finish five wins better than last season and be in a position to contend for a division title in 2010.

The Chiefs weren’t handed any breaks says Bob Gretz.  When you are a struggling team, all games are tough ones.  But no matter how you slice this schedule cheese, the Chiefs got handed some smelly slices.  Take the season opener.  Rather than letting Kansas City open at home, the league sent them on the road to face a Baltimore team that was in the AFC Championship Game last year.

Meanwhile, Adam of Arrowhead Addict broke down the schedule in a video blog.

Any way you look at the schedule, it looks like the Chiefs have a hard road ahead.  It may only be 17th hardest according to opponents winning percentage, but for a 2-14 team breaking in two new schemes it looks a lot tougher than 17th in the league.  But this is the type of thing that all of us — myself included — get way too hung up on.   We don’t know what any of the teams will look like come Week 1 so it’s impossible to look to Week 17 and know what the landscape for the Chiefs will be.

tg5For all the trade talk surrounding Tony Gonzalez, Tom Curran at NBC Sports is reporting the Chiefs and Falcons have not had any discussions regarding the tight end.  That’s not to say that Atlanta wouldn’t be happy to have a player like Gonzalez but to this point it’s nothing more than a daydream.

I imagine Scott Pioli has talked hypothetical situations with a lot of teams, including the Atlanta, at this point.  If only because a GM is doing a disservice to his franchise if they do not at least kick the tires on the best tight end in the league.  Hopefully we get to see what TG can do in Todd Haley’s offense, but if a team comes up with a package of picks that includes a second rounder it will be hard for Pioli not to pull the trigger.

After being put on waivers by the Chiefs, WR Will Franklin was claimed by the Detroit Lions.  The Raiders, Rams, Colts and Eagles all put in claims but the Lions had first dibs because of their league worst 0-16 record.

Franklin ends up in the best spot in the way of competition since the team only has one viable option right now in the amazing Calvin Johnson.  But he also goes to a franchise that outside of Johnson has been historically bad in evaluating talent in recent years, specifically at the wide receiver position.  I also have to question whoever wrote that story on Franklin because they listed him at 6’2/205.  He didn’t even measure 6’1 at the combine and with word going around that he showed up to the Chiefs off season program out of shape I’m sure the reading on the scale is closer to 220 right now.

The Chiefs have invited free agent kicker Carlos Martinez to this weekend’s mini-camp.  Martinez earned the invite after a strong workout in which he made all 13 of his FG attempts.  He has spent time with the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphis Eagles and Dallas Cowboys between indoor football travels but has never played in a regular season NFL game.carlosmartinez2crop

Martinez is not lacking for confidence:

“I’ve been doing this long enough that I know what they’re looking for, and I know I have ability to compete for a starting job in the NFL.  They just want to see me go in there and make contact every time and make some solid kicks. It’s all about not having bad days. You just can’t have an off day in that league, and I think I’m that consistent.  I’m not officially signed or anything yet, but they asked me back to this veterans mini-camp.  Hopefully, I’ll get signed after this. I know I can kick at this level; I just have to prove it again.”

Gotta love the attitude, but I think he is reading far too much into an April mini-camp invite.

Barrett Wissman, a hedge fund executive, has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and is cooperating with NY State Attorney General Andrews Cuomo’s investigation of corruption at the state pension fund.  Wissman is the managing director for HFV Asset Management, which manages money for the Hunt family.  An investment fund managed by HFV has been mentioned in court filings related to the investigation, but the Hunts themselves have not been implicated in the case.

Yikes, I’m not sure what to make out of this story.  I’m not nearly smart enough to understand how these kind of investigations work, but it’s a good sign the Hunts seem to have had no knowledge of what Wissman was doing.

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