Take One Chiefs Free Agent Off The Board

by Ryan Jones on February 5th, 2014 at 8:11pm

Before free agency opens next month, the Kansas City Chiefs will try to re-sign some of the dozen players set to hit the market. They started that process off by inking a new deal with the least known — but one of the most important — players.

Long snapper Thomas Gafford and the team have agreed to terms on a one year deal that will pay him $730,000. Keeping the special team standout in Kansas City means one of the longest tenured players will be with the Chiefs for at least one more season.

Gafford joined the Chiefs back in 2008, playing in nine games. He then took over as the unquestioned long snapper in 2009 and has played in all 16 games each of the past five seasons. He’s managed to stick around despite playing for three different general managers and four head coaches.

Along with his solid resume, Gafford also has a connection to Chiefs GM John Dorsey. Though he never appeared in a regular season game with them, Gafford spent time with the Green Bay Packers while Dorsey worked in the front office in 2006 and 2008. He also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears before landing with the Chiefs.

Clark Hunt Talks Keeping Alex Smith Long Term

by Ryan Jones on February 4th, 2014 at 7:11pm

The Kansas City Chiefs have no shortage of players that are free agents this offseason. Even though QB Alex Smith isn’t part of that group, the Chiefs could lock him up long term.

Smith is entering the final year of his contract, but the team could just let him play out the season and then use their franchise tag if he puts together another solid campaign. But listening to owner Clark Hunt on 810 WHB in Kansas City, it sounds like the team will be putting together a new deal for Smith.

“When we made the trade for him a year ago, that was part of the thinking,” Hunt said, according to an ESPN transcript. “I don’t think that thinking has changed. He came in and did a nice job. We’re glad to have him as a part of the Kansas City Chiefs and we hope it’s longer than a two-year stay.”

The historic collapse against the Indianapolis Colts has gotten all the attention since the Chiefs season ended, but it shouldn’t be lost that Smith showed the ability to carry Any Reid’s offense. That’s something that wasn’t lost on the Chiefs owner.

“One of the things I enjoyed about the season was watching him get better as we went along, which makes sense,” Hunt said. “Andy’s offense is pretty complicated, even for someone as bright as Alex. But the longer he played in it, the longer the rest of the team was in this offense, you could see him getting better. I think it’s very exciting for 2014 to see where that offense goes.”

I think it’s exciting to see what this offense can do too, but I’m equally excited to see what kind of terms these two sides could agree on. Smith’s representatives no doubt will shoot for something similar to Jay Cutler’s brand new deal, which guarantees the Bears quarterback $54 million over the next three seasons.

Meanwhile, the team can sit back and just let him play out the final year of his contract and use the franchise tag in 2015 for a cost of just north of $22 million over two seasons.

Smith will have a good case, considering he’s a year younger than Cutler and has played more games over the last three seasons (41 to 36).

Chargers Promote Former Chiefs Assistant

by Ryan Jones on February 4th, 2014 at 8:03am

During his time with the Kansas City Chiefs, it appeared Nick Sirianni could be on his way to being an offensive coordinator. A favorite of Todd Haley, Sirianni started as a quality control assistant on offense and was promoted by Romeo Crennel to wide receivers coach in 2012.Nick Sirianni

Then new head coach Andy Reid came to town and cleaned house, including Sirianni. The young coach was able to stay in the division, when he grabbed a spot on Mike McCoy’s first coaching staff with the San Diego Chargers.

Sirianni served as the quality control coach last season and has already earned a promotion. McCoy named him quarterbacks coach Monday, taking the spot of the Frank Reich, who is moving up to the Chargers offensive coordinator.

If he eventually moves his way up to head coach, he won’t be the first in his family to hold the title. His brothers Jay and Mike are already head coaches. Jay is the head coach at their alma mater, Southwestern Central High School in Jamestown, NY. Meanwhile, Mike’s team is at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA.

Newest Chief Can Bring His Own Snacks To KC

by Ryan Jones on February 3rd, 2014 at 6:25pm

The Kansas City Chiefs signed wide receiver Weston Dressler last week after his time in the CFL came to a close. But this isn’t just your typical Canadian football player.WestonDresslerSnack

He’s kind of a big deal. And not just because of what he’s been able to do on the field.

Sure, the 28-year-old posted an amazing 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns in six seasons. Along the way he was named the CFL’s rookie of the year and an All Star twice.

None of those things are nearly as impressive as having fruit snacks named in his honor! In Weston Dressler’s case they are called “Westermelons”.

These fine strawberry watermelon 100% fruit snacks were sold exclusively at Co-Ope Retail System with the profits going to charity.

Even if Dressler finds himself as a long shot to earn a spot on Andy Reid’s roster this summer, he should be the only player that can serve snacks in St. Joe with his face on them. That is unless there are some “Charles in Charge Crunch Bars” out there that I’ve yet to see.

2015 Super Bowl Odds Put Chiefs Well Behind Broncos

by Ryan Jones on February 2nd, 2014 at 11:33pm

In the wake of the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl dismantling of the Denver Broncos, of course we already have odds on who will win the game next year.

Despite the embarrassing loss, Peyton Manning and the Broncos have the second best odds (only behind the Seahawks) at 8/1 along with the San Francisco 49ers. The Kansas City Chiefs, who finished second to the Broncos in the division, are well behind Denver, according to RJ Bell.

Starting out at 30/1 to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, the Chiefs could still improve their odds between now and the beginning of next season. All it will take is a poor offseason from the Broncos and a solid showing by Kansas City GM John Dorsey.

There are six teams currently standing between the Chiefs and Broncos: New England Patriots (12/1), Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints (20/1), Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers (25/1).

Sharing the 30/1 odds with Kansas City are the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.

Chiefs Set To Sign CFL Star Weston Dressler

by Ryan Jones on January 30th, 2014 at 11:58pm

The Kansas City Chiefs are ready to dip back into the CFL pool by signing All-Star wide receiver Weston Dressler of the Grey Cup-champion Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Dressler was released on Thursday, but the move was really more of a formality than anything. He was set to become a free agent on February 15 and clearly had his eyes set on leaving the CFL for a chance to play in the NFL. He had worked out for several teams, including the Chiefs nearly three weeks ago.

The deal between Dressler and the Chiefs will become official once he passes a physical, according to TSN Radio.

Saskatchewan assistant GM Jeremy O’Day talked to the Canadian network about losing such a dynamic player.

“From our standpoint it’s tough to lose such a good player that’s been here for a long time, is a leader in the locker-room.

“But again, you’ve got to feel happy for him that he gets that opportunity. He hasn’t gone through the process of being in the NFL and as any competitor you just want to see how you compare with the best available players. We wish him the best.”

The 28-year-old Dressler is 5’8″, 179 pounds and will bring to Kansas City an impressive resume built in Canada. In six seasons he caught 442 catches, 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns. He may be joining a group of players trying to fill the void if Dexter McCluster leaves in free agency.

Chiefs Bring Back Raw Defensive Lineman

by Ryan Jones on January 29th, 2014 at 9:19pm

The Kansas City Chiefs signed another player to a reserve-futures contract Wednesday, this time bringing in defensive tackle Risean Broussard.

If the name sounds familiar. the big man spent two weeks with the Chiefs in May before being released.

Broussard is super raw, having played less than two seasons in high school and one year at the JUCO level. But he also has a ton of potential, showing in that one season of college football that he could be a force by putting up 61 tackles and six sacks in just eight games.

After being released by the Chiefs, Broussard worked out in the AFL and gotten calls from the CFL, his agent told The Star.

If he can stick in Kansas City through OTAs, Broussard could get a chance to show what he can do in training camp, something he didn’t get last time around.

2014 Mock Draft: Chiefs Target Wide Receiver

by Ryan Jones on January 27th, 2014 at 2:41pm

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The Kansas City Chiefs had an amazing turnaround in 2013, but ultimately came up short of what their talent was capable of delivering. Now as they try to take that next step, GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid will have to fill plenty of holes this offseason.

Without knowing how much money owner Clark Hunt is willing to spend in free agency, the NFL Draft could end up being the main provider of talent for the 2014 Chiefs.

Even though we’re still days away from the Super Bowl, mock drafts are starting to fly around at a fast and furious pace. The latest is a two-round mock from the folks over at SB Nation and it should come as no surprise that a wide receiver is the current prediction.

23. Kansas City Chiefs – Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver, LSU

This is where the run on wide receivers could begin. The Chiefs need to add talent to the depth chart behind Dwayne Bowe. Odell Beckham Jr. is the next wideout on our board due to his speed and body control. Andy Reid would like to add a player like Beckham who can challenge defenses vertically.

Even though this mock has Beckham Jr. as the 4th WR off the board, he would be a fantastic value this late in the draft. Especially if he tests at the combine the way I expect him to, which should help push his stock even higher.

Beckham Jr. would not only give the Chiefs a weapon at wide receiver other than Dwayne Bowe, but he also could immediately serve as the replacement for Dexter McCluster in the return game if the diminutive receiver leaves Kansas City in free agency.

This mock is a two rounder, but the San Francisco 49ers were awarded the Chiefs second round pick as soon as Kansas City won eight games. If you’re curious, the Niners are predicted to take CB Aaron Colvin from Oklahoma.

Dontari Poe Shows Off His Hands (And Wheels)

by Ryan Jones on January 27th, 2014 at 6:30am

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Derrick Johnson wasn’t the only member of the Kansas City Chiefs defense that had an impressive showing Sunday night at the NFL Pro Bowl. Sure, the linebacker delivered a big hit on Jamaal Charles and was named team MVP on defense, but he doesn’t have a rumbling-tumbling highlight.

Dontair Poe, however, absolutely does.

The big man picked off Phillip Rivers with eight minutes left int he second quarter after the quarterback was hit by J.J. Watt. Hauling in the football at the 50 was impressive enough for the defensive tackle, but the return was even better.

Poe took off sprinting down the sideline and seemed to be destined for the end zone with a couple teammates helping to lead the way. Unfortunately for fat men everywhere, running back Mike Tolbert (who would later score the game-winning two point conversion) tripped up Poe just as he got to the 10-yard line.

Even though he didn’t finish the play, Poe’s interception and scamper set up Team Sanders inside the 10 and Cam Newton would punch it in for a score four plays later.

Watch Dontari Poe Show Off His Wheels!

Alex Smith Leads Pro Bowl-Winning Drive

by Ryan Jones on January 27th, 2014 at 6:12am

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Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith had just thrown a fourth quarter interception that could have sealed the fate of Team Rice at Sunday night’s Pro Bowl. The turnover gave the ball back to Team Sanders with a 21-14 lead and just 2:17 left in the game.

Smith would get another chance after a Team Sanders punt. And he’d get set up perfectly by his Chiefs teammate Dexter McCluster on the return when he scampered 26 yards to the Team Rice 42 yard line.

24 and 14 yard completions to Josh Gordon and Alshon Jeffery set the stage for a game changing play by Smith. He hit DeMarco Murry for a 20 yard touchdown to bring Team Rice within a point.

Instead of tying things up, Smith and the Rice offense opted for the two-point conversion and picked up the clinching points with a Mike Tolbert run.

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