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Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin working with Alex Smith
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin and QB Alex Smith played catch for the first time since Maclin was acquired this offseason. Maclin said everything was smooth and that he was simply trying to get a feel for how Smith threw the football. Smith said he believes Maclin's transition into the Chiefs' offense will be relatively smooth since he has already played for head coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia.
Chiefs | Talk with Justin Houston's reps
Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston's representatives recently talked with the team about a possible long-term contract, according to general manager John Dorsey. Houston is not participating in offseason workouts while he waits for a new contract.
Chiefs | Pick up Dontari Poe's option
Chiefs | Shaquille Richardson released
Chiefs | Dorial Green-Beckham visiting KC
Chiefs | Alex Smith medically cleared
Chiefs | Two players sign tenders
Chiefs | Mike DeVito will participate in workouts
Chiefs | Derrick Johnson ready for workouts
Chiefs | Akeem Hunt drawing interest in KC
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles wants team to address OL
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles wants the team to address the offensive line situation in the upcoming NFL Draft. Charles told media "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."
Chiefs | Justin Houston talks non-existent
Chiefs | Brandon Hartson waived
Chiefs | Host Raheem Mostert
Chiefs | Sean McGrath waived
Chiefs | Sean Smith pleads guilty to DUI charge
Kansas City Chiefs CB Sean Smith pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence in Kansas City and received two years probation. He also pleaded guilty for failing to provide proof of insurance and was fined $895. Smith could be suspended two games by the NFL for this case.
Chiefs | Byron Bell works out
Chiefs | Eric Berry doing well
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (illness) is doing really well in his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma, according to his brother, Evan Berry. "He's doing really good," Evan Berry said. "I think he has three more treatments left. To be honest, I don't really see it affecting him. He's a very strong person, and he's continued to keep strong." Berry's disease is considered to be highly curable.
Chiefs | Josh Martin signs tender
Chiefs | Junior Sylvestre visits
Chiefs | Alex Smith could be restructured
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith's $10.9 million salary could be converted into a bonus to help the team create some salary cap space in 2015. That would create upwards of $8.2 million in salary cap room.
Chiefs | Derrick Johnson likely to stay
Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') and DE Mike DeVito (Achilles') are both pushing each other in their rehabs from torn Achilles' tendons. Both players also have a year left on their contracts. DeVito agreed to a pay cut that dropped his salary to $2.9 million. Johnson has a salary cap number of $5.2 million, and the Chiefs are only around $2.85 million under the 2015 cap. Kansas City could create more room by releasing Johnson, but the Chiefs are expected to hang onto him.
Chiefs | Brandon Tate visits
Chiefs | Tim Barnes visits
Chiefs | Marcus Mariota a fit in KC?
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be a perfect fit for the Kansas City Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid, even if the team is committed to QB Alex Smith, in the opinion of NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. Kiper cites the success of former QB Donovan McNabb as Reid's quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Mariota is expected to be gone when KC picks at 18 overall, and the Chiefs are unlikely to trade up to take him. Reid said he didn't have a chance to meet with Mariota, either.
Chiefs | KC wants a bigger Travis Kelce
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce played at roughly 250 pounds in 2014, but head coach Andy Reid wants Kelce to report bigger in 2015, and Reid thinks Kelce can pack on an extra 15 pounds without losing any of his speed or quickness. Kelce led the team in catches (67) and receiving yards (862) last season.
Chiefs | Donald Stephenson to start at RT?
Chiefs | Jeff Allen an option at multiple spots
Kansas City Chiefs OT Jeff Allen will be next in line to start at right tackle in 2015, and he will also compete to be the starter at right guard. He played mostly tackle in college but played mostly guard since being drafted in 2012.
Chiefs | Ben Grubbs to start at LG
Chiefs | Eric Kush to start at center
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said C Eric Kush will enter the 2015 season as the starting center. C Rodney Hudson was lost in free agency to the Oakland Raiders. "We drafted Kush and we said, 'Well, maybe in a year or two this guy has an opportunity to be a starter if he continues to progress' and now he has that opportunity," Reid said. "Not that we weren't going to try to sign Rodney back."
Chiefs | Awarded four compensatory picks
The Kansas City Chiefs were awarded four compensatory picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, with a third-round pick (98th overall), two fifth-round picks (172nd and 173rd overall) and a sixth-round pick (217th overall).
Chiefs | Travis Kelce studying Gonzo
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has been studying former NFL TE Tony Gonzalez's game tape to creatively find ways to improve Kelce's game, focusing on the fundamentals in relation to instinctual play.
Chiefs | Ron Parker financials
Kansas City Chiefs SS Ron Parker's five-year, $30 million contract includes $8 million in guaranteed money. The guarantee includes a $5 million signing bonus. Parker can also earn $5 million in playing time incentives.
Chiefs | Ron Parker re-signs
Chiefs | Richard Gordon, Kelcie McCray re-sign
Chiefs | Jason Avant returns to KC
Chiefs | Dwayne Bowe released by Chiefs
Chiefs | Paul Fanaika agrees
Chiefs | Will release Dwayne Bowe
Chiefs | Acquire Ben Grubbs
Chiefs | Demetrius Harris retained
Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin signs with Chiefs
Chiefs | Dwayne Bowe likely to be cut
Chiefs | More on Tyvon Branch's deal
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs SS Tyvon Branch's one-year deal is worth $2.1 million with a $200,000 signing bonus. He has a $870,000 salary, a $30,000 workout bonus and can earn $62,500 per game in active roster bonuses. He can earn $1.5 million in playing time incentives, a $250,000 incentive for interceptions and $300,000 for making the Pro Bowl.
Chiefs | Tyvon Branch contract details
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