Team Notebook: Kansas City Chiefs
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Chiefs | Dontari Poe had surgery
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs DT Dontari Poe (back) underwent surgery on his herniated disk July 15. Poe will miss training camp, but head coach Andy Reid said there's a chance Poe is able to return in the early part of the season depending on how he recovers.
Chiefs | Dontari Poe has back injury
Chiefs | Albert Wilson expected to start
Chiefs | Sean Smith suspended
Chiefs | Chris Conley fitting in
Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley has shown a great deal of potential heading into training camp and the preseason. He has been working to master head coach Andy Reid's complex playbook, a task he said included flash cards and hotel-room route running.
Chiefs | Demetrius Harris' status uncertain
Chiefs | Justin Houston contract update
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston will earn $21.5 million next season, $36.5 million after two years, $53 million after three years, $68 million after four years, $83.5 million after five years and finally reach $101 million after six years. And in addition to his $32.5 million that's fully guaranteed, Houston has rolling guarantees that add up to $43 million guaranteed by March, 2016, and will reach $52.5 million in March, 2017. Houston will also receive some of his 2017 base guaranteed money in 2016.
Chiefs | Justin Houston seeing large check soon
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston will receive $12 million of his $20.5 million signing bonus within 20 days of signing his deal. The other $8.5 million is deferred until April 1, 2016.
Chiefs | Justin Houston would have held out
Chiefs | More on Justin Houston deal
Chiefs | Justin Houston signs new deal
Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston signed a six-year, $101 million deal that includes $52.5 million guaranteed Wednesday, July 15. The deal is the richest in franchise history and the largest deal ever for a linebacker.
Chiefs | Justin Houston talks progress
Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston's negotiations on a long-term deal with the team continues to progress, and he could land a deal similar to Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt. Watt's six-year, $100 million deal included $50 million in guarantees.
Chiefs | Justin Houston and KC have optimism
Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston is considered to be the most likely of all the franchise tag situations to sign a long-term deal prior to the deadline. There isn't anything certain in place, but the two sides have made a big commitment to getting a deal done.
Chiefs | Justin Houston contract update
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston and the Chiefs are expected to continue talks regarding a long-term deal Tuesday, July 14. Houston was given the one-year franchise tender worth $13.1 million. The deadline to get a long-term deal done is Wednesday, July 15.
Chiefs | Justin Houston confident in pass rush
Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston believes he and LB Tamba Hali make up the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL. Over the past two seasons, Houston and Hali have combined for 50 sacks, including 22 from Houston last season.
Chiefs | Talks with Justin Houston progressing
Chiefs | Alex Smith working with feet
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has been focusing on footwork and technique this offseason, particularly with his downfield passes. "For me, footwork is something that never goes away," Smith said. "You're constantly trying to get better with your feet."
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles feeling young again
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles said he's feeling healthy, is eating right and doing yoga. "I'm doing everything I am supposed to do to keep my body up at my age. Charles added that he feels like he's 20 or 21 years old again.
Chiefs | Derrick Johnson ready to play
Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (knee) said he's looking forward to training camp after missing all but one game last year with a torn Achilles' tendon. Johnson had missed practices during organized team activities with knee inflammation, but should be full go once training camp starts.
Chiefs | Expected to resume talks with Justin Houston
Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston is expected to resume contract talks with the Chiefs Tuesday, July 14, according to a source. The two sides have until Wednesday, July 15, to reach a long-term deal.
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles the total package
Chiefs | Justin Houston confident in KC pass rush
Kansas City Chiefs DL Justin Houston believes that he and DL Tamba Hali make up the league's best pass-rushing duo. "I'd say so. I think everybody should think the same way," Houston said. "I think you should think that as an NFL player, think you're the best and believe you're the best. I really do think we are." Since Houston was drafted in 2011, he and Hali have combined for 86.5 sacks - by far the most in the NFL over that stretch.
Chiefs | Alex Smith to restructure?
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith's contract could be restructured to clear up to $8.175 million in cap space, according to former NFL agent Joel Corry. "Knock that base down to a million, and that's what you can get," Corry said. "(But) you raise his cap numbers in the future, which creates more dead money. That's been the one that I thought they might do for a long time."
Chiefs | Sign Jeret Smith
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles taking week off
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will be taking a week off from football now that minicamp is over. Following the hiatus, Charles will begin an intense workout regimen. Charles said he would try to come back early and work with the Chief's strength and conditioning coach to get more in shape and back in the groove.
Chiefs | Evan Mathis not a target
Chiefs | Chris Conley receiving starter looks
Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley has been receiving a lot of snaps with the starting offense, with satisfactory results. Conley also started with the first-team offense recently when WR Jeremy Maclin (foot) sat out with a sore foot.
Chiefs | Da'Rick Rogers cut
Chiefs | Justin Houston to skip minicamp
Chiefs | Eric Kush leader for center job
Chiefs | Marcus Peters will take part in minicamp
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles plans on playing a while
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will turn 29 by the end of the 2015 season, but he said he has no plans on slowing down and wants to play another six years. "(The game) has changed," Charles said. "They've got all kinds of technology now, all kinds of medicine people have come up with to stay healthy."
Chiefs | Albert Wilson practices
Chiefs | Derrick Johnson back at practice
Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin returns to practice
Chiefs | Alex Smith being asked to go deep
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has been asked to take more shots down the field this season. "I like where Alex is," offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. "But now in the spring, we want to see any quarterback shoot the ball down the field and at least test it. That gives him the comfort level the next time he's in that situation."
Chiefs | De'Anthony Thomas preparing for new role
Kansas City Chiefs WR De'Anthony Thomas has shed weight in order to maximize his speed as he transitions from running back to wide receiver. "I just got a lot stronger and I feel like I'm good right now where I'm at," Thomas said. "I weigh about, probably, 167."
Chiefs | Dontari Poe expected to be fine
Chiefs | Talking contract with Justin Houston
Chiefs | De'Anthony Thomas switching positions
Kansas City Chiefs WR De'Anthony Thomas has switched from a running back to a wide receiver this offseason. Thomas likes the change. "It makes me more valuable to the offense. It lets defenses look for me, see where I'm at on the field," Thomas said. "It just gives them a different look. I believe it's a great thing." Thomas only ran for 113 yards and one touchdown on 14 attempts behind RBs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis last season.
Chiefs | Albert Wilson leaves early
Chiefs | Dontari Poe misses practice
Chiefs | Two defenders miss workout
Chiefs | Tamba Hali recovering
Chiefs | Albert Wilson could start
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