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“You don’t get many chances in this league,” said Palko, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound left-handed passer. “The door only stays open that much.”

He didn’t play much last season, but a year later, Palko, 27, might have the biggest opportunity yet. He is, for now, the Chiefs’ backup quarterback, and coach Todd Haley said Saturday that the audition to be Matt Cassel’s understudy could be one of training camp’s more interesting competitions.

The Chiefs added Tony Moeaki, Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster last year to a group that already included Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe and Matt Cassel. Suddenly, what was a horrid offensive group as recently as 2009 has the potential to be one of the NFL’s most explosive teams.

Gregg agreed to a one-year deal with the Chiefs on Friday. The 12-year veteran spent the last nine years playing the nose for the Baltimore Ravens defense that was always considered among the best units in the league.

The 6-0, 320-pound Gregg will be 35 years old in November. He came into the NFL with Cincinnati in 1999 as a sixth-round draft choice. He spent most of the ’99 season on the Bengals practice squad until he was signed in December of that year by Philadelphia. The Eagles released him before the 2000 season, and he was picked up by the Ravens for their practice squad.

Let’s start with that. One NFL personnel man calls the Chiefs’ division championship “a mirage.” They faced only two playoff teams, and one of them was the 7-9 Seahawks. They went 2-4 in the division and, counting a limp effort against the Ravens in a home playoff game, 2-5 against teams that finished .500 or better.

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