Big morning Addicts. I had already turned in for the night when the Chiefs re-signed OLB Tamba Hali to a 5-year deal and the owners and players finally closed the book on CBA negotiations. Thanks to AA’s awesome staff, the news got up so please join me in giving big props to Lyle and Ladner.
The good news continues today. The CBA is expected to be finished off this morning, meaning the new league year will start today at 4PM ET. That means that guys like Steve Breaston and even Tamba Hali can get to practice. We’re getting closer.
Until then, here is your Morning Fix!
“I played with Le’Ron in the Pro Bowl in 2008 he’s a great guy,” RB Thomas Jones said. “He’s had a great career out there in Baltimore and I’ve followed him. He’ll be a great addition to our team.”
“I think he’s a real good pick-up,” RB Jamaal Charles added.
For the Chiefs, McClain will add to an already talented backfield that led the league in rushing last season. But while the Chiefs finished atop league rushing charts there were some hidden struggles, particularly in third-and-short situations.
Hali and the Chiefs agreed on a 5-year, $60 million contract on Wednesday and he’ll be on the Missouri Western State University campus Thursday to sign the paper work. The deal is the richest in Chiefs history because it includes $35 million in guaranteed money. That’s more than recent first round draft picks S Eric Berry and DE Tyson Jackson received and more than QB Matt Cassel has in his contract.
Practicing under the lights also gave players reprieve from a heat wave that has seen heat indexes top the 100 degree mark multiple times.
“The first time under the lights is pretty good,” RB Jamaal Charles said. “Having the young guys learning a new experience that we’re going to be playing Monday Night Football and it’s a good experience for not just the people who played here last year but it was good for everybody.”
It was a rookie’ nightmare – the Chief offense was 1st-and-goal from the 5-yrd line when big tackle avid Mims was flagged for a false start. What came next was a five-minute lecture from the head coach on mental mistakes in the red zone. Mims is likely to have nightmares about the moment Wednesday night.
The Chiefs are back to their regular schedule on Thursday, with a morning walkthrough and then an afternoon practice.