What Klis reported, after speaking to someone, is that the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs are out of the running. Both teams contacted Manning and requested that he come to their facilities, but were rebuffed — at least according to Klis. However, Eric Williams of the Tacoma News-Tribune reported on Sunday night that the door is still open for the Seahawks, and that Manning did not specifically refuse to visit the team’s facilities. And an NFL source told Shutdown Corner on Sunday night that the Chiefs are still in the hunt as well.
We’d be naïve to think he hasn’t thought to himself: What’s the clearest path to the Super Bowl in the next two years? If I’m him, I think of three teams when it comes to competitive opportunity: Houston, Denver and Kansas City. I don’t think Houston’s interested. The Texans have been in the top 10 in the NFL in scoring in each of the last three seasons, and even if Manning led them to 75 more points than Matt Schaub or Matt Leinart could in 2012, would that put the team over the top? Not to say the Texans couldn’t change their minds and get involved this week. But if they don’t, that leaves the AFC West.
Peyton Manning rumors are running rampant. In addition, Kyle Orton is a player the organization clearly wants to re-sign. Future free agents Jason Campbell and Chad Henne draw plenty of speculation because of their previous ties to the Chiefs coaching staff and drafting a quarterback is another option.
Running Backs (3) – Kansas City is in the market for a running back with hammerheads Thomas Jones and Jackie Battle both expected to hit unrestricted free agency. With Jamaal Charles coming off knee surgery, acquiring a complimentary runner who can also shoulder the load as a primary back would be ideal.
Before the fear of injury and the prospects of a loss of a season by a valued team member took priority, the pro football off-season was highlighted by a host of appearances by what was termed, “the Chiefs basketball team.”
In 1965, the Chiefs basketball team, comprised of a number of familiar names, finished with a 16-8 record capped by a closing flourish of 11 straight victories.
Buck Buchanan (1963-65) topped the individual statistics averaging 24.1 points per game. Dave Hill (1963-74) was second in scoring with a 15.4 average followed by Bobby Hunt (1962-67) chocking up 11.3 points per contest.