The First Downs for Down Syndrome Foundation and the Chiefs linemen began their 20th season of partnership with the 16th Annual Huddle Time charity auction at Mestizo restaurant in Leawood, Kansas.
Since 1992, the Chiefs have helped First Downs for Down Syndrome raise over $1,000,000 for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Guard Ryan Lilja, center Rodney Hudson, and other Chiefs players mingled with potential bidders and Chiefs fans at the event to raise that number even higher.
A spectacular catch or two or even a strong set of off-season practices won’t mean Baldwin is the real thing. But it has to be encouraging for the Chiefs after his near-waste of a rookie season. The Chiefs have a long set of unresolved issues on offense as they plow through their off-season work and those at wide receiver are at or near the top of the list. Until Dwayne Bowe shows up, their margin for error at the receiver spots is basically non-existent. Without Bowe, they’ll need the A-game of all of their wide outs and Baldwin in particular.
Coach Romeo Crennel said CB Stanford Routt is doing a good job acclimating himself to the Chiefs after spending seven seasons in Oakland. “He’s trying to learn the system and I think some of his talent is beginning to show up now the more comfortable he gets with the guys around him,” Crennel said. “He’s beginning to understand our system and what we want done.”
Bowe wants a long-term deal. Any player in the NFL does. It’s a physical game and having the insurance of a long-term deal behind you eases a player’s mind. The Chiefs didn’t want to commit to a long-term deal yet, so they franchise tagged him. Sure, they have to pay him a top-five wide receiver salary, but only for one year. A one-year contract of any sort isn’t going to break an NFL organization. Bowe wasn’t happy with the franchise tag; so much so that he hasn’t signed his franchise tag contract. Bowe is holding out, but has stated he will be in training camp. Hopefully, a deal that suits him wil be on the table before it comes time for pre-season games, which he can’t play in without being under contract.