The Morning Fix: Chiefs News 4/3

Mar 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith speaks to media during the press conference at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

10. Kansas City Chiefs: Their quarterback position has morphed from one of weakness to intrigue. Alex Smith seemed to turn a corner in his development the past two years in San Francisco but isn’t exactly a surefire commodity in a completely new environment. Same goes for new backup Chase Daniel, who marinated in New Orleans for four seasons. Though the Chiefs appear stabilized under center, they could very well enlist a prospect in the early rounds of the draft — perhaps even Geno Smith — given the relative strength elsewhere on the roster after their free agent shopping spree.

USA Today

The players’ contracts require them to file any such claims in Jackson County, U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes ruled March 30. Many National Football League players have tried to take advantage of California laws that offer significant benefits even to people who worked only part time in the state.

The ruling was the latest of at least seven that federal judges have issued in favor of NFL teams in similar “cumulative trauma” cases. It upheld an arbitrator’s ruling from a year ago.

Kansas City Business Journal

He said he thought he was nearing a contract agreement with the Chiefs last season but those talks were with former general manager Scott Pioli.

“During the season we were negotiating, thinking we were going to come to terms, but things happen and now we’re in the situation we’re in now,” he said.

He said he is staying in shape by working out in Miami. He said he has a deadline to have his situation resolved but wouldn’t reveal the date he had in mind for that deadline.

When asked Tuesday if he would report to the team once mandatory workouts begin, he said he “hasn’t even thought about” that yet.

Albert said he wouldn’t be willing to move to right tackle, however.

“That’s not something I want to do,” Albert said. “I want to play left tackle. I’ve been playing left tackle the last five years of my career.”

ESPN.com

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  • freshmeat62

    When I see what other teams are giving in trade for QB’s, namely Matt Flynn and Carson Palmer, and Palmer was a starter, and what the Chiefs gave for a backup, yikes!

    • michael carey

      Palmer was a starter for the third worst team in the NFL last year…Smith was a starter and backup (only after suffering a head injury) for a team that went to the NFC divisional round and the Superbowl the last two years, respectively…Smith > Palmer and Flynn.

    • [email protected]

      Gave up a couple picks for a proven winner, not to bad by my standards…one more thing he was a starter that should’ve got a chance to get his job back. Ooh well that’s our gain all day

    • Tom Sparks

      In reference to being a back-up QB, IMHO, you are way off. He has been the starter for then 49er’s for more than a couple of years.
      He got replaced with Kapernick (spelling?) when he went do due to a minor injury. Kap played so well, that Jim Harbaugh decided to keep consistency and Smith was the “back-up” for the last month & playoffs.
      He led the team most of this year and last year almost got the a Conference Championship.
      Had a lot of different OC the first 4 years and had to try learning several changing O scheme scenarios.
      Once he got settled in he was a very good field general and QB. Give him a chance. He was a big part of SF success the last 2 years….
      Cassel 2.0 NOT!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

      Palmer was a stop-gap way past the prime of his career and until Smith got hurt… So was he.

      Or do we all forget Alex Smith was the 49er’s starting quarterback for a portion of the season that had alot of people saying the 49er’s were the best team in the league.

  • Troy Utt

    Sorry but this whole situation has gone the way of the rabbit hole! Guess I’m just waiting for BA to pop up one morning on the morning sports talk radio saying “The deadline is today @ 4pm!” Just dont think there is a whole lot of communication going on, with either side seemingly talking at one another…
    I really wish BA had been present for the beginning of OTA’s, even though they are not mandatory. He is under contract with new brass, and many new team-mates… I believe just his presence would have made a huge impact showing his commitment, & willingness to work with the team, the new brass!
    Although I had always been a fan of BA I am quickly falling toward the trade while you can camp. I believe there are some who’s market value is not as great as they have been built to believe by their agents! That is unfortunate as Albert is a good player, but not top 5, and that “long term commitment” he is looking for will only come with a home town discount, if he is to remain in KC!

  • [email protected]

    Alex Smith is going to lit it up this season, I can’t wait for this ride to get rolling

  • chri herring

    I’m so sick of hearing how everyone thinks Geno is a franchise quarterback. He is a talented young man who has yet to prove himself in the NFL. I’m a life long football fan of both college and pro but facts are facts. African Americans,tho great athletes, are not Superbowl caliber quarterbacks. That is honestly not a racist comment in anyway and i truly state this based on facts I’ve pulled up. Only one qb that i could find that won the superbowl was African American and none was recently. Geno is the next Vick or Young and i believe u fans will find y’all are more than happy with Alex.

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