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

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The Kansas City Chiefs released four players from their roster on Thursday.

The Chiefs terminated the contract of center Bryan Mattison and placed fullback Patrick DiMarco, linebacker Cory Greenwood and quarterback Alex Tanney on waivers.

Greenwood saw the most playing time during his time with the Chiefs though it was primarily on special teams. He appeared in all 48 games over the last three seasons for Kansas City.

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Players such as Bernard Pollard, Brian Waters and Tony Gonzalez all challenged his leadership and the choice of his first head coach. So in gaining nothing from the first two exits, he traded Gonzalez for a second round draft pick that on Wednesday, was eventually shipped for the aforementioned, Anthony Sherman.

When Cornerback, Javier Arenas, the man traded to the Cardinals, came to the Chiefs from Alabama; he was a blitzing, nickel defensive back that could rush the passer. As a bonus, and the reason Pioli drafted him with the Gonzalez pick, he was also a stellar return man.

Though, he had flashes of competence in Kansas City, Arenas never showed the all around ability to play a either high level of cornerback or a bring it to the house return man.

As has been the case with most of Pioli draft picks, outside of a few players, they’ve generally been busts or under achievers. And Arenas certainly fit that bill in Kansas City.

It’s not like he wasn’t a good athlete nor had good coaching. But for a player who was such an intricate part of the Crimson Tide defense, he flat out never adjusted to the speed of the NFL game as back-up or fill in starter

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Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a former Kansas City Chiefs player and businessman to the board that oversees operations of the state’s only toll road.

Brownback’s office announced Thursday that David Lindstrom of Leawood will serve a four-year term on the Kansas Turnpike Authority board.

Lindstrom was a defensive end for the Chiefs in the 1970s and 1980s before entering the restaurant business and becoming a real estate associate and securities broker. He’s also served on the Johnson County Commission and the state arts commission.

Mike Catapano came out of Bayville, N.Y., five years ago ready to do whatever he could to excel at Princeton University.

He’s ready to do the same now for the Kansas City Chiefs after they made him the first pick in the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday.

”I ended up at a great place, and I’m fulfilling a long-time dream of mine,” Catapano said. “And it’s just beginning.

”I’m really excited about that,” he added. “It’s a clean slate. It’s a fresh opportunity. That’s great for me. Coming into the league and having an organization in a time of change and renewal, everything is fresh and new. I’ll do my best to make the most of my opportunity.”

The Ivy League’s top defensive player in the 2012 season, Catapano was the 207th overall pick in the draft. He was at home in Bayville with a small group of friends and his family when he got the news.
”I almost fell off my chair,” Catapano said. “It was just a rush of emotions. Then we see my name came up on the screen.”


When Matt Cassel came to the New England Patriots rescue when Tom Brady was injured he had earned a starting job in the NFL. He found a home with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he had a average four seasons. Now as a back up to Christian Ponder, Cassel is highlighting his time in New England as proof that he is the man for the job, the back up job that is.

“I taught Tom (Brady) everything. I thought he really started to flourish after I got there,” Cassel joked to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “A lot of people don’t understand how much time we spend together. It’s important to be together and be good teammates. And when you have a good (quarterback) room, it makes everybody better in the room. That’s what it’s all about.”

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