The Chiefs signed Donnie Avery to be the fast wide receiver they’ve lacked the last few seasons, but Avery watched for most of the offseason because of a high ankle sprain. Avery should be ready to participate when camp starts, but he will be behind when he gets to St. Joseph — and that’s not a good omen for a team hoping to find playmakers alongside Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. Rookies Travis Kelce and Knile Davis showed they have ability and could help this season, but it’s not wise to count on much from a pair of third-round picks. It’s also unwise to count on help from two players, Jon Baldwin and Dexter McCluster, who have disappointed before.
Kansas City Chiefs fans started a Facebook group, “Terrorhead Returns”, with the goal of earning a shot at the record. The group said it’s dedicated to “re-affirm and establish our long known history of Arrowhead Stadium as being the ‘Loudest Stadium in the NFL.’”
Arrowhead Stadium long has been considered home to one of the most boisterous fan bases in the NFL, dating back to the days when Marty Schottenheimer stalked the sidelines in the 1990s.
The fan group said on its Facebook page that Guinness told them they’ve passed the first stage of the application process. Their application will move to the next level and final confirmation of acceptance, which might take another few weeks, the group posted.
UPDATE: The group told NFL Network and NFL.com on Thursday that its proposal has received final approval. Next, a date has to be set.
“I give Lane and his agent, Ken Sarnoff, a lot of credit for their work in getting this deal complete. Both had stated to us how important it was to get this deal signed before the rookies report on Monday and they kept their word. We’re all looking forward to watch Lane get his NFL career started.”
No. 1 pick Eric Fisher has yet to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. No. 2 pick Luke Joeckel signed a fully guaranteed four-year, $21.2 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on June 24.
Hali, a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, spent part of his summer hanging out with Rener and Ryron Gracie, members of the legendary Gracie family who created Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Hali went to visit the Gracie Academy in Southern California, which is operated by Rener and Ryron with the help of family members and close friends.
The Gracie family recently uploaded a 17-minute YouTube video of Hali training with the Gracie brothers.