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The Morning Fix: Chiefs News and Headlines 2/17/2014

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Fix.

Today is the first day that NFL teams can utilize the “franchise tag” on players they don’t want to lose to free agency, but haven’t reached an agreement with. Though we’ll cover that very topic in a post later today, Adam Teicher at ESPN gives his take here.

It makes no sense for the Kansas City Chiefs to use the franchise or transition tag on any of their prospective free agents this year. None of those players could be considered essential for the Chiefs next season or beyond. The Chiefs will also be tight to the salary cap and would find it difficult to take on another bloated, one-year salary.

The NFL Combine is just five days away, and that seems to be the focus in the league this week. If you’ve missed them, make sure you scroll back and check out co-editor Ben Nielsen’s series on the combine — here’s his latest one — and he’s got another one coming out later this morning. At the Mothership, Chiefs Insider Reid Ferrin has a great post up chronicling how current Chiefs fared at the annual NFL event.

If you had to label which Combine drill is the headliner, this is it. Speed kills and the 40-yard dash is where guys like Chiefs Pro Bowl S Eric Berry (4.40 sec) and Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles (4.38 sec) show their Olympic-like speed. Each athlete is timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. WR A.J. Jenkins was the fastest Chiefs player at the Combine; he crossed the line in 4.37 seconds.

That’s it today, Addicts. Enjoy your Monday and GO CHIEFS!

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