The Morning Fix: Chiefs News and Headlines 2/19/2014

Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) stands on the field during a break in the action against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 56-31. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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.

The biggest news in the NFL right now is salary cap situations and how it will affect the signing — or not signing — players to 2014 contracts. Adam Teicher at ESPN has a post up addressing that. And believe it or not, there’s actually some good news there.

The Chiefs have salary commitments of $122,249,251 for their top 51 players. That’s the sixth-highest total in the league. They have 68 players under contract but only the 51 highest salaries will count against their cap when the free-agent signing period begins.

The NFL’s salary cap hasn’t been finalized but has been estimated to be slightly more than $126 million. The Chiefs also have a salary-cap carryover of $2,381,518 they will add to the league’s limit, buying them some extra room.

Yesterday Terez Paylor from the Kansas City Star hosted a Chiefs Q & A with readers from all over Chiefs Kingdom. One of the comments I found the most interesting came — ironcially enough — from a guy named “geno.”

Comment From genogeno: ] Has Alex Smith’s supposed inability to throw the long ball been put to rest?

Terez A. Paylor: 

Not 100 percent, but I’d feel much more comforable with him going forward after watching the way he performed the last half of the season. Andy Reid knows quarterbacks. If the Chiefs are willing to hand him an extension this offseason it’s because they believe the guy can get them to a Super Bowl…

Click here to read the rest of the Q & A. There’s some great stuff in there regarding Dwayne Bowe’s legal issues, Tyson Jackson’s future with the team and what the Chiefs could do in the draft.

Over at Bleacher Report correspondent Bill Robbins has a post up detailing what he believes the Chiefs must do in the off season.

Pro Bowl WR Dwayne Bowe has been one of the only reliable players at this position from year to year over the course of the last decade.

Although the addition of free-agent wideout Donnie Avery helped the team in this area last year, it remains a glaring a weakness on this roster.

Don’t be surprised if Andy Reid drafts one or two receivers in May’s draft, in addition to pursuing some free-agent receivers in this year’s class, including the likes of Philadelphia’s Jeremy Maclin.

That’s it for the news today, Addicts. In case you missed my tweet last night, I’ll be sitting down with Chiefs free agent safety Quintin Demps this afternoon to discuss the off season, his fledgling record label and a host of other topics. You’ll get to see that interview tomorrow.

Enjoy your humpday, Addicts and GO CHIEFS!

Topics: Alex Smith, Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • JimHarbaughsguys

    How well did Manning throw the long ball in comparison to Alex? From what I saw, Alex is just as good at the deep ball.

    And if Denver has scored more than any other team in history without a great deep ball QB, why bother caring about it that much?

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