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The Morning Fix: John Dorsey, Rishaw Johnson, NFL Contracts


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

Welcome to The Morning Fix.

Good morning, Addicts. Make the snowing and the cold stop, please. To the links…

John Dorsey talked with a newspaper in Green Bay about Julius Peppers and Andy Reid.

“It’s kind of like Ted and Mike, because philosophically, the head coach and the GM they understand,” said Dorsey. “They come into this thing and they understand what they have to do in order to sustain and build a team. … I believe Andy and I as well have a like mindset in terms of how to build a team.”

Arrowhead Pride’s Seth Keysor has a great breakdown of Rishaw Johnson‘s week 17 game against San Diego. It is Geoff Schwartz approved.

[Y]ou can definitely see why Schwartz was praising him. He’s got very good stength in both his upper and lower body. He can move in space a little bit. He plays until the whistle. He seems to have a mean streak. And he is above average at locking onto defenders at the second level of the defense when asked to do so (at least for a guy at this point in his career).

Terez A. Paylor informs us of a few bonuses handed out to some qualifying Chiefs players.

Cooper was one of 61 Chiefs who earned additional pay from the program, which was implemented in 2002 as an additional way to reward players who outperform their contracts. Players taken in the mid to late rounds ― like Cooper ― got most of the money in this year’s pool, which amounted to $3.46 million per team.

A lot of good information here from Andrew Brandt on the business of the NFL.

The point is that however unlikely, teams can release the player after the first year with no remaining financial obligation. Many of the bigger contracts signed this past week, such as Aqib Talib’s with the Broncos, are structured this way. And that, my friends, is not a guaranteed contract past the first year. Thus, that $500 million in guarantees is more like $250 million.

Two non-football stories:

- Here’s the Grantland AL Central preview you didn’t ask for. (The part about the Royals is somewhat positive.)

- Electronic cigarettes don’t aid in quitting smoking. Whoops.


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