Good morning, Addicts! Let’s skip all the chit-chat and get down to business. The Kansas City Chiefs must sign All-Pro outside linebacker Justin Houston today, or he plays on a one-year deal. The suspense is incredible, the silence deafening.
Optimism for Chiefs, Houston? – Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride
"Deadlines can make things happen. These talks were characterized as “far off’ just a few weeks ago. This is not like the Dez Bryant situation where there are constant leaks to the public. The Houston camp nor the Chiefs haven’t made this into an ugly, public situation like we’ve seen from other contract disputes."
Jeremy Maclin talks leadership and trophies – B.J. Kissel of KCChiefs.com
"In order for the Chiefs to accomplish those kinds of goals, even with Maclin putting up the same kind of numbers that earned him the first Pro Bowl honor of his career last season, it’s going to take a lot of young players stepping up and developing."
Alex Smith needs his offensive line – Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride
"This is one of the best ways to look at the importance of the Chiefs offensive line. When they do their job, Alex Smith is a very good quarterback. Pro Football Focus rates him as one of the most accurate quarterbacks so when he is given time he can get a catchable ball to the receiver (or running back … or tight end). The Chiefs will likely be better on the left side of the line this year while the center position and the right side are an unknown right now."
Chiefs positional review: Defensive backs – Pete Sweeney of KCChiefs.com
"Returning starters Husain Abudllah, Ron Parker and Sean Smith head into camp leading a unit of 17, including two draft picks in first-rounder Marcus Peters and third-rounder Steve Nelson. Of the 17, five will enter their rookie season and two, Phillip Gaines and Daniel Sorensen, enter 2015 as sophomores."