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What’s Been Happening The Last Few Months

I’ve been remiss not posting information over the last couple months. Let me fill you in on what’s been happening.

Item #1 – This week I’m wrapping up a book project that has dominated my time since the first of the year. The title is Tales from the Kansas City Chiefs Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Chiefs Stories Ever Told. Publishing the book is Skyhorse Publishing out of New York and it’s part of a series that’s already produced 25 books on NFL teams and probably two dozen college football programs. Publication date is September 1st.

Item #2 – Although the NFL Draft is right around the corner, the status of bobgetz.com remains undecided. The website does not produce enough revenue for me to pay the bills, and I’ve been surviving on freelance projects and taping into retirement money. No more.

No punches to pull here – I’d like to continue the site; I still enjoy what I do, but it appears it may be time to grow up. A final decision hasn’t been made because quite frankly there hasn’t been time with the book project to fully flesh out all my thoughts. I hope to do that in the coming weeks, probably after the Draft.

Thanks for your understanding and support in what’s been a tough 18 months and throughout the now eight years of bobgretz.com.

More to come.

Chiefs Pre-Season Opponents Set For This Summer

The Chiefs will visit Arizona and St. Louis, while hosting Seattle and Tennessee in the 2015 pre-season. That was part of the schedule announced Thursday by the NFL.

No days and dates were announced for the four games Andy Reid’s team will play, but they will run off the exhibition schedule in this order:

  • Weekend of August 13-16 – at Arizona.
  • Weekend of August 20-23 – Seattle.
  • Weekend of August 27-30 – Tennessee.
  • Thursday, September 3 – at St. Louis.

The Chiefs played the Cardinals, Seahawks and Rams last season, and faced those three teams in the 2012 pre-season. The last time they met the Titans in the exhibition schedule was 2000.

The regular season NFL schedule should be released sometime in the next 10 days.

Yes, The NFL Is Getting Busy Too

On the sports calendar it’s time for the Final Four championship game, the season opener for baseball and the first major golf tournament of the year, The Masters.

And, don’t forget football.

Three NFL teams will began their off-season programs on Monday, and two more will start on Tuesday as the league attention begins to turn more to what will happen on the field, rather than on the payroll.

Monday saw Atlanta, Buffalo and the New York Jets kick off their strength and conditioning programs. Tuesday they’ll be joined by Oakland and San Francisco.

Next Monday, Chicago and Denver will start. Those seven are the teams with new head coaches, so they get extra time to begin preparing for the 2015 season.

The rest of the NFL’s 25 teams including the Chiefs will start two weeks from now on April 20th. …Read More!

Drafting On the Numbers

The AFL Draft, the AFL-NFL Draft and now 45 years of the NFL Draft as we know it today – all have played a part in the fortunes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Chiefs will have 10 selections at their disposal, a number that could go up or down depending on trade action. But it’s the most choices they’ve had since the 2008 Draft when they had 12 picks, including six of the first 82 players selected. That was the draft that brought Glenn Dorsey, Branden Albert, Brandon Flowers and Jamaal Charles to Kansas City.

This year’s selection meeting is now a month away, so we decided to provided a taste of the draft. These are the positions where the Chiefs currently own selections. For comparisons purposes, there is the last Chiefs choice taken at that spot (if any) and then the players chosen on those numbers in the last five drafts.

Enjoy. …Read More!

Order of Chiefs 2015 NFL Draft Choices

The NFL announced on Tuesday the official order or selection for this year’s NFL Draft set for April 30, May 1 and May 2.

The Chiefs have 10 selections after being awarded four compensatory selections on Monday. Here’s where their picks are slotted:

  • 1st-round, No. 18.
  • 2nd-round, No. 49.
  • 3rd-round, No. 80.
  • 3rd-round, No. 98 (compensatory).
  • 4th-round, No. 118.
  • 5th-round, No. 172 (compensatory).
  • 5th-round, No. 173 (compensatory).
  • 6th-round, No. 192.
  • 6th-round, No. 217 (compensatory).
  • 7th-round, No. 233.

Again, compensatory selections cannot be traded.

As Expected Chiefs Get 4 Extra Picks In 2015 Draft

The NFL announced Monday night the 32 compensatory selections in the 2015 NFL Draft and the Chiefs picked up the four choices they expected:

  • 3rd-round, pick No. 98.
  • 5th-round, pick No. 172.
  • 5th-round, pick No. 173.
  • 6th-round, pick No. 217.

Those four additions go with the six draft choices they already held. That’s 10 picks total that Andy Reid and John Dorsey will be able to use in the NFL Draft on May 1-2.

The Chiefs were one of three teams that picked up the maximum number of choices. They were joined by Denver and Seattle. Teams with three comp picks were Baltimore and Houston. In total there were 14 teams picking up the extra choices.

Compensatory choices started in 1994 and the Chiefs have now received 19 selections in 22 drafts.

Here are the 2015 comp picks: …Read More!

Chiefs Find Out Monday About Compensatory Picks

It was about 10 years ago or so that I was asking then-Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson about how the league determined what teams received the 32 compensatory draft picks in each year’s NFL Draft.

Peterson began to explain, laughed and said “I’m not sure I understand all the factors, so it’s silly for me to try and explain.”

Two days later, Peterson handed me a piece of paper with a disgusted look on his face. “See if you can figure this out,” he said in that low grumble of his. “If you figure it out, come tell me.” The paper was a copy of an e-mail he received from the league when he asked for an explanation of the process. The note made absolutely no sense and it turned out they had left out part of the equation in making the decisions. They didn’t even want the member clubs to know the details. They still don’t.

But a decade later the formula used by the NFL Management Council for deciding on these extra picks is less of a mystery. That’s largely due to the now 20-plus years of the compensatory choices being part of the NFL Draft. On Monday at the NFL annual meetings at the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix, the compensatory selections will be announced. The Chiefs should see four extra choices for the 2015 NFL Draft. …Read More!

A Handful Of Free Agent News from ChiefsLand

The NFL personnel wire on Thursday reported the Chiefs re-signed linebacker Dezman Moses.

The team did not provide a tender offer to Moses last week when free agency began. That allowed Moses to become an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team in the league without the Chiefs receiving compensation. Obviously, there were not any teams knocking down the door to sign Moses, who spent all of last season on the K.C. injured-reserve list.

It’s a one-year deal for Moses.

Chiefs find an infusion for their salary cap

The Chiefs were close to having only $100,000 under the salary cap on Tuesday after a week of action in free agency.

Two days later, the Chiefs were listed with $2,845,675 under the cap according to the NFL Players Association salary cap tracker on Thursday evening. More than likely that reflects the re-do of guard Ben Grubbs contract after the trade with New Orleans that brought him to the Chiefs. The NFLPA says the Chiefs now have 77 players under contract. Only the top 51 paychecks are accounted for under the salary cap right now. …Read More!

Dorsey Discusses Chiefs Offensive Line Moves

There has been a pause in the rollicking action for the Chiefs in 2015 free agency and on Wednesday, general manager John Dorsey took a moment to speak with the media about what the club has achieved to this point the off-season.

“I think we’ve done a nice job,” Dorsey said. “I think we’ve improved as a team. That’s all you can ask for.”

A lot of the questions were about the Chiefs offensive line situation, specifically the interior positions of center and the guards. Last year’s starting center Rodney Hudson is gone, signed as a free agent by Oakland. Last week, the Chiefs traded for left guard Ben Grubbs and signed right guard Paul Fanaika as an unrestricted free agent.

Dorsey said it’s far too early to create a depth chart for the group in the upcoming season. …Read More!

Free Agency Pace Grinds To Halt At Arrowhead

The Chiefs wallet for signing and trading for players has gone back into general manager John Dorsey’s pocket as the NFL begins the second week of the new league season.

After last week’s flurry of signings, trades and roster moves, the Chiefs have been quiet this week. There’s a reason why – they’ve run out of room under the salary cap.

According to the NFL Players Association salary-cap tracker, the Chiefs have the fewest dollars available under their cap among the 32 teams in the league.

On Tuesday afternoon, the NFLPA listed the Chiefs at 76 players under contract with just $135,675 remaining on their cap number for this season of $146,008,525. …Read More!

Chiefs Getting Ready To Wrap Up Fruitful Week

The Chiefs front office led by general manager John Dorsey was staying busy over the weekend in the closing days of the first week of the NFL 2015 season.

On Friday they completed the trade for guard Ben Grubbs with New Orleans, and also worked out a new contract with the seven-season veteran. They announced the retention of three of their own free agents in wide receiver Jason Avant, tight end Richard Gordon and safety Kelcie McCray. Plus, they signed street free agent long snapper James Winchester.

Saturday brought the re-signing of defensive back Ron Parker to a 5-year, $30-million contract.

According to the NFL Players Association, at the close of business on Saturday, the Chiefs had 71 players under contract and just a little more than $1.4 million available under their 2015 salary cap number of $146,144,200.

Here’s a recap of the moves made over the last 10 days by the Chiefs. They are ranked in order of their importance to the Chiefs: …Read More!

The DBowe Show Is Over – In Kansas City

What was expected for days finally became official on Thursday afternoon as the Chiefs announced that they had released wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Driven by salary cap concerns and a lack of productivity over the last two seasons relative to his 5-year $56 million contract, Bowe’s time with the club had run out. He was the Chiefs first-round selection and No. 23 player taken in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University.

“This was a tough decision to make,” General Manager John Dorsey said in a statement released by the team. “Dwayne is a team-first guy and he holds a number of team receiving records. We felt this was in the best interest of the club at this time.”

Bowe was carrying a $14 million salary-cap charge for the 2015 season from that mega-contract that he signed before the 2013 season. But in two seasons with that contract, Bowe played 31 games and caught 125 passes for 1,577 yards and six touchdown catches. Not quite the numbers of a receiver ranked among the top five contracts at the position. …Read More!

Chiefs Add Veteran Guard In Trade With Saints

Ben Grubbs, a two-time Pro Bowl guard with 133 games of NFL experience, joined the Chiefs on Thursday in a trade with the New Orleans Saints.

The Chiefs gave up their fifth-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft to pick up Grubbs, who has been a starter since his rookie season of 2007 with the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-3, 310-pound blocker was a first-round choice at pick No. 29 out of Auburn University.

Grubbs signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Saints in 2012, inking a 5-year, $36 million contract. The 2015 season will be the fourth year of that deal and he’s due to receiver a base salary of $6.5 million with a $100,000 workout bonus. He’ll count $6.6 million on the Chiefs salary cap.

In the last three years in New Orleans, Grubbs has not missed a game and in fact was on the Saints injury report for just one week in those seasons. The only games he’s missed were in 2011 with the Ravens, when he was knocked out because of a toe injury. In those 122 games, Grubbs has been penalized 23 times, 11 for holding and 10 on false starts. Last year with New Orleans, he allowed just one sack of quarterback Drew Brees.

Born in Georgia, raised in Alabama, he was recruited to Auburn as a linebacker but eventually grew into the role on the offensive line.

Chiefs Ready To Sign Big Guard From Cardinals

Right guard Paul Fanaika has banged around the NFL for seven seasons and he’s about to join his fifth team as he signs a 3-year deal with the Chiefs.

Various media outlets are reporting the deal is done as soon as he passes his physical.

The 6-5, 327-pound Fanaika started 31 of the last 33 games played by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013-14 seasons. He missed two games last season due to a sprained left ankle. One of those was the Chiefs visit to the desert near the end of the year. Fanaika did start the Cardinals opening round game in the playoffs against Carolina.

He entered the league as a seventh-round (#213) selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2009 NFL Draft, selected by then Philly head coach Andy Reid. Fanaika was released at the end of the pre-season and spent time on the Eagles practice squad. In November he was signed to the active roster of the Washington Redskins, but did not play before he was released in June 2010. Fanaika was claimed off the waiver wire by Cleveland but released before the season started and signed to the Browns practice squad.

In December 2010, the Seattle Seahawks signed him to their active roster. He bounced between the Seattle active roster and practice squad in the 2011 season. Fanaika did not play the 2012 season, and signed with Arizona in April 2013.

Fanaika grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attending Mills High School in Milbrae. He was a freshman walk-on at Arizona State University, earning a scholarship in his second year. Overall he played in 48 games for the Sun Devils with 35 consecutive starts at right guard.

His full name is Pauliasi Fanaika, pronounced fuh-NYE-kuh.

Maclin: “I thinks this Fits Me.”

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Jeremy Maclin said Wednesday that his move to the Chiefs leaves him three hours from home in St. Louis and an hour and a half from his college home at the University of Missouri.

When a guy signs a 5-year, $55 million contract with $22.5 million in guaranteed money like Maclin received, he can buy a mode of transportation that will get him down I-70 a lot faster than ordinary folks. That contract would allow him to buy an airplane or a helicopter.

“It’s not all about the money; this was a perfect situation with the familiarity with what I came into the league doing,” Maclin said Wednesday afternoon during a press conference at the Chiefs facility in the Truman Sports Complex. “Being able to come back to the area where it all started, three hours from home, and hour and a half from where I went to college, it was kind of a non-brainer for me. I’m happy to have the opportunity.”

Maclin comes to the Chiefs after six years with the Eagles where he was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by now Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. He played four seasons under Reid who had nothing but positive things to say about how Maclin will fit into the 2015 Chiefs offense because of his versatility and knowledge. …Read More!

Chiefs Make It Official – Maclin Signed

The Chiefs made it official late Wednesday morning that they had signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

No details provided of course, but the 5-year deal is reportedly worth an average of $11 million per season.

Maclin will meet the media Wednesday afternoon at the Chiefs facility.

The 6-0, 198-pound product of the University of Missouri appeared in 75 games for the Philadelphia Eagles, starting 73 times in five NFL seasons. Maclin’s career numbers include 343 receptions for 4,771 yards (a 13.9-yard average) with 36 touchdown catches. Maclin’s most productive season was 2014 when he caught 85 passes for 1,318 yards (a 15.5-yard average) with 10 touchdown receptions. He also occasionally served as a returner for the Eagles, adding 15 punt returns for 101 yards (a 6.7-yard average) and eight kickoff returns for 146 yards (a 18.3-yard average.).

Chiefs, NFL 2015 Free Agency: Day One

Dwayne Bowe will soon be gone; Tyvon Branch can knock the ball loose.

The Chiefs did not announce the signing of unrestricted free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Tuesday in the first hours of the 2015 NFL Year and that start of free agency.

The only absolute news the Chiefs made in the first day was the signing of former Raiders safety Tyvon Branch to a 1-year deal for $2 million with the chance to earn more in performance bonuses.

It’s doubtful there’s any problem with the Chiefs-Maclin deal for 5 years, $55 million. More than likely it has something to do with the NFL promising to investigate negotiations between players and teams that went down during the three-day period where agreements were not allowed to be finalized. Expect the Maclin signing to be announced in the next 48 hours.

Information from the NFL Players Association Tuesday night listed the Chiefs with 68 players under contract. Only the 51 players with the highest cap numbers count right now. The Chiefs salary-cap number this season is $145.3 million, and the NFLPA says they are now $838,450 under the cap. That likely does not include the cap number for Maclin, which is why veteran wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is likely headed to the waiver wire sometime in the next 48 hours. It appears that one wide receiver-deal is attached to another wide receiver-deal. …Read More!

Free Agency Period Begins With 453 Free Agents

The National Football League announced Tuesday that 453 players are free agents and can negotiate with all 32 clubs. Here’s a list of free agents by club in various categories: …Read More!

Chiefs Sign Branch Ahead of Free Agency

A touch of the old days returned to the AFC West on Tuesday. The Raiders will announce the signing of Chiefs center Rodney Hudson as an unrestricted free agent.

The Chiefs have come back and signed former Oakland strong safety Tyvon Branch to a 1-year contract.

While the Hudson/Branch moves are not connected, they recall the 1990s when these teams went after the same players and each other’s players on almost a yearly basis. The best example came in 1995 when the both clubs wanted to sign free agents cornerback James Hasty and safety Brian Washington. The Chiefs ended up stashing both players in a hotel in the Country Club Plaza and kept them in town when the Raiders were trying to get them to visit Oakland.

The 5-11, 197-pound Branch had been with the Raiders for eight seasons, after he was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft at pick No. 100 out of the University of Connecticut. Oakland traded up to the first choice of the round to select Branch.

Over the last two Raiders seasons Branch played in just five games due to injury. In 2013 he suffered a fractured fibula in the third game of the season. Last season, he suffered a foot fracture in the Raiders second game and did not return. …Read More!

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