Chiefs Get Back To Work

Truman Sports Complex

At 8:01 a.m. Tuesday the player parking area of the Chiefs facility was pretty much empty; only a few cars of the locker room staff were there.

By 9:01 a.m. when the building finally opened to players for the first time since the middle of March, parking spaces were at a premium.

The NFL got back to full-time work on Tuesday morning and the Chiefs were arriving to see trainers, locker room staff and coaches that they haven’t seen in over four months.

Scott Pioli and Todd Haley met with the media just before the doors and the head coach was especially excited about seeing his boys again.

“We’ve got a good group of guys that are fun to be around and you miss being around them,” Haley said. “You miss babies being born and deaths in the family. That part of it was hard.”

Tuesday morning NFL teams could sign their draft choices and undrafted rookies, and begin negotiations with free agents, their own and those on other teams. Those free agents cannot be signed to new deals until Friday.

Pioli said that last season the Chiefs spent $110 million on players, but would not reveal where the team sits with the $123 million salary cap limit in the 2011 season.

“We don’t get into details on our personal numbers,” Pioli said. “Here’s what’s important to know: we spent to the tune of $110 million last year and we are going to continue to spend when we feel it’s right and it’s productive.”

Last year, the Chiefs were among the lowest spenders in the NFL. With a new cash minimum that must be spent by the league under the salary cap, they figure to be plenty of contracts that will get done before the end of the year.

“There has not been one time since we’ve been here where we’ve talked to Clark (Hunt) about signing a player – he’s never said no,” Pioli said. “What we are going to continue to do is build this team the best we can, with the best player we can. Spending money isn’t what makes a good football team. It’s spending wisely on good football players makes a good football team. What we will continue to do is sign good players for good contracts.

“I haven’t been given a limit on what I can spend. The key is spending wisely. I can’t tell you what we are going to spend.”

Pioli said a number of undrafted college free agents have agreed to terms and the GM said he would expect all of the nine draft choices to be in the fold come Thursday when the team goes to Missouri Western and the start of training camp.

Details on the start of training camp were provided as well. Players will report to the team facility for physicals and testing on Thursday and then will move on later that evening to St. Joseph. Right now, the team has practices scheduled at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first day the players can wear pads is Sunday, but Haley wanted to see what kind of shape his team was in before confirming pads will be worn.

Chiefs president Mark Donovan said there will be multiple night practices at Missouri Western, along with a Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 6.

5 Responses to “Chiefs Get Back To Work”

  • July 26, 2011  - el cid says:

    So far sites with the Patriots and in the state of Tx, have reported the Chiefs had signed various undersized college free agents but all is mum in KC. Bob, what the hell is going on? Why do the damned NE Patriots report who the Chiefs sign and nothing here?????

  • July 26, 2011  - Niblick says:

    Arrowhead Pride and 810 radio have also reported the college free agent signings. Bob may be wiating for official confirmation from the Chiefs. I’m looking forward to Bob’s training camp reports more than signing information.

  • July 26, 2011  - Mike says:

    Bob – It’s been reported that the Chiefs are paying their employees the back pay plus a 3% raise since the lockout has ended. It is also being reported that they are allowing their game day workers to watch the rest of the game like they have in the past. Why haven’t you commented on this? Are you unable to confirm it? You sure are quick to point out their “mistakes”..

  • July 26, 2011  - Niblick says:

    Also the fireman being honored in the first game on Sept 11 are not going to have pay. I guess there was an article in the paper saying they were going to have to pay for tickets. It seems like the media are jumping all over the Chiefs for being cheap.

    I also just saw where they have resigned Weigman for one year. I’m good with this. I wonder if Niswanger will now get cut. They drafted Hudson as their center of the future.

  • July 26, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I should have said, I wonder if they will now not resign Niswanger. He is one of their free agents.

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