Chiefs Notes: Another Street Free Agent Added

The Chiefs off-season roster continues to expand as the team announced on Thursday they signed TE Kevin Brock.

The 6-5, 245-pound Brock went to training camp last summer with the Buffalo Bills, but was released in the final cut before the start of the regular season. A native of Hackensack, New Jersey, Brock attended Rutgers University and was not selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. He signed with Carolina, but has also spent time on the rosters of the New York Jets, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Dallas, Oakland and the Bills.

It was in the last 2 games of Buffalo’s 2011 season that Brock got the only regular-season action of his career. He caught 2 passes for 27 yards. In last year’s pre-season with the Bills he played in two games with one catch for 2 yards.

At Rutgers, Brock caught 49 passes for 541 yards and 4 touchdown catches.

Bobby Yarborough RIP

The first man to serve as the equipment manager of the Texans-Chiefs franchise Bobby Yarborough died over the weekend. The Texas native was 76 years old.

Thanks to a friendship with trainer Wayne Rudy, Yarborough was hired by the Dallas Texans before the team stepped on the field for a game. When the Texans left Dallas to become the Kansas City Chiefs, Yarborough made the trip north with the team. Other than a few months in 1967, he held the job as the team’s equipment manager until 1983 when new head coach John Mackovic replaced him.

Irascible is probably the best description of Yarborough, but it wasn’t hard to understand considering some of the working conditions surrounding the job. The early days of the AFL saw big money for some star players and crumbs for everyone else. At the bottom of the food chain sat the guys in the equipment room; Yarborough worked for many years on a 6-month contract. Their minimal pay was supplemented by gifts from the players, or so-called locker room dues.

At one time or another Yarborough groused with management, coaches and players. He left for the 1967 season when he went to work for the New Orleans Saints. But he didn’t get along with the team’s general manager and before the regular season was a few weeks old he was back in Kansas City.

That was a good thing for young Chiefs LB Willie Lanier; it was Yarborough that came up with the extra padded helmet that became Lanier’s signature and now is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Several years ago, Yarborough told the story to the website

“Willie was tackling head first when he was a rookie. Consequently he knocked himself out and suffered a serious concussion making a tackle during that first year. When he returned to play we switched him to a fluid filled Gladiator helmet. I also customized a strip of center ridge padding on the exterior surface of the shell. I got this idea from the old padded MacGregor helmets who offered this as a standard product in their catalog.

“I cut a four-inch wide strip of shoulder pad type foam padding and glued it down the center ridge. I glued a second layer of three-inch padding on top. I covered the foam padding with tightly stretched wide red vinyl tape. I finally repainted the entire helmet with a dark scarlet spray paint which I got from Riddell.

“You could hit the helmet with a baseball bat and it would not hurt the player wearing it. The ironic part is that after his rookie-season injury Willie learned not to tackle head-first anymore … I told him the special helmet was just a security blanket for him. Willie admitted to me later in his career that he kept using the padded helmet primarily because it gave him a unique and menacing look.”

There will be a memorial service on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.

Chris Canty headed to see Chiefs.

DL Chris Canty was released last week by the New York Giants and USA Today reports that his agent said he’ll meet soon with the folks at Arrowhead.

The 30-year old was bounced by the Giants for salary cap reasons; he was set to make $6.5 million in 2013. Last year, Canty began the season on the PUP List after off-season surgery on his knee. He was active for the last 9 games with the Giants, finishing with 25 tackles and 3 sacks. In four seasons with the G-men, he played in 49 games with 45 starts, 125 total tackles and 9 sacks.

The 6-7, 286-pound Canty was a 4th-round (#132) choice of Dallas in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Virginia. In four seasons with the Cowboys, he played in 64 games with 50 starts, 148 total tackles and 10 sacks.

Canty has played right defensive end and right defensive tackle over his career.

Worried about D-Bowe?

In his weekly Monday Morning QB post for, Peter King threw out this bon mot:

“Speaking of stars available in free agency, one scout told me the other day: “I am scared to death of (Kansas City wide out) Dwayne Bowe. Like him a lot, but not sure what we’d be buying if we signed him. Too much baggage’.”

Last time I looked, Bowe had not picked up any new baggage in some time. He’s kept his personality under control and he’s been a good teammate, as well as being one of the AFC’s better receivers. Whether it comes from the Chiefs or some other team, and whether it doesn’t come from that scout’s team, Bowe is going to score on this contract.

12 Responses to “Chiefs Notes: Another Street Free Agent Added”

  • February 12, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    My guess is that the scout saying that either worked for Scott Pioli or was using King to attempt limit and lower the market value on Bowe. Like him or not Bowe has not been a diva in the manner of Terrell Owens or other premier recievers. Let’s see what Reid and Dorsey do with him. Either way, I don’t put a lot of faith in what

  • February 12, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Sorry about that… that should read what Peter King says.

  • February 12, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    Three quick things. Looks like Kevin has been on 7 teams before he arrived in KC. Not a very good sign when you are that well traveled. Two, I would love it very much if they signed Canty. That would be a great addition to the defense. Third, Please sign Bowe to a long term deal and quit messing around with it. He’s well worth every penny. Just compare him for a “second” to #1 pick Jonathan Baldwin. As the old saying goes, “there is no comparison”!!!!!!

  • February 12, 2013  - R W says:

    Interesting news in this column. Question: If the late Yarborough could figure out how to make helmets safer for players with his homemade hybrid shell made for Willie Lanier, why haven’t the makers of these helmets followed suit? They’ve only had about 50 years to study Yarborough’s model.

    I like the dogged determination GM Dorsey has shown thus far into the off-season by signing these various stray pieces in an attempt to strengthen the roster. Also I agree with JFFairfax on the Peter King school of loose facts/looking for gossip & sensationalism school of journalism. His column should be re-named “Take it with a grain of salt”.

    Canty might be a most interesting signing if it comes to that. All these moves are providing a small peek at what might be draft day strategies and where Reid/Dorsey plan on going with their picks.

  • February 12, 2013  - Niblick says:

    I’m good if they sign Bowe to a long term deal. By the same token, they have other options in Jennings from the Packers and Wallace from the Steelers. Both are very good receivers who will both probably be free agents. I think I would still prefer signing Bowe or fanchising him. I trust Reid and Dorsey to make the right decision.

  • February 12, 2013  - el cid says:

    Bowe has all the balls on his side of negociating right now. Face it, there is not a decent WR on this roster. Heck, I am not all that sure Bowe is really a #1 anyway, he has issues but the rest of the crew is not all that much.

    Sign Bowe or you got to go and sign 2 WR from free agents.

    AS for Brock, looks like camp fodder to me. Record in pros, weight indicate he is not a fit at TE and not good enough for another position.

  • February 12, 2013  - St Paul 1 says:

    There’s been much reporting in the Twin Cities over the past few days that the Vikings are trying to shop Percy Harvin. I’m not sure if the Chiefs should be interested or not. It seems like he’d be a great complement to Bowe. On the other hand, speaking of baggage, he apparently can’t get along with Leslie Frazier, who’s generally thought of as a players’ coach, and one of his big complaints is the subpar play of Christian Ponder. On second thought, maybe the Chiefs are not the best fit for him…

    Regarding Yarborough, that’s a nice bit of writing in you tribute, Bob. Some have said through the years that “irascible” is the best description of me as well. And what a great name – he should have looked into driving for Nascar.

  • February 12, 2013  - el cid says:

    Harvin is interesting. Keep Bowe, if possible, and add Harvin and the Chiefs have the beginnings of a “decent” WR corps. Unfortunately, we really do not know how Reid sees things or plans. Also we would probably lose Albert, therefore a OT with first round pick. Then we are still trying to figure out the QB situation.

    Really a mystery equal to the best Perry Mason except we have no one to stand up and say I am guilty.

  • February 12, 2013  - Niblick says:

    This is probably the most interesting, and in someways fun, off-season the Chiefs have ever had. They have the top pick with no clear cut top player, coupled with all the various scenarios for the draft, free agent signings, etc. It should be a very interesting next two months.

  • February 12, 2013  - jimmydee says:

    Bobby Yarborough was one of those guys in the shadows getting things done for players that went totally unnoticed by most, an appreciated by many. My son and his, Kelly, played for the Lee’s Summit high school football team and Bobby was always around with “Chiefs” stuff. A gentleman with an edge is how I would describe him. RIP Bobby, and job well done, my friend.

  • February 12, 2013  - txchief says:

    Who knows what the Chiefs really have with Bowe? He’s a diva who puts up stats in garbage time, but there has never been a decent QB throwing him the ball. His potential makes him too valuable to let him walk. A big contract that is heavy on incentives may be the way to go with “the show.”

  • February 12, 2013  - Merwin in NY says:

    In case any of you want to read the article, this is the one I read a couple days ago about Dwayne Bowe.

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