Friday Practice/Afternoon Update – 9/16

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Kansas City Star is reporting that the Chiefs and CB Brandon Flowers have agreed to a contract extension.

The NFL Network is reporting that the deal is for six years, $50.6 million with $22 million in guaranteed money.

Flowers was in the final year of the contract he signed as a rookie after being a second-round choice of the Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft. He joins RB Jamaal Charles, ILB Derrick Johnson and OLB Tamba Hali as young starters that have been re-signed to long term contracts. Only Hali reached free agency, but he was given the franchise player tag that limited his ability to seek deals from other teams.

Before they reached the practice field, the Chiefs started the day with a roster move, as they shuffled tight ends, bringing back journeyman TE Anthony Becht. To make room for him, they released TE Jake O’Connell.

Becht was part of the initial 53-man roster after the end of the pre-season but he was waived early in the week when the Chiefs claimed OT Steve Mareni on waivers. Becht hasn’t played since the 2009 season when he was with Arizona. Before that, the 6-6, 270-pounder played 158 games for the Jets, Buccaneers, Rams and Cardinals. Over his career, Becht has caught 185 passes for 1,511 yards and 21 TDs.

O’Connell was part of that disappointing 2009 Chiefs draft class, as GM Scott Pioli traded back into the seventh round to select him out of Miami of Ohio. He was used primarily as a blocker while appearing in 20 games. He caught six passes for 53 yards.

There’s probably a very good chance that O’Connell will resurface. The move gives the Chiefs two very tall tight ends in 6-8 Leonard Pope and 6-6 Becht. It also may be a tip of the hand that the Chiefs plan to try to run the ball against the Lions, possibly with a two tight end formation; Becht is a better blocker than O’Connell.

On the team’s injury report to the league, WR Jonathan Baldwin has been declared out with his broken right thumb. That now makes five games, three in the pre-season and two in the regular season, that he’s missed since suffering the injury a month ago (August 16).

For the Lions, CB Alphonso Smith (foot), DT Nick Fairley (foot) and OT Jason Fox (foot) have all been declared out of Sunday’s game because of their injuries. WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), WR Maurice Stovall (hand) and S Louis Delmas (hip) are listed as questionable.

16 Responses to “Friday Practice/Afternoon Update – 9/16”

  • September 16, 2011  - el cid says:

    Want to see what is wrong with the 2011 Hunt’s Chiefs? Re-read this article. Yes the 2010 AFC West needed Becht to help this roster build on all the talent on the roster.

    Disgusting. What is he going to do Sunday against the Lions? You know he will actually be playing on the field sunday?

  • September 16, 2011  - andy says:

    Becht is a great blocker

  • September 16, 2011  - Steve says:

    el cid – good point about the talent level despite lots of room under the salary cap.

    Bob – any chance Cody Slate comes back?

  • September 16, 2011  - Josh says:

    This is very frustrating. Does having no talent but knowing the “system” rate higher than having talent and being able to learn the “system”? I have a very hard time believing there isn’t a free agent out there that could help this club. Maybe we only (re)sign folks willing to accept league minimums…

  • September 16, 2011  - Chris says:

    Ok so here is my question to everyone. Exactly who is available that will upgrade us right now? I’m not happy that we got creamed but I also realize it’s probably more of a perfect storm type killing than is what is really the case with our team. Combine a lackluster preseason with Gailey playing us again and losing Berry (a staple of our defense no less) the first series and I can swallow the loss. The TE that caught all those balls would generally be covered by Berry.

    As far as our team and talent level is concerned with the salary cap they are starting early this year and I would bet that by mid season Bowe and Carr are resigned long term and that Gilberry may be in that as well. We are taking care of our players this year with the money and will be in a better position next year to add even more.

    If this season continues to go south then so be it and we will head into the 2012 draft with very high picks in a loaded draft. I haven’t written the season off but I also realize that with our schedule making the playoffs was going to be down right tough if not near impossible unless San Diego and Oakland self-imploded.

  • September 16, 2011  - ED J says:

    Ok El Cid who out there do you want them to sign lOL. You act like Antonio Gates is out there in free agency and that’s who we signed. I mean it kills me how guys criticizes free agent signing like there’s a stud guy out there that was worth signing over the guy we signed. Bottom line we’re spending money on guys that are actually contributing to the team add Flowers to the list with Charles, Breaston, Derrick Johnson, and soon
    to be Brandon Carr, Gilberry, and Dwayne Bowe.

    This team will bring in free agents that’ll help this team out once someone is out there that is worth signing that can come in and contribute. Its Patriot Way. I mean they never spend big money in free agency and neither do the Steelers. Its all about the draft you fill in the gaps with the free agents. Besides 60% of the time free agents come to your team with that big new contract and never live up to the contract. I can name a laundry list of big money Chiefs Peterson brought in and didn’t pan out or were 1yr wonders.

  • September 16, 2011  - traumaman says:

    Chris, I hate to break this to you, where Pioli picks in the draft has proven irrelevant. As a Chief, he has demonstrated that he’s our and his own worst enemy. Pioli, having a monopoly when it comes to evaluating talent, will predictably skip the top ranked talent with another high draft pick i.e. skipping B. J. Raji for the opportunity to pick what most experts rated the 19th or worse player; Tyson Jackson. Then, in succeeding years, he continues to demonstrate his brilliance by shoring up our defensive line by using our tip pick on a Safety, and solidifying our offensive line with a receiver. Championship teams are built from mediocre to top QB’s, and physically dominate O & D lines. We can make the playoffs virtually every year by only excelling in those positions aka Ravens and Steelers. These bassakwards moves that attempt to defy proven formulas in the NFL by a pompus GM have set the Chiefs back for the next decade, stuck us with subpar talent that was exposed at the end of last year leaving Chiefs fans humiliated then and now for the rest of this season. It’s time for fans to demand of Clark Hunt excellence; he can begin by running Pioli and his boy coach out of here for gross mismanagement. They have already ruined football for Chiefs fans for the next 15 Sundays and I’m darn mad about it.

  • September 16, 2011  - Chris says:

    Trauma you are most welcome to your opinion. I personally think that the last two drafts will turn out to be very good. Yes the Patriots have made it to the post season the past couple years but have the won it all? I’ll give Pioli the time to build the team as he sees fit. We are not as bad as the last game. We also probably aren’t as good as we thought we are.

    Our offensive line had a decent game last game. I personally think it was too conservative on the play calling and we aren’t in synch yet. I hope we come out firing this week because we will need it. As far as Berry I would make that pick every time regardless of what happened last week. He is the prototypical player that we want. I think this team will look a lot better this week and I think we will probably end up around .500. Most of the pieces are there. I think we have our future at nose in Powe and thats a big key for our d.

    Once we lock up Bowe and Carr I think you will see us spend next year to bring fill the holes.

  • September 16, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I agree everybody is welcome to their opinion. However, I certainly don’t have to agree with them or accept their reasoning any more than they have to accept mine. I think we will show improvement and I agree with the approach the Chiefs brass are taking toward building the team for the most part. Recriminations for the lousy performance of the past week are more than warranted. The additional vitriol is usually accompanied by an emotional dislike for the individuals and clouds reasoned analysis. let’s see how we progress. There’s plenty of time for back seat coaching and personnel assessment when the season unfolds but everybody is entitled to their opinion and it all adds to the discourse.

  • September 16, 2011  - el cid says:

    To Ed J, you old homer. I do not have a full staff of scouts, nor am I 5X Exec of year in the NFL but since you asked – How about John Carlson from SEA?? Sorry I know Pioli only likes guys from his comfort zone, NE, AZ, and most recently the team that kick our rear, ravens. I am not sure Pioli is even aware there are 20+ team in the NFL and, of course, they do not have a single player cut before the season who could help the Hunt’s Chiefs. No we need guys no one wanted last year and was earning a living as an announcer.

    Sorry things like questioning what the Chiefs do kills you, what kills me are guys like you. Keep safeguarding Clark Hunt’s money for him.

  • September 17, 2011  - Michael says:

    Hey Ed’s a great fan of the Chiefs, and there’s nothing wrong with that. He’s just trying to think of what they can do with what they’ve got and hoping,like the rest of us, that they can win.

    I totally agree the Chiefs should have spent a lot more money in free agency, filling in weak spots and adding depth. They’ll probably never go big in free agency, though, and there are more reasons for that than just “Hunt’s penny-pinching.”

    Not sure Carlson is a great example. I do like him, but the Seahawks thought so much of him they signed Zach Miller. I wouldn’t overpay for him, though, and you pretty much always overpay in free agency. Carlson, like Moeaki, is now on injured reserve.

  • September 17, 2011  - Kenny Low says:

    Nice to wrap up a key player like flowers.

  • September 17, 2011  - RW says:

    First the positive slant: I like the re-signing of all these core players with Flowers being the latest. That’s wise and good.

    That said, how long does it take to build a legitimate playoff contender/winner in today’s microwave generation NFL? Look back a few years and find two examples of bottom feeders becoming Cinderella: Jets and Falcons. Key reason? They aggressively went after free agents, drafted well and spent their owner’s money. Lots of that money.

    Compare the Chiefs over the same time period: Tepid forays into free agency, uneven draft results, and squeezing the buffalo off every nickle of the owner’s money. We all know the definition of insanity? I don’t think Hunt/Pioli got that memo as yet.

  • September 17, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Some of this discussion might be tempered if Pioli had not shut out the Chiefs scouts the first year he was here. Bob has mentioned that many times and it was so arrogant, so stupid, so petty that it spoke volumes about our GM— and it produced one of the worst drafts in Chiefs history. And now he can’t get along with his coach? Scott Pioli should not get the benefit of the doubt with any of his player moves. Even the decision to wrap up Cassel. Put it all together and it’s no wonder the Chiefs are in a hole. That being said, if Pioli is capable of introspection, maybe he can learn from his mistakes, make amends and move forward.

  • September 17, 2011  - jim says:

    I don’t know much about all of this being discussed, but my old school ass still believes you build championships from the middle – out, both on O and D.

    Your O line and D line, beginning from the middle out had better be rock solid. If not, nothing else matters, again in my old school way of thinking.

  • September 17, 2011  - Michael says:

    You haven’t been a fan of the Chiefs long if you think the 2009 draft was one of the worst in Chiefs history. The 2009 draft in total was one of poorest crops for the NFL in many years. The Chiefs have come out with less in much deeper drafts many a time. Yes, Pioli took Jackson over Raji (Jackson was rated the best 3-4 end of the draft, but certainly not a top 5 pick and Raji was rated the best NT). That said, I didn’t like the pick when it was made. Jackson still has a chance to be good, though, but admittedly that’s not looking good.

    Pioli hasn’t been a master drafter since being in KC, but he hasn’t been awful either. How bad a pick looks depends on the situation. You look at a guy like Belichik. This year the Pats released a CB by the name of Darius Butler, who they drafted in the second round last year. No one bats an eye at Belichik for wasting a second round pick because over the years he’s set up the Pats to have multiple picks in all the rounds of the draft. They can afford to have the inevitable misses and not miss a beat.

    Then there are teams like the Steelers and Packers who rely almost exclusively on the draft and developing their own players. No matter the coach, their philosophy stays the same and the kind of players they look for, ones who will fit their system, stays the same. Because it never changes, they are always drafting for 2 to 3 years down the road. Obviously, this is the path Pioli wants to take. It remains to be seen if he can draft well enough for long enough to make it work.

    I would suggest that the Chiefs were further down as an organization when Pioli took over the Chiefs than the Jets or Falcons were before their turnarounds. But, again, I agree the key difference is the Jets and Falcons willigness to spend in free agency and make trades to speed their turnarounds. The Chiefs, I think, could have made a much faster turnaround and obtained a much deeper roster if they operated more like that. Once they achieved that level, they could have refocused into operating more like the Packers and Steelers. This is where I fault Pioli, for not realizing that or for ignoring it.

    Who said Pioli was fighting with his coaches? That sounds like soap-opera gossip to me.

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