6/17 Headlines: Looking at the Chiefs Defense

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Chiefs to gamble on defense

By Jeffri Chadiha

Excerpt from ESPN.com

"First the Kansas City Chiefs surprised most people by selecting Auburn defensive end Dee Ford in the first round of the NFL draft. Then last Friday, they made their second stunning move of the offseason with the release of Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers.

There's an undeniable statement in these decisions, one that goes far beyond talent and money. The message the Chiefs are sending these days -- and it's a serious gamble from this vantage point -- is that defensive coordinator Bob Sutton really has the goods to take this unit to the next level…" READ MORE…

Andy Reid not sure if Justin Houston will attend minicamp

By Josh Alper

Excerpt from Pro Football Talk

"The Chiefs had two veteran defensive players missing from OTAs this year and they know that one of them won't be back for this week's mandatory minicamp after releasing cornerback Brandon Flowers last week.

It's still up in the air about the other one. Coach Andy Reid said on 810 WHB that he doesn't know whether or not linebacker Justin Houston, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal and looking for an extension, will be at the mandatory minicamp that opens on Tuesday…" READ MORE…

3 in the Kee: Which Chiefs must deal with the most fallout from Flowers' departure?

By Sean Keeler

Excerpt from FOX Sports Kansas City

"KANSAS CITY, Mo. And then there was one.

If you're counting, now that cornerback Brandon Flowers is out the door, the Kansas City Chiefs have only one draft pick from the Class of 2008 left on the roster ‐‐ running back Jamaal Charles…" READ MORE…

Houston is now more important to Chiefs

By Adam Teicher

Excerpt from ESPN.com

"With last week's release of cornerback Brandon Flowers, linebacker Justin Houston is the Kansas City Chiefs' only holdout. Houston's plans for this week's minicamp, the only mandatory event of the offseason, are unclear but he has some financial incentive to show. The Chiefs can fine Houston a total of $60,000 if he declines to attend any part of the minicamp.

Other than they both had declined to participate in offseason practice, the issues involving Flowers and Houston are different. Flowers had a big contract but didn't like how he was being utilized in the Chiefs' defense. Houston, a Pro Bowler in two of his three NFL seasons, is fine with his role…" READ MORE…

Tweet of the Day

EXCITED TO BE BACK ON FIELD TODAY AT THE VETS MINI CAMP #RUNDAT #CHIEFSKINGDOM @ Kansas City,KS http://t.co/GxaxmimCF8 — DE'ANTHONY THOMAS (@CHECKDAT6) June 17, 2014

Around the League Tweets

Along with minicamp starting, today is Jimmy Graham's system arbitration, barring compromise. Will he be tagged as a WR ($12M) or TE ($7M). — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 17, 2014

ICYMI: After 11 seasons in the NFL, Dallas Clark announced that he will retire as a Colt » http://t.co/u8ogXGNIPy pic.twitter.com/FsU8zIlEPv — NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) June 17, 2014

ICYMI: @Saints RB Khiry Robinson is our latest "Making the Leap" candidate http://t.co/Yw83vzE0iU — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) June 17, 2014

For @ESPNFantasy, @WilliamsonNFL ranks his top 70 dynasty RBs » http://t.co/5shi4aJ4lm (in) pic.twitter.com/eAONROxTql — ESPN Insider (@ESPNInsider) June 17, 2014

The Bills gave up a 6th round pick to acquire Mike Williams. That doesn't mean he'll make the team (via @NFL_ATL): http://t.co/ters51czeN — NFL (@nfl) June 17, 2014

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