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Chiefs Acquire Offensive Lineman via Trade with Saints
Grubbs (6-3, 310)has played in 122 games (118 starts) in eight NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2012-14) and Baltimore Ravens (2007-11). He has served primarily as a left guard. Grubbs is a two-time Pro Bowler, earning his first selection in 2011 and his most recent in 2013. The Eclectic, Alabama, native, has protected the blindsides of two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks in Drew Brees and Joe Flacco. Grubbs earned a spot on the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2007.
"We acquired a very good football player via trade with the New Orleans Saints today," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "Ben is a talented veteran that has played a key role on a number of productive NFL offenses. He's smart, physical, and we believe he will be a good addition to our offensive line."
Chiefs Sign WR Jason Avant!(/team/roster/jason-avant/300e3408-2d4d-4518-b7ee-109c070f9445/ "Jason Avant"), TE Richard Gordon and S Kelcie McCray
Avant (6-0, 210) has played in 132 games (52 starts) in nine NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2014), Carolina Panthers (2014) and Philadelphia Eagles (2006-13). His career numbers include 331 receptions for 3,999 yards (12.1 avg.) with 13 touchdowns.
Gordon (6-4, 265) has played in 34 games (five starts) in four NFL seasons with the Chiefs (2013, 2014), Tennessee Titans (2014), Pittsburgh Steelers (2013) and Oakland Raiders (2011-12). He owns four receptions for 14 yards with one touchdown.
McCray (6-1, 205) has played in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2014), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013) and Miami Dolphins (2012-13). His career numbers include 10 tackles (five solo), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.
Chiefs Sign Defensive Back
Parker (6-0, 206) has played in 42 games (16 starts) in four NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-14), Seattle Seahawks (2011, 2012), Carolina Panthers (2012) and Oakland Raiders (2011). His career numbers include 101 tackles (91 solo), 2.0 sacks (-17.0 yards), two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He owns three career interceptions returned for 39 yards along with 15 passes defensed and 10 special teams tackles.
"I am happy we were able to work out a deal with Ron and his agent to keep him in Kansas City," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "He is a versatile player with a great attitude that's made a positive impact on both defense and special teams. Right from the beginning of this process, we wanted Ron back in a Chiefs uniform."
Twenty current and former NFL players – including Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril and two time Pro Bowler, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis – will take part in the inaugural NFL Finance Camp March 17-20, 2015, at the University of Miami School of Business Administration.
The program offers participants an opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the people, investments and forces in the financial world that will dictate how well they can leverage their earnings into long-term financial security. Over the course of four days, the participants will receive instruction from University of Miami School of Business Administration professors, retired All-Pro defensive end Patrick Kerney, who now serves as the NFL Vice President of Player Benefits, and representatives from the Investools® from TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.
The NFL will conduct its inaugural NFL Veteran Combine on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in Tempe, Arizona. Players will be tested and evaluated by experienced NFL scouting personnel. Measurements, combine results, and videos of the workouts will be compiled and shared electronically with all 32 NFL clubs.
Free agents planning to attend range from veteran players who have been starters in the NFL to players who are one year out of college with no regular-season experience.
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Loyalty, Love and Legacy: Chiefs LB Tamba Hali!(/team/roster/tamba-hali/84489e56-3951-4a24-a013-68b4f98ddfaf/ "Tamba Hali") Defined
One of the most well-respected and storied players in Kansas City Chiefs franchise history and the team's first-round pick (No. 20 overall) back in 2006 out of Penn State, Tamba Hali, will be back with the Chiefs next season, his 10th in Kansas City.
"In today's football, it's very rare to have a player of Tamba's pedigree stay at one organization," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "All along, I have said that I love Tamba. I love what he represents, what he stands for. He's good for the game. He's good for the community."
There aren't many people as down to earth as Hali. He's unquestionably respectful, soft-spoken and genuine; that's what people who have spent any time around him have come to know.
So when he speaks of something, there's no doubt it's coming from the heart. When asked about the love he has for the Chiefs organization and why working it out to stay here was so important, Hali didn't have to think about it.
"I've made this my home," he said. "I've been here through all of the tough times, different head coaches. For me personally, being here and playing for this organization in front of these fans, that was huge to me. I couldn't find myself playing for anyone else."
Chiefs DL Mike DeVito!(/team/roster/mike-devito/0a368f8c-9742-4961-a479-b7c283b3b84d/ "Mike DeVito") Explains His Decision to Stay in KC
After nine years in the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Mike DeVito knew what was important.
For DeVito and his family, staying in Kansas City was important.
It's the reason he reworked his contract this offseason to remain with the Chiefs for the 2015 season.
"I didn't want to go anywhere else," DeVito explained. "Going through this process with Mr. (John) Dorsey and coach (Andy) Reid, you couldn't have two better guys to go through a process like this with.
"As much as you know there's a business aspect to this and they have to do what's best for the team and you have to do what's best for your family, you know that those guys care about you as well."
A picture might be worth a thousand words, but from the moment you walk inside 21G - Art with a Soul, the digital imagery of Chris Sembower, the founder and owner of this new store at Oak Park Mall, invokes more than words.
It brings upon an emotion that many can identify with, particularly to those of Chiefs Kingdom, for whom much of the work is centered around.
The walls are covered with this new brand of digital artistry, which Sembower, a 28-year-old native of Kansas City, developed over time and through a journey of both triumph and heartache.
It might be months from the beginning of the 2015 NFL season, but fantasy game aficionados can't help themselves and thus, we're discussing the three Kansas City Chiefs who find themselves projected in the top 100 fantasy players in 2015.
With so many big-name players moving across teams and conferences so far this offseason, the intrigue surrounding how these players could produce for their new teams is a storyline we'll continue to hear about.
Since joining the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks on July 26, 2011,Ron Parker was released on eight different occasions after spending parts of four different seasons with four different teams.
There was no stability for the defensive back, who was an All-American at Newberry College by way of Independence Community College (Kan.), where he played just 169 miles from Arrowhead Stadium after growing up in South Carolina.
Despite the setbacks, Parker's confidence never wavered, and by faith and spirit, the goal of achieving his dream was never lost.
Grubbs is not a player who will take a lot of penalties.
Grubbs played for Auburn University from 2003 to 2006, and in 50 games (38 starts), he was penalized just four times in 2,331 career plays. In his eight-year NFL career (122 games played), he has only taken 21 penalties, way less than one penalty a game.
Grubbs already has a relationship with Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford, the only other player on the current Chiefs roster who played at Auburn University.
Grubbs, who is from Alabama, met Dee Ford when going back to Auburn to visit his son. Surprisingly though, they didn't meet through the football program, but rather when Grubbs' piano teacher informed him that Ford played at his church.
"I was like, 'Really?'" Grubbs said. "So they invited me to the church and that's how I started talking to Dee Ford. He even offered to give me some lessons … he is unreal on the keyboard. Unreal."
Grubbs said that he and Ford kept in contact via text messaging during Ford's draft process.
"We texted when he was still in Auburn going through that process of being drafted," Grubbs said. "I wished him congratulations, but I haven't heard from him since."
Here's a roundup of what we learned from general manager John Dorsey's conference call on Wednesday:
Dorsey started the call by confirming he would be at the University of Missouri tomorrow.
For what it's worth, the players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine from* *Missouri were defensive end Markus Golden, offensive guard Mitch Morse, running back Marcus Murphy and DE Shane Ray.
Dorsey feels good about the wide receiver position.
"I think we were lucky enough to acquire a really good football player (Jeremy Maclin) that's going to help us," Dorsey said. "We are slowly building some depth that we think we can come in and compete with. We will be able to do some nice things at that position while we head into training camp and preseason."
NFL training camp is more than four months away, but that didn't stop NFL Media analyst Elliot Harrison from putting together an early version of some power rankings.
And, would you look at that? The Chiefs rank ninth in the league, just ahead of the Detroit Lions at No. 10 and behind the division-rival Denver Broncos at No. 8.
Veteran offensive lineman Ben Grubbs, with eight years of NFL experience, walked into the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex Friday morning having already talked to head coach Andy Reid on the phone.
Reid had welcomed him with open arms.
"One thing that Andy Reid stressed and put emphasis on was I'm going to be family here," Grubbs explained. "It's just a great feeling. I couldn't be in a better situation."
Grubbs came to the Chiefs in a trade Friday morning for an undisclosed draft pick after three years (2012-2014) as a member of the New Orleans Saints. Before that, he had spent the first five years of his career (2007-2011) in Baltimore.
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Photo highlights of Ron Parker from 2013 and 2014.
Contestants audition for the Kansas City Chiefs' 2015 Cheerleader squad.
Photos of the Chiefs guard Ben Grubbs