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Top 5 Headlines 3/27: ESPN's Mel Kiper has four fits for Chiefs at No. 18

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1. ESPN's Mel Kiper names four players who would be good first round fits for Chiefs

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Two weeks into a busy offseason for the Chiefs, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper took a moment Thursday to name some options that could still be available for them at No. 18.

In short, Kiper still thinks the Chiefs will consider a wide receiver and an offensive lineman with the pick, even though they signed receiver Jeremy Maclin, guard Paul Fanaika and traded for two-time Pro Bowler Ben Grubbs.

"I would think a guy like Breshad Perriman, a receiver out of Central Florida, (is an option)," Kiper said. "They didn't have a receiver catch a touchdown pass last year, (so) they don't need one, they need two.""    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs' Clark Hunt didn't need much convincing to sign Jeremy Maclin

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"PHOENIX - Whenever the Chiefs' front office decides to hand out a large contract — like it did to lure Jeremy Maclin to Kansas City a few weeks ago — general manager John Dorsey has to run it up the flagpole, right to chairman Clark Hunt.

"When there's a contract of that magnitude, I speak to John and occasionally (coach) Andy (Reid) about it," Hunt said at the NFL's annual meetings this week, when asked about the way the Chiefs conduct such business. "They included me in the process and I gave them the green light on it. They had their parameters and they were able to get it done within those parameters.""    READ MORE…

3. Here's how much cap room the Chiefs need for NFL draft

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Been receiving many questions about the cap space the Kansas City Chiefs would need to conduct their draft. has a nice piece on exactly what it would take in terms of cap room for each NFL team to make its picks, including the Chiefs and their 10 choices.

The Chiefs will need about $2 million to conduct their draft, according to OTC. Their rookie pool is about $6.4 million. For the differences between the two, I urge you to read the OTC story."    READ MORE…

4. Belichick exhorts NFL to add cameras


"Patriots coach Bill Belichick strongly voiced his displeasure Tuesday that the league didn't want to spend the money to put four cameras in the end zone to give referees better angles on replay reviews, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The source -- who was in the meeting with NFL head of officials Dean Blandino, among others -- told Schefter that Belichick made his point with choice language.

The source said Belichick expressed concern that the league is willing to spend top dollar to send the Pro Bowl to Brazil and play regular-season games in London every season but doesn't appear willing to spend the money to pay for the extra cameras it would take to cover all end zone angles to assist instant replay."    READ MORE…

5. Gary Kubiak: Broncos will look at Peyton Manning's workload

By Jeff Legwold - ESPN

"There were some around the Denver Broncos' complex who looked at quarterback Peyton Manning's game against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 28 with a raised eyebrow or two.

It wasn't that Manning, who completed 21 of 37 passes for 273 yards, didn't throw a touchdown pass (one of his two games last season without one) or that the Broncos struggled (they didn't in a 47-14 win). It was that Manning, with a right thigh injury he had suffered just two games before, was even playing in the final game of the regular season since the team couldn't improve its playoff seeding.

Manning played deep into the fourth quarter of that Week 17 game and two weeks later looked less than 100 percent in the Broncos' playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. And with his 39th birthday having arrived this week, getting Manning at least some rest in the coming season, whenever possible, is something that is at least on the table for discussion."    READ MORE…

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