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Top 5 Headlines 4/9: Eric Kush has a 'bright future'

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1. Chiefs' Chris Ballard says center Eric Kush has a 'bright future'

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"The Chiefs' director of player personnel Chris Ballard recently sat down with play-by-play man Mitch Holthus to discuss the team's offseason thus far. You can check out the entire interview here, but here are some of the highlights."    READ MORE…

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2. How Many Chiefs Draft Selections went on to become Pro Bowlers?

By Pete Sweeney - KCChiefs.com

"Exploring how successful the Chiefs have been in the draft over the years based on number of players voted to the annual NFL Pro Bowl.

Other items of note:

  • 43 Pro Bowlers (including three AFL all-stars) have been drafted by the Chiefs since 1967, the year the common draft between the AFL and NFL began.
  • The Chiefs have drafted 12 Pro Bowlers who are still active in the league today.
  • 2008 (Branden Albert, Brandon Flowers and Jamaal Charles) and 1984 (Bill Maas, John Alt and Kevin Ross) are tied for the best year for future Chiefs Pro Bowlers with three apiece."    READ MORE…

3. Victor Cruz could become a tricky problem for Giants

By Dan Graziano - ESPN

"A couple of months ago, we took up the question of whether it would be wise for the New York Giants to try to adjust the contract of wide receiver Victor Cruz, who has four years left on the long-term deal he signed prior to the 2013 season.

Cruz's 2015 salary cap number of $8.125 million is the third-highest on the team behind those of quarterback Eli Manning and franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul. His base salary for this year is $6.15 million, but it averages $7.9 million over the following three years. Cruz missed the final 10 games of the 2014 season with a serious knee injury, and the Giants aren't sure he'll be ready to play when the 2015 season starts."    READ MORE…

4. Inside Slant: Bill Belichick's camera proposal more complex than it seems

By Kevin Seifert - ESPN

"It all seems so simple. Football is played now at speeds faster than ever. Technology has never been more effective. So why not employ the NFL's massive revenue to ensure that games are adjudicated as accurately as possible?

So goes the thinking behind a proposal that would add dedicated high-definition video cameras in each stadium, supplementing broadcast equipment and providing officials with all necessary angles to view replays. The NFL has pledged to study the idea, submitted last month by the New England Patriots, but early vibes centered around cost and infrastructure concerns. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was not amused, saying at the NFL owners meetings: "It's disappointing every year to hear we can't afford it as a league.""    READ MORE…

5. NFL hires Sarah Thomas, who becomes 1st female full-time official

By ESPN News Services - ESPN

"The NFL has its first female full-time game official.

Sarah Thomas, who has worked exhibition games, will be a line judge for the 2015 season, the league announced Wednesday. She was one of nine new officials hired Wednesday, including Walt Coleman IV, the son of Walt Coleman, who will enter his 27th season as an NFL official in 2015, when they will become the third father-son duo, joining Ed and Shawn Hochuli, and Steve and Brad Freeman. Coleman IV will be a side judge."    READ MORE…

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