Super Bowl teams, Goodell bring attention to marijuana use in the NFL

This year’s Super Bowl teams, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, just happen to play in the two states that have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational use. And NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently told USA Today about the potential exploration of permitting medicinal marijuana use by NFL players.

Which Senior Bowl standouts can help the Chiefs?

For the players attending this year’s Senior Bowl, the practices were perhaps more important than the actual game. Here’s a rundown of the players who stood out in those practices, according to a panel of NFL scouts and executives, and whether they are a fit for the Chiefs.

Chiefs interview several players, plus other Senior Bowl observations

On Monday, a number of Senior Bowl prospects said they had been interviewed by the Chiefs. That list includes Oregon receiver Josh Huff, Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Utah cornerback Keith McGill, Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, Florida State safety Terrence Brooks, Tennessee offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James and North Dakota State offensive tackle Billy Turner.

Chiefs sign Alonzo Highsmith Jr. to reserve-futures contract

Highsmith, 24, is listed at 6 feet 1 and 233 pounds. He played college at Arkansas, where he had a breakout junior season in 2011 in which he recorded 80 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and an interception. He racked up 54 tackles through six games his senior year before a foot injury ended his college career.

KC-area Chiefs’ TV ratings rank fourth in local NFL team viewership

Sports Business Daily compiled ratings of NFL teams during regular-season games in their home markets, and more New Orleans-area residents watched Saints games than any place in the league, with a local rating of 52 percent. The Chiefs were fourth, at 42.9 percent, a 41 percent improvement over their 2012 local number, the biggest jump in the NFL.

Chiefs will face all four conference finalists in 2014

The NFL released each team’s slate of opponents for 2014 a few weeks ago, but with the Chiefs’ season now over ― and the league championship games now set ― it probably bears repeating: The Chiefs’ schedule next season will be a beast, at least on paper.

NFL draft profile: Is imposing FSU receiver another Jon Baldwin?

From now until the NFL combine, The Star’s Terez A. Paylor will occasionally take a quick look at an intriguing prospect who might be a fit for the Chiefs. The first feature in the series focuses on Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin, the hero of the 2014 BCS National Championship Game who is earning Calvin Johnson comparisons but is raw.