Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium, where the weeklong madness known as the annual NFL Combine has begun.
I’ll have plenty of dispatches from the proceedings today, so be sure to check this space regularly for updates.
12:26 p.m.: Dorsey says he met with inside linebacker Derrick Johnson’s agent a few days ago.
“We’re not going to let good players go,” he said.
12:18 p.m.: Dorsey says the No. 2 QB for 2016 is on the roster now. He’s met with Chase Daniel’s agent, and says they’d like to retain him, but they understand he wants to be a starter. The other players under contract are youngsters Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray.
12:16 p.m.: Dorsey said he wishes Andy Reid could attend this year’s Combine — he’s missing it after knee replacement surgery — but says the Chiefs are equipped to handle his absence.
“We’ve been in this program now for four years, and we understand what the coaches want in specific players,” Dorsey said. “We’ve meshed together, understand each other and trust each other.”
Dorsey, however, did say he misses having Reid here because his presence during the 60 formal interviews is invaluable.
“We’ve worked out a system where he’ll be able to see the interviews,” Dorsey said. “We wanted to see if he could do Facetime, but I don’t think he’d like that Facetime thing.”
11:32 a.m.: The Chiefs have expressed interest in retaining safety Tyvon Branch, a source confirmed to The Star on Thursday. Branch, 29, thrived in a reserve-safety role for the Chiefs, recording 43 tackles and an interception in 16 games.
11:20 a.m.: Chiefs general manager John Dorsey will speak at 12:15 today. I’ll be keeping a running tally of what he says here, so check back once it begins.
10:45 a.m.: Quarterbacks, receivers and tights and slated to roll through the media room today. Formal interviews began yesterday, so I’ll post any players who said they’ve met with the Chiefs formally on here.
1:38 p.m.: Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said the club is pleased with the progress second-year defensive end Kony Ealy made this season. Ealy, who attended Mizzou, had a monster performance in the Panthers’ Super Bowl loss, recording three sacks in only 23 snaps.
“Kony is growing,” Gettleman said. “He had that string of five consecutive weeks with sacks, he had the big game in the Super Bowl. We’re very pleased with his development, with his growth and with his maturation, not only as an athlete and player but also as a person.”
9:15 a.m.: Oakland coach Jack Del Rio was impressed with cornerback Marcus Peters’ rookie year.
“Obviously he’s a local guy, he’s an Oakland guy, so I followed him very closely and had a lot of interest in him,” Del Rio said. “So Andy has a good player there. I’m happy for the year he had, did a real nice job with his opportunities, and gained confidence as the the year went on.”
9:11 a.m.: Del Rio was also happy with former Chiefs center Rodney Hudson’s first year in Oakland. The Raiders lured Hudson to the Bay Area last March with a five-year, $44.5 million contract.
“He’s been everything we thought we were getting,” Del Rio said. “He’s a great communicator, he’s a smart student of the game. He’s got a lot of talent. He’s got the ability to pull and do things on the perimeter. He’s good in pass protection. I think he’s a Pro Bowl-level player. So we’re excited to have him. Looking forward to getting him going next year.”
8:34 a.m.: Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert just took the podium. He is the first of several general managers and coaches to speak today. Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson, the Chiefs” former offensive coordinator, will speak at 3:15 p.m. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey will speak to the media at 12:15 p.m. Thursday.