Kansas City Chiefs corner back Javier Arenas (21) (left) and wide receiver Jamar Newsome (84) run drills during minicamp activities at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. (Denny Medley -- US PRESSWIRE)
The city of St. Joseph, Mo., is abuzz this week as the Kansas City Chiefs arrive for their preseason training camp. The Chiefs began using the facilities at Missouri Western State University two seasons ago after leaving River Falls, Wis., where they had spent the preseason for more than a decade. The Chiefs will begin practice Friday, July 27, and conclude camp Thursday, Aug. 16.
There has been concern the past few weeks over if the Chiefs would see two of their most coveted players in attendance at the start of training camp. The team had not yet come to agreement with its first round draft pick, DT Dontari Powe. Additionally, the team has placed its franchise tag on WR Dwayne Bowe. Bowe and the Chiefs did not come to an agreement before the NFL deadline, and now Dwayne has the option of signing a one-year tender for more than $9 million or holding out all or a portion of camp due to a deal not being made.
Great news came for the Chiefs on the eve of camp as Powe agreed to a four-year deal, with an option for a fifth year. In accordance with Kansas City Chiefs policy, they did not disclose the financial terms of the agreement. Therefore, Dontari will be in attendance at camp, most likely earning the starting spot at defensive tackle for the Chiefs.
Unfortunately, however, it does not look like Dwayne Bowe will be in attendance, at least for the start of camp. The Chiefs signed free agent offensive lineman Tony Ugo on Thursday. In order for Bowe to be on their training camp roster, the Chiefs would be forced to release another player. Speculation is that if Bowe does decide to show, either Ugo or safety Donald Washington would be the player cut from the roster.
For the first time since the Chiefs hosted a yearly scrimmage against the Minnesota Vikings at their training camp, the team will be hosting another NFL foe, the Arizona Cardinals, the week of Aug. 5. The Chiefs and Cardinals will square off in their first preseason game Aug. 10 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs will hold practices that are open to the public Aug. 6-8. These practices may include scrimmages against players from the Cardinals’ organization.
Additionally, the Chiefs will be hosting “Family Fun Day” at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4. This event will include a team scrimmage and a team autograph session following the conclusion of practice. The cost to attend this event is only $5 per person.
The team will conclude its camp Aug. 16 and travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams in the Missouri Governor’s Cup game at 7 p.m. Aug. 18. After the conclusion of camp, the team will have two more preseason games before it is required to finalize its 53-man roster.
The team will begin the regular season at noon Sept. 9 at Arrowhead Stadium against former Chief Tony Gonzalez and the Atlanta Falcons.