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Chiefs have no plans to cut ties with ILB Derrick Johnson
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Chiefs have just $2.8 million of cap space with the NFL draft less than one month away, and while the team needs to find a way to make more room beneath the camp, the Chiefs will not part ways with inside linebacker Derrick Johnson, the Kansas City Star reports.

"Derrick is obviously one of the greatest inside linebackers to ever play for the club and there are some pretty good ones, if you go back in time," team chairman Clark Hunt said. "In terms of the modern era of the Chiefs, it’s hard to think about the club without thinking about Derrick at inside linebacker. He’s a great leader, he’s a tremendous person, represents the club well on and off the field. We’re looking forward to having him back this year, hopefully good as new. You mentioned that his contract is up this year. There will be a point in time where we address that. But it just hasn’t been germane to this point."

Johnson missed last season due to a torn Achilles tendon and has a cap number of $5.2 million this season.

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Report: Brandon Tate visits Chiefs
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Free agent wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Tate visited the Chiefs on Monday, according to a report from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, citing a source.

Tate had 17 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals last year. He also had a combined 571 yards in kick and punt returns. 

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Report: Stefen Wisniewski had offseason shoulder surgery
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Center Stefen Wisniewski played part of last season with a torn labrum and had surgery on the injured shoulder during the offseason, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Wisniewski's recovery could be part of the reason that the free agent hasn't signed with a team yet, after his contract with the Raiders expired.

Wisniewski has visited the Seahawks and Buccaneers. The Rams, Chiefs and Bears are also reported to have interest in signing him. 

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Interior lineman Tim Barnes visiting Chiefs
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Free-agent interior lineman Tim Barnes is visiting the Chiefs Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Barnes played just nine snaps on offense for the Rams last season but also has experience on special teams.

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Chiefs confident they'll reach deal with Justin Houston
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt told the Kansas City Star he's confident the team will sign standout outside linebacker Justin Houston to a long-term deal. The Chiefs put a $13.1 million nonexclusive franchise tag on Houston, which he has yet to sign.

“He knows, and his agent knows, how much we want him back,” Hunt said. “We just all have to be patient, and eventually, we’re going to get him signed to a long-term deal.”

Houston has 48.5 sacks in his four-year career. 

“I’ve been very consistent in saying that we not only value Justin as a football player, that we not only value Justin as a person and leader, and we want him to be a Chief for life,” Hunt said.

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