KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid will make his return to Philadelphia when Kansas City visits the Eagles for a Thursday night game in mid-September. Kansas City opens the season Sept. 8 at Jacksonville, plays its home opener Sept. 15 against Dallas, and then visits the Eagles — where Reid spent 14 years as head coach — on Sept. 19 for a prime-time game. The Chiefs return home against the Giants on Sept. 29, visit Tennessee the next week, and then have three straight at Arrowhead Stadium against Oakland, Houston and Cleveland. They visit Buffalo before a bye week Nov. 10, and then visit the Broncos before two more at home against San Diego and Denver. The Chiefs play three of their last four on the road: at Washington and Oakland, against Indianapolis on Dec. 22, and at San Diego to finish the season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid denied a report Thursday that the team has given permission to the Miami Dolphins to speak with left tackle Branden Albert. Reid said the report was not true, denying any suggestion the Chiefs granted permission to help facilitate a trade of the franchise tackle for a second-round pick in next week’s draft. Albert has not attended any of the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason workouts after expressing his displeasure with getting the franchise tag. Albert said he wants a long-term commitment, and has indicated he’s unwilling to move to the right tackle. Nevertheless, Albert has already signed the tender, which means he will make about $9.3 million if he plays for Kansas City under the franchise tag next season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith has been relishing his chance to get on the field with the Kansas City Chiefs. Even if it’s April, and only for three days — all without pads. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been itching for the moment ever since he learned of the trade that sent him to Kansas City. The Chiefs finished a voluntary, three-day minicamp Thursday, which is allowed for teams that underwent an offseason coaching change. They’ve certainly been helpful for a team that also experienced a quarterback change. Smith has been able to bore into the Chiefs’ playbook, begin building chemistry with his wide receivers and offensive line, and get some hands-on work with coach Andy Reid and new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson.