Chiefs sign defensive tackle Bennie Logan

The Kansas City Chiefs are replacing beef on their defensive line.

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Defensive tackle Bennie Logan is signing a one-year contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, according to a source involved in the move. The deal is for $8 million, with $7.68 million guaranteed, Rapoport added. The Chiefs confirmed the move Tuesday.

“We’re excited to add Bennie to our defensive front,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement Tuesday. “He’s a versatile player whose presence in the middle will allow us flexibility along the line. He’ll be a very good addition to our defensive line room.”

Signing the 315-pound tackle likely signals the end of Dontari Poe’s run in K.C. Poe is taking a bevy of free-agent visits this week.

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The swap might be a downgrade in name-quality — and perhaps stunt Andy Reid’s offense creativity — but shouldn’t be a big drop-off on the field in the Chiefs’ scheme. It should also come at a much lower rate.

Logan is a stiff run defender and space eater in the middle. The No. 38-ranked free agent on Around The NFL’s Top 101 list, Logan will provide solid rotational play in the middle of Kansas City’s line.

In what would make one of the most obvious pairings of the free agent season, the Colts are bringing in former Chiefs first-round pick Dontari Poe jersey for a visit, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. NFL Network’s Tiffany Blackmon reported that Poe will also visit the Jaguars on Monday.

CBS first reported the Indy visit, then Poe spoke with ESPN.

“They’re trying to get something done,” Poe told the network.

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Nike Chiefs #25 Jamaal Charles Grey Pro Bowl Men's Stitched NFL Elite Team Sanders JerseyNew Colts general manager Chris Ballard came from Kansas City where he has an excellent picture of what Poe, the No. 11 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, is capable of. Poe had 1.5 sacks for the Chiefs this past year along with three passes defensed and a forced fumble. Not the typical nose tackle, the 6-3, 340-pound lineman can appear anywhere across a versatile 3-4 front.

This would continue a serious upgrading of Chuck Pagano’s defense, which began earlier this week with the signing of former Patriots rush end Jabaal Sheard. The Colts finished 22nd in points and 30th in yards allowed last year, leading into an offseason of upheaval.

“He was a running back that they kind of moved around a little bit,” Reid said. “His routes when he first came were kind of raw. They weren’t as disciplined as they need to be in this offense. So much of this offense is timing and being in a certain spot and knowing defenses, knowing secondaries and all that, how you’re going to make adjustments. That was all new. He is a smart kid. He picked it up so fast, and he was able to play at our level.”

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Reid has discussed Hill this offseason as if the 5-foot-10 speedster would move into the starting lineup full-time and play a DeSean Jackson-type role in the offense, taking the top off defenses and allowing Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce jersey work underneath.

While the Chiefs plan to use Hill all over the formation, don’t expect him to be used much as a replacement for running back replacing Jamaal Charles.

“We didn’t use him a ton back there, (because) he’s not a real big guy,” Reid said of his 186-pound wideout. “The receiving part, we’re going to focus on that and get him more reps in that area. But he can do that other part.

“He’ll do nothing but get better as long as he keeps the right attitude and the same work ethic he had this past year. … He’s traditionally been, for us, a very hard worker, very diligent, wanted to do the right things. I wouldn’t expect that to change. I’m expecting good things from him.”

Cowboys, Chiefs named 2017 Pro Bowl coaching staffs

The Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs went one-and-done in the postseason, but their coaching staffs still have one more game left on the schedule.

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Jason Garrett and Andy Reid will be heading the two coaching staffs participating in the 2017 Pro Bowl from Camping World Stadium in Orlando at 8 p.m. ET on Jan. 29.

This year’s edition of the Pro Bowl will be the first to be played in Orlando and will also revert to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure. Reid’s staff and Garrett’s staff will coach the AFC and NFC, respectively.

Each conference will also be represented by two Legends Captains — one offensive and one defensive. The AFC will be led by former AFC Central/North foes Jerome Bettis and Ray Lewis, while tight-end great Tony Gonzalez and recently-retired Charles Woodson will captain the NFC.

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Pittsburgh’s unsung offensive line deserves a lion’s share of the credit, opening holes for Bell and shutting down Kansas City’s edge rushing trio of Justin Houston, Dee Ford and Tamba Hali. Rarely pressured throughout the game, Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t hit until a third-down coverage sack forced a field goal with 10 minutes remaining.

Nearly 39 years old, Steelers linebacker James Harrison was the dominant defensive force for the second consecutive game. Harrison recorded three tackles for loss, two QB hits and one sack, but his most crucial effort was forcing a holding penalty on left tackle Eric Fisher to nullify the game-tying two-point conversion with less than three minutes remaining. Harrison is now up to 11 career postseason sacks, tying for the fifth-most since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

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The object of season-long derision over missed extra points, the NFL’s legion of kickers can walk proudly in the aftermath of Sunday’s sterling feats. After Mason Crosby and Dan Bailey combined to drill three kicks over 50 yards in the final 98 seconds of the NFC’s Divisional Round matchup, Steelers kicker Chris Boswell set a new single-game postseason record with six field goals. It’s the second time this season Boswell has drilled a half-dozen field goals in one game.

Andy Reid scripted a perfect six-play, 55-yard touchdown drive on the Chiefs’ opening possession, only to watch his offense go in the tank for the next 40 minutes of game action. Kansas City was outgained by Bell alone over the next two and half quarters, managing fewer than 100 yards on the ensuing six series. The Steelers bottled up rookie sensation Tyreek Hill and frustrated Travis Kelce. The All-Pro tight end dropped a long pass in the red zone late in the third quarter and was whistled for a careless unnecessary roughness penalty on the next play. Unable to make plays downfield, Alex Smith’s offense simply couldn’t stand toe-to-toe with Pittsburgh’s firepower.

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Nike Chiefs #32 Spencer Ware White Men's Stitched NFL Elite JerseyAlthough Peters and All-Pro safety Eric Berry made plays for a ballhawking secondary, the Chiefs defense needs to get stronger in the middle of the field next season. They finished the season 26th in run defense and 24th in total defense, counting on takeaways and red-zone efficiency to mask deficiencies. After two straight exits in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, Reid still needs more playmakers to keep up with the AFC’s superpowers. Getting Jeremy Maclin and Justin Houston fully healthy will certainly help.

The decision to make the time change was made in consultation with state and local officials as well as both teams, the league added.

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On Sunday, the NFL released another statement reaffirming the game’s start time.

Tonight’s Steelers-Chiefs Divisional Playoff game on NBC will move forward as announced at 8:20 p.m. ET. We feel comfortable, after consulting with local and state authorities and both teams, that we can proceed tonight without resulting in any negative impact on public safety resources. We will continue to monitor the weather and urge anyone traveling to the game to use appropriate caution and heed any warnings from local authorities.

In addition, the game will serve as a testing ground, of sorts. The NFL will use the game to determine if Sunday night playoff games make sense for television ratings and for logistics, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. ESPN first reported the development.