Chiefs training camp opens official practice

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (KSNT) – Training camp is officially underway for members of the Kansas City Chiefs.

“It is a new feeling, a new beginning all the time,” Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “Every team is different and this year, 2014, seems like a special year.”

Chiefs fans also were able to witness the action on the campus of Missouri Western University in St. Joseph, Mo.

“The fans are great,” Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said. “It’s great to have them out here to give you a little juice. And I know they feed off the fans. So I think that helped them have a good workout here this afternoon. We appreciate the fans and the things they do for us.”

A lot of attention surrounds new contract discussions for Justin Houston and Alex Smith. They’re looking to secure long-term deals to remain in Kansas City.

“I’m not worrying about that contract,” Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston said. “When it’s time to happen, it’s going to happen. My main focus is football. If you’re worrying about that contract, it’ll slow you down from the things you’ve got to do on the field and I don’t want that to happen. So my main focus is football.”

However, one guy who is locked in for the next several seasons in Jamaal Charles. He returned to camp after negotiations were finalized on Wednesday.

“Build something here, and build a championship; I want to win a Super Bowl,” Charles said. “It’s more than just trying to hold out, I didn’t even want to be selfish like that; that’s not my personality, I wanted to just come back and play football.”

Charles led the NFL with 19 touchdowns last season.

“I just wanted my respect,” Charles said. “I still have to go out there and perform because I asked for more money, but at the same time, they can take it away. So it’s all about staying consistent and staying successful in this league. I want to be in the hall of fame when I retire, I want to win a championship; that’s what it’s all about.”

As for Alex Smith he doesn’t want his contract to become a distraction during training camp or this season.

“I’m happy for Jamaal,” Smith said. “The guy is one of the most special players in the league and deserved it. I’m glad to see that get done. For me, you guys know how I feel about this. When something gets finalized let me know, but until then, don’t bother me. That’s the way I want it.”

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