KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs have aggressively sought to improve their offense this offseason, signing running back Peyton Hillis, tight end Kevin Boss and right tackle Eric Winston.
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"Clearly he had a plan. He let me know that," Pioli said. "He didn't get into the details. He was up front about what he was doing, some of the visits he wanted to take, and we initially weren't a part of that."
"I've spent a lot of time with him, around him, communicating with him, competing against his teams," Pioli said of Manning. "He had a plan, he executed it, and he never explained to me, nor did I ask."
Pioli refused to get into details about his conversations with Manning and his agent, but he did say Cassel was aware that discussions had taken place. Pioli also said he's comfortable with the three quarterbacks currently on the roster -- he drafted Ricky Stanzi in the fifth round last season -- which makes it unlikely that the Chiefs will select another in the April draft.
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