Kansas City news and notes

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance told the Associated Press that the Kansas City Chiefs have complied by the NFL's Rooney Rule and have indeed interviewed minority candidates.
There have been no reported interviews. The only news to come out of the Kansas City coaching search was that the team requested permission to interview Arizona offense coordinator Todd Haley.

It is no surprise the Chiefs' search has been so quiet. When owner Clark Hunt was interviewing candidates for the general manager job that went to New England's Scott Pioli, candidates were told not to disclose that they were interviewing for the job. Thus, the same policy could in place for the head coaching job.

The Chiefs are dealing with the recent arrest of tight end Michael Merritt. Merritt, a rookie in 2008, was arrested in Florida on a marijuana charge.

If the Chiefs are going to get Matt Cassel as their quarterback it will be through a trade. New England put the franchise tag on the would-be free agent Thursday. The Patriots could trade Cassel, though. The Chiefs could be a likely candidate because of Pioli's connection and the fact that they are still unsettled at the position.