1) What’s the message you want to convey to Chiefs fans about free agency?
"Here’s the message, you’re in the first 7-10 days of free agency; there are a lot of good football players to be had. Not everybody that’s taken in the first 10 days are going to pan out. We showed that last year; if you can just be a little bit patient, there are still a lot of good football players there. We have a plan. We’re going to stick to it; we’re going to execute it and we’re going to be very selective in free agency and we’re going to build the foundation of this club through the draft."
I have my doubts whether this group is strong enough to compete week in and week out. The drop in Flowers' play last season was troubling and could be a sign he isn't a good fit in coordinator Bob Sutton's defensive schemes, ones that require the cornerbacks to play a lot of press coverage. The Chiefs have to match up next season with, among others, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas of the Denver Broncos. You feel better about their ability to do that successfully than they did last season?
While these discussions and debates are interesting (sometimes) and help to pass the time, the truth is that when it comes to the success of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 neither free agency nor the draft will have the biggest impact on the Chiefs winning more or less games than last season. While it may not trend on Twitter, grab newspaper headlines, or set the blogosphere abuzz, the truth is that the development of the players that are already on the roster will have the greatest impact on the success of the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs.
But more importantly, the Chiefs don't have a ton of cap space ― only $4.8 million, according to NFL Players Association records ― and Jackson has a 2014 cap number of $12.5 million. The Chiefs could conceivably make the money work by cutting some players or restructuring some deals (which is always easier said than done, by the way), but it's likely Jackson, 27, would also have to be open to restructuring his current deal, which is set to pay him about $30 million over the next three years. Even this is problematic, however. While Jackson indeed wants a new contract ― although he just signed one two years ago ― why would he restructure and help the Eagles work a trade out with one team when he stands to earn more money on the open market if the Eagles release him, as they apparently seem willing to do?
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and former Kansas City Chiefs player Will Shields is helping student-athletes avoid head injuries and concussions by putting them to the test this weekend. Shields and his team at 68 Inside Sports teamed up with the Brain Injury Association of Kansas on Saturday in Lenexa to provide area athletes a chance to train their brains on the Dynavision Baseline Testing, known as D2.
"This is the best time of year for players to get caught up on finishing their degrees or exploring different careers that interest them," BJ Stabler, Chiefs Player Engagement Manager said. "When they enter the program, we give them a career interest survey to try to determine what they may like to do during the offseason or after their football career. Under the direction of our VP of Administration, Kirsten Krug, we help get them involved in job shadows to find where their passion lies and what it is they may want to do after their football career."