Who Could Skip Minicamp? from NFL.com
Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs: The team's top pass rusher bypassed OTAs and wants a new deal. Rapoport says that Houston might also stay away from minicamp. He has a year left on his rookie contract at $1.4 million. Houston has now posted back-to-back double-digit sack seasons (one per game last year) and is deserving of a hefty deal.
QB Contracts Offer Historic Comparisons For Chiefs' Alex Smith from Chiefs Spin
How rare would Smith hitting the free agent market be? No quarterback in NFL history with 50 or more career wins in regular and postseason combined by his age 30 season has ever left his team via free agency at age 30 or earlier. Smith has 50 exactly career wins and just turned 30 in May. Smith would arguably be the youngest and winningest quarterback to ever hit the open market.
Can the Chiefs let a quarterback of Smith's accomplishments walk way? Can they afford to pay him? Time will tell, but also telling are the contracts of his peers.
Cornerback Shuffle from Warpaint Illustrated
Regardless of either situation, the events of this week in Kansas City ultimately will change the face of the Chiefs secondary. Smith, if found guilty, will likely face a two-four game suspension to start the season and Flowers will be with another NFL team.
That means the Chiefs starting unit might consist of second year man, Marcus Cooper and rookie, Phillip Gaines. Backing them up would be veterans, Chris Owens (more on him in a minute) and Ron Parker.
Now that doesn't sound so formidable does it?
Well it might not but all gloom and doom either.
10 NFL Coaches Under The Most Pressure In 2014 from The Sports Crave
Without further delay, here's the 10 coaches who have the most pressure going into the 2014 season (Not sequential order):
1. Andy Reid (KC) - The Andy Reid-led Kansas City Chiefs was responsible for one of the biggest playoff collapses in NFL history. 28 points was the deficit the Indianapolis Colts came back from to stub the Chiefs. After starting 9-0 and losing their first game to the Denver Broncos, Chiefs finished 3-5 and limped into the playoffs. Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, and the defense need to carry this team to keep Andy Reid's seat cold.
In spite of Bowe's paltry numbers last season (57 catches, 673 yards, 5 touchdowns), the Chiefs surprised everyone by earning a playoff berth in their first season under Andy Reid's guidance. But if the Chiefs want to repeat -- and if Bowe wants to maintain his hefty contract status -- he'll have to play like a true No. 1 receiver for Alex Smith and Co. in 2014. Bowe believes improved chemistry with the man under center will help him bounce back.