It looks like the Chiefs are about to land the deep threat they so desperately need. A source confirmed to The Star on Sunday evening that former Missouri Tigers star and Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin will sign with the Chiefs when the free-agency period begins on Tuesday.
Kansas City Chiefs veteran linebacker Tamba Hali has agreed to restructure his contract, a league source told ESPN's Adam Caplan
The Chiefs couldn’t design a receiver who fits not only their needs, but coach Andy Reid’s offensive system better than Maclin, who is fast and a big-play receiver. He is coming off the best of his five NFL seasons, catching 85 passes for 1,318 and 10 touchdowns.
If Maclin's deal in Kansas City is finalized, he will provide a vertical threat for a team that doesn't go deep often. Perhaps Alex Smith will try to go down the field more with Maclin around, but it doesn't suit Smith's short-tossing skill set. This much we know: Maclin should get plenty of targets. He will be the "Z" receiver in Kansas City, and that's the position that makes Reid's offense go. And he doesn't have much talent around him.
It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs handle this situation. Husain Abdullah is entering the last year of his deal, and Eric Berry is battling lymphoma, so it would be nice if the Chiefs could find a way to retain Parker. If one of the teams interested in him steps to the plate, I’d be surprised if the Chiefs weren’t given an opportunity to exceed the offer.
One possibility that emerged on Saturday was Kansas City Chiefs safety Ron Parker, a speedy, 6-foot, 206-pounder who started 15 games last season. He began the season as a cornerback, but switched to safety to replace Pro Bowler Eric Berry, who was out at first with an ankle injury and later with Hodgkin lymphoma. The Giants were one of seven teams to express an interest in him in the first hours of free agency, according to an NFL source.
Hudson is one of the most underrated offensive linemen in the NFL. After missing all but three games in 2012 with a broken leg, Hudson played well in 2013 before becoming a star in 2014. The 25-year-old is easily the best center hitting the free agent market.
Now, some NFL teams have expanded the nickel role to blitzing and supporting on the edge on running downs, a role Therezie is used to. Therezie, who has spent some of his time training in Miami, made four tackles at the College Gridiron Showcase and returned punts, and he's already been interviewed by the St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs, in fact, met with him on Monday, the night before a solid performance at Auburn's Pro Day.
Most fans are keenly aware of free agency as many signings have already been leaked and made public, but that’s not the only thing that happens on Tuesday. Below is a list of all of the important deadlines and dates that come with the start of the new league year: