Justin Houston's contract situation is the latest example of this principle: The longer a team waits to sign a Pro Bowl-caliber player, the more it's going to cost, provided the player stays healthy. The Kansas City Chiefs missed an opportunity to sign Houston to a contract extension in the neighborhood of Tamba Hali's deal prior to the start of the 2014 regular season. Hali received a five-year, $57.5 million contract (worth a maximum of $60 million through salary escalators) containing $35 million in guarantees from the Chiefs in 2011 as the team's franchise player. What is a fair price for Houston? Let's assess his place in the market.
Chiefs team historian Bob Moore joined Pete Sweeney to discuss his new and ongoing "Quest for the Franchise Quarterback" series, now available for reading on KCChiefs.com. In addition, Moore touched upon "Gridiron Glory," the exhibit that is now open to the public at Union Station in Kansas City.
If the PFW picks come true, that would put Baltimore in a home game on Wild Card Weekend against a Denver Broncos team the magazine believes will go 10-6 and finish second behind the surprising Kansas City Chiefs.
When it comes to professional hockey in the Kansas City area, one name is always at the center of the conversation: Lamar Hunt Jr. Hunt Jr., the son of Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt Sr., acquired the Missouri Mavericks minor league hockey team in Independence in February. Since then he's become the focal point of virtually every local hockey discussion.
John Dorsey, general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, will receive the Distinguished Service Award at the Lee Remmel Sports Awards Banquet, hosted by De Pere Rotary.
Justin Houston? You can't replicate a pass-rusher in his prime with a 3-D printer, but Dee Ford was drafted for a reason. Charles? You drafted Knile Davis for a reason, too. Alex Smith? Chase Daniel isn't Big 11, but the ex-Mizzou star should be 2-0 as a Chiefs starter. Sean Smith? See Charles, only replace "Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson" with Davis. Eric Fisher? Come on. Derrick Johnson? This crew came within a hair of the postseason without him. Mike DeVito? Same deal. There are important Chiefs, and there are indispensable Chiefs. And as July beckons, with St. Joe looming in the distance, Maclin just might be the most indispensable of all.
Santos wrapped the session, which was held with a group that included Chicago Bears and former Miami Hurricanes punter Pat O'Donnell, by showing off the talent that allowed him to stick in the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Tulane last season, splitting the uprights from 55 yards out. The kick prior was good from 65. The NFL record is 63.