Stephenson, a Kansas City native and graduate of Blue Springs High School, is planning to sign with the AFC West-rival Denver Broncos when free agency begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday, a source told The Star. The 27-year-old offensive lineman has played plenty of football for the Chiefs since he was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has started 21 games in four years, including seven in 2015, and has shown plenty of versatility along the way, earning snaps at left tackle, right tackle and even left guard.
The Chiefs have the bodies to cover for the loss of Stephenson and also guard Jeff Allen, another potential unrestricted free agent who could be on his way out. The Chiefs have Eric Fisher and Jah Reid at tackle, Mitch Morse, Zach Fulton and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at the interior positions, Ben Grubbs and Paul Fanaika coming off the injured reserve list and some developmental prospects.
"And some years, it means different things," Hunt said, before dropping a hint. "We’ve got a number of guys that we’d like to bring back, and that may be how we use some of the resources." Hunt’s words proved to be true, as the Chiefs found a way to keep at least one team icon in the fold on Tuesday by agreeing to a three-year deal with outside linebacker Tamba Hali, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Star.
If they’ve determined that for whatever reason Thomas isn’t part of the solution, and it certainly looks like they have come to that conclusion, it’s time for them Chiefs to salvage something for him and move on.
While three teams are interested in former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel, the Philadelphia Eagles appear to be favorites to acquire his services, according to Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN:
He and Khalil Mack should make for one of the best pass rushing linebacker duos in the NFL. Mack had 15.5 sacks last season en route to being named All Pro at two different positions.
The initial offer(and only offer from the Broncos) was reportedly a three-year, 39 million dollar deal and it was offered to Osweiler several days ago. Since then it appears that the two sides have tabled talks until the tampering period open so Osweiler and his agent can compare the Broncos offer to the other offers.