Chiefs Sign West & Ware to Contract Extensions from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday that the team has signed running backs
Charcandrick Westand Spencer Wareto contract extensions. Terms of the contracts will not be released by the club.
"Charcandrick and Spencer both stepped in and were very effective for us offensively last year," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "These guys have different styles and abilities, and together they provide us quality depth at the running back position."
What We Learned From Charcandrick West's Conference Call from The Mothership
Paylor: Is some of the attraction of staying here that you know the coaches like you and know how to use you? Was there any thought to going somewhere else in 2017 to test your worth on the market?
WEST: "Nah, man. Like I said, I have always told myself that I am not going to - the day that I start playing this game for money is the day that I need to go home. You all see me out there having fun. I still see the game as a game, and I like to have fun. I like to have fun. It's not about money. When it starts to become a business like that, that's when stuff starts to go wrong in my eyes. I really don't focus on that. I want to be a Chief; I want to stay a Chief for life. That's where my focus is to become a better football player."
Teicher: Do you feel like the Chiefs have gone a little bit above and beyond with you?
WEST: "What they did is a true blessing. They didn't have to do that. That's why I'm so honored. I want to give so much thanks to the Chiefs organization, the Hunt family, Coach Reid and their staffs. They didn't have to do what they did, so to me, it's a big blessing to me and my family."
What We Learned From Spencer Ware's Conference Call from The Mothership
Teicher: Do you feel like there's going to be enough footballs to go around?
WARE: "Absolutely, absolutely. That's one thing with the running back room for the Kansas City Chiefs, we're not real selfish. We're a team, we want to do the best for the team and that's all that matters. As far as your own success, everyone has their own goals and things that they're trying to accomplish personally. But as a team and as a unit, we have to come together, collectively, to try to reach that one goal, which is a championship. And we can't do that if one person's mad about some touches or whatever the case may be. So whenever your number is called, you have to go out there and you have to execute the play and get the job done."
Chiefs Kicker Cairo Santos Soars on Snapchat with Blue Angels from The Mothership
Kansas City Chiefs kicker
Cairo Santosreached new heights on Tuesday, but this time, it wasn't on the football field, but rather over 8,000 feet in the air. Santos took the backseat to Lt. Tyler Davies with the Blue Angels for a flight demonstration ride at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
The Blue Angels are the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron and second-oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world. Flight demonstrations exhibit choreographed skills by naval aviators, most commonly known for the "delta" formation of six jets performing maneuvers locked as a unit.
Chiefs sign running backs Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West to contract extensions from The Kansas City Star
Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware each flew into Kansas City on Wednesday and were placed at the same hotel. That's when Ware knew something might be up.
"It kind of dawned on me that he might be signing (Thursday) as well," Ware said of West.
Ware's hunch was right, as the Chiefs announced Thursday that they have signed West and Ware - two key ingredients of a backfield that saved their 2015 season - to contract extensions.
Both players' deals are for two years, a source told The Star. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Ware's deal is worth $3.6 million for 2017 and 2018, and up to $9.6 million based on yards and touchdowns.
Chiefs sign RBs Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware to contract extensions from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs announced the signings of running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware to contract extensions.
"Charcandrick and Spencer both stepped in and were very effective for us offensively last year," general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "These guys have different styles and abilities, and together they provide us quality depth at the running back position."
West signed a two-year extension, a source familiar with the transaction informed The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com. [Editor's note: Copy is corrected from the original reported three-year extension]. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs have not announced the terms of West's contract.
"I think in our heads we both knew what was going on, but we didn't want to ask each other because that's personal business," Ware said. "We're friends, but that's his life and his contract. If he wants to discuss that, then I'm open to it, and vice versa."
Chiefs maintain high hopes for Eric Fisher, must make a big decision on him soon from The Kansas City Star
Physical gifts aside - and Fisher, who was drafted tops in 2013, has those in abundance - the jump from Central Michigan to the NFL has not been easy for him. The speed of the game has been an adjustment, and so has the aggressiveness. The rash of injuries he dealt with his first two seasons didn't help, either.
But the good news is that the Chiefs appear to be happy with what they saw from Fisher in year three, when he was moved from left tackle to right tackle and back again. They seem cautiously optimistic about what they can expect out of the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder in 2016.
"I could see him being bigger, faster, stronger and better next year," Dorsey said. "Now, he knows he's it. He's got all the athleticism in the world to play with anybody in the National Football League (and he's started) to understand that, ‘You know what? The game has finally slowed down for me. I can play with anybody.' And he can."
Source: Chiefs looking to trade RB Knile Davis from Chiefs Digest
With running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware signed to contract extensions, another member of the Chiefs' backfield has become expendable.
The Chiefs are working on a trade of running back Knile Davis, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Thursday with The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs have not announced they are looking to move Davis.
Davis' list of lowlights is longer. Fumbles were a frequent problem for Davis and none was bigger than his third-quarter drop in last season's playoff loss to the Patriots. New England converted the fumble into a touchdown and a 21-6 lead, effectively killing Kansas City's chances for a comeback.
Davis, 24, was drafted in the third round by the Chiefs in 2013 to be Jamaal Charles' eventual successor. That isn't going to happen.
Safety Husain Abdullah was one of the most thoughtful players for the Kansas City Chiefs since he joined them in 2013. So it was no surprise Abdullah had some interesting comments about his retirement from football during a SportsCenter interview with Hannah Storm on Thursday morning.
Abdullah cited his health as the main reason for his retirement this week when he announced it on his Instagram account. Abdullah suffered what he said was the fifth concussion of his career last season.
In the SportsCenter interview, Abdullah said the birth of his fourth child, a girl, on March 18 might have been the event that clinched his decision to retire.
UTEP DL Roy Robertson scheduled for predraft visit with Chiefs from Chiefs Digest
Former University of Texas-El Paso defensive end Roy Robertson is scheduled for a predraft visit with the Chiefs, a source informed The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com.
The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs typically do not announce predraft visits.
The 6-7, 255-pound Robertson did not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, but made up for it Thursday with a strong showing during his Pro Day workout.
Widow of Kenny Stabler joins concussion lawsuit from USA Today
Brian McCarthytold USA TODAY Sports earlier this week that the league expects the lawsuit to be rejected because "Scroggins is a member of the settlement class and did not choose to opt out."
But Gray, a quarterback who played four seasons in the NFL, was among about 200 former players who did opt out. Gray last played for the
Kansas City Chiefsin 2008, served as the offensive coordinator at Florida A&M Universityand then briefly as a head coach for a charter high school in Jacksonville.
Howard wrote in the filing that Gray is suffering symptoms consistent with CTE, which can lead to the lack of impulse control, insomnia and depression.
Howard wrote in the amended lawsuit the NFL "over the past four decades actively concealed and actively disputed any correlation between repeated head trauma and CTE."
Under federal civil RICO law, damages can be triple than the actual amount awarded.
Hali, 32, recently signed a new three-year contract with the Chiefs. He has been to the past six Pro Bowls and has 86 career sacks. He played in the 2006 Senior Bowl.
"This caught me off guard, but it is an honor," he said. "The Senior Bowl truly helped me. I came out and showcased my talent and, 10 years later to be remembered, is really special."
Thursday's ceremony pushes the number of Senior Bowl inductees to 111. More than 5,000 players have participated in the game during its 65-year history.
Chiefs sign Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware to deals from NFL.com
West, an undrafted free agent out of Abilene Christian, had 160 carries for 634 yards and four touchdowns last season. He added 20 catches for 214 yards and a score. Ware, a sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft, had 413 yards on 75 carries (5.5 yards per attempt) and six touchdowns.
Charles is 29 and will be coming back from a second torn ACL. It stands to reason that coach Andy Reid might look to take a little off the veteran's plate going forward while possibly setting the stage for Charles' eventual exit.
5) Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs: The 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year is already earning rave reviews inside league circles for his competitiveness, savvy and versatility as a CB1. The No. 18 overall pick from last April possesses a rare combination of size, agility and stop-start quickness that allows him to suffocate opponents utilizing bump-and-run, bail or off technique. In addition, Peters displays the instincts and football IQ to quickly diagnose route combinations and anticipate throws in his area.
Former NFL player starting rookie season in real estate from Real Estate Weekly
If you've worked so much as a day in New York commercial real estate, you've had established and successful people depend on your performance. A brokerage team is only as strong as its weakest link.
Steve Maneri didn't need to wait until entering the industry to experience that type of responsibility first hand.
A five-year NFL veteran, the Bergen County, New Jersey native entered professional football as an undrafted free agent. He joined the Houston Texans in 2010 and spent time as a member of the New York Jets, the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.
"Jamaal Charles came to me and said ‘you're going to make me a better running back because you're going to block for me,'" Maneri told Real Estate Weekly while discussing his relationship with the star Chiefs player.
Former Wando High School star Brandon Eakins shines at Citadel pro day from The Charleston Post and Courier
Catching balls from former Charleston Southern quarterback Austin Brown, Eakins showed his skills in front of scouts from the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns. After his workout, the Chiefs scout asked Eakins to hang around for a Human Resources Tactics (HRT) test, a personality test used by about half of NFL teams.
"That's a good sign," said agent Austin Atkinson, who represents Eakins and Citadel defensive lineman Mitchell Jeter, who also worked out Thursday. "It shows they have interest in Brandon."