Pre-Camp Reads: Looking at LB Josh Mauga from Chiefs.com
Since sitting out the 2013 season due to injury, Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker
Josh Maugahas made himself a career in Kansas City.
Originally added to the team during training camp in 2014 to provide linebacker depth and help on special teams, Mauga's role increased rather rapidly with the Week 1 ruptured Achilles injury to
Derrick Johnsonthat cost him his season.
All of a sudden, Mauga became the starter calling all of the defensive plays, and at season's end, he led the 9-7 Chiefs with 103 (82 solo) tackles.
Pre-Camp Reads: Looking at DL Dontari Poe from Chiefs.com
HOW HE FITS
Poe joined fellow veterans Jaye Howard and
Allen Baileyas guys who started along the defensive line last season for the Chiefs defense who will return in 2016. Poe has started 60 of the 62 games he's played in during his four years in the league.
After adding second-round pick
Chris Jonesto the mix this offseason, the Chiefs defensive line should be loaded again heading into this season.
Chiefs rookie Garrick Mayweather eyes future as medical doctor from Chiefs Digest
Kansas City signed Mayweather as an undrafted rookie free agent, effectively putting his dream of becoming a doctor on hold.
But the delay came without second guessing.
"When you have an opportunity such as this in the NFL to continue playing a game you love," Mayweather said, "I don't think there are any regrets when you're diving head first."
The Chiefs discovered Mayweather's desire to enter the medical field during the predraft process and offered guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as an example of fulfilling that goal while playing football.
"The scouts that came, as soon as they figured out I was pre-med and wanted to go to medical school, ‘Oh, we got a guy from Canada, plays offensive line, he's going to be a doctor,'" Mayweather said. "I did know beforehand and I thought it was awesome."
The Chiefs have largely kept Smith in a low-risk cocoon. Put it all together and if the Raiders are ready to make the jump, then Carr is poised for even bigger things. But "most exciting" comes with wins, division titles and playoff appearances. Denver should still have the best defense in the division, so if Carr gets the Raiders past the Broncos in the division race, he will have earned the excitement.
The NFL's best outside cornerbacks, No. 10: Marcus Peters, Chiefs from Sports Illustrated
Peters has the swagger to keep up with those numbers, and he showed flashes of being able to hold down Kansas City's toughest defensive assignments during the three-game suspension served by Sean Smith, who is now in Oakland.
Eric Berry FS / Kansas City Chiefs
Franchise Tag: $10.806 Million
The five year, $51.25 million extension Harrison Smith signed with the Vikings last month should pave the way for a deal. Smith established new benchmarks for safeties in average yearly salary ($10.25 million) and overall guarantees ($28.578 million). In addition to topping Smith's new standards, the $22 million that the Patriots' Devin McCourty has fully guaranteed at signing in his contract will likely be important to Berry.
NFL Hall of Famer Willie Roaf Buys in West Palm Beach from Realtor.com
Lichtenstein says the former New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle known as "Big Nasty" was looking for a large, private place. His new home, a five-bedroom Mediterranean in the gated golf course community of Bay Hill Estates, fit the bill. "He's a big guy, and he wanted it to be spacious. He said, ‘How high are the ceilings?' I said, '18 feet,' and he said ‘No Baloney?'"
Lichtenstein says the 6-foot-5 former pro also wanted to escape California's extra large 13.3% personal income tax rate. Florida has no income tax.
Ranking the top 10 pass rushers in the NFL from FOX News
6. Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs
Had it not been for injury questions, Justin Houston would have been higher on this list. Houston, the NFL's sack leader in 2014, suffered a serious knee injury last season that required surgery back in February. Recovery timetables following ACL surgery can vary, but they're typically six to 12 months. After the initial thought was that Houston could miss the entire season, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey assured everyone that he will play in 2016. How much he'll play remains to be seen. When healthy, Houston is as good as any pass rusher in the league, having totaled 56 sacks since 2011. He had 7.5 last season despite playing just 11 games and had double-digit sack totals in each of the previous three seasons. The Chiefs desperately need him on the field because when he is, he's a game-changer.