Berry had a valid excuse for declining his Pro Bowl invitation. The Kansas City Chiefs safety is a potential unrestricted free agent and could cost himself a lot of money if he were to be injured in Sunday’s game. But Berry said he turned down the chance to play for other reasons. "I just need some time to reflect," he said. "I’ve been through a lot, so I’m not really scared of injury.
Eric Berry wants to remain in Kansas City, but Mike Florio says it's possible he could hit the open market, where we would generate tons of interest.
"We use him a lot on special teams obviously," Reid said on a show hosted by Alex Marvez and Kirk Morrison. "When he came to us, that’s what we originally thought we had. He then said, ‘Listen I can do this offensive thing.’ He’s innately a smart kid. We kept adding to it and he got it.
"We love E.B. I think everybody in our building would ditto that," Reid said. "If we can get this thing done, that’s obviously a priority in the offseason. It’s been a good marriage."
According to NFL data called "Next Gen Stats," Hill reached a top speed of 23.24 miles per hour during that kickoff return at NRG Stadium. It was the fastest run or return by any NFL player recorded this season.
"I think bummed for it to happen like that," Alex said of the Chiefs season ending. "Honestly, I felt like up to that point, the refs had done such a good job of letting the guys just play. It’s playoff football. You don’t want the game decided on anything kinda ticky-tacky. Let the guys play and let it be decided on the field. Now, obviously, the ref felt like something happened there. Certainly from our side, I didn’t even feel like it was pertinent to the play. It was so far behind the line of scrimmage. I felt like I stepped up. It wasn’t even close. It happened, you know? The call got made and it kinda got taken out of our hands. Bummed about that. Felt bad about Fish who was battling over there all day."
"Carl, I apologize for saying it in that manner," he said.
I'd like to think that there was some sort of strategy involved with that throwing motion because Smith definitely doesn't throw a football like that. That was a one-hopper that traveled maybe 10 feet. His arm strength isn't great for an NFL quarterback, but one would still expect him to be pretty dope at dodgeball.
Any friction between Marquette King and Travis Kelce from their Week 14 kerfuffle appears to have been smoothed over, as the pair showed in a video at the Pro Bowl.
"I’m lucky enough to have Alex Smith, who I think is phenomenal and still can play," Reid said. "I was asked that question like two seconds after the game and then it turned into, like, a controversy. He’s our quarterback, by the way, and he’s right here at the Pro Bowl so I think we’re going to keep him."
"You know that if they’re competing for national championships every year, competing for the playoffs, that means they’re stacking their roster with good talent," said Marc Lillibridge, director of Elite Performance, who has 20-plus years of experience as an NFL agent and scout with the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. "A lot of (NFL scouts) know that … because everybody knows Nick Saban can recruit. So you’re going to go into that school and find those guys."
"I think it certainly helps with quarterbacks," Mullen said. "Guys look at how we developed quarterbacks, or me through the years with him and [former Utah quarterback and current Kansas City Chiefs QB] Alex Smith. "I was hoping for a Cowboys-Chiefs Super Bowl to be honest with you, both of my quarterbacks playing, but I think it helps. Guys look at how we develop players in the past. If they come to Mississippi State, they’re going to get coached well and have an opportunity to advance in their career."
But not for ticket sales. Overall revenue from ticket sales fell for the second straight year, dropping 18 percent from $23,428,311 to $19,152,889. Football ticket sales plunged 19 percent, from $16,394,964 to $13,283,209, though those figures account for just six home games compared to seven in 2014. In 2015, the Tigers gave up a seventh home game to play Brigham Young in Kansas City. That game included a $3.5 million payout from the Kansas City Chiefs that essentially offset the season’s ticket sales drop-off.
"I’ve wanted to have some great big games against those teams," Kelce said. "But I’m happy where I am. You can only harp on it for so long and once you get to the locker room you’re in you find the good and the bad. I’m enjoying myself in KC."
The NFL is investigating the Chiefs after WR Chris Conley was taken off for a head injury and was put back in just a play later in their AFC Divisional game,