Most mock drafts have assumed the Chiefs will lose either safety Eric Berry or defensive lineman Dontari Poe. This week is an example of what could happen if both are brought back. If the draft shakes out in this fashion with Cunningham and Reddick gone, the Chiefs could go after a quality No. 2 cornerback. Both Jones and Ohio State’s Gareon Conley should be under strong consideration.
There is an expectation that defensive tackle Tyson Jackson, who is due a base salary of $3.5 million next season and set to count $5.85 million against the cap, won't be back, at least not without a reduced price tag. Jackson, who turns 31 in June and is coming off a career-low 13 combined tackles (311 snaps played), is signed through 2018. Releasing him would save $2.65 million against next year's salary cap.
With that in mind, I believe Peppers is destined to come off the board within the first 50 selections, and probably in the second round between picks 32 and 59. Teams like the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans would be ideal fits based on their schemes and coaching staffs.
Per the owner, KC belongs to Alex Smith. Carson Palmer has told the Arizona Cardinals he plans to return. The Denver Broncos are going with what they have because the man in charge, John Elway, knows that bringing in Tony Romo is not the same as acquiring Peyton Manning.
The Chiefs’ cap situation will improve if and when they decline Nick Foles’s $6.4 million option. They still have to tiptoe around the cap, though, which will make it nearly impossible to retain Charles if he’s not 100%.
A league source expects Cyprien to have a solid market in free agency, but a lot will depend on the availability of Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson and Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry.
Former NFL and University of Maine football player Mike DeVito will make an appearance during a blood drive on Tuesday sponsored by the Holden police and fire departments, Police Chief Chris Greeley said Monday. The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 in the gym at Holden Elementary School. DeVito is scheduled to be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greeley said.
Unfortunately, injuries took their toll and both Bailey and Howard ended the year on injured reserve. Factor in Poe’s ongoing back concerns and looming free agency and suddenly the Chiefs look a bit thinner one year later. Bailey and Howard are getting expensive and Poe might be allowed to leave. While the Chiefs also have other promising players like Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Nick Williams, the reality is that suddenly the line looks like they might be able to use another player if Poe is allowed to walk.
Romo’s druthers, I think, would be to stay in Texas. Houston’s a 40-minute private-plane ride. Kansas City’s double that. Romo’s got his third child on the way and loves the Dad life. Houston, being significantly closer, makes more sense—and that’s even before considering the Texans’ defense and skill players are very good. And considering that J.J. Watt’s return in 2017 might make the defense untouchable, though Watt’s health makes that impossible to predict. Then again, Romo’s health is impossible to predict. But I’ve said this since the end of the season: Houston makes the most sense for Romo. Now smart football people, and a quarterback determined to have his one last hurrah in a place where he knows he can win, have to make that happen.
That’s why the Chiefs should consider Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey with their first-round draft pick, which is 27th overall. McCaffrey might not be an every-down back next season, or ever. He’s only about 200 pounds. But Charles played much of his Chiefs career at around 200 pounds. So maybe McCaffrey could be more of the backfield solution than it appears.