The pressure is on Alex Smith to deliver, and while he is indeed their quarterback for 2017, the cap-tight Chiefs could save $17 million by releasing him next year. They could also create some cap room by extending him, but the point is, his future will likely be determined by how he fares this season. That said, someone like Mahomes — who ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay recently called a cross between Brett Favre and Johnny Manziel — could be tempting to the Chiefs, who have done plenty of background work on him.
Johnson was due a base salary of $4.75 million for 2017 and up to $1 million in per-game roster bonuses. Under the new terms, Johnson received a $1 million signing bonus and a $1 million, fully guaranteed base salary, the source said.
The system he played in with the Chiefs didn't necessarily feature him in that capacity, but Quinn wants all his defensive linemen to have rush ability. "This style of defense, like I said, it lets D-linemen play," Poe said. "It lets us play football, it lets us attack, it lets us go do what D-linemen were made to do. I definitely feel like it will be real good for me."
Last year, the Chiefs made some last-minute changes to the roster, and specifically the secondary, by adding Kenneth Acker from the San Francisco 49ers and signing Terrance Mitchell mid-season. The reality is that every sub-package or special teams player on the team is likely going to face very stiff competition before making the final roster. Acker, Mitchell, D.J. White and perhaps even Phillip Gaines will need to fend off any challengers, such as Huff, for their assumed roles.
That well could be the case. It's also possible the Chiefs first offered Poe the contract they gave to Logan. Poe may have declined or told the Chiefs to hold on while he looked for a better deal. Then, the Chiefs, sensing they would lose Poe, moved on without him.
Charles also may be visiting another team next week. For now, the identity of that franchise isn’t known.
"There was nothing out there," Foles said regarding the starting quarterback market. "I want to continue to grow as a player, but starting somewhere is the ultimate goal. "Every quarterback wants to play and be in the huddle. But my role right now is to be the backup quarterback here and help Carson (Wentz) in any way I can. And I take that role with great pride and seriousness."
Some of the kicks White fielded were from the leg of Zane Gonzalez who, as we stated, will be the first kicker off the board and is projected as a middle-round pick. I’m told Gonzalez looked good during pro day. He’s already been worked out privately by the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs.
A familiar face is making a business visit with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are hosting free-agent quarterback Chase Daniel, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Sunday afternoon.