While talking to scouts, agents, players and team executives for this story, two things were repeated to me constantly: Alex Smith is in a contract year, and nothing changes in Kansas City while Andy Reid is the head coach.
The National Football League had the most valuable teams, with an average operating profit of $91 million per team. The Dallas Cowboys took the No. 1 spot on the list, with a $4.2 billion value. The Kansas City Chiefs came in at No. 44, with a $1.88 billion value. That's a 23 percent increase compared with last year.
By far, the leaders in terms of investment over this time were the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Jaguars only invested 4 picks, 3 of those were with a Top 50 selection and all four were within the Top 100. Two of them were first-rounders, and a total of 4720 “Jimmy Johnson” points of draft value were spend across just four players. By contrast, Kansas City drafted 7 players over 5 years, but only two of them were in the Top 50. Even the Chiefs fall short of the 9 offensive linemen drafted by Pittsburgh over these five years, and while Green Bay drafted 8 players in this time, only two of them were taken with a pick in the Top 100.
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs reporter: The Raiders will be the popular pick, and perhaps they should be. But for that to happen, they'll need to figure out a couple of things. The first is to play better defense against all opponents. The Raiders allowed 375 yards and 24 points per game last season. If they don’t trim those numbers, it's going to be difficult for them to win the AFC West. The second is to figure out a way to beat the Chiefs.
It’s also looking to relaunch its popular “Catching Kelce” show, which originally was a dating show starring Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce that aired on E! This time a different player would date women from all 50 states.
Kelce chimes in as perhaps the second-most desirable tight end in the NFL, all things considered, and he finished first in DYAR per FootballOutsiders. He's 27, he's been healthy for the last three years, and he's consistently productive, finishing with 1,125 yards in 2016 on an offense that was 25th in pass attempts. Depth is a concern.
It was the 58-yard field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card playoff game in 1990. It’s still an NFL record for the longest field goal in the playoffs. It wound up being an important kick in the game (the Dolphins won 17-16) and helped us advance in the playoffs. It was early in the second quarter, we had the wind at our back, and Coach Shula asked me what I thought about kicking such a long field goal. I told him I could kick it that far and I went out there and hit it. That was a big thrill for me. It was an NFL record and it helped up win the playoff game.
2. Kansas City Chiefs: Tyreek Hill was the NFL's pre-eminent punt returner as a rookie, no one eclipsing his two TDs or 15.2-yard average. But his new role as the featured receiver could limit his opportunities, and the Chiefs no longer plan to use him on kickoffs. Dustin Colquitt's 38 punts inside the 20 paced the AFC, and he rarely allows chunky returns. Cairo Santos' 88.6% FG rate ranked fifth in the league.
Not only are the Jaguars worth nearly two billion, but they also are estimated to be more valuable than two premier soccer clubs in Arsenal and Chelsea, but of which are also just under the two billion range. The Jaguars are also worth more than four other NFL franchises, which are the New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and shockingly the Kansas City Chiefs.