“His mind was made up,” Johnson said. “They already had a game plan of what they wanted to do with me and I bought out my last year—I didn’t really have a contract with the Chiefs, so if I wanted to do another year with the Chiefs, we’d have to negotiate and work on something, and of course, I would have bended a lot just to stay there.”
On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that they would not bring back longtime 14-year veteran Derrick Johnson when his contract voids on March 14, the start of the new league year.
That means the 4-time Pro Bowler might be able to address one of the Cowboys biggest weaknesses: linebacker depth.
"I give a lot of credit to D.J., man," Ragland said. "He's helped me develop into a player and man off the field also. ...
"Man, anytime you've got a potential Hall of Famer in the same room as you, of course you've got to listen to what he says. He's got over 1,200 tackles, the most tackles in franchise history, so why not listen to a guy like that? He's got more knowledge of the game than I do, so I try to soak in everything he speaks."
Smith’s one edge may come on deep throws. While both quarterbacks have been criticized for their ability to throw long, Smith was rated by Pro Football Focus as the NFL’s best deep passer in 2017, leading the league in yards (1,344), rating (131.4) and adjusted completion percentage (56.5) on throws targeted at least 20 yards beyond the line.
Linebacker Tamba Hali
Hali is second on the Chiefs' list of all-time sack leaders and a popular player with fans for his relentless effort, but it's time for the team to move on. The 34-year-old and the Chiefs' first-round draft pick in 2006 has been a part-time player the past two seasons -- and not a very productive one at that. He was limited to six games because of sore knees last season and didn't have a sack. -- Adam Teicher
Fox will televise the first round on Thursday, April 26, and the second and third rounds on Friday, April 27, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. It is unclear whether Fox will televise the last four rounds of the draft on April 28.
The Jaguars are likely to try and keep Robinson in town and could place the franchise tag on their top receiver as early as Tuesday, Feb. 20. Most theorized when the Jags picked up the fifth-year option on Blake Bortles last offseason that they did so in order to keep the franchise tag open for Robinson. That, however, was before the ACL tear.
"Football has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Sometimes you take for granted how much you value something until it's gone. My goal is to make it back to the NFL and I realize I have to earn that privilege," Manziel said in a statement released by the developmental league. "The Spring League has provided me with a great opportunity to play ball again, and ultimately, that is all I want to do. I miss the competition."