The Chiefs face a similar decision with pass rusher Dee Ford (23rd overall). The former Auburn Tiger broke out in 2016 with a 10-sack season, but missed the team’s final 10 games last season with a back injury, and the status of his fifth-year option (which the team picked up last year) comes into focus over the next few weeks. If Ford can pass his physical, Kansas City may decide to rescind that option and let him hit free agency.
This trip included the NFL’s only Jewish brothers — former Carolina Panther Geoff Schwartz and current Kansas City Chief Mitchell Schwartz — as well as Avery Williamson from the Tennessee Titans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins from the New York Jets, Vic Beasley from the Atlanta Falcons, Chris Harris Jr. from the Denver Broncos and Josh Norman from Washington, DC’s team.
Kansas City Chiefs: Paul Richardson, wide receiver
The Chiefs need front-seven help, with Derrick Johnson out the door and Tamba Hali a candidate for release at age 34. I'm handing them something else, though: a juicy, playmaking pass-catcher to pair with starry Tyreek Hill in an offense now under the control of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Richardson turned the corner in his fourth season with the Seahawks, jumping into the starting lineup and showcasing daunting speed and a knack for highlight-reel grabs. Ideal for Mahomes.
Jesse James: I like to play against Penn State guys, so I’ve had a chance this year to play against Paul Posluszny twice. He’s a guy I’ve looked up to; he kind of mentored me. We spend our offseason together in the summer, and we train together, so it’s fun to play against him. Sean Lee’s fun to play against, just the type of competitors they are. I played against Tamba (Hali) twice; that’s always fun. He plays with such a different style you don’t see much. It’s always fun to play against Penn Staters. ... (Carl Nassib), we played him four times. He’s ridiculous. (laughs) He tries to talk to me between plays. It’s almost funny. I wish we had him mic’d up.
54. Kansas City (10-6) — Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida St., Jr.
The Chiefs are apparently shopping ball-hawk corner Marcus Peters. If they’re successful, McFadden would be a solid replacement. He has prototypical size, elite speed and the ball skills to develop into a shutdown corner in the NFL. Top needs: DB, WR, OL
Both are former first-round picks, Apple 10th overall in 2016 and Peters 18th overall in 2016. Both, perhaps, would benefit from changes in scenery. Both also remain on their rookie contracts, so the finances aren’t really an issue.
The 21-year-old Derwin James had an outstanding freshman season, but missed almost all of 2016 after tearing his meniscus. He did return to play 12 of Florida State’s 13 games in 2017, making for 26 games played overall in his collegiate career. James is listed at 6’3” and 215 lbs in his NFL.com profile, and the player comparison is Kansas City Chiefs star Eric Berry.
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Understand this: The NFL’s National Scouting Combine is a mammoth event. Over 300 NFL prospects fly into Indianapolis about two months before the NFL draft to undergo medical testing, sit down for interviews with all 32 teams and participate in on-field workouts. It’s also a symposium for sports tech companies; a networking event for NFL coaches, scouts and media; and the de facto kickoff to free agency, when the illegal negotiations for free agents, known as tampering when it happens before the official start to free agency, begin in earnest.
You’ll hear a lot about free agency and the rules over the next three weeks. There will be breathless speculation over what will go down during the NFL’s so-called “tampering period,” a 48-hour stretch when teams and agents can legally negotiate for the first time. There’ll be clocks counting down to March 14 at 4 p.m.
"Is Brees going to break the bank as he did previously? Probably not," Rapoport explained earlier this week. "I know the Saints certainly do not see him eclipsing even really what he had last time. ... It's really about finding the sweet spot somewhere in the low-to-mid twenties to extend him, but yeah, he is going to be their quarterback."
Gordon will enter the 2018 league year as an exclusive rights free agent as opposed to a restricted free agent, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported per a source informed of the situation.
Suspended Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith is failing to keep up with his $9,007 per month child support payments following his banishment from the NFL and has asked a judge to drop the amount owed as a result, according to court docs obtained by TMZ.
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To recap, the Peters trade rumors began with an article over the weekend from Pro Football Talk, continued with a tweet from La Canfora, but were largely refuted by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.
For some perspective, a quarterback with that rating would have ranked 67th in the league this last season—worse than Paxton Lynch, worse than Mike Glennon. To say it another way, Marcus Peters turns NFL starters and stars into Paxton Lynch statistically.
After Hill, it was a mixed bag of youth and inconsistency. The Chiefs liked the upside in Demarcus Robinson and Jehu Chesson, among others, but when the game was on the line and they needed a catch, who did they rely upon? Albert Wilson.
Whether Wilson returns or a veteran is acquired in free agency, another receiver would be a smart addition to the offense around Patrick Mahomes.
Of course, the Panthers wouldn’t even have to worry about this problem if they didn’t leave Mr. Harrison Butker sitting on their practice squad, easy for the plucking by Uncle Dave Toub and GM Brett Veach when Cairo Santos went down due to injury after Week 3.