The Rams’ fourth-round pick this year falls 124th overall, giving the Chiefs six picks total this year: a second, two thirds, a fourth, a sixth and a seventh.
This trade is indefensible as a football move, a white flag on ambition for the 2018 season, and leaves open some brutally ugly possibilities up and down the organization’s football structure.
Arrowhead Pride, the Chiefs news blog for SB Nation, was particularly vocal in their dislike of the deal.
Arrowhead Pride said on Twitter, “Chiefs fans are already tweeting @kcpolice to report a robbery at One Arrowhead Drive… send someone right away plz.”
KCPD responded, “We have riot gear available if needed.”
Did the Chiefs Get Their Draft Capital’s Worth from Peters?
To be short: yes. Using Pro Football Reference’s Approximate Value metric (AV, with its limitations understood), the 18th pick in the NFL draft has been worth, from 1994 to 2014, an average of 30.9 AV during a player’s time with his drafted team (through an average of about 6.5 seasons). Peters, through three seasons, has produced 29 AV, roughly double the time-adjusted value of said draft position. This number is likely a little short with respect to his actual contribution, as well, since they his ability to eliminate half of the field has helped the Chiefs defense stay relatively above water despite giving significant snaps to players like Phillip Gaines (35.9 overall grade) and Terrance Mitchell (52.3) on the other side.
The move is expected to create approximately $4.9 million in salary cap space in 2018 for the cash-strapped Chiefs, who are expected to have approximately $19 million in cap space when Parker is released and the trades of quarterback Alex Smith and cornerback Marcus Peters are made official next month.
The Chiefs will create an additional $6.6 million in cap space if outside linebacker Tamba Hali retires or is released.
"Our friend and Vice President of our team Chase (Mason) got him," Splashers co-GM Thomas Philpot wrote in a Twitter message. "Chase’s dad is friends with Demetrius (Harris). He played on our team last week after our friend messaged him. Demetrius asked us after playing last week if he could bring his friends '10 and 14' so they all joined a group chat with us and asked for the time and location."
1. Edge Rushers:
Justin Houston appeared to lack lateral movement multiple times during the season in his pass rush. He was forced to lean on his bull rush to get by during the season. Tamba Hali's injuries have caught up with him. Frank Zombo is a special teams contributor and solid run defender on the edge but can't contribute an athletic rush. Dee Ford's back injury sent him to injured reserve. Dadi Nicolas' leg injury keeps his status up in the air.
Will Chris Conley’s 45” vertical jump record be broken?
Kansas City Chiefs: Rookie Kareem Hunt took over the top running back job in Kansas City following an injury to Spencer Ware in the preseason and never looked back. The third-round pick went on to lead the NFL in rushing while tacking on 53 catches. The Chiefs found a true gem in Hunt and have their feature back for the foreseeable future locked in. Ware sustained his knee injury so early in 2017 action that he should be able to return in time for offseason proceedings in the coming months. He provides excellent insurance behind Hunt. Don't expect to see the Chiefs expend significant resources on their backfield.
In his four career starts, he went 1-3, completed 62.5 percent of his passes, threw a total of three touchdowns and four interceptions, was sacked 17 times and had a quarterback rating of 72.7. But Joseph’s and Elway’s assessment of Lynch’s final outing — a loss to the Chiefs, who undisputedly had the better quarterback in rookie Patrick Mahomes that night — left the door open to his return.
Under-the-radar target: Bennie Logan, Chiefs
Logan should be a familiar name to Redskins fans. The former Eagle visited with the Redskins when he was a free agent last year, having spent the first four years of his career in Philadelphia. He ended up signing with the Chiefs and had a solid year as part of their defensive line rotation. Logan isn’t flashy, but he is stout against the run and would fill the Redskins’ need at nose tackle.
Additionally, (Christian) Kirk could fill the role that the Eagles were perhaps trying to carve out for Pumphrey and Huff, as a versatile weapon in the passing game who could get occasional carries on end arounds and in the backfield, similarly to the way the Chiefs use Tyreek Hill.
The Falcons probably still feel a little salty from the 2014 NFL draft, where they failed to trade up for Dee Ford, then hoped DeMarcus Lawrence would fall into their lap. Both players are obviously looking better than their eventual selection, Ra’Shede Hageman.
Bears coach Matt Nagy has some familiarity with 35-year-old Chiefs free-agent punter Dustin Colquitt, who also ranks ahead of O’Donnell.
Around the league
With the support of many N.F.L. owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to escalate his public feud with Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and long one of the most influential people in the league, by ordering him to pay millions of dollars for his efforts to derail negotiations to renew Goodell’s contract and for his outspoken defense of a star player who was suspended, according to five league officials with direct knowledge of the situation.
1. DL Kentavius Street, NC State: Bradley Chubb is the Wolfpack D-lineman that will get most of the attention in Indy—and he is a special talent bound for the first round—but Street is the biggest Freak. Street is expected to weigh in at 6'2" and around 285 pounds, and don’t be surprised if he’s clocked in the 4.5s in the 40-yard dash. At 281 pounds last year, he ran an electronically timed 4.58, vertical jumped 40 inches, benched 475 pounds and squatted 700. He’s also the most flexible guy in the NC State program according to strength coach Dantonio Burnette. “It’s almost like a big receiver,” says Yo Murphy, a former NFL wideout who has helped train Street for the combine over the past two months. “He can stay in the drive phase so long.”
"I've got Allen at No. 2, so obviously I think he's in the mix more so than Josh Rosen," Mayock said. "I think you have to kind of look at it from John Dorsey's point of view, also, and look at what he did a year ago at Kansas City, when he traded for the biggest-arm quarterback in that draft in Patrick Mahomes.
"The Minnesota Vikings are going to be players for Kirk Cousins," Garafolo explained. "I have been told that by numerous sources the whole way. I'm not saying they're going to land him. I do believe that they have a great pitch to make to him as far as look at our defense, look at our targets, look at everything we've got. You can come in here and compete right away."
95. Derrick Johnson LB
Johnson held up remarkably well for a 35-year-old coming off a torn Achilles in 2017; he was just overpaid in Kansas City.
On the treatment table in the hotel gym, his size 13 feet hanging off the end, Jeffery contorts in nearly two dozen positions during the next hour and 15 minutes. Reavy was also dressed in athletic gear, using his hands and the weight of his body as he moved through different joints and muscle groups. He’s looking for restrictions in how the body moves, because of tight muscles or bones that are out of alignment. And he’s using pressure and movement to release them so that the body can move freely and efficiently.
"The Panthers are releasing S Kurt Coleman, I’m told. The veteran leader had a $5.25M cap hit. His release clears space as they go younger."
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Reid is scheduled to speak at 2:15 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) on Wednesday and Veach is scheduled for 10 a.m. (Arrowhead Time) on Thursday.
This is a very Chiefs-friendly deal that provides Amerson the chance to strike it rich with a long-term contract somewhere next offseason. The Chiefs benefit because Amerson has all the incentive in the world to have the best season of his career.
“It’s business, and all I can do is just handle mine,” Peters said when asked about the trade. “I thank the Kansas City Chiefs for everything they did for me to start it off. Now I’m going to LA. I’m going to miss playing with my teammates for sure. That’s the biggest thing about this game that you can’t change nothing about the business, because once you get in that locker room, that’s family. I’ll miss the guys. I’ll miss Eric (Berry). I’ll miss Justin (Houston).”