Again, not many are completely shocked by this, especially given the recent trade for Kendall Fuller, which solidified the CB position to the strongest it has been in years in tandem with Marcus Peters. It does leave some questions open, though. Do the Chiefs view a trio of Peters/Fuller/Nelson as sufficient moving forward? Or is this release a preview of more moves?
One of those question marks is quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, who will take over as the starter from Alex Smith. Mahomes flashed his considerable skills in training camp, the preseason and the one game he played during his rookie season in 2017, but it's still unknown whether he can consistently deliver as the full-time starter next season.
“He just took chances,” Hill said of Nagy, the Bears’ new head coach who previously served as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator. “He put the ball in his playmakers’ hands. Me, Kareem (Hunt), (Travis) Kelce, and he gave the ball to Alex (Smith) and let Alex play ball. He trusted Alex a lot. Alex was out there being free, slinging the ball around, handing it off to Kareem and everything was falling together. We were putting up points.”
The 49ers announced that they signed Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year contract extension. The deal is worth $137.5 million, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, per a source informed of the decision. The deal is the largest in NFL history on an average-per-year basis.
If the Washington Redskins needed another reminder of why Alex Smith can help them, they received it Thursday afternoon. That’s when Jimmy Garoppolo signed a deal that averages $27.5 million per year. And that’s when they could, once more, be thankful that they traded for Smith. Or, excuse me, will trade for him March 14.
The market seems set for Cousins — who has started 50 more games than Garoppolo — as he prepares to hit free agency in March. The Washington Redskins already have put his replacement in position by agreeing to trade a third-round draft choice and cornerback Kendall Fuller to the Kansas City Chiefs for Alex Smith. That deal cannot become official until March 14, the first day of the new league year. That’s also when Cousins is set to hit the free agent market.
Watch as Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Lineman Jason Kelce rips Eagles' doubters at the team's parade celebration.
Just last year, Josh McDaniels pulled his name out of consideration for the 49ers job, which ultimately went to Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan finished his first season on a five-game winning streak, with expectations ratcheted up heading into Season 2. A year prior, Doug Pederson was the last coaching hire announced, and he got the Eagles job after every other outside candidate interviewed by the team took another post. We all saw how that turned out.
John DeFilippo, 39, beat out Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski, who was thought to be the team's other leading candidate to replace Pat Shurmur.
A whopping 70 percent of more than 1,000 fans surveyed by Kroon Casino, in fact, said they would prefer a revised definition of a catch.