Given the Chiefs’ activity the past month — namely, the trades of quarterback Alex Smith and cornerback Marcus Peters, which won’t be finalized until the start of the new league year March 14 — there was little doubt what the questions would be about.
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs will break in a new quarterback this season with Patrick Mahomes at the helm, and might finally look to open up the offense to get more contributions from their wide receiving talent. Tyreek Hill looked more than comfortable in his role as the team's top wideout, and Kansas City has a pair of possible complementary players waiting in the wings. Chris Conley is an intriguing athlete with the frame of a top-flight, split-end wideout -- he will return after a season-ending injury cut his 2017 campaign short. Demarcus Robinson flashed in the rare moments when he got targets while replacing Conley. The Chiefs look like they're at least ready to concede the first year of Mahomes' run as the starting signal-caller might be a rebuilding period. The organization should use 2018 as an evaluation moment for some of these athletic young receivers.
The Redskins have tried to plug misfits into the front of their 3-4 for a while. They should be most interested in current and former Chiefs to fill this void. Bennie Logan can do the job coming from Kansas City, while Dontari Poe, a free-agent target for Washington last year, could welcome a return to the scheme after playing a season in Atlanta.
Former Alabama star Reggie Ragland reminisced about the good ole' days when he only got $35.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who was able to keep Gronk in check in the season opener by putting safety Eric Berry on him, deferred to the tight end.
“I want to do what’s best for the league, and Gronk’s good for the league,” Reid said. “Now, I want him to do what he feels physically he can do, and not put him in jeopardy. But I think he’s good for the league.”
General manager Chris Ballard could look to the Chiefs, where he was a front-office executive for the four years prior to coming to Indianapolis in 2017, to find help with center Zach Fulton. The four-year, $29 million contract Brian Winters signed to remain with the Jets shortly after the 2016 season ended could be a good financial barometer for Fulton.
Oregon State fans may find a Tyreek Hill comparison more palatable, but either way the running back/slot receiver hybrid will be one to watch going forward.
"The Terrelle Pryor signing didn't work out. Josh Doctson hasn't done enough since getting drafted by [Washington]. Jordan Reed is always hurt. The team is still reeling from the losses of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon," Wagner-McGough explained of his rationale. "Alex Smith is coming from a system that gave him top playmakers in Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill. It's time to give him some playmakers."
On if he thinks Austin Hooper can play a high-snap count like a Zach Ertz or a Travis Kelce: “Yeah, I think that would be putting the cart before the horse. We are really pumped about what Austin can do. He played a good snap count this year with, I believe 49 catches. He’s got athleticism. He’s a good matchup getting onto safeties and (linebackers). Kind of the fun part about being one of the people feature in our offense. There are a number of guys who are real weapons. If you’re going to make sure that coverage goes to Julio or you are going to try to special coverage over to (Mohamed Sanu) on third down or on Devonta (Freeman) or Tevin (Coleman) as a running back. It’s like there is ah-hay moment. There is another player (Hooper) that you have to matchup. That’s what we are hopeful that we help Hoop get to that spot. We are very excited about what he can be. That will be a big challenge for him this offseason, to be the best player that and the best vision and version of himself.”
A pair of new head coach Matt Nagy’s former quarterbacks, Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray, are also set to hit the free-agent market. Additionally, the team could look at the draft for another young quarterback to groom behind Trubisky.
Around the league
A surge in NFL concussion numbers has sparked "a call to action" among league officials responsible for brain health, the NFL's chief medical officer said Tuesday.
When the league considers a rule change, it turns to the competition committee for a solution. The committee will meet after this week’s NFL combine to finalize proposals, which can cover everything from the technology allowed on the sideline to, yes, the definition of a catch. The proposals that make it out of committee are sent to the NFL owners, who will vote on whether or not to adopt the changes at their owners meeting March 25-28. Here are some of the proposals the committee is considering, along with what would happen if they are implemented.
Catch rule: After a season of discontent with the confusing and confounding details around a catch, the NFL could look to simplify things. This feels like a case of going back to common sense and what looks like a catch should be a catch.
Oakland head coach Jon Gruden isn’t going to be obsessing over "GPS and all the modern technology" as he puts his coaching hat back on, but that shouldn't be a problem for his Raiders—and more from the first day of the 2018 NFL combine.
Forte went out on his own terms.
“For the past 10 years, I’ve been blessed to play professionally a game that I’ve loved since I was 6 years old,” Forte wrote. “But after much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided to retire from the NFL.”
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The first day of coaching and executive availability at the scouting combine always provides a few worthwhile tidbits as we head into free agency.
"There have been conversations," Garafolo told NFL Network. "... People around him believe it's a very real possibility that he could return to the NFL, whether before or after his appearance in the Spring League."
Lynch also disputed the notion the team is treating Foster's arrest differently than it did when defensive back Tramaine Brock was arrested last April on suspicion of domestic violence. Brock was released one day after his arrest; Foster remains on the 49ers' roster.
Less than 24 hours after Papa John's benched itself as the National Football League's official pizza sponsor, the NFL has called a new pizza player to the field: Pizza Hut.
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We’ll be using this post as a catch-all for the KC Chiefs free agency rumors and news that will be coming up over the next few weeks.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Andy Reid can’t officially comment on the trades and moves they have already made this offseason until March 14, the beginning of the new league year.
Let’s look at some other Chiefs players that could be tough decisions soon because of cap reasons.
If Muhammad Wilkerson is too rich for the KC Chiefs blood in free agency then maybe they can go back to an old friend and that would be Dontari Poe, who left the Chiefs for Atlanta in free agency last year. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said he does not think the Falcons will be able to bring Poe back this year.