This is interesting. He has now visited two teams - the Packers and Saints - and left without a contract. What’s the deal there? It’s usually money. The Chiefs have the space to make some moves once all their trades and other roster moves are processed and if he’s visiting the Chiefs obviously think they can sign him.
When the new league year begins at 3 p.m. on March 14, cap relief will come quickly for the cash-strapped Chiefs, who stand to sit roughly $20 million under their adjusted salary cap of $179.8 million for 2018 once two trades are finalized and multiple players are released.
1. Defensive line
The Chiefs' inability to consistently stop the run and get pressure on the quarterback falls on the interior, which was inconsistent in both areas. Chris Jones is a really nice building block, and if he become more consistent, he could be a superstar. But the Chiefs need to fortify their depth around him.
"To me, when I'm making decisions in the draft and free agency, a lot of times the Chiefs come to my mind," Lynn said. "Does this help us beat the Kansas City Chiefs?"
Another factor is the contract situation of Justin Houston. After this 2018 season, Houston himself becomes a candidate to be released or traded as he is now cheaper to let go tha n to keep. Due a cap number of 21.1 million in 2019, releasing the pass rusher would save the Chiefs 14 million against the 2019 cap after this season. Houston will be 30 by the end of the upcoming season, a not-so-magical number for NFL football players and their value. Finding a replacement for Houston is an important factor for the organization.
The first strategy is to simply re-sign Tyler Bray. The pros to this situation are that Bray knows Andy Reid’s system and he would likely be much cheaper, due to lack of interest, than signing someone in free agency. The cons to this are that Bray has never demonstrated the proclivity to win a game, even in the preseason.
Around the NFL
Marcus Thompson reported on Friday that Sherman was spotted meeting with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in Los Gatos, California. I have since heard a confirmation of that report. Additionally, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Sherman will meet with 49ers officials on Saturday.
With the Cleveland Browns hitting the trade market hard in advance of free agency, the Green Bay Packers decided to get involved. On Friday, the two teams agreed to a trade involving cornerback Damarious Randall and quarterback DeShone Kizer, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Green Bay and Cleveland will also swap picks in the fourth and fifth rounds of the upcoming NFL draft, giving the Packers the opening selection of Day 3 for the second consecutive year.
The Buffalo Bills have traded quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland BrownsI reports Adam Schefter of ESPN. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed the move, saying it was a third round pick being sent to Buffalo in exchange for their starting quarterback. It’s the first pick of the third round. By trading Taylor before his roster bonus was due next week, Buffalo is going to clear more than $10 million from their salary cap in 2018.
At 4:22 PM, the first headline broke that the Miami Dolphins were trading WR Jarvis Landry to the Browns. In return, Cleveland is sending a fourth-round pick (No. 123 overall) in 2018 and a seventh-round pick in 2019 to Miami. That fourth-round pick was the one Cleveland originally acquired from the Carolina Panthers a couple years ago for P Andy Lee.
From Arrowhead Pride
I was under the impression that tying your jacket around your waist was not something the cool kids do. I know that because every time I do it — usually it’s my hoodie that matches my sweatpants — Mrs. Arrowhead Pride says I am embarrassing her and ends up walking a few steps behind me as if we didn’t walk into the dang Price Chopper together.
Well, Mrs. AP, you’re not gonna believe this. Tying your jacket around your waist IS cool. Just ask Patrick Mahomes.
First, let me clarify what box score analysis is and what it is not. It is NOT and and all use of numbers to try and quantify a player’s performance. Numbers can be valuable if used correctly and within context. This is particularly true over long periods of time, where numbers can be a bit more trustworthy. It is also not using numbers to quantify team production.
I don’t think any of us will know what Veach will do for sure until free agency and the draft pass, but I do know we all want to be excited about the Chiefs future. What you’ll read here is a look into Veach and Reid’s statements and tendencies, and what they could mean for the Chiefs in free agency and the draft.