Below are the best fits on the open market for the Chiefs headed into Wednesday. Most are headed into their second contract and in the prime years of their football career.
Gaines, 26, has lots of physical tools for the position; he’s long (6 feet 1, 185 pounds) and athletic, but the former third-round pick in 2014 has recorded only one career interception and has also had some bad luck with injuries during his tenure in Kansas City. It’s possible a fresh start could do wonders for him. Keep an eye on the Indianapolis Colts, whose general manager is Chris Ballard.
Jarvis Landry is off to Cleveland, and the Dolphins currently have a significant void at wide receiver. However, it appears they may have found a suitable replacement. Former Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson is believed to be a potential target of the team, with the Dolphins the ‘front-runners” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
If the Bears were to land Watkins and slot receiver Albert Wilson of the Chiefs, they would dramatically change their offensive personnel for Trubisky’s second season and Year 1 of the Matt Nagy era. Free agency opens at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Julio Jones and Tyreek Hill win with exceptional athleticism, but counterintuitively, athletic testing is actually less predictive for wide receivers than many other positions. For running backs, speed and agility drills such as the 3-cone are the best indicators of future running back success. Of the four fantasy-relevant positions (QB, RB, WR, TE), tight end athleticism is the best predictor of professional football stardom. Across the NFL landscape, from Travis Kelce to Rob Gronkowski to Greg Olsen to Jimmy Graham, the most productive tight ends tend are also the best athletes.
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos have signed veteran quarterback Case Keenum to a deal. The terms of the deal have yet to be released but the Broncos have their veteran quarterback and likely week one starter.
The deal is expected to be for five years and $66.5 million, with $30 million fully guaranteed, according to Rapoport.
The draft is seen, by many fans of the league, as this great equalizing force that gives the worst squads the highest draft picks each year to keep them in the conversation. But that actually isn’t true—playing high draft picks shows little to no correlation with winning at all.
The Vikings are widely considered to be the favorite to land Cousins because they went to the NFC Championship game last season and have a roster that is ready to win immediately. The Jets have about $90 million in salary-cap space and can throw the most money at Cousins, hoping to sway him to come to New Jersey.
Reconciling with NFL executives became even more urgent when it was announced FOX and the NFL Network were joining forces in covering the NFL draft. That news came the same day Pitaro grabbed the reins, and it didn’t sit well with ESPN that the league had tabbed one of the network’s biggest competitors to air its own show around the draft, for which the Worlwide Leader has been the go-to source for decades.
The key with a client is to push him to be introspective as to what factors and priorities are most critical to him in a decision as to where to play. 1.) Short-term financial return 2.) Long-Term Financial Security 3.) Family Considerations 4.) Geographical Considerations--lifestyle, weather, proximity to home 5.) Profile and Endorsements 6.) Starting 7.) Winning 8.) Quality of Coaching 9.) System That Team Plays 10.) Facilities.
The deal is for three years and is worth $42 million, with roughly $25 million guaranteed, according to Rapoport.
Last March the market for veteran defensive tackles was deep, diminishing many free agents’ value. It’s deep again this year, but less attractive near the top. Considering that ex-Jets Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson come with the type of off-field baggage that must be checked, not carried on, and that 27-year-old ex-Chief/Falcon Dontari Poe will be seen by some as almost purely a first- and second-down player, Suh’s competition for top defensive tackle billing is Star Lotulelei, the 28-year-old ex-Panther.
"We were recently informed of an investigation into an alleged incident involving Adam Gotsis that occurred in 2013 when he was in college," the Broncos said in a statement. "Our organization was aware of his arrest on March 7, and it is our understanding that no determination has been made at this time as to whether any charges will be filed.
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Let’s start with what the Chiefs need. They are, overall, a very good team that has missed the playoffs just once in the last five years. Let’s take a look at the Chiefs’ top five needs as I see it.
The Tamba Hali era is over. The Kansas City Chiefs will cut the long-time linebacker which ends a 12-year run with the team. The news comes via ESPN’s Adam Schefter and the Chiefs have since confirmed it.
Fulton, 26, started 46 games for the Chiefs at different positions along the offensive line over four seasons with the club. The Chiefs originally acquired Fulton in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
“He is the best fullback that I have ever coached as far as a special teams player and fullback,” Toub said. “You know he is a four-phase guy. He plays on all four phases. That is a rare thing in the NFL. If you look at fullbacks across the league, you will see a guy playing one or two phases. Maybe kick return and maybe a little bit of kickoff. He does it all. He plays on punt as well as punt return. His effort is great. He is a great leader and just to have him on the field it is important for all of the young guys.”