"We are excited to give him some tools to work with, and it is going to be a lot of fun next year," Veach said. "You have an innovative head coach and an innovative staff. You have a bunch of weapons, and we are looking to have fun. And this is something for the fans, too. We have the best fans in the NFL, and we want to go out there and put on a show. We want them to be excited and watch the scoreboard light up.
"I think it's going to be a lot of fun. I think the sky's the limit with this, and that's the way we kind of viewed it."
Veach, then the team's co-director of player personnel under GM John Dorsey, said the Chiefs called Bills General Manager Brandon Beane "a lot" to see if they could swing a trade to get Watkins.
"Good for Sammy Watkins. For a player that has not lived up to being a top five pick, there are a lot of teams that still believe in him. And I get it. He's an athletic receiver who can make plays at all levels of the field, and it was a little surprising that the Cowboys made such a strong push for a player like that who I'd love to put him on this team, but it really makes you think about the future of Dez Bryant."
The Chiefs believe Hitchens can add some pass-rush ability from the position, but something doesn't add up when Hitchens' contract is in the ballpark of Luke Kuechly's and Bobby Wagner's last deals. Even limiting the comparison to this year's free-agent market, more productive players like Avery Williamson and Zach Brown received vastly inferior contracts.
“I think on defense the biggest thing is getting turnovers and getting your hand on the ball,” Amerson said. “That’s what kind of separates somebody that’s just out there (versus) somebody that’s out there really making plays, really getting opportunities and taking advantage of them and changing the game.”
Further asked to describe his game, Amerson stated simply, “Playmaker.”
Just to highlight the (albeit still somewhat small) significance, let’s look at Travis Kelce. Last season, Kelce ran 34.1 routes per game and pass-blocked only 1.9 times per game, for a pass-blocking rate of 5.4 percent. He also averaged 0.46 fantasy points per route run. If he pass-blocked an additional 10 percent of the time, it would have cost him 1.7 fantasy points per game.
The Indianapolis Colts have a need to add some cornerback depth this offseason and they reportedly worked out free agent Phillip Gaines on Monday, per Howard Blazer.
As of late last week, the Dolphins hadn’t inquired about free agent starters such as Minnesota’s Tom Johnson or Cincinnati’s Pat Sims. Along with Bennie Logan, those five are pretty much the extent of clear-cut starters available at defensive tackle in free agency.
Smith will make $40 million this upcoming season, which includes a $27 million signing bonus, according to the report.
The 31-year-old gives Washington some insurance at cornerback behind Josh Norman after trading Kendall Fuller to Kansas City in the deal for quarterback Alex Smith. Scandrick will be in the mix with Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and Josh Holsey for playing time.
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That's not to say Elway didn't share Miller's interest in Cousins. Once he realized the price tag would skyrocket out of a comfortable range, though, Elway didn't want to get left holding the bag in a relatively deep quarterback market. As NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport pointed out, the Broncos decided to pivot toward a full pursuit of former Vikings QB Case Keenum when they realized on the Monday night before free agency they wouldn't get Cousins.
“In the end, we all know that the reason I retired was because of Robert Griffin III,” Thomas said. “It was definitely his fault.”
Former Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has agreed to contract terms with the Los Angeles Chargers on a reported two-year, $15 million deal with $10 million guaranteed.
The Los Angeles Rams have already made a couple big upgrades to their defense this offseason, and if things go well this week, they could make one more. The Rams traded for former Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters in late February, then swung a deal for former Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib just days before the start of free agency. Now, they're hosting former Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for a free-agent visit.
"Look, one of our goals -- we looked in free agency, and we just didn't feel like we were at a point to where we wanted to add some of the guys at the price that they were at," Ballard told the team's official website over the weekend. "And we need to add some young talent to this roster. So the ability to have seven players here in the next two years that are all going to be first- and second-round picks was attractive to us."
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TE Demetrius Harris
Sure, it was reported that he spent two days in jail as part of last year’s arrest (The real breaking news is someone got arrested for pot in 2018). The Chiefs had every reason to find another No. 2 tight end in free agency and they didn’t. They could still replace him in the draft or in free agency over the next few weeks, but it looks like he’s coming back until they do that. Winner.
I don't want to dwell on the moves that have been made in free agency thus far and how they have impacted the activity of the Chiefs. Nor do I want to get into John Dorsey's cap mess that he left behind. Both of these factors do play a part in why KC has been quieter than most fans wanted and expected the team to be, but may not be the only, or even biggest, reasons.
Brett Veach is a mad man.