Kansas City Chiefs: Secondary restocking ahead?
The Chiefs traded away Marcus Peters and acquired Kendall Fuller, but watched Terrance Mitchell leave via free agency and suddenly appear to be in need of some young talent in the secondary to go along with Fuller and Eric Berry. Without a first-round pick, it's a little more difficult to project where they might find it. Kansas City could also consider adding a defensive lineman to compete with local product Xavier Williams, who joined the Chiefs in March as a restricted free agent.
For instance, whose WR Rating is more impressive, Tyreek Hill‘s 130.5 or Davante Adams‘ 120.3? Hill has the higher number, but Alex Smith also led the league in passer rating (104.7), while, as a team, Green Bay ranked 21st (81.9).
Dorsey’s closest picks to the 33/35 vein in his Chiefs drafts were No. 59 in 2017 (outside linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon), No. 37 in 2016 (Jones, described above), No. 49 in 2015 (guard Mitch Morse), No. 87 in 2014 (cornerback Phillip Gaines) and No. 63 in 2013 (tight end Travis Kelce).
The Dolphins need a linebacker who can cover a tight end like Travis Kelce, a defensive tackle who can clog up running lanes for at least 25 snaps a game, and a tight end with good hands who can work on the line as a blocker.
In terms of average salary, the NFL’s highest-paid defender in 2018 is Chiefs defensive end Justin Houston, who is scheduled to make $20.6 million.
The Redskins have lost seven players via free agency since the new league year started, including five they drafted and developed. That doesn’t include the trades of Su’a Cravens and Kendall Fuller or the decision to let Junior Galette walk.
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Picking the right quarterback is the most important thing teams can do. It's not that simple, though. The past three decades are littered with reaches, misses and busts. History tells us we'll see more of the same in 2018.
Of all the teams that sent a scout to watch Manziel, only one sent multiple scouts, and that team was the Raiders, according to ESPN.com. You can make of that what you will, but it's definitely worth nothing because new Raiders coach Jon Gruden was one of Manziel's biggest fans when the quarterback was coming out of the draft in 2014.
Mack enters the final season of his rookie contract, set to make $13.846 million on the fifth-year option. The former Defensive Player of the Year and two-time first-team All-Pro is likely seeking a contract that makes him the highest-paid edge defender in the NFL -- a title currently held by Von Miller at just over $19 million per season. Sides have reportedly engaged in contract talks this offseason.
"It was like you've been punched in that MMA game and you're in a daze, and if you get hit one more time, you'll get knocked out," King said. "That's what it felt like. I finished the meal, but everything was surreal. It's one of those things where, God forbid, but if somebody calls and says somebody has died that you're close to, there's nothing you can do in that moment. It's going to hit you a little later. But it definitely felt unreal."
Eric Reid is making his first free-agent visit.
The ex-San Francisco 49ers safety is slated to meet with the Cincinnati Bengals, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the visit.
Toiling through an extraordinarily deliberate rehabilitation program, Luck began throwing again in February. To this point in the process, however, he has yet to reach the next level of throwing "The Duke" -- the NFL's official football.
"When the time is right," Luck explained, "I'll pick it up."
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The Chiefs three-year, $48 million deal with Watkins is viewed differently around the league. ESPN’s Mike Sando calls the Watkins deal the worst overpay of this year’s free agency season. Woof.
I saw the question on reddit where they were wondering which team will be the next to have an MVP winner. The quarterback is usually what wins these things and Alex Smith was never putting up the stats that win these awards so Patrick Mahomes is the Chiefs best shot at this since the Trent Green and Priest Holmes days.