AFC West draft grades: Broncos fill needs, land a potential star | NFL.com
Speaks is a quality football player, but many deemed his selection too high. Then again, if he's your guy, go get him, right? Speaks should provide an edge presence in the absence of departed veteran Tamba Hali. Kansas City then fortified its front four by going with a defensive tackle in Nnadi to compete with restricted free-agent signing Xavier Williams. The Chiefs grabbed an experienced college player in four-year starter Watts for the secondary, but they waited until the sixth round to select a cornerback, after the franchise traded away Marcus Peters. An all-defense draft isn't bad for a team that needed replenishing on that side of the ball, but the players chosen will leave much of this analysis up for a re-grade a year or two from now.
NFL power rankings: How did 2018 draft shift balance of power? | USA Today
15. Chiefs (16): All six of their draft picks were devoted to defensive side. Only thing this squad may lack is meaningful experience for QB Pat Mahomes.
The top 100 NFL players of the last 5 years, as voted by NFL players | For The Win
22. JUSTIN HOUSTON, OLB CHIEFS
43. ERIC BERRY, S CHIEFS
81. TRAVIS KELCE, TE CHIEFS
The challenge of the CFL Draft | TSN
It’s also worth recognizing those who’ve blazed this trail over the last 30 years. Guys like Rueben Mayes of North Battleford, Sask., Mike Schad of Belleville, Ont., and Montreal’s Laurent Duvernay-Tardif have proven there are Canadians capable of playing with the best in the world.
Updated Best-Ball RB Tiers | Yahoo! Sports
After Hunt led the league in rushing, the Chiefs want to use him in the passing game more after pulling Hunt on third downs and in two-minute situations for Charcandrick West.
Art Thiel: Hard to say what’s on Earl Thomas’ mind | HeraldNet.com
But now, after the draft, they have to try to satisfy his money demands on an extension. That means paying him more than $13 million a year to top the current leader at the position, Eric Berry of Kansas City (part of a six-year deal worth up to $78 million). That is asking much of the Seahawks with their salary cap issues.
Around the league
Broncos' Sanders relieved there's no QB competition | NFL.com
"I remember when I got out here, I went out to the team store and I saw Case Keenum's jerseys. I was like, 'Thank God I don't have to deal with that again,'" Sanders said. "Case is our guy. We can go from there. We can work our butts off, try to gain chemistry and try to put up points."
Denver Broncos decline to pick up Shane Ray's option | NFL.com
A 2015 first-round draft pick, Ray finds himself buried in a crowded position group after Denver used the fifth-overall pick in last week's draft to nab celebrated pass-rushing prospect Bradley Chubb.
Free-agent safety Eric Reid files grievance under CBA | NFL.com
The NFL Players Association issued the following statement:
"Our union is aware that Eric Reid and his legal representatives filed a collusion claim, which will be heard through the arbitration process as spelled out in our collective bargaining agreement. Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue."
Cardinals see a different Josh Rosen than rest of NFL | Sports Illustrated
Rosen is a prodigy. But he’s also an enigma, who fought a battle over the last few months that wasn’t really winnable—trying to get people who have a deep-seated belief built over three years on who he is, for better or worse, to change their minds through a series of dinners, 15-minute meetings in hotel rooms and workouts on campus.
Cleveland Browns Executive's Comment On Josh Rosen Is The New NFL Normal | Forbes
Josh Rosen has a chip on his shoulder the size of Cleveland, Buffalo, New York and Denver combined. Said chip hovers over the Rocky Mountains and is as large as the biggest skyscraper in New York City.
Eagles sign WR Markus Wheaton to one-year contract | NFL.com
The reigning Super Bowl champions have added a veteran wideout after bypassing the position in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Eagles signed wide receiver Markus Wheaton to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.
A third-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2013, Wheaton signed a two-year, $11 million contract with Chicago in his first taste of free agency last March.
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Chiefs trade Dadi Nicolas to Browns for a tight end
This is the John Dorsey connection at play. Nicolas was a 2016 sixth round pick by the Chiefs. He was a raw pass rusher who the Chiefs thought had some potential until a knee injury ended his rookie season. He didn’t play last season.
Chiefs have addressed all offseason needs - Arrowhead Pride
It’s clear that the fan perspective isn’t the same as the team perspective. We think we know what the team needs, but the team may have a different list. We may not love each of the names they added, the contracts they handed out or the pick at which they drafted them. We may or may not agree with the list of needs or the level of confidence the team should have with guys on the roster.
Not picking up Cam Erving’s fifth-year option a no-brainer
The Chiefs acquired Erving, 25, last August in exchange for their 2018 fifth-round pick.
The decision was a virtual no-brainer for Chiefs general manager Brett Veach, as Erving’s cap hit for 2018 is $1.7 million but jumps up to $9.6 million in 2019, according to Spotrac.