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2018 NFL season: Predicting every AFC team's MVP |

Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB

There's a lot of pressure on Mahomes, the 10th overall pick in 2017, but you get the feeling Andy Reid knows a star at quarterback when he sees it. Mahomes replaces Alex Smith in Kansas City and immediately changes the dynamic of the Chiefs' offense with his electric dual-threat capabilities. Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt is as enviable a Big 4 as there is in the league right now. The obligatory "growing pains" are possible, but it's also possible the former Texas Tech star takes the league by storm this fall.

AFC West Roundup: Arrivals, Departures on Defense |

The Chargers will get an early look at the Chiefs’ new-look defense in Week 1 of the regular season. Seven of Los Angeles’ 15 turnovers last year came at the hands of Kansas City.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky's Potential Under Matt Nagy | Sports Illustrated

The Chiefs did that by emphasizing misdirection and multi-option concepts. Many of their plays flowed one way, then attacked the other. Their designs had Smith throw off of individually isolated defenders. That included the trendy RPO (run/pass options) that we hear so much about. Naturally, play-action passing was tied in. Those occur on first and second down, when the defense is in predictable run-stopping looks. Notably, four of Trubisky’s five longest completions last year came on first or second down.

Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr.: Chiefs, not Chargers, are team to beat in AFC West (Video)

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. joins "NFL Total Access" to talk about who the favorit is in the AFC West, the player people are sleeping on at Broncos OTAs and more.

So Your Player Was Drafted: How To Negotiate A Rookie NFL Contract | Forbes

Another negotiable issue is the timing of signing bonus payments. Teams attempt to defer portions of a large signing bonus. They want the use of the money, and to time payments made from television and other sources with the payouts. Money has a time value, and most players would like the payout as quickly as possible. The only exception is where the state tax rate in the player's residency at the time of signing is higher than the state tax rate where the franchise is located. In 2017, my client Patrick Mahomes was a resident of Texas, with no state tax, going to play for a Missouri team with a 6% tax, which meant any bonus dollar deferred into 2018 would cost 6% more.

Around the league

NFL's 10 most talented teams: Eagles, Jaguars lead the way |

Gil Brandt lists the 10 most talented teams in the NFL heading into the 2018 season. Can anyone top Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles?

Ravens lose two OTA sessions after rules violation |

The Baltimore Ravens will lose the final two organized team activities sessions this week due to an undisclosed violation, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Jenkins silently uses signs to bring attention to issues |

Two days after the White House canceled the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory celebration, safety Malcolm Jenkins used Wednesday's media session to again bring attention to issues of social injustice.

Broncos' Shane Ray to undergo another wrist surgery |

While No. 5 overall pick Bradley Chubb is already opening eyes in Denver, the team's 2015 first-round choice has fallen on hard times.

Ryan Shazier: 'My dream is to come back and play' |

Steelers LB Ryan Shazier held his first press conference Wednesday since he suffered a spinal injury in Week 13 of the 2017 season. Shazier made it clear he remains hopeful to continue playing.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Chiefs splitting up linebacker coaches probably long overdue

When the Kansas City Chiefs parted ways with linebackers coach Gary Gibbs this past offseason, they opted to split the position in two: one coach for inside ‘backers and one coach for outside ‘backers.

A way Chiefs can create pressure without both EDGE rushers: the zone blitz

What is a zone blitz and how does it fit into Bob Sutton’s pass rush scheme?

Should the Kansas City Chiefs have to “earn their Arrowheads?”

The Cleveland Browns (now run by former Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey) are doing something interesting this offseason.

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