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Training Camp Preview: Kansas City Chiefs | Pro Football Focus

Frustrated with early playoff exits, the Kansas City Chiefs made significant changes this offseason. It is not often that you see an NFL team voluntarily trade a more-than-capable starting quarterback, but that is exactly what happened when the Chiefs dealt Alex Smith after arguably his best NFL season (87.1 overall PFF grade, T-sixth among quarterbacks). The Chiefs also shipped off their biggest playmaker on defense by trading away disgruntled All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters. Despite the roster shakeup, the Chiefs remain legitimate playoff contenders as they vie to defend their AFC West crown.

Pressure is on Mahomes to adapt quickly as Chiefs begin training camp | FOX Sports

It would be a bit disingenuous to say the fate of the Kansas City Chiefs this season rests on the strong right arm of Patrick Mahomes II considering the second-year pro has started all of one NFL game.

Still, that’s how most people view the Chiefs as they report to training camp.

Around the league

Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano dies at 56 | NFL.com

Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach and former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano died unexpectedly Sunday, the team announced. He was 56.

”Our hearts go out to Jeanette and the entire Sparano family as we all mourn the loss of Tony,” Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf said in a statement. “Tony was a passionate and driven individual who cared deeply about his family, and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Tony’s presence within the Vikings organization will be deeply missed. We are only thinking of Tony’s family during this incredibly difficult time. We ask that the entire NFL and Vikings family keep the Sparanos in their thoughts.”

Alex Smith is over the early anxiety of his NFL career and ready to shine in the Washington spotlight | The Salt Lake Tribune

Alex Smith is exhausted, but he refuses to show it. The moment is for them, the select few who have been chosen to witness the welcome to his new home.

The line of selfie-seekers snakes around the perimeter of Washington’s locker room at FedEx Field, funneling toward the large backdrop adorned with the team’s name in small lettering. One by one, 200 fans draped in burgundy and gold step forward, offering a handshake and even an occasional hug. They have come to lay eyes on the new face of the franchise, the new quarterback in Jay Gruden’s offense. To them, he is Washington’s football savior.

Saquon Barkley signs four-year, $31.2M rookie deal | NFL.com

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Barkley’s contract is worth $31.2 million and is fully guaranteed, per a source informed of the situation. The deal includes a $20.76 million signing bonus with $15 million paid out immediately (he will receive the rest by October), Rapoport added.

Mike McGlinchey signs $18.3M rookie deal with 49ers | NFL.com

San Francisco signed right tackle Mike McGlinchey to his rookie contract on Sunday evening, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, per a source informed of the situation. The four-year deal is worth $18,341,876 million and is fully guaranteed, Pelissero added.

‘Fins owner: No decisions regarding anthem discipline | NFL.com

However, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced in a joint statement Thursday that league and team policies regarding anthem conduct will not be issued or enforced for several weeks as part of a standstill agreement between the two sides.

Tiger-Cats trade Johnny Manziel to Alouettes after five games and zero starts | CBS Sports

Johnny Manziel’s stint with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats lasted just five games and included zero starts. And on Sunday, the former Heisman Trophy winner and 2014 Browns first-round pick was traded to the Montreal Alouettes.

In case you’re wondering, here are the terms of the deal: In the deal, Hamilton acquired defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and two first-round draft picks (2020, 2021) from the Alouettes in exchange for Manziel, offensive lineman Tony Washington and offensive lineman Landon Rice.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes ushering in new era in Chiefs football

Only rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans arrived at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, Sunday afternoon, and even on day zero-point-zero-zero of 2018 training camp, there was an air of novelty about the campus.

Dorian O’ Daniel says he’s ready to earn the respect of his teammates at training camp

“I wasn’t playing early on at Clemson and I just saw [embracing special teams] as an opportunity for me to get on the field and a way to contribute to the team, whether it was offense or defense — I just kind of got in where I fit in. I think taking pride in that and buying into it definitely helped me going forward.”

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