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Report: free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland is with the Chiefs in St. Joseph

Carrington Harrison of The Drive on 610 Sports is reporting free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland is on the ground at Kansas City Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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NFL secondary rankings: All 32 teams entering 2018 | Pro Football Focus

28. Kansas City Chiefs

Projected starting lineup:

Starting cornerback: Kendall Fuller, 90.0 grade

Safety: Eric Berry, 76.3

Safety: Eric Murray, 44.4

Starting cornerback: Steven Nelson, 76.8

Nickel cornerback: David Amerson, 39.7

The loss of Marcus Peters is obviously a huge blow to this defense, but the trade for Kendall Fuller was a shrewd move to replace the former first-round pick. Fuller earned a 90.0 overall grade, but up to this point in his career has primarily manned the slot. It will be interesting to see if he moves to a full-time role in Kansas City and starts playing on the outside where he’s only seen 88 snaps so far in his career.

2018 NFL bubble teams: Case for, case against, early prediction |

6) Kansas City Chiefs

Case for: Patrick Mahomes is going to be special. And he’s lucky enough to be coached by someone as fantastic as Andy Reid, who has a knack for developing quarterbacks and maximizing their specific talents (of which Mahomes has plenty). Tyreek Hill is a game changer. So is Travis Kelce. Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing last yearas a rookie.

Case against: Kansas City ranked 28th in total defense last season, and the Chiefs didn’t do much to improve this offseason. In fact, they parted ways with longtime stalwarts Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, and traded Marcus Peters. The offensive line has some legit question marks.

Early gut feeling: Second or third place in the AFC West -- behind at least the Chargers -- feels right. But Mahomes is going to be special. Really special. In fact, I’m pegging him as a dark-horse MVP candidate this year.

Chiefs’ plan for Justin Houston to rekindle his 22-sack season | ESPN

Justin Houston’s decline from a near-NFL record 22 sacks in 2014 to a total of 21 in the three seasons since hasn’t escaped the attention of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chiefs’ Mitch Morse trusts the healing process after battling foot injuries last year | The Kansas City Star

Medical clearance to play after an injury is the first hurdle. Mental clearance can also pose an obstacle.

Chiefs center Mitch Morse, who missed a total of nine games in 2017 over two stretches because of a left foot injury that required two screws to heal, has reached the conclusion of that challenge.

2018 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Patrick Mahomes is a top-10 QB disguised as a late-round pick | CBS Sports

This has been coming down the pipeline since April 27, 2017. That was when the Chiefs traded up to 10th overall to draft Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech, mortgaging their short-term future and putting Alex Smith on notice. As you know by now, Smith responded with the best year of his career but still got moved to Washington, opening up the starting job for Mahomes.

NCAA rules committee considered reviewing RPOs, the foundation of modern offenses | CBS Sports

During the offseason, there was quiet discussion that could have potentially turned college football’s offensive revolution upside down.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee considered making reviewable a long-standing rule that allows offensive lineman to block up to 3 yards downfield on a pass, according to Steve Shaw, NCAA secretary-rules editor.

Featured Camp notebook: Breeland Speaks impresses early in transition to linebacker | Chiefs Digest

Rookie safety Armani Watts watched from the sideline one day after an ankle injury abbreviated his rookie minicamp. The Chiefs have not yet released any details about the severity of Watts’ injury. The team expects to provide an update on medical issues Wednesday when the full 90-player roster reports to St. Joseph.

Cornerback Ashton Lampkin was the only other player on the sideline Tuesday. He’s limited in his recovery from a torn ACL suffered last year.

Around the league

NFL notebook: As camps open, big names remain no-shows | Reuters

A week after the Atlanta Falcons informed wide receiver Julio Jones his existing contract won’t be addressed imminently, ESPN reported Tuesday the All-Pro will hold out from camp.

Todd Gurley, Rams agree to 4-year, $60M extension |

The Rams and the running back agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension worth up to $60 million, with $45 million in guarantees, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The deal locks Gurley in L.A. for the next six seasons, through 2023.

Rams coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead later confirmed the extension during a news conference Tuesday. ESPN first reported the agreement.

”Feel fortunate to be able to work with players like Todd,” McVay said, via Myles Simmons of the team’s official website.

Todd Gurley Contract Is the Dawning of Another New Era for NFL Running Backs | Bleacher Report

Go down the list of runners now leading their teams, and it has the makings of some type of dystopian nightmare for linebackers: Gurley, Bell, Elliott, Johnson, Alvin Kamara, Barkley, Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt, Gordon, Fournette, Freeman (watch out for those Freemans), Dalvin Cook in Minnesota and Derrick Henry in Tennessee.

Browns sign No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield |

The No. 1 overall pick signed a four-year deal with $32.68 million fully guaranteed, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. The deal includes a $21.85 million signing bonus, Rapoport added.

Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy in 2017. In his last season at Oklahoma, he completed 262 of 369 passes for 4,340 yards for 41 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran for 310 yards and five more touchdowns.

Earl Thomas will not report for ‘Hawks training camp |

Don’t expect a resolution in Earl Thomas’ contract impasse with the Seahawks.

The six-time Pro Bowl selection will not be reporting to Seattle’s training camp on Wednesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.

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Chiefs to Spencer Ware: “Just get your ass back”

News broke Tuesday morning that Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware agreed to a restructuring of the final year on his two-year contract.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, Ware, 26, agreed to convert his base salary of $1.45 million to $750,000, lowering his cap hit while still affording him the opportunity to make the full salary by hitting attainable incentives. The move raises the likelihood that he makes the 53-man roster.

Schedule: Chiefs training camp opens to the public Thursday

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