“It has been a decade since our last major renovation to Arrowhead Stadium was completed and we’ve been taking an extensive look at areas we can address as we move towards future seasons,” said Chiefs President Mark Donovan. “We are excited about these projects and look forward to the work beginning in the coming days and weeks.”
Kansas City Chiefs Let Dee Ford Walk, Sign Ronald Darby
The Chiefs defense desperately needs more balance and could use a top-notch outside cornerback to work next to slot specialist Kendall Fuller. Impending free-agent Ronald Darby fits that mold, has plenty of experience at age 25, might be the best corner on the market and would be a heck of a lot cheaper than Ford.
Barnwell made the projection in a feature published Monday that takes an early guess at what Vegas oddsmakers will choose for each team’s win total and over/under heading into the 2019 season. The Chiefs were one of three teams projected at 11 wins along with the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, with only the New England Patriots projected to have more wins (12).
“I love playing football and I love the competition and love competing at the highest level,” Brady said Monday on WEEI’s “Mut & Callahan.” ”I don’t know what’s more fun for me than running out against Kansas City in the biggest game of our season in front of 70,000 people and coming away with the win. That was one of the great joys of my life.
“A change of scenery is always good sometimes,” Peters said. “I guess it just wasn’t working in KC. It was just time to move on.” For Peters, the move to the Rams was beneficial for multiple reasons. Not only did he get a fresh start, the Oakland native also got a chance to move back to a familiar part of the country. “I got a chance to be closer to home and take full advantage of your opportunities,” he said.
Though his paychecks are not as gaudy these days, Johnson feels as if he can breathe again. “Now, I know if I do my job to the best of my ability, I can keep coming to work,” he said. “Someone’s not to call me up into the office and say, ‘We looked at the tape, and we’re thinking about bringing in a younger, better player today.’”
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The Patriots are quietly paying for Gordon’s drug rehab at an inpatient facility in Gainesville, Fla. and working with the NFL and NFLA Players Association to help the troubled receiver treat his addiction, according to NESN’s Doug Kyed. Not only are they helping Gordon, but they also believe a return to the team is still possible.
“Yes. Yes. Age has definitely taken a toll. For him to still be doing it, that’s a great compliment for him. But I think that he’s definitely not the same quarterback he was,” Robey-Coleman said.
“Alex Smith is trying to recover from a gruesome leg fracture and it isn’t a guarantee he’ll be available at the start of the season. Nick Foles, Joe Flacco and other free agent passers might be too expensive to fit under their salary cap. That leaves them with the draft as their only realistic option to upgrade the position, which could cause them to look at Murray, the dynamic but undersized dual-threat Heisman winner.”
“Because the officials on the field are humans, like the players and coaches, errors will happen,” attorneys for the league wrote in a brief. “The NFL parties do not dispute that they have previously advised the Saints, including the club’s head coach, that one or more penalties for pass interference or illegal helmet-to-helmet contact were mistakenly not called late in the NFC Championship Game, and that the NFL would like its officials on the field to make these calls.”
In 2010, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell laid out an ambitious goal: He wanted the league’s total revenue to reach $25 billion by 2027. The league seems to be on pace to reach that goal.
But an Associated Press analysis revealed that despite their unique skill set, it was centers — not running backs, linebackers or defensive backs — who were becoming more endangered more quickly than players at any other position . In 2009, the average center had six years in the league. This season, the average center had four years of experience.
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Kansas City drew a 13.9 rating for the Pro Bowl, followed by Pittsburgh (8.6), Norfolk (8.2), West Palm Beach (8.1) and Cleveland (8.1). The total audience for the game peaked from 4-4:30 p.m. Arrowhead time with 8,931,000 viewers, according to ESPN.
A day after being named Pro Bowl MVP, two weeks after being named PFWA’s MVP and a month after being named the other AP’s quarterback of the year, Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has earned yet another honor. This one comes from the world of fantasy football—Mahomes has won this year’s DraftKings Fantasy Football Award for Most Valuable Player.
Sherman compiled four rushes for 11 yards and a rushing touchdown in the showcase game, as well as three catches for 92 yards. Mahomes was 7 of 14 for 156 yards and a touchdown.
In all seriousness, the problem Sherman ran into was that 84 yards of his production came in the game’s fourth quarter. I didn’t cover this year’s Pro Bowl in Orlando, so I can’t be 100 percent certain on this, but media members are typically handed MVP ballots early on in the game’s final quarter, and I’d guess many finalized their ballots prior to Sherman finishing the game as strong as he did.
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