If the Chiefs were indeed taking a stingy stance on his buyout, it’s an easy play for Kentucky to keep their guy unless the contract is bought out.
If desperate isn’t the right word, the Chiefs are operating with enhanced urgency, knowing they were a whisker from the Super Bowl. If they believe House — who is essentially replacing two men — can help them find one more inch then $150,000 is a small price.
Three days after Kentucky announced defensive coordinator Matt House had decided to stay in Lexington amid interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, the Wildcat assistant has reversed course and decided to leave for the NFL job.
House was reported to be a candidate to be the Chiefs’ new linebackers coach. After the initial announcement he was staying at UK, multiple NFL reporters tweeted House had wanted to take the job but was prevented from doing so because of his buyout at Kentucky.
UK players were informed of House’s decision to leave the program Tuesday morning, a source told the Courier Journal.
Pick 29: Byron Murphy - CB
School: Washington | Year: Sophomore (RS) The Chiefs get a top cornerback -- a position in which they were lacking in 2018 -- with really good ball skills.
7. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs (81.8 percent): Hunt missed five games after being cut by the Chiefs due to an off-field incident, but he was a reliable option when he was on the gridiron. In fact, he ranked eighth in top-10 finishes and produced five 20-plus point performances in PPR leagues. Now with the Cleveland Browns, Hunt’s value is very much up in the air ahead of 2019 fantasy drafts.’
“He didn’t play a lot. He didn’t start really playing quarterback until his junior year in high school,” Pat Mahomes said in a recent interview with TMZ (click here to watch). “It kind of took off from there and he fell in love with it. I remember coming home from a recruit visit with Texas and they were recruiting as a safety. I was telling him, ‘Why don’t we just quit this and let’s just concentrate on the other two?’ I said we’re just wasting the time with this football thing. He said, ‘Dad I want to be out there with my teammates. I want to be out there with the guys I’ve been playing with forever and I couldn’t see myself in the stands watching them.’ Luckily he didn’t listen to me.”
Around the league
“When I did talk to [Smith], he’s staying about positive about it. We know and understand that it’s probably not going to happen that we have him this year,” Redskins running back Chris Thompson told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday. “He’s a hard working guy, He’s gonna do whatever he can to get back, if he decides that he wants to put that workload on his leg again.”
When do the Browns expect a decision on a suspension? Dorsey said he hopes to have a resolution within two weeks, but ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that a source had said the discipline process is “still ongoing and nowhere near done.” It is important to keep Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston in mind. In June, the NFL recommended a suspension, but the NFL Players Association worked with the league to negotiate a three-game ban. Hunt’s case could follow a similar track, with the league making a recommendation and the union and league negotiating a final agreement. At this point, the league has not gotten to the point of a recommendation.
“We consider everybody that’s available,” he said. “Obviously, when that player was released, toward the end of the season, every team had the opportunity to claim him, number one, and would actually be on a cheaper contract than he signed today.
”We evaluate every player on the field and off the field, and in this case, we talked about it internally and it was just a player we didn’t feel comfortable with the Lions for numerous issues. I stand by that. That’s my word. I want good players and I want good people in this organization.”
With less than seven months to go until the NFL season kicks off, the Raidersstill don’t have a city to call home for 2019, but that could change if the team is willing to listen to a proposal that was sent out this week by two cities that want to co-host the Raiders this year.
According to the Arizona Daily Star, the cities of Tucson and Birmingham want to team up and jointly host the Raiders for their seven-game home schedule this season. Oh, and since this is the Raiders we’re talking about, we should probably clarify that the Birmingham in this instance is Birmingham, Alabama -- not Birmingham, England.
Curry signed a three-year, $23 million deal with Tampa last March. He made $6.5 million in 2018. Another $5 million of his base $8 million salary would have been guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2019 league year if he was still on the roster, per Over The Cap.
Cutting Curry saves the Bucs $8 million on the 2019 salary cap.
Antonio Brown is still a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, for now.
The star receiver posted a message on Twitter saying farewell to Steeler Nation after nine years. The video is a cutup of Brown’s highlights in Pittsburgh set to the song “Do What I Want” by Lil Uzi Vert.
Last year, ESPN executive Burke Magnus described the diplomatic relations between his network and the NFL in the same way the Obama administration once talked about Vladimir Putin. Faced with acrimony and a bad Monday Nightschedule, Magnus called for a “reset.”
In an interview with The Ringer on Monday, Magnus sounded the notes of diplomatic success. In November, ESPN made a deal to put the entire NFL draft on its big-sister network, ABC. This week, ESPN plans to announce that ABC will also carry two hours of the NFL scouting combine—giving a happily nerdy NFL Network event a boost onto network TV.
We’re at that time in the NFL offseason where our attention shifts entirely to the NFL draft. The draft combine is in two weeks, and Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf looks, uh, prepared.
A workout photo that included Metcalf and other draft prospects was shared on Twitter Monday, and Metcalf looked more like The Incredible Hulk than your typical wide receiver. (He is the last one on the left in the first photo).
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“It felt great just to be back playing on a football field,” Hunt said, via CBS Sports. “Coming off of an injury, for me, just me speaking for myself, it felt great being back on the field. Being a part of a team that loves to win as you can see and just being a part of a team that has a great coaching staff that loves to put points on the board and just to drive up the enthusiasm of all our players and the motivation that goes in that people don’t see or the fans don’t see through our practice or whatnot—all the people coming together just to build this league, it speaks volumes for everybody that’s on the playing field that has so much passion for the game. Like [Reiter] said, football does not stop thanks to the Alliance league and thanks for uniting all of us together.”
It is hard to ever rule anything out in the NFL, but in this case, almost assuredly no.
Originally drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft by Andy Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles, Curry, 30, is a 6-foot-3, 280-pound 4-3 rotational defensive end. He has 24.5 sacks and 70 quarterback hits to his name in his seven-year career, despite only starting 23 of the 96 games in which he’s played.
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