Justin Houston, OLB, Chiefs
Houston is still a crushing pass rusher, but the Chiefs aren’t flush with cash and will have to figure out what to do with Dee Ford this offseason. Cutting the four-time Pro Bowler would give Kansas City an extra $14 million to spend — but can it afford to shed any big-time playmakers from the defense that proved to be its Achilles’ heel in 2018?
In nine games last year, Flacco threw for 2,464 yards, completing 232 of 379 attempts for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
While the division-rival Chiefs saw their first-year starter — Patrick Mahomes — rack up 50 regular-season touchdowns against 12 interceptions, Keenum’s 15 interceptions with the Broncos last season were tied for second-most in the NFL, and he averaged a paltry 6.6 yards per attempt to Mahomes’ 8.8.
Actor, Kansas graduate and Chiefs fan Paul Rudd talks all things Chiefs on “Good Morning Football.”
LB Tanoh Kpassagnon. He appears unlikely to fulfill the potential the Chiefs believed he had when they drafted him in the second round in 2017. Last year, the Chiefs felt compelled to trade up to draft Breeland Speaks, who plays the same position. He was a healthy scratch for two of the final three games in the regular season and one in the playoffs. -- Adam Teicher
Hunt, who has been on the financial committee for seven years, was previously the chairman of the NFL’s international committee.
There are seven other owners on the league’s financial committee, including New England’s Robert Kraft and Atlanta’s Arthur Blank.
Look at the young talent at quarterback in the NFL still under their rookie contract. Of course, you’ve got reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and Offensive Rookie of the Year runner-up Baker Mayfield. How about the NFC Championship winner Jared Goff or the would-be 2017 MVP in Carson Wentz? There’s also Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, Dak Prescott, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and so on.
Lisa Winship shared a photo of her daughter with the unique box they built, and it resembles Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The box has Mahomes’ signature hair, headband and jersey. Instead the traditional football pants, he has heart-shaped patches on each knee.
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“He was our Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 2018 for a reason and you won’t find a player who made a bigger contribution in the community than Corey. While we did not exercise the 2019 option in Corey’s contract and he will now become a free agent on March 13, the door is certainly not closed for a possible return in the future.”
This is a shocking trade, there are no two ways about it. The Broncos were thought to be players in the free agent market or perhaps even the draft, with Case Keenum serving as a mild-to-major disappointment in his only season with Denver. He didn’t put up numbers like he did in Minnesota, but surely the Broncos didn’t think he would?
NFL insider Jay Glazer made a bold prediction on Wednesday that Odell Beckham Jr. would be traded this offseason. It appears that prediction may have caught Beckham’s attention.
Beckham, 26, posted a cryptic tweet from his account following Glazer’s prediction.
The NFL has rescinded its invitation to Louisiana Tech pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson after he was flagged on his background check for a violent offense, NFL Network reports. Ferguson, the NCAA’s all-time sack leader, was convicted of simple battery during his freshman year for a fight at a McDonald’s in addition to a separate public intoxication charge while he was in college, according to the report. The battery conviction falls under a new league policy barring players from the combine “if a background check reveals a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving violence.”
BetOnline has one favorite far ahead of everyone else for Murray …
It makes sense. The Dolphins reportedly don’t want to move forward with Ryan Tannehill. The Miami media believes they’ll be tanking for a shot at Tua Tagovailoa in 2020, but what if Murray is a possibility now? They’d have to consider it, if they think Murray has the ability to be a top-level starter in the NFL.
Lambo is the only kicker in Jaguars history to post back-to-back seasons with a field goal percentage of at least 90. He made 19 of 20 field goal attempts in 2017 and 19 of 21 attempts in 2018, and he has made six of his seven attempts of 50 yards or longer with the Jaguars.
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The trade means the Ravens are comfortable in moving forward with Lamar Jackson as their starter. That was to be expected, as Flacco was benched late in the year and Jackson started in the playoffs.
More importantly for Chiefs fans, it means that Kansas City will in all likelihood be seeing a Joe Flacco vs. Patrick Mahomes matchup twice next year. As explained by 9News’ Mike Klis (who is in the know), Case Keenum is out as Denver’s starting quarterback.
On Tuesday, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco published his list of the top 30 NFL players set to hit the free agent market. Only two Chiefs made it into the article, and it may not be exactly who you think.
APEC’s [facility] location in Tyler, Texas, means Mahomes will likely be doing most of his offseason training at home. The company’s website reveals that it’s where the Chiefs quarterback has been working out since he was in seventh grade.
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