Mellinger Minutes: respecting Esky, enigmatic Big 12, improving the Royals and Chiefs | Kansas City Star
So let’s also talk about Anthony Hitchens. He came from a 4-3, and if you watch some of his games in Dallas you see an aggressive and instinctual player. He wasn’t a star there, but solid. Reliable. Dependable...Hitchens’ reputation is as a bit of a football nerd, diligent with film and understanding schemes. He should have been better in 2018, and it’s a copout to blame his struggles — particularly with tackling — on Sutton...But context matters, so if Hitchens is back in a system that better matches both his comfort and strengths, then we should see a significant improvement from him in 2019.
Who Will Be the NFL’s First $200 Million Quarterback? | Bleacher Report
Mahomes is the most exciting and (probably) the best quarterback on this list, but he’s also the lowest-priority, contract-wise.
Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes addresses Kareem Hunt signing with Browns | Sporting News
“It’s something where he gets another opportunity,” Mahomes said, via the Associated Press. “I’m sure they will have things that he needs to do off the field in order to be on the field playing. Kareem is a great player, great running back.”
Pace knew Nagy had traits to be great coach | Bears.com
Pace knew exactly what Nagy was capable of even before the former Chiefs offensive coordinator was introduced as Bears head coach in January 2018.
“We checked a lot of the boxes off just doing the research, so by the time we got to the interview, it just kind of confirmed a lot of the things that we felt,” Pace said. “We knew very quickly that he was going to be a special head coach. It’s weird to say, but I’m not really surprised by the success that he’s had or the type of head coach that he is because you could visualize it just meeting with him and doing research on him.”
Around the league
Antonio Brown, Steelers president meet, agree ‘time to move on’ | ESPN
Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus joined the meeting, as did Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and executive Omar Khan, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The meeting was cordial and “everyone agreed the trade will be for the best,” a source told Schefter. Rooney told reporters last month that he wanted to hear directly from Brown on what went wrong. Brown, who first requested a trade in late January, tweeted it was a “great meeting” and that he and Rooney “cleared the air on several issues.”
Jaguars hire Dom Capers as senior defensive assistant | NFL
Capers brings 31 years of coaching experience, including a stint as defensive coordinator in Jacksonville under then-head coach and current Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin (1999-2000).
C.J. Anderson says Todd Gurley was ‘more hurt than what we thought’ when he signed with the Rams | CBS Sports
On Tuesday, Anderson provided more support to the theory that Gurley was dealing with a knee injury during the playoffs, hence his decreased workload. During an appearance on FS1’s “Undisputed,” Anderson revealed that when he arrived in Los Angeles, Gurley was more hurt than anyone initially thought, including the Rams and Gurley.
Roundup: Cardinals sign former Bills TE Charles Clay | NFL
The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday announced the signing of Clay to a one-year contract. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported the deal is worth up to $3.25 million with a $350K signing bonus, per a source informed of the situation.
Here are other transactions we are monitoring Tuesday:
1. The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo to a three-year extension. Sambrailo provides depth and versatility to play both tackle positions.
2. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Cardinals running back Andre Ellington on Tuesday.
3. The New York Jets declined team options on defensive tackle Mike Pennel and safety Terrence Brooks on Tuesday.
4. The Jacksonville Jaguars released kicker Kai Forbath on Tuesday, less than a week after re-signingJosh Lambo to a four-year deal.
2019 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper thinks the Raiders could be in play for Kyler Murray | SB Nation
Keep an eye on what Mike Mayock and the Raiders do
With a combination of Jon Gruden, new general manager Mike Mayock, and having three first-round picks, Kiper said the Oakland Raiders the most intriguing team to watch this year in the draft...“Do they take Kyler Murray? Do they move Derek Carr? Do they stick with Derek Carr? Jon has always raved about quarterbacks like [Patrick] Mahomes and Russell Wilson and the like, so what’s his opinion of Kyler Murray and contrasting him and comparing him to Derek Carr?”
“So, I think it’s going to be, you talk about about a fascinating player, it’s Kyler Murray. The most fascinating team in this draft for obvious reasons is the Oakland Raiders.”
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Chiefs finalize defensive coaching staff
“After a thorough process, we are happy to finalize our defensive coaching staff.” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in the release. “All of these coaches are familiar with Steve, love the game and are good teachers that have had success in their careers. I’m looking forward to working with this group.”
Dee Ford: “No one’s tripping about a franchise tag”
“I wouldn’t mind it,” Ford said. “We’re working toward removing the franchise tag in the future. A long-term deal is more suitable, especially [since] this is a 100-percent-guaranteed-injury industry. So we want to move toward that soon, but no one’s tripping about a franchise tag.”
Chiefs confirm signing of offensive tackle Justin Senior
Senior, a Montreal native, played college football at Mississippi State, starting 38 games at right tackle from 2014-16. Senior was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 210th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was also taken by the Edmonton Eskimos in the fifth round of the CFL Draft.
Two positions the Chiefs should prioritize in the NFL Draft’s first round
Regardless of Ford’s franchise, Houston stays in 2019 or Eric Berry’s contract remains on the cap, the need to upgrade both positions is important. While there are more answers at pass rush in 2019, the outlook could drastically change in 2020. The cornerback currently has the least amount of talent under contract for next season.
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