The best choice among up-and-coming quarterbacks is Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes. The 23-year-old just won the NFL MVP award, and he’s able to pull off some superhuman-like throws that would fit well in the “Space Jam” universe.
Still, we have to go with Brady as the best candidate for lead actor in an NFL version of “Space Jam.”
Kansas City Chiefs: Looking to Offense Instead of Addressing Awful Defense
All of the Chiefs’ key offensive components return next season, so using major draft resources on that side of the ball is a waste. Meanwhile, Kansas City ranked 31st in total defense and 24th in both points and yards per play allowed last season.
An already underachieving unit could potentially lose outside linebacker Dee Ford, defensive lineman Allen Bailey and cornerbacks Steven Nelson and Orlando Scandrick in free agency. Justin Houston is a potential salary-cap casualty as well. The Chiefs need defensive reinforcements in the worst way.
Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include:
I took to the Twitterverse earlier this week to discuss the top five players in the league right now, while offering up one accompanying question: Who are the 5 best players in the #NFL right now? Who makes your list? Would you give each of these players a 3-yr., fully guaranteed deal at top of the market prices? #Top5
My answer to the question, when it comes to those five players, is a resounding yes. And here’s why:
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: The reigning NFL MVP is revolutionizing the game as a gunslinger with A+ arm talent, athleticism and improvisational skills. Mahomes has expanded the playbook for one of the best play designers in football, creating headaches for defensive coordinators around the league.
Kansas City Chiefs
Starter: Patrick Mahomes
Current per year salary: $4.1 million (36th)
Quarterback god himself. Patrick Mahomes is the type of player franchises would sell the farm, tractor and firstborn to acquire. The 2018 MVP took a highly efficient offense previously manned by Alex Smith and made it the most dangerous unit in the NFL. His sterling precision was outdone only by his layers of inhuman arm angle throws. If he’s not worth top-level quarterback money, no one is.
Still just 23 years old, Patrick Mahomes will be the figure that leads the NFL into the next generation. Expect him to do so with a record-breaking contract in tow a few years from now.
Verdict: Worth it.
Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes brought a special companion with him to an offseason workout Friday at a training facility in west Fort Worth. Mahomes, the NFL’s reigning MVP, had his new puppy, Silver, join him for a morning workout at APEC. Mahomes, the former Texas Tech standout, spends part of his offseason training at APEC with the gym’s founder, Bobby Stroupe.
Around the league
The Chicago Bears are releasing kicker Cody Parkey, a league source confirmed to ESPN on Friday. Parkey missed three extra point attempts and eight field goal tries -- including a 43-yarder that would have beaten the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the playoffs -- in his first season with the Bears.
On Saturday night, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell hinted at interest in joining the Philadelphia Eagles. Bell was notified on Wednesday that the Steelers wouldn’t be tagging him, making him an unrestricted free agent in March.
“I think there’s a lot of potential for trades,” Gruden told J.T. the Brick on “The Game Plan” podcast. “I think that’s one of the things I’m really excited about. [New Raiders general manager] Mike Mayock what he brings to the table, he’s got great resources around the NFL. He’s been in every building, he’s on a first-name basis; everybody knows Mike. And I think he’s gonna be on the phones quite a bit, not only with those two picks you talked about, who knows, we may move up with the No. 4 pick, we may move back with that pick. We’ll see how it all unfolds.”
Derek Carr to the Jaguars
I’m not as interested in what this means for the Jaguars — buying low on a quarterback who was an MVP candidate in 2016 — as what it means for the Raiders. Jon Gruden’s first year in Oakland was defined by his willingness to tear down an existing team and ship away its stars build a franchise in his image. And trading away Carr means that image could be a West Coast super-villain.
Imagine, Gruden — a noted quarterback connoisseur — searching through 2019’s NFL Draftprospects before settling on his franchise building block with the No. 4 pick. A dynamic dual-threat quarterback who can potentially run a 4.3-second 40-yard-dash. A former Heisman winner, perhaps.
“I mean, when you’re trading away a player like this who could determine your own record and your own Super Bowl potential, of course you want to not trade him to teams that might be a factor,” Colbert said. “But if those teams step up and say, ‘Look, we’ll give you the best picks or the best players,’ then we have to make that judgment. OK, yeah, they’re a competitor, but what they’re giving us far exceeds what these other folks are willing to do. So will we be selective? It depends on what the compensation is.”
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Manuel, 28, is a former 16th-overall pick, originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 NFL Draft. Manuel spent five years in Buffalo before moving on to the Oakland Raiders for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The Chiefs’ signings of Coates and Grayson indicate the team creating some healthy, cheap competition at the wide receiver position this offseason. Chris Conley is due to become an unrestricted free agent, and the Chiefs don’t have much cap space to spare.
Dontae Johnson is a 27-year-old, 6-foot-2, 200-pound defensive back who was originally selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
As Schefter notes, the big winners are the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, who were each awarded two third-round picks. The Chiefs’ additional pick comes from losing nose tackle Bennie Logan to the Tennessee Titans in last year’s free agency period.
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