The Chiefs LB has no time for apologies about the penalty that marred his breakout season—and helped put the Pats in the Super Bowl. All that matters now is moving forward and coming back next season “even hungrier.”
“The Kansas City model worked really well,” Gettleman said Wednesday.
“You can cite a number of models where they had a veteran guy and they drafted a young guy,” Gettleman said. “At some point in time, the torch got passed and away everyone went. And it was a happy away, everyone went.”
Arrowhead is perfect where it is, and what’s more is that the Royals moving would improve the Truman Sports Complex site for the Chiefs. Ripping the baseball stadium down would mean more parking or the ability to build an entertainment district that could produce revenue year-round.
This is a major trend in the NFL, and could appeal to the Hunts as both protecting the history of Arrowhead and modernizing them into a world with more revenue streams. Bars, restaurants, shopping — there are a lot of ways to maximize the space.
“I think our division from a playmaker perspective, might put more pressure on the defense than any other division in football,” Mayock said.
“You start talking about Mahomes and Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Just the entire division, when you look at the depth charts on both sides of the ball, with their rosters,” Mayock said. “We’ve got a huge challenge ahead of us. I think we probably face some of the best edge rushers in football, on the other side of the ball. You talk about what Kansas City has had. You talk about what the Chargers have. You talk about that monster in Denver. We are very aware of the challenges in our division. We think it might be the most significant in the league.”
But Kitchens isn’t worried about Hunt returning to the hometown where he derailed his fast-track path to NFL stardom a year ago.
If anything, Kitchens said, being in Cleveland might benefit Hunt.
“I think we have to have a support system in place, which we do,” Kitchens said. “Kareem has to be willing, has to show remorse, be willing to make a change. He’s shown us that. And he can be in Kansas City, Cleveland, that doesn’t matter.
Around the league
Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman told reporters Wednesday that the team will not place the franchise tag on Foles. The Super Bowl LII MVP is a free agent.
”We’ve spent a lot of time discussing this internally and with him,” Roseman said, “and we’ve decided to let Nick [Foles] become a free agent.”
Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains what it’s like to be measured in front of a room full of scouts and to get asked questions from coaches who want to make you cry.
“Right now, we feel good at No. 3, but I’d definitely say if there’s an opportunity to trade down, we would absolutely look at it,” he said.
Of course they would.
The Jets, with many holes on their roster, would love to recoup the draft capital they spent last March. To jump from sixth to third, where they selected quarterback Sam Darnold, they sent three second-round picks to the Indianapolis Colts.
Johnny Manziel’s career with the Montreal Alouettes came to an abrupt end Wednesday when he was released.
In a statement (h/t NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport), the Alouettes said Manziel’s contract was terminated after he “contravened the agreement” that made him eligible to play in the CFL.
Randy Gregory was suspended again by the NFL, but the Dallas Cowboys aren’t ready to wash their hands of the talented pass rusher. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that the Cowboys will continue to support Gregory during his latest suspension.
”Our eyes were wide open about what Randy’s situation was when we drafted him,” Garrett said. “We fully support Randy. Randy is a good young man. He has some issues that he’s been dealing with. He’s tried to deal with those issues head-on, from Day 1. He’s spent a lot of time getting professional help for his issues. He’s worked very hard.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston could be a trade candidate, according to CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora.
Houston’s name appeared in La Canfora’s latest NFL Scouting Combine notebook.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is not planning on having offseason surgery to repair his right heel, per head coach Andy Reid at the NFL’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
New Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock spoke most specifically about the Chiefs but said he sees significant challenges from every team in the AFC West.
“I think our division, from a playmaker perspective, might put more pressure on the defense than any other division in football,” he said. “To the point where in my office the first thing I did when I went in was, I had them take all the blinds down and everything else, and I’ve got an entire wall of just the AFC West. Their rosters, their practice squad… everything, depth charts, all up on one wall. Magnetic names. Just to reinforce to me every day the challenges we have.
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