CLE trades DE Ogbah to KC for S Murray
Cleveland Browns get: S Eric Murray
Kansas City Chiefs get: DE Emmanuel Ogbah
Chiefs grade: B- Browns grade: C
ROUND 1, PICK 29: S TAYLOR RAPP, WASHINGTON*
As I mentioned above, I don’t think the Chiefs end up picking this late in the draft.
Even with the addition of Ogbah, they need an elite edge rusher, and this is a good draft for securing that. To get one, though, they’ll have to trade up. I’d like to see them work something out for a mid-round pick to get Clelin Ferrell or maybe Montez Sweat. I wasn’t really impressed with Jachai Polite (Florida) at the NFL Combine, and I wouldn’t take a chance on him.
Not only was Polite’s combine not great, his pro day was even worse. He ran a 5.04-second 40-yard dash, among other troubling measurables. But enough about a guy I didn’t pick for the Chiefs.
Should the Chiefs actually pick at 29, I’d go with a DB. Rapp, 5-11¾ and 208 pounds, was the fastest safety in the short-shuttle drill, at 3.99 seconds, and he ranked among the top at his position in the three-cone drill and the 60-yard shuttle.
It would be “a monumental mistake,” Clifford said, if Jackson County didn’t try to get the most value possible from the surplus Arrowhead seats. Many of them were damaged when they were removed from the stadium and will end up being recycled. But half or more could be reclaimed and wind up in people’s rec rooms, Clifford said.
The Chiefs are replacing most of the seating in Arrowhead’s upper deck as part of an $11.5 million renovation this off season. The team had planned to scrap all but a few thousand of the 20-year-old chairs. Under one proposal, the team considered selling 3,500 to the public through the sports memorabilia vendor Fanatics and giving away a few thousands to season ticket holders, suite owners and corporate sponsors.
No team got a higher percentage of the vote than the Chiefs in the AFC West
Kansas City Chiefs: 78%
Los Angeles Chargers: 11%
Denver Broncos: 6%
Oakland Raiders: 4%
Chiefs trade No. 29 overall (Round 1) to Panthers for No. 16 (Round 1)
At one time, teams were only in “win-now” mode in terms of player acquisitions because they had a veteran quarterback in the twilight of his career. Now the teams with young passers on rookie contracts are the ones trying to acquire tons of talent because they can take advantage of the extra cap space a cheap quarterback allows. The Chiefs may, therefore, be aggressive in this draft to find guys to play with Patrick Mahomes over the next few years.
2) Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chiefs were one of the best stories of 2018, as Patrick Mahomes set the league on fire (and took home MVP honors) with 50 touchdown passes. If I’m being honest with you (not that I wasn’t up to this point), not enough was made of the fact Mahomes racked up 50 TDs in his first season as a starter. The no-look stuff was great, but 50!! Even in this era of ridiculous passing marks, that kind of stands out as an outlier.
However, as great as the Chiefs were last year, the Chargers were right on their heels. In fact, the Bolts had a huge rally in Kansas City to knock them off in the national spotlight of “Thursday Night Football”. And the Chargers would have won the division, too, if not for a tough loss at home to the Ravens in Week 16. Make these two teams the Monday nightcap in Week 1 and let’s party!
University of Houston linebacker Emeke Egbule visits the Texans on Thursday, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.
Egbule visits the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday.
The North Shore graduate is rising on draft boards on the heels of strong performances on the field as a senior and during his workouts at the NFL scouting combine and campus Pro Day.
The Los Angeles Rams head coach said during an appearance on the Adam Schefter Podcast that he pulled a fast one on new Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, convincing him he had committed tampering when the pair attended dinner with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes:
“We have a mutual friend that I put his name in my phone as [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell. I had this friend send me a text saying, ‘I can’t believe you’re at dinner with Kingsbury and Mahomes. You know better than this. This is tampering. You’re both losing picks.’ “I showed Kliff the text, and he saw a ghost. I said, ‘You better call [Cardinals general manager] Steve Keim right away.’ He said, ‘I thought I was going to lose the No. 1 overall pick.’
Around the league
The NFL on Monday announced the dates for the offseason workout programs for all 32 teams.
The Lions are signing the running back to a one-year deal, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, per a source informed.
This move comes after the Lions tried to sign Malcolm Brown last month but the Rams matched their offer sheet.
“I’m just grateful that me and my team, Drew Rosenhaus, the great people I have in my corner, we was able to do something special that’ll probably never be done again,” Brown said. ”I think what it has done is really inspire players to take hold of their situation, run business better, make business boom, and do the right things in regards to your circumstance. So at the end of the day you can be in the best position.”
In a meeting with other coaches and general managers, Belichick was “especially vocal” while pushing the NFL to allow teams more time to work with their players in the offseason, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the release of the veteran safety on Monday. Burnett signed a three-year, $14.35 million contract with the Steelers in 2018. Cutting the veteran saves Pittsburgh $3.63 million on the salary cap with a dead-money hit of $2.833 million.
“When you have a quarterback as talented as Russell Wilson is, you have to have balance,” Brown said during an interview with NFL Network. “At times, I think we ran the ball maybe a little bit too much, and that’s kind of hard to say as a lineman.”
That has members of the league quietly concerned about the recent effectiveness of the “Rooney Rule” in hiring minority head coaches. And that has Tomlin disappointed.
“I think the numbers speak for themselves in that regard,” Tomlin said. “It was a disappointing hiring cycle for someone who watches it like I do, knowing some of the deserving men I do who I thought should have gotten an opportunity and didn’t. But we’ll continue to work and fight for equality and opportunity.”
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
The Browns — one of eight NFL teams that started their offseason workouts on Monday — were without Ogbah during their first session because he was expecting to be traded. As it turned out, he was right.
Since the Kansas City Chiefs hired Brett Veach as their new general manager two years ago this July, we have had reason to expect he would be a strong talent evaluator; Veach had been a subordinate of previous GM John Dorsey since Dorsey joined the Chiefs in 2013.
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