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Patriots, Chiefs leaders on the latest Super Bowl odds | SB Nation

The Kansas City Chiefs are also going off at +700 to win the Super Bowl. After their impressive battle with New England in the AFC Championship Game, most would argue that the Chiefs were the second best team in football last season. League MVP Patrick Mahomes will be under center looking to build on a sensational season in which he threw for 5,097 yards and 50 passing touchdowns.

Russell Wilson: Seahawks star could delay contract talks because of Patrick Mahomes | Express

“There is no pressure on Russell Wilson to sign a contract right now, within his camp,” Greg Jennings said on Fox Sports TV show Speak For Yourself. “He is going to get paid, if this was a different position then maybe you need to take your money and keep moving.

“But yes, allow Patrick Mahomes to set the bar, you are not going to get what Patrick Mahomes is going to get. He is going to set the precedent, so why not wait and try to get as close to that as possible.”

Patrick Mahomes’ night at Press-Radio Club reminds Buffalo Bills fans of what could have been | Democrat & Chronicle

“Yeah, it’s crazy when you look at that,’’ said Mahomes when asked about Buffalo giving away the No. 10 overall pick that Chiefs coach Andy Reid confidently used to draft him out of Texas Tech.

“I thought about that earlier, but things work out for a reason. Buffalo has a great quarterback (Josh Allen) now, and I’m in a great place in Kansas City, so I’m glad everything has worked out for both sides.”

Fantasy quality against quantity in 2018: QB/RB | Pro Football Focus

Running Backs | Exceeded expectations

Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs

(8.1% opportunity share, 6.7% PPR point share, -1.4%)

Williams’ season-long numbers are obviously lower than most relevant names here, because he didn’t seize the Chiefs No. 1 job until the last month of the season. In Weeks 14-17, Williams had 26.6% of the Chiefs’ opportunity, 26.0% of the PPR points, a -0.6% difference that was negligibly better than his full-season numbers. With Carlos Hyde in town and maybe a draft pick to contend with, Williams might not see quite as much opportunity, but if he remains the team’s best pass-catching option out of the backfield his efficiency should stay high.

NBC analyst explains why he believes Chiefs’ defense will be better in 2019 | Kansas City Star

Mike Florio and Chris Simms of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, discussed the moves on Tuesday. Florio noted that the Chiefs’ league-leading 52 sacks didn’t amount to much in the end.

Simms said as more succinct: “It didn’t do crap, right?”

In fact, Simms said there wasn’t much the Chiefs did well on defense in 2018.

Bink Chiefs mock 5.0 | 610 Sports Radio

So much crazy stuff can still happen, will the Chiefs be aggressive and trade up into the first round? They could but not sure a difference maker is there. A real splash would be making a trade. However I feel a big move is coming with this team...

5 AAF players the Chiefs should look to add to the 90-man roster | Chiefs Wire

Several players in the AAF earned another shot at playing in the NFL. As the Chiefs look to round out their 90-man offseason roster, they should look to add a few of these players to the team. Here are five the Chiefs should consider signing.

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Raiders add Ryan Grant to revamped WR corps | ESPN

Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Ryan Grant signed with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

Grant becomes the latest addition to the Raiders’ revamped wide receiver corps this offseason, joining trade addition Antonio Brown and free-agent addition Tyrell Williams.

Russell Wilson Rumors: Seahawks QB Won’t Hold Out Amid Contract Talks | Bleacher Report

On Wednesday, Mike Florio of Pro Football talk reported Wilson, who’s entering the final season of a four-year, $87.6 million contract, is planning to attend “every workout, meeting and practice” regardless of whether the sides agree on a new long-term deal.

The inside story of the AAF’s final day, through the eyes of its players | Yahoo! Sports

Sitting in his place in Alabama, Birmingham Iron linebacker Beniquez Brown — the league’s second-leading tackler — found the words. But they were mainly of gratitude.

“When you get the game taken away from you, you don’t take anything for granted,” Brown said. “Maybe before when you were big time in college, you kind of took the game for granted. But you realize how important the game is, how much you love it, when you don’t have it. Everyday [away from the game] was hard because you didn’t know if you’d play again.”

3 easy ways the NFL could turn practice squads into a development league | SB Nation

Following the AAF’s likely demise, retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz has a few ideas for how a “development league” could work.

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Says He Wants to Win Three Super Bowls in a Row | Sports Illustrated

Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would “like to win three [Super Bowls] in a row,” according to the Indianapolis Star’s Zak Keefer.

Irsay expressed confidence in Indianapolis’ young roster, headlined by quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts went 4–12 in 2017, but rebounded behind a healthy Luck in 2018. They finished last year with a 10–6 record and defeating the Texans in the AFC wild card round.

“I really feel like this is a young team that’s ascending,” Irsay said.

McCarthy: Firing couldn’t have been handled worse | NFL

Mike McCarthy knew change could be coming if the losing mounted in Green Bay. The former Packerscoach, however, never expected to be jettisoned in the middle of the season.

”If we missed the playoffs, I expected change might happen,” McCarthy told ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky in a Q&A with the former coach. “But the timing surprised me. Actually it stunned me. It couldn’t have been handled any worse.”

Whitworth: Rams’ SB loss was ‘worst game’ of season | NFL

Two months to the day that the Los Angeles Rams’ offense went to sleep in Super Bowl LIII, Andrew Whitworth is still not over the loss.

”There’s definitely ways we could have executed better and just calmed down and executed the way he had all season long,” Whitworth said of the defeat.

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Chiefs waive defensive back Step Durham

According to the NFL transaction report, the Kansas City Chiefs have cut defensive back Step Durham.

Durham came to the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Tech in 2018, but spent most of the season on injured reserve with an undisclosed issue. He leaves the Chiefs without ever having made the active roster.

Evaluating the Chiefs’ biggest defensive need after Emmanuel Ogbah trade

We were asked on this week’s episode of the AP Laboratory what position could use the biggest upgrade at this point in the off-season. If you ask five people, you might get five different answers. There are strong arguments to be made for the cornerback position needing a playmaker. There’s a strong argument for a single high safety type who can patrol the back end of the defense. The Chiefs don’t have a ton of solutions at SAM linebacker.

Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay make six Chiefs picks in latest ESPN mock draft

It is the season of mock drafts — and a Wednesday ESPN In$ider article features dueling two-round mocks from draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. We covered Kiper’s 3.0 mock draft last week.

Here’s how the two ESPN draft experts picked for the Kansas City Chiefs:

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