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.
“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.”
“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.”
Running Backs | Exceeded expectations
(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.
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.
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...
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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Terms were not disclosed.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.”
”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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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.
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.
Here’s how the two ESPN draft experts picked for the Kansas City Chiefs:
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