Kansas City Chiefs: Edge-Rusher
The Chiefs haven’t done much to replace Ford and Houston, either. Kansas City’s most prominent free-agent signing in that regard was Alex Okafor, who hasn’t had even five sacks in a season since 2014.
Considering the Chiefs’ first pick isn’t until No. 29, it won’t be easy for them to add an impact edge-rusher then, either.
The Patriots have long built their edge-rushing group around versatile players on cheap contracts. This spring, the Chiefs followed suit. Will other teams catch on to this strategy? And if they do, how will that affect one of the strongest pass-rushing draft classes in recent memory?
29. Kansas City Chiefs, Jerry Tillery - DT
School: Notre Dame | Year: Senior
Switching to a 4-3 means more opportunity for interior pressure to be game-changing. The impact of Notre Dame interior rusher Tillery, especially next to Chris Jones, will help offset the loss of Dee Ford, who himself was responsible for 10 turnovers last season.
After a doomsday Tuesday for the Alliance of American Football, the NFL teams that began the process of identifying players they were interested in signing were interrupted by a league memo Wednesday telling them not to do so, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The memo, distributed to all 32 clubs, discouraged teams from engaging with AAF players or their agents.
Later on Thursday, the AAF announced that its players could indeed sign with an NFL club. Yahoo Sports confirmed the Kansas City Chiefs’ signing of Orlando Apollos cornerback Keith Reaser, which was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
9. Kansas City Chiefs: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Original pick: No. 29
Sure, the defense still has some holes, but could you imagine adding a mega talent like D.K. Metcalf to the Chiefs’ offense? Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Metcalf would give them an opportunity to score a touchdown every time they touched the ball.
Maclin, who last played with the Ravens in 2017, officially announced his retirement on March 24 but didn’t provide details until releasing this public letter on Twitter. The 30-year-old missed the entire 2018 season in an attempt to recover from lingering hamstring pain but had no luck despite numerous injections and therapy.
The 6-foot wideout revealed that he tore his MCL on the final catch of his Ravens career, which also played a part in his decision. Maclin did not specify the knee in which he tore his MCL.
Around the league
A checked-out coach. A tuned-out QB. A soap opera where there should have been a dynasty. And those who saw the Aaron Rodgers-Mike McCarthy wreckage up close say we didn’t know the half of it.
Roberts, an undrafted free agent in 2014, spent four years in Oakland, snagging 158 passes for 1,826 yards and 13 touchdowns. Cutting the receiver saves the Raiders $4.8 million on the salary cap.
The Carolina Panthers have reached a deal with wide receiver Rashad Ross, who led the Alliance of American Football with seven receiving touchdowns for the Arizona Hotshots, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Jets unveiled their new Nikefied uniforms on Thursday night, and they match the uniforms worn by six players in a photo that hit social media on Wednesday.
The Seattle Seahawks have signed defensive end Cassius Marsh to a one-year deal.
The Seahawks are turning to a familiar player to help address what may be their biggest need. Marsh was a fourth-round pick by Seattle in 2014 and spent three seasons there before he was traded to the New England Patriots for fifth- and seventh-round picks in 2017.
1. Have money to pay the players right out the gate
That cash infusion seems to have what ultimately led to the AAF’s quick demise as a league. The investment gave Dundon the power to fold the league on a week-by-week basis — it appears he’s decided to exercise that power. So why did founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian try to put this league together so hastily if they didn’t have the funds?
Well, it’s important to remember that the AAF was announced after Vince McMahon revealed that he was bringing back the XFL. The AAF tried to jump the gun and start playing first, even though it’s apparent now that it was not fully prepared to launch.
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At about 12:30 p.m. Arrowhead Time, the now-defunct Alliance of American Football tweeted that its players could sign with NFL teams.
Less than two hours later, cornerback Keith Reaser, who had a spectacular showing for the Orlando Apollos in the AAF, is headed back to the Kansas City Chiefs, per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Reaser rejoins the club after spending a year with Kansas City from 2017-18.
Kansas State running back Alex Barnes privately worked out for the Chiefs, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
To be clear, a private workout does not count as a “Top-30 visit,” as we’ve been describing in some of our other pieces. The private workout takes place somewhere away from the Chiefs’ facility, such as a college campus.
ESPN fantasy analyst Mike Clay published some fascinating statistical nuggets about the Chiefs’ 2018 season.
One-sentence bio: Converted from wide receiver his freshman year and started at cornerback for 2.5 years, earning second-team All-Big Ten in 2018.
One-sentence scouting report: Long, explosive cornerback with plus ball skills and route recognition from his time as a receiver.
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