Charles’ one day-contract to retire with his original team is an honor bestowed only on franchise greats, and he’s a slam dunk for the Ring of Honor. Entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a longer conversation, and one that likely comes down to the assessment of Charles’ peak years and whether there were enough to gain entry into the game’s most exclusive club.
[Mecole] Hardman fills a glaring need given the uncertainty surrounding Tyreek Hill’s future in the NFL. Hardman is raw, but he has the field-stretching speed Kansas City is going to need. Zierlein wrote in his scouting report that Hardman “could develop into a lesser version of Tyreek Hill with his playmaking potential after the catch, on deep balls and as a returner.” Thornhill can play corner or safety, and the Chiefs will be able to move him all over the field, giving them a pair feisty ballhawks with the Honey Badger in tow. Saunders is one of our favorite players in the draft -- the 324-pound man does a mean backflip -- and should fit nicely into Steve Spagnuolo’s rotation up front.
WR Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Playing with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Hardman is a perfect fit in the Chiefs offense. He won’t be asked to do everything at receiver. Instead, he’ll make splash plays down the field and keep safeties away from the line of scrimmage. If Hill doesn’t play in 2019, expect Hardman to produce at a high level right away.
The Chiefs and Cornerstones of Care announced their charity game will take place on August 10 when Kansas City hosts the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jerry Tillery, DT, Chargers
He was my No. 4 defensive tackle -- behind Oliver, Quinnen Williams, and Jeffery Simmons -- and No. 7 overall prospect in the entire class. Because he’s so stellar athletically and has long, active hands, his height isn’t an issue in the leverage battle very often. Why? Offensive linemen can’t get their hands into his chest and keep them there.
Tillery is bound to eat immediately in Los Angeles. My pre-draft comparison for him was Chris Jones.
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“The biggest steal? The New England Patriots. Third-round pick Damien Harris, running back out of ‘Bama,” Burleson said. “Believe he led the team in rushing last year at over 1,000 yards. The fact that he averaged just over six yards per touch — the man gets busy. Loves the physical contact, can do it all.”
Veteran running back Marshawn Lynch would return to the Raiders if the team wanted to bring him back, according to a person familiar with Lynch’s thinking. The Oakland native, 33, would only return to the NFL to play for the Raiders, according to that person.
Martin’s return comes after Raiders running back Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles tendon during a workout with the team Tuesday and was ruled out for the season, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday morning.
PFT has learned, via a league source, that the team will not exercise the option. Friday is the deadline for teams to pick up fifth-year options on their 2016 first-round picks.
“I’ve always said it to Robbie, be careful what you wish for sometimes, because it’s not easy to kick in Chicago,” Butler said on ESPN 1000’s Waddle and Silvy Show on Tuesday. “It’s certainly not easy to kick in San Francisco, but he’s found a situation out there where he’s been as good as there is. Can you duplicate that by coming back to Chicago? I don’t know. ... It’s a scary thing to mess with your legacy.”
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GARAFOLO: “My understanding is that for the time being that’s going to be enough for the league, and the team and all parties involved as far as what they should do in the immediate future while they continue to gather information,” Garafolo reported on Up to the Minute. “I know people have been talking about the possibility of the commissioner’s exempt list at least by the end of the week. That’s usually something they use when there is more of a pressing thing going on, let’s say the start of the season or the preseason or one of those things.
The Chiefs defensive lineman is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is likely due for an extension.
On Wednesday, the Kansas City Chiefs confirmed the one-day contract for running back Jamaal Charles, so that he may retire from the game of pro football as a member of the organization.
And if that wasn’t good enough, moments later, the Chiefs released this video via their official Twitter account.
This was the Chiefs tight end’s first interview since the Hill news broke.
“I think the last three years, the Chiefs have pretty much won the AFC West,” Mathieu said. “I think a lot of receivers feel that way. I think we should really get these guys a reality show, let them just talk about their feelings and emotions, they’re pretty much all over the place. He’ll have his chance to go against us and to play against us and quite honestly, we won’t forget things the he’s done, so it’s kind of easy for receivers to talk a lot of smack. They get 160 targets a year, so it’s easy to catch 90 balls. He’s a pretty good player, he does well for his offense, but yeah. I’ll just leave it at that.”
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