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Every current NFL general manager’s defining draft pick | Yahoo! Sports

Kansas City Chiefs

General manager: Brett Veach (hired July 2017)

Defining pick: The Frank Clark trade

With ties to Andy Reid going back to Philadelphia, Veach and Reid could maybe be called co-GMs. Reid and John Dorsey reshaped the Chiefs’ roster upon arriving in Kansas City in 2013, along with Veach, who was a member of the scouting department.

Eight questions facing the Kansas City Chiefs as OTA workouts begin | Kansas City Star

The media will get to watch practice each Thursday for the next three weeks and will talk with selected players and coaches afterward.

Here’s a look at some of the major questions the Chiefs will start to answer during OTAs.

Under-the-radar injury discounts in fantasy football drafts in 2019 | Pro Football Focus

SAMMY WATKINS, WR, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

(ADP: WR22)

Watkins dealt with hamstring and foot injuries last season. Including the playoffs, he saw more than 12 snaps in just 10 games. Across those games, he averaged 13.6 fantasy points per game, which would have ranked 25th-best last year. Now, with Tyreek Hill potentially suspended, Watkins has legitimate WR1 upside as Patrick Mahomes’ likely No. 2 option in the passing game.

Mellinger Minutes: an NFL/GoT number that might surprise you, plus much Chiefs, Royals | Kansas City Star

Mahomes should absolutely be the heavy favorite [for 2019 MVP]. He won it last year, his first as a starter, with absurd numbers and somehow honestly swear-to-goodness left some plays on the field.

But I’d emphatically take the field for a few reasons. First, math. There are just way too many potential answers to the question.

Khalen Saunders ready to contribute | KCTV5

The Chiefs opened their OTA practices Tuesday. According to Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports, defensive lineman Chris Jones was not there. Jones is looking for a new contract.

Bud Light tweeted a KC-specific beer nutritional label just for Chiefs fans | Kansas City Star

Bud Light came up with a label that focuses on Arrowhead Stadium being the loudest in the world, Kansas City’s love of barbecue and the Chiefs:

Tony Gonzalez won’t give G.O.A.T. TE title to Gronk... it’s a tie!!! | TMZ

Tony says “there’s a great argument” for Gronk to be called the NFL’s best ever ... but it sure doesn’t seem like he’s the one making it!!!

By the way, we also asked Tony about his ex-Chiefs team and how they’ll get over all the drama surrounding Tyreek Hill ... and Gonzalez tells us K.C. is going to get through it all just fine.

Around the league

Bucs finalizing one-year deal with Ndamukong Suh | NFL

A day after releasing Gerald McCoy, the Bucs are closing in on a one-year deal with free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source informed of the deal.

Report: Julian Edelman, Patriots Finalizing 2-Year, $18M Contract Extension | Bleacher Report

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday that the extension will likely keep Edelman in New England for the remainder of his career, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added that the wideout is receiving a two-year extension that will also provide him with a raise.

Antonio Brown not present for start of Raiders’ OTAs | NFL

“He’s not here today; hopefully, we’ll see him in the next couple days,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden told reporters Tuesday. “He’s been working extremely hard learning our offense and really excited to get him out here, but in the meantime we have plenty of balls to throw and plenty of receivers to throw to.”

Carr annoyed at rumors Raiders would draft QB | ESPN

“Honestly, it got annoying after a while,” Carr admitted Tuesday after the team’s first OTA practice, in his first meeting with Bay Area media since the 2018 season finale. “I’m like, ‘Really, they don’t have nothing else to talk about?’ And I didn’t help the situation, trying to challenge people to fights.”

Nick Bosa injures hamstring during OTA | NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed the injury but was uncertain of the severity, Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com reports.

Roethlisberger: ‘I lacked in leadership’ in 2018 | ESPN

“I lacked in leadership,” Roethlisberger said after the team’s first organized team activities session Tuesday. “Because that’s my job as the leader of this team, to get us to the playoffs. I’m gonna need to focus and refocus my energy and time on, how can I be a better leader to get us back to the playoffs?”

5 NFL teams with the best chance to sign new free agent Gerald McCoy | SB Nation

At 31 years old, the veteran defensive tackle is no longer interested in anchoring a rebuild like the one he would have faced under Bruce Arians in Tampa. Instead, he’s looking to make it to the postseason for the first time in his long career by signing with a contender that has not only a need in the middle of its defensive line but the cap space to sign a man who gave up $13 million to earn his freedom.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Man charged in extortion attempt against Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu

A distant relative of Mathieu’s has been arrested and charged in New Orleans.

Report: Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones is absent from OTAs

This is not a surprise; I repeat—this is not a surprise.

Chiefs sign defensive back Dakari Monroe back to the roster

Monroe originally signed with the club as an undrafted free agent, was waived on May 7 and has now returned.

What we know — and don’t know — about the Chiefs’ 90-man roster ahead of OTAs

OTAs are underway, so how do the position battles shape up?

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