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The Eight NFL Teams With the Biggest Holes Left to Fill | The Ringer

Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback

Kendall Fuller remains the foundation of that unit, but the team’s depth remains a huge question mark with the offseason departures of Steven Nelson (who played 1,164 snaps) and Orlando Scandrick (788 snaps). Instead, the Chiefs are left leaning on second-year corner Charvarius Ward (139 snaps), veteran Breshaud Breeland—who signed a one-year pact after playing in just seven games with Green Bay last year—and South Carolina’s Rashad Fenton, a sixth-round pick. Add in depth players like Tremon Smith and Keith Reaser, and it’s hardly a unit that inspires confidence. One divisional pass catcher is already looking forward to meeting the Chiefs this year.

The Seahawks turned Frank Clark and 4 draft picks into a scary reload | SB Nation

Rather than offer Clark a similar extension, Seattle let the Chiefs worry about that instead. The Seahawks sent their leading sacker (and a 2019 third-rounder) to Kansas City, where he immediately inked a five-year, $104 million extension. In return, they got the Chiefs’ first- and third-round picks this year and next year’s third-rounder.

While this move depleted an already-shaky roster, it was also a financial boon for a team without much cap space and a distinct need for veteran talent.

As it turned out, trading away Clark was the echoing shout that gave way to an avalanche of draft trades aimed at replenishing the Seahawks’ roster with young, inexpensive talent.

Travis Kelce on overtime: The rules are the rules | NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

“I’m here and there about it,” Kelce said. “It is what it is. The rules are the rules at this point. So whatever it is, we’ve just got to find a way to win.”

The rules are indeed the rules, and the rules could be changing later this month, particularly for the playoffs. We’ll possibly have more on that later tonight.

Chiefs’ Khalen Saunders writes inspirational message as member of ’0 star gang’ | Kansas City Star

Saunders posted a screenshot of his zero-star rating on Twitter and shared this message: “This will be my last testimony.. but often times i see high school athletes stress over stars by their name. Complaining that they only have 1 or 2 stars. I just want to be the voice of the #0Star gang. Many have tried to discourage me from my dream. DON’T EVER let THEM win.”

Power Ranking Every NFL Offense After the 2019 Draft | Bleacher Report

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Positives

The NFL’s best offense of 2018 returns the league’s MVP, Patrick Mahomes, and head coach Andy Reid. With Rob Gronkowski having retired, Travis Kelce is now arguably the NFL’s best tight end, and the Chiefs’ offensive line is as good as any. This offense will continue to produce as long as those pillars remain in place.

Negatives

With Hill suspended, Hardman and fourth-year speedster Demarcus Robinson will be under much more pressure, which isn’t necessarily fair to them since they can’t replicate Hill’s blend of speed and quickness or fit with Mahomes. There will be some drop-off.

2019 NFL free agency watch for Eric Berry: Ranking the top landing spots for the five-time Pro Bowler | CBS Sports

Since being cut by Kansas City in March, Berry has made several visits, but he still hasn’t found a team to play for. For NFL teams, the biggest issue with Berry is his health. When Berry has been on the field, he’s been one of the best safeties in the NFL, but the problem is that he hasn’t been on the field very often over the past two years.

If Berry can stay healthy, then the team that signs him will potentially be getting a steal. So which teams might be willing to take that risk? Let’s take a look at five potential landing spots.

Pro Football Focus praises Derrick Johnson’s ‘almost unparalleled’ stretch with Chiefs | Kansas City Star

Pro Football Focus tipped its hat to Johnson with this tweet: “His incredible stretch between 2009-2015 with the Chiefs is almost unparalleled in the PFF era (06-present).”

2009 - 90.4 overall grade (4th), 2010 - 90.1 (3rd), 2011 - 81.8 (7th), 2012 - 79.7 (8th), 2013 - 89.0 (1st), 2014 - (injured), 2015 - 82.8 (9th)

Pro-Football Reference shared this nugget about Johnson:

Derrick Johnson is one of only four players since 1999 with 1,000+ combined tackles, 100+ tackles for loss, and 75+ passes defended.

Around the league

Raiders release tight end Lee Smith, sign several draft picks | San Fransisco Chronicle

The move came shortly after the Raiders announced the signing of tight end Foster Moreau, the fourth-round draft pick from LSU. The Raiders were already crowded at tight end with Darren Waller, Derek Carrier and free-agent signing Luke Willson also at the position.

Bucs’ JPP released from hospital after accident | ESPN

Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul was involved in a motor vehicle accident early Thursday morning and sought medical attention at a South Florida-area hospital.

Texans sign former Chargers safety Addae | ESPN

The Texans were in need of a safety after Andre Hal retired last month. Addae will join 2018 third-round pick Justin Reid and free agent addition Tashaun Gipson in the secondary.

Elway confident Broncos’ QB search is over with Lock | NFL

“You’re always trying to find an answer to the quarterback position,” Elway told Mike Klis of 9News Denver. “You can’t wait till you don’t have one. We’ve been working on it and you’re always working on it.

”We feel good about what we have in Drew and his ability over the next couple years to continue to grow and make some strides. Hopefully, he’s that guy for the future.”

Myles Garrett eyes ‘more freedom’ under new DC | NFL

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett comes off a Pro Bowl season during which he totaled 13.5 sacks. Impressive numbers, for sure, but making the accomplishment even more notable is he did it with basically two moves under then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Now, Garrett eyes more sacks as he continues to develop while working with new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and coaching staff.

”I hopefully have more freedom to be the player I want to be,” Garrett told Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei. “Gregg was more like: ‘You win with these two moves. I don’t want to see anything else out of you.’

Steve Keim: Kyler Murray will start season opener | NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

While Kliff Kingsbury stopped short of naming Kyler Murray the team’s starting quarterback for the 2019 season opener, General Manager Steve Keim stated the obvious.

He quickly answered, “Yes,” when Rich Eisen asked if Murray would start against Detroit on Sept. 8.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Report: Tyreek Hill’s lawyer denies child abuse claims in letter to NFL

ESPN obtained the four page document sent from Hill’s lawyer, N. Trey Pettlon, to the National Football League.

Report: Derrick Johnson to sign one-day contract to retire a Chief

Like Jamaal Charles, Johnson will sign a one-day contract to retire a Chief, per 610 Sports Radio.

Frank Clark has big plans for the 2019 Chiefs defense

After months of trying acquire him, Brett Veach thinks he’s found his missing defensive piece in former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark.

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