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Chiefs headlines for Wednesday, June 26.

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The NFL’s 20 biggest outlier contracts, and why a fullback reigns again | ESPN

11. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Kansas City Chiefs

Three-year compensation: $42 million

Percent above average: 39.8

The Chiefs promptly won a bidding war to hand Mathieu a three-year, $42 million deal with nearly $27 million guaranteed. Is it too much? On one hand, Mathieu wasn’t coming close to that sort of a deal a year ago, and while he played well last season, it wasn’t like we saw the consistent Defensive Player of the Year candidate that Mathieu looked like in 2015. At the same time, the Chiefs had a $13 million cap charge in 2018 for Eric Berry, who played 71 snaps all season for a team that desperately needed difference-makers in the secondary. With Patrick Mahomes still on his rookie deal, you can understand why the Chiefs took a swing on Mathieu.

Chiefs players, fans blast study that shows KC fans are among worst in NFL | Kansas City Star

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was incredulous about the findings.

Meanwhile, Kansas City fans were both angry and dismissive of the study that showed they ranked 31st in the NFL. Here’s a reminder that there are only 32 teams in the league.

Which Surprise Starter Could Emerge for Every NFL Team in 2019? | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs: LB Damien Wilson

Wilson hasn’t shown notable coverage skills, but he could line up in the middle with Ragland on the strong side if Lee doesn’t pan out as a starter. The four-year veteran projects as a downhill, chase-down linebacker capable of boosting last year’s 27th-ranked run defense.

NFL 2019 burning questions: How will Chiefs offense look without Kareem Hunt and possibly Tyreek Hill? | CBS Sports

Can Kansas City remain one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses without its two most explosive players?

Mellinger Minutes: Are Royals perfectly bad? Also, Kietzman’s Reid comment & more | The Kansas City Star

Mental health and addiction are wildly misunderstood. We’ve made a lot of progress in recent years, but not enough, and whenever someone with a platform misrepresents reality it deserves to be shouted down.

That’s true whether the misrepresentation comes from ignorance or malice. Doesn’t matter. Either way, anyone listening might be led to believe that mental health can be cured if a parent is “good at discipline.” Someone might get the idea that addiction is a failure of a parent, or something that can be “fixed” if an authority figure just cares enough.

Kansas City radio host taken off air ‘until further notice’ after disparaging Andy Reid | Yahoo! Sports

After receiving national and local scorn, a Kansas City sports radio station has suspended a host who invoked the dead son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Monday.

Around the league

Theismann: QB Haskins sitting out rookie year is ideal | NFL

“To put him out there early against those teams, it’s just a formula for disaster for the team, for Jay [Gruden], for the fans and everybody else,” Theismann said. “...I think the young man is our future, and let’s protect the future, instead of throwing it out there right now and saying, ‘Okay, go get ‘em.’ The schedule we’re playing is not a ‘go get ‘em’ schedule.”

When will the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott do another deal? | NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

With the Cowboys currently intent on extending quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper, both of whom have contracts that expire after the season, the Cowboys don’t seem to be thinking at all about negotiating a new contract with running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Bengals rookie OT Jonah Williams likely to miss season | NFL

The Cincinnati Bengals received some awful summer-break news: First-round pick Jonah Williams will likely miss the entire 2019 season.

The team announced the rookie left tackle underwent left shoulder surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum that is likely to sideline him for the entire year. The 21-year-old is expected to make a full recovery, the Bengals added.

Future of ‘Hard Knocks’ Discussed at Most Recent Owners Meeting | Sports Illustrated

This season, “Hard Knocks” will follow the coach Jon Gruden and the Raiders throughout training camp.

According to Breer, the general assembly at the meeting, which includes owners and team presidents, discussed the show’s viability and potential evolution.

Answering biggest AFC East questions: Will Brady miss Gronk? Can young QBs make leap? | ESPN

Can the Bills’ decision-makers survive missing the playoffs in 2019? Can Josh Rosen keep the Dolphins from drafting a QB in the first round in 2020? How will quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots adapt after tight end Rob Gronkowski’s retirement?

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Yahoo! Sports’ Terez Paylor shares Tyreek Hill thoughts on 610 Sports Radio

Paylor weighed in on Hill’s meeting with the league, which is set to take place on Wednesday.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy appeared on NFL Network this morning

The Chiefs OC will speak to young coaches at the league’s Quarterback Coaching Summit Tuesday.

What if Gunther Cunningham had stayed on as Chiefs’ defensive coordinator in 2001?

During SB Nation’s What-If Week, let’s look at what might have been almost two decades ago

Photo Gallery: Patrick Mahomes speaks to kids in Los Angeles

The Chiefs quarterback was out in California inspiring the youth on Monday.

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