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The Kansas City Chiefs enter the offseason as the happiest team in the NFL. Winning the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years will do that.
As difficult as it is to get to the mountaintop, it’s that much harder to stay there. Every team in the league will be trying to knock off the Chiefs in 2020.
Where draft capital is concerned, Kansas City isn’t exactly loaded. Not only will the Chiefs be picking at the back end of each round, but they only possess five picks and aren’t expected to add any compensatory selections.
There is a way the reigning champions might be able to add a pick or two in 2020. As the Chiefs showed with Dee Ford last year, the team isn’t averse to applying the franchise tag to a player and then trading him.
With Chris Jones set to command a king’s ransom in free agency, the Chiefs already heavily invested up front on defense in Frank Clark and a Patrick Mahomes extension that will break records looming, K.C. may decide that while Jones is an excellent player who shined in Super Bowl LIV, keeping the defensive tackle around just isn’t feasible.
Jones isn’t the only pricey veteran who could be on the market. Given his robust salary and the cheaper young talent behind him, Sammy Watkins could probably be had for a modest haul.
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4. QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes was the reigning league MVP this season, but we really didn’t see that player until the postseason due to a list of injuries he suffered. A dislocated kneecap looked like it could torpedo his year, but he missed just two games and then started to find his best play late in the campaign. Heading into the Super Bowl, his postseason grade was the best we had ever seen from a quarterback, and while he struggled more in the big game, he still made several critical huge plays and was rightfully named the game’s MVP. Mahomes had 32 big-time throws over the season and finished with a PFF grade north of 90.0 for the second straight season.
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Even the best players in the league need a great team around them, and boy does Patrick Mahomes have that. The Chiefs are by no means the finished article. There’s room for improvement, but they have the foundation.
Head coach Andy Reid ranks among the best coaches in the game’s history. Long derided as the coach who couldn’t win “the big one,” Reid is now free of that cloud and is set to secure his legacy.
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Wide receiver: Tyreek Hill (West Alabama)
Kansas City Chiefs 2016-2019: Four Pro Bowl invitations, two All-Pro selections, three seasons as a starter, four seasons, one Super Bowl victory.
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The Raiders will look for upgrades at quarterback and every other position this offseason, but that list could well be very short. I’m not going to start a Derek Carr column with my 606th word. That would be burying the lede. That’s for another time, but I’ve been consistent with my opinion the Raiders should continue building around Carr during this offseason. If he can’t get a good thing going in 2020, then maybe make a change. Let’s not forget the 49ers came really close to winning it all with Jimmy Garoppolo, a very good quarterback nowhere near Mahomes’ level. It can be done with someone of Garoppolo/Carr quality.
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Things didn’t go as well with the Chiefs as McCoy thought they would when he quickly shrugged off other offers to reunite with Andy Reid in 2019. Unexpectedly released from the Bills following the 2018 season, McCoy was able to rush for a respectable 465 yards and four touchdowns but saw his reps dwindle as the season neared its conclusion, culminating in him being made inactive in Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers so that Reid and the Chiefs could carry an extra lineman. And while that worked in the team’s favor en route to winning in Miami, it’s not the ceremonious end to his one-year contract in Kansas City that McCoy envisioned — landing his first-ever Super Bowl win, but being in street clothes when it happened.
The 31-year-old still has some tread on his tires though, and there’s a team or three who’ll look to land the six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, hoping he still has the quickness to provide a compliment to someone’s power run game. His coming deal will be a reasonable one, no matter who he signs with, and his reps in 2020 (depending on the personnel he joins) will likely be in the 50/50 range or a little less.
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32. Kansas City Chiefs: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Damien Williams has been highly productive in the postseason (10 TDs in five games) for the Chiefs, but he missed five games in 2019, has yet to carry the ball more than 111 times in an NFL season and will be a free agent after the 2020 season. Perhaps this is a luxury pick for the Super Bowl champs, but Swift is an elusive runner with great burst and an accomplished receiver (73 career receptions).
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“I’m waiting to kind of explore what some of my options are,” Lee said, via SI.com.
However, it would seem he’s not looking into retirement or moving into coaching.
”I have not explored that yet,” Lee said. “I’m focusing on playing as of now.”
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Swagger lost his battle with cancer and died at 6 years old. Justin McLaughlin, Swagger’s handler, posted on social media that Swagger had been battling cancer for the past year and on Friday had a stroke.
Swagger, who came to Cleveland as a pup and grew to a 145-pound full-grown bullmastiff who trotted through team facilities, will go down in Browns history as the franchise’s first live mascot.
Swagger, who garnered greater fame when he appeared on HBO’s Hard Knocks in 2018, made his way through the tunnel at every Browns home game from 2014 to the midpoint of this past season. The good boy missed just one home game in that season because the Browns hosted the Vikings in London.
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“Both sides are committed to getting a deal done here,” said NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. “Both sides are also committed to winning and trying to build a dynasty in Kansas City... there is no question here that Patrick Mahomes at the end of this negotiation is going to be the highest paid player in the NFL, surpassing Russell Wilson — he’s earned that. It would mean an average salary of over $25 million per year. But everyone involved also has a vested interest in being mindful of how this contact impacts the rest of the Chiefs roster.”
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