Both Chad Henne, the presumed backup in 2019 before he fractured his ankle in Week Three of the preseason, and Matt Moore, the backup quarterback who replaced Henne during the season, are free agents.
During the NFL Combine, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach made it sound like it’s not possible to resign both of them.
“I anticipate one of those guys being back,” Veach said. “We’ll have to work through the dialogue with both their agents and see what makes sense for them and us.”
In the meantime, even with so much roster churn about to happen, people are betting on their favorite teams to win Super Bowl 55 next February. DraftKings Sportsbook released the latest numbers, and we get the familiar teams up top. The New England Patriots lead betting handle, while the Kansas City Chiefs lead in total bets.
The Patriots are getting love in spite of the uncertainty surrounding Tom Brady’s future. They are currently +1400, and more than likely will see their odds shorten if Brady re-signs. Now is the time to get on board if you think Brady will return and still has enough left in the tank.
32. Kansas City Chiefs
CB Kendall Fuller, Chiefs: Boring? Maybe. But as frustrating as Fuller may have been before converting to more of a full-time safety role in 2019, he stood tall when it mattered most, proving invaluable in place of Juan Thornhill and helping seal the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win. He also just turned 25. Why not gamble on his continued upside, especially with two other CBs hitting the market?
If, for example, Mahomes gets 18 percent of the cap on a six-year deal that starts this year, and if the cap goes up by 10 percent per year, Mahomes would make $36 million in 2020 (18 percent of $200 million), $39.6 million in 2021 (18 percent of $220 million), $43.56 million in 2022 (18 percent of $242 million), $47.916 million in 2023 (18 percent of $266.2 million), $52.7 million in 2024 (18 percent of $292.82 million), and $57.97 million in 2025 (18 percent of $322.1 million). That works out to a six-year, $277.75 million deal, with an average value of $46.29 million.
D’Andre Swift RB
We don’t think the Chiefs will end up taking a RB in Round 1, but we love the idea of the league’s best offense getting even better. Swift can do it all and he’d give Andy Reid one more playmaker to make life difficult for the rest of the AFC.
I thought this one was interesting: “(Patrick) Mahomes isn’t going to do a deal early just because the Chiefs want to.” And the Chiefs do want to. But waiting for the CBA, and maybe even the broadcast deals, might make the most sense for Mahomes. NFL economics could change fairly significantly in the next year or so, and no one would stand to benefit more than the Kansas City dynamo if that happens.
9. LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy wasn’t exactly a staple of the Kansas City Chiefs running game over 13 appearances last season and is going on 32 years old in July.
And yet, Shady ran for 465 yards on a 4.6 average with four scores and caught 28 of his 34 targets. A healthy 200 of his yards came after contact, and between rushes and receptions, he managed 30 first downs.
McCoy has plenty left in the tank, especially when he’s rotationally used in a high-powered offense for which defenses are more concerned about the quarterback. He’s not going to get monster money or a long-term look, but it’s clear he’d be productive again in a place like Kansas City.
Best Fit: Kansas City Chiefs
Contract Prediction: 1 year, $3 million
Kansas City Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins
Current Deal: Three years, $48 million ($30 million guaranteed)
Sammy Watkins will forever be a legend in Kansas City for his 38-yard reception in Super Bowl LIV that set up what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.
But the post-Super Bowl glow will likely be short-lived since Watkins’ 2020 salary-cap hit isn’t feasible for the Chiefs organization as it attempts to sign Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones to long-term contract extensions.
As of now, Watkins carries a $21 million salary-cap hit. No other wide receiver will cost more if things stand the way they are. They’re not expected to, though.
Chiefs general manager Brett Veach indicated Kansas City isn’t likely to keep Watkins at that price, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher, and the team is open to renegotiating the receiver’s current deal. If nothing can be reached, Kansas City could save $14 million with his release.
Around the NFL
Overrated: Philip Rivers
Navigating the quarterback market in free agency is always tricky, since it’s unlikely that several of the top QBs will actually hit the open market, but Rivers seems to be among the most coveted. At his best, Rivers has been among the top quarterbacks in the NFL, but he is coming off a season in which he posted an overall PFF grade of just 74.3, the 17th-best mark in the league. The 2020 season will see him turn 39, and Rivers has already started to show signs of decline, which makes the Chargers lifer a risky acquisition.
The NFLPA announced Monday it has extended the voting window from Thursday to Saturday at 11:59 p.m. ET, thanks to a vote of its board of player representatives to extend the window.
”Every vote matters, and we encourage all players to review the materials sent via email in order to make an informed decision,” the NFLPA said in a statement.
The process won’t get any quicker, but this could allow for more players to submit votes for approval or denial. We’ve seen notable players like Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Kenny Stills make public their dissatisfaction with the proposed CBA, while others such as Lions linebacker Devon Kennard and Giants offensive lineman Nate Solder have let their support of the new deal be known.
15 Patrick Queen, LB
Queen is an undersized linebacker with outstanding burst, instincts and coverage ability. Against the pass, he is very fluid in his drops and his change-of-direction ability is excellent. He has good instincts to jump routes and he closes to the flat in a hurry. He is a very dynamic blitzer (see him flat-back an offensive guard in the Texas A&M game). In the run game, he is quick to key/read and shoot gaps. He does get uprooted at times because of his size, but he usually finds a way to beat blockers to spots. Overall, Queen is a high-tempo playmaker at the second level and should impact all three downs.
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Right off the bat, the other guests — most of whom are worldwide celebrities — wanted to know about the Super Bowl. Viewing it through the lens of his own profession, Boseman remarked that the third-and-15 play halfway through the fourth quarter was “a movie moment.”
”I told my dad, ‘I had to make it dramatic in the end,’” said Mahomes. “I played bad for three quarters — three and a half quarters — and then on third-and-15, I remember talking to Tyreek Hill. I said, ‘Hey, I’m throwing it to you. I don’t care what coverage they play. You keep running. I’m going to throw it to you. You’re going to make some plays.’
”I asked for that [Jet Chip] play whether we got the first down or not. I said, ‘Third-and-15 or if we get the first down. They’re overplaying it. Let’s let Tyreek make a play. Use that speed, use that athleticism.’
“Sometimes, players just have to make plays.” he added. “I think that’s the biggest thing. You can’t overcomplicate everything. It’s about guys making plays against other guys. And I have a lot of good guys around me. So I just gave them a chance to make a play.”
A tweet to make you think
The crew reacts to Patrick Mahomes saying "I didn't understand how to read defenses until half way through last year". pic.twitter.com/YgpFBAHEh3— GMFB (@gmfb) March 9, 2020
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