Earlier this month, Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu publicly expressed interest in teaming up with soon-to-be free-agent cornerback Chris Harris Jr. Mathieu, according to Harris, also has been pursuing Harris privately.
“[He says] just come up there [to Kansas City], man,” Harris Jr. recently told TMZ. “Play with him, be able to do what I’ve done in the past — play everywhere on the field, and also play with a great quarterback.”
Harris reiterated his past comments about finding the right mix of compensation and utilization of his services.
“I’m really just looking for the best situation,” Harris said. “Of course, you want a team that’s going to pay you and appreciate you, one, and then also how they’re going to use me.”
The Chiefs will not bring back defensive tackle Xavier Williams, a source told The Star.
Williams, 28, a Grandview High School graduate, spent the past two years playing for his hometown team. But an ankle injury ravaged most of his 2019 season. It caused him to miss the final 11 games of the regular season before the Chiefs activated him for the playoffs, where he played 30 defensive snaps.
The Chiefs signed Williams to a two-year, $5.1 million contract before the 2018 season. Known as a run-stuffer, he contributed a career-best 47 tackles (25 solo) and 2 1/2 sacks in a healthy 2018 season. The ankle injury limited him to five games last year, in which he made eight tackles.
Could Arizona trade for Jones?
NFL writers have weighed in on the possibility of Jones joining the Arizona Cardinals.
SB Nation listed the Cardinals among five potential trade partners with the Chiefs for Chris Jones.
It wrote: “An NFC team, Arizona has $39 million available. For the Cardinals, the motivation factor might not be strong; depending on how you look at it, you might consider this a 3/4. In his second year coaching a rebuilding team, I think their Kliff Kingsbury probably still has a long leash. With the number one overall pick at quarterback, he is still enjoying his honeymoon phase — so if he tanks this year, it’s doubtful he would be fired. I’m not sure the same can be said of the general manager, though. Steve Keim has been under fire a few times. Arizona is in the toughest division in football and will want to show progress. Jones could be a big help.”
A day to help celebrate a hometown Superbowl star is postponed due to the coronavirus.
“Bashaud Breeland Day” was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21. It will now be held Saturday, April 11.
Breeland is a 2010 graduate of Allendale-Fairfax High school. He attended Clemson University and entered the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with a number of teams before signing a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs where he helped to win Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Around the league
A total of 1,978 players voted and the CBA passed 1,019-959 — or by 60 votes, what amounts to roughly one NFL team’s roster and practice squad.
The passage comes after weeks of sometimes fierce debate among NFL stars and other rank-and-file players, many of whom stood to gain different benefits from a deal that took nearly 10 months to negotiate. The broad headline of the deal will be in how it ultimately changes the league’s schedule, which will now expand to 17 regular-season games as early as the 2021 season and add two additional playoff teams. The agreement also paves the way for the league to begin locking down new television deals in the coming weeks and months, albeit under a cloud of coronavirus uncertainty that could trigger significant economic ripples in the future.
The deal, which has an average annual value of $29.5 million, includes $62 million fully guaranteed, the source told Darlington. Tannehill also will receive $91 million in total guarantees, according to Darlington. The Titans announced a multiyear extension for Tannehill on Sunday but did not disclose terms.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to trade defensive end Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens for a fifth-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Sunday.
Campbell is due to make $15 million with a salary-cap figure of $17.5 million in the final year of the four-year, $60 million contract he signed in March 2017. The trade will become official when the new league year begins Wednesday.
The Ravens will sign Campbell, 33, to a contract extension through the 2021 season once the trade is official, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
In an effort to reinforce their top-notch defense, the Pats re-signed safety Devin McCourty to a two-year, $23 million contract with $17 million guaranteed, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, per sources informed of the situation. The team confirmed the new deal Sunday evening.
McCourty has been with the Patriots since he was selected 27th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. During the 2019 season, McCourty registered his fourth consecutive season of 16 starts, and contributed 58 tackles, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and five interceptions, his highest total since 2012.
Chris Simms reports (stay out of my back yard, hippie) that the 49ers have decided not to pursue Tom Brady.
“It was Tom Brady’s No. 1 choice . . . to go to San Francisco and be the starting quarterback,” Simms says, adding that the 49ers eventually declined to pursue Brady.
Now, he’s just getting bounced.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Falcons are releasing the veteran cornerback this week, after trying to trade him.
Cutting him clears around $5 million worth of cap space, but leaves a dead money hit of over $10 million.
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Over the life of the contract, minimum salaries for all players will rise at an average of 5.7% per year — which is roughly the same as the average increase in the salary cap during the term of the CBA now in force.
But we also see that the average increase in all experience levels drops from 13.8% in 2020 to 3.7% in 2030 — and that through each year of the deal, players with less experience will receive somewhat bigger increases than older veterans.
For the Chiefs in 2020, this means that every player now on a minimum contract will cost significantly more money — thereby reducing the amount of money they have available to make deals with big-salary players like defensive tackle Chris Jones.
A tweet to make you think
A glimpse of our world: With free agency on track for this week, some teams are planning to use private planes to fly in premier free agents. Still, those flights require pilots to leave home and work, and teams are not pleased about this. Teams NOT happy free agency this week.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
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