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Former Chiefs safety Jordan Lucas signs with Bears, report says | Kansas City Star

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Lucas joined the Chiefs in 2018, appearing in 30 games with four starts over the past two seasons. He contributed as a core special teams player in 2019, logging the sixth-most special teams snaps (267) on team while contributing 41 snaps on defense.

Lucas becomes the fourth Chiefs free agent to sign with another team, joining cornerback Kendall Fuller (Washington), defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (Dolphins) and guard Stefen Wisniewski (Steelers).

NFL Division-by-Division Rankings After First Week of 2020 Free Agency | Bleacher Report

7. AFC West

One thing is for sure about the AFC West: The Chiefs will be Super Bowl contenders. The defending champions will probably have that distinction as long as Patrick Mahomes is starting at quarterback. Keeping Chris Jones around long-term after franchise-tagging him would be ideal, but there isn’t much the Chiefs could do that will make them fall from contender status.

After that, it’s anyone’s guess.

How wild offseason, NFL free agency shook up league hierarchy | New York Post

1. Kansas City Chiefs — Their cap-strapped reality forced them to lose CB Kendall Fuller, C Stefen Wisniewski and DE Emmanuel Ogbah, but Chris Jones was tagged, and champions Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes can think repeat.

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Jets snag Jerry Jeudy for Sam Darnold, Raiders trade up for a quarterback | CBS Sports

Round 1 - Pick 32

D’Andre Swift RB

Kansas City

I don’t know what to give the Chiefs in this draft. I do know they would probably consider trading out of the spot, but that they also could use some running back depth. Damien Williams has been a revelation in KC, but there’s nothing wrong with more talent in an Andy Reid offense.

Is There Really a Benefit to Adding Two NFL Playoff Games? | The Ringer

The 2019 Postseason

What about the regular season?

The Chiefs also may have rested some players. In the final weeks of the season, they were in a battle with the Patriots for the no. 2 seed, but were unlikely to catch the Ravens for the top overall spot (even though Kansas City held the head-to-head tiebreaker). Under this new system there isn’t much of an advantage to gaining the second seed instead of the third—and it’s certainly not worth risking injury to Mahomes or any of the Chiefs’ top players.

NFL free agency: Ranking the 15 best remaining free agents | ESPN

11. Jimmy Smith, CB

2019 team: Baltimore Ravens | Age: 32

Smith remains immensely talented, but every interested team will have to take into account his long injury history. He managed to play only nine games in 2019 and has appeared in all 16 games of a season only twice in a career that began in 2011.

Kraft publishes full-page ad in Tampa thanking Brady | NFL.com

After noting that “there will never be another Tom Brady,” the ad closes with a friendly yet firm warning to his new employers and their fans.

”To the Buccaneers fans and Tampa Bay community — take care of him. You got a great one.”

Bidding farewell to a legend is never easy but Robert Kraft and the Pats figured out how to do it the “Patriot Way”.

Philip Rivers considered retirement before free agency | NFL.com

“I think really where we settled in is I still love to play, certainly not coming off my best year [in 2019], but I know I still can play at a high level,” Rivers said on a conference call with reporters this weekend. “... It was one of those deals where we said if there’s nothing else out there then that’ll be our answer. I don’t want to just try to hang on to play.”

2020 NFL Free Agency: Ranking the 10 most underrated moves of the offseason thus far | CBS Sports

1. Bears acquire QB Nick Foles

Bears fans can whine all they want about not getting a supreme upgrade on Mitchell Trubisky, but let’s not ignore the reality: Foles is already better than Trubisky, and he’s got three of the coaches perhaps best equipped to unlock his production: Matt Nagy, a former Andy Reid disciple; Bill Lazor, Foles’ QBs coach during a magical 2013 season; and John DeFilippo, Foles’ QBs coach during a magical 2017 season. If he gets decent O-line play, he’ll take Chicago back to the playoffs alongside Allen Robinson and that defense.

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Contract details for new Chiefs CB Antonio Hamilton now available

As a one-year deal, the full amount of Hamilton’s $1.05 million contract (a signing bonus of $137,500 on top of an NFL-minimum salary of $910,000) would normally count against the salary cap. But as Wilson notes, Hamilton’s contract uses the veteran salary benefit allowed under Article 27 of the recently-signed NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement. This provision of the deal permits his contract to carry a cap hit of only $875,000, allowing the Chiefs to save $160,000 against the cap.

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And finally

The NFL announced that the draft will be very different this year. AP’s Kent Swanson had his own great idea on how the Chiefs’ picks should be announced, but BJ Kissel made it even better...

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