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The defending champions were quiet in the first wave of free agency. Which is ... fine. Kansas City slapped the franchise tag on Chris Jones when it couldn’t get a long-term deal done with the standout defensive lineman. A notable defender was lost when Kendall Fuller returned to the Redskins. On the other side of the ball, receiver Sammy Watkins is still here. The veteran wideout was thought to be a potential cap casualty, but he remains a Chiefs employee as of this writing. We’ll see if it stays that way. with the standout defensive lineman. A notable defender was lost when Kendall Fuller returned to the Redskins. On the other side of the ball, receiver Sammy Watkins is still here. The veteran wideout was thought to be a potential cap casualty, but he remains a Chiefs employee as of this writing. We’ll see if it stays that way.
Emmanuel Sanders nearly etched his name into NFL lore when he broke free late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV on what would have been a go-ahead touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo for the San Francisco 49ers.
Appearing on ESPN’s First Take, Sanders said he doesn’t dwell on the results of San Francisco’s 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs but acknowledged that play “could’ve been a legendary moment.”
The 49ers, facing a 3rd-and-10 on Kansas City’s 49-yard line, trailed the Chiefs 24-20 with 1:40 remaining when Sanders ran past two defenders deep down the middle of the field, but Garoppolo’s throw was off the mark for an incompletion.
The Kansas City Chiefs are helping fans “ReLIV” the club’s entire championship season through a special twice-weekly re-release of team content, beginning with Week 1 at Jacksonville and running all the way through Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
The team will squeeze an entire game weeks’ worth of content into one day that will be available every Thursday and Sunday for the next 10 weeks. The content, produced and directed by the club’s award-winning 65 Toss Power Trap Production studio, includes exclusive weekly episodes of Kingdom Conversations, Hy-Vee Chiefs Insider, Field Pass, Chiefs Rewind, Wired and more.
Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback
With Kendall Fuller signing with the Redskins and Bashaud Breeland a free agent, they need an upgrade at corner. Charvarius Ward played well last year, but they need more help. This should be a position they address in the draft a few times.
Damon Arnette - CB
School: Ohio State | Year: Senior (RS)
The defending champs could go OL, DE or WR (especially if they part ways with Sammy Watkins), but CB is a definite need.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Noah Igbinoghene CB
Auburn • Jr • 5’10” / 198 lbs
The Chiefs have a big need at cornerback, and even with several coming off the board in the back half of the first round, Igbinoghene represents a great find who can lock down one starting spot.
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General managers are concerned that, in this current environment, with offseason activities and some teams’ facilities closed, there won’t be enough time for player physicals, gathering psychological testing, getting further verified information about the players and some teams having to conduct the draft from home. The GM subcommittee voted 6-1 to approve the recommendation, the sources said.
Raiders sign linebacker Cory Littleton
Led by Aaron Donald, the Rams’ defense has had plenty of star power over the past few seasons. But somewhat quietly, Littleton developed into one of the better second-level defenders in the league and might be just coming into his own. He has has outstanding speed and range and excels in coverage. That’s exactly what the Raiders missed last season on the second level. Having a reliable, every-down linebacker like Littleton is important in coordinator Paul Guenther’s scheme. Las Vegas doubled down at the position by also signing Nick Kwiatkowski, who isn’t quite as gifted as Littleton. But this pairing should quickly turn an area of obvious weakness in 2019 into a strength.
3. The Chargers are quietly positioning themselves as the surprise team in the AFC
I know, I know. My annual (often misguided) belief in the Chargers often leads to nothing but disappointment, but it’s different this time—I swear. The Philip Rivers era may be over, but general manager Tom Telesco has this team ready for a smooth transition. Telesco has completely rebuilt the right side of the Chargers’ offensive line in the past few weeks—first by trading for guard Trai Turner and then by signing former Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga to a three-year, $30 million deal. Landing Turner cost the Chargers left tackle Russell Okung (which solves one problem by creating another), but the former Panther has been a leading interior lineman for years. He brings a physicality that the middle of the Chargers’ line has long lacked. Bulaga just turned 31 and comes with a worrisome injury history, but nabbing him at $10 million a year is a steal given the state of the right tackle market. When healthy, Bulaga is a top-five player at his position, and his deal is strikingly similar to the one the Jets gave George Fant—who couldn’t start for the Seahawks last season. That is stupefying.
The Los Angeles Rams found themselves making headlines, but not because they made a big trade or acquisition during free agency. Instead, a lot of people were talking about the Rams’ new logo. A similar version with slightly different colors was leaked earlier, but the Rams’ announcement meant that it is now official. In addition to the primary logo, the Rams introduced three other parts of the team’s branding, including a ram’s head, a horn, and the full team name
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Worst - Melvin Gordon
I’m really unsure what the plan is with the Broncos running back rotation at the moment. Phillip Lindsay is a dynamic option in the Broncos backfield and appeared to be “the guy” at times for the Denver offense. When they wanted to give Lindsay a breather, they were able to bring in a patient runner in Royce Freeman. These two backs were counting just over $1.8M against the Broncos 2020 salary cap. Adding Melvin Gordon — who is a good player when healthy — on a $7M cap hit in 2020 and a $9M cap hit in 2021 is questionable to me. Gordon has certainly shown better than Freeman at points in his career, but he’s perpetually struggled with health issues and looks to take snaps away from an already strong running back room. With other holes on the team, it seems like the money spent on Gordon might have been better served elsewhere.
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