Kendall Fuller’s promise as a third-round draft pick and his strong second season could indicate he yet could become a consistent starter.
His brother is living proof of how a player’s career can turn.
Kyle Fuller had a knee injury that required surgery in August of 2016 and when he returned his game took off, eventually earning Pro Bowl berths in 2018 and last season, as well as All-Pro status in 2018.
Money shouldn’t be a big issue with Kendall Fuller. He has started just 31 of 55 games played and last year earned $2.02 million. It would be a cap-saving type of move and they could devote the money saved to a contract extension for Allen Robinson or to free agent linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, a safety or bringing in some offensive help.
The Chiefs and Raiders are both going to add cornerbacks this offseason, either via the draft or free agency, and Harris is reportedly on the radar of both teams. Would it be painful to see him in the uniform of one of Denver’s most hated rivals? Yes and undeniably so, but there are alternatives that would make the Chiefs and Raiders much better than adding an expensive, declining corner on the wrong side of 30 who just had the worst season of his career.
Harris Jr.’s services will cost the team that signs him north of $12 million annually. The Chiefs currently have just $19 million in cap space and have Chris Jones, three starting cornerbacks (all of which arguably outplayed Harris last season), three offensive linemen that started a combined 59 games over the past two seasons, starting linebacker Reggie Ragland, up-and-coming receiver Demarcus Robinson and one of the league’s best fullbacks in Anthony Sherman all set to hit the open market.
As the NFL grows more and more pass-heavy, it’s becoming increasingly important for teams to have a dangerous cadre of pass-catchers. As great as Patrick Mahomes is, the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV in no small part because of Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce.
It’s thus no surprise that the top half of the first round of the 2020 NFL draft is littered with teams that might add a wideout with their first selection.
The New York Giants have some young talent at the position but need a true No. 1. The New York Jets need one even more, especially if Robby Anderson leaves in free agency. The Washington Redskins need a running mate for Terry McLaurin.
Kansas City Chiefs: Could Damien Williams go from near-Super Bowl MVP to former Chief in six weeks? The Kansas City tailback, who picked up a game-high 133 scrimmage yards and two TDs on 21 touches in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV victory, has a club option that needs to be picked up by March 18 if he is to return to Andy Reid’s roster in 2020, counting for $2.8 million against the cap. That’s a seemingly low price to pay for a reliable pass-catching back, but one Kansas City still might save the dough if it locates a cheaper alternative with a higher ceiling in free agency or the draft. With the 32nd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Chiefs are in prime position to select either the first or second RB off the board if they so choose. Letting Williams walk would be risky, with only Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and Elijah McGuire under contract behind him. However, Reid has worked magic with unheralded ball-carriers before.
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters and Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Fisher will all serve as brand ambassadors. They are the first active NFL players to sign deals with Bud Light parent Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Tate confirmed the partnership with a video posted on his social media accounts. In the clip, the NFL veteran shows off a Bud Light-filled refrigerator before signing his endorsement contract.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Noah Igbinoghene CB
With the amount of cornerbacks the Chiefs could lose in free agency, that position has to be addressed here. Igbinoghene has only been playing corner for two years but has freaky change-of-direction skills, great size, and high-end long speed.
Power-based defensive lineman with heavy hands and an NFL-ready frame; immovable on the edge and has the size and strength to rush inside on passing downs.
Around the NFL
Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver: Jeffery is considered a goner among some Philadelphia fans and media types after injuries and reports of friction in the locker room. It isn’t likely to be that simple. Jeffery had surgery for a December Lisfranc fracture and may not be ready to play by Week 1. Jeffery’s $11.5 million base salary in 2020 is guaranteed because of a restructure that general manager Howie Roseman made last offseason. The Eagles would be selling low and might have to pay some of Jeffery’s salary just to unload him. Roseman appears to be a motivated seller this offseason, however, and has some financial flexibility to cut his losses. Jeffery could be a low-risk, high-reward gambit for a team like the Jets, who The Athletic connected to him in February. Despite all the obstacles to a trade, the motivation appears high enough here for a Jeffery deal to happen.
The Los Angeles Chargers have tentatively agreed to trade the tackle to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for guard Trai Turner, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
The Panthers are in need of an offensive line makeover after last season saw tackle Daryl Williams play on both sides of the line and start at guard as well, with Carolina attempting to weather injuries and also figure out who fits best at certain positions.
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Free Agency: Dez Bryant
The reason Bryant is our best fit is because of his price tag.
The Chiefs have more significant issues to address with the cap space they do have, and it could be reduced further if they can get something done with Chris Jones. Signing Bryant would be low-cost, with no risk involved in bringing him on to the 90-man roster. He joined the Saints in 2018 before tearing his Achilles the first week back and was forced to sit out last season. It’s unknown if he’ll be able to provide much of anything, but the Chiefs probably shouldn’t be in the business of spending much in free agency at wide receiver in the first place. If the Chiefs move on from Sammy Watkins, Bryant could provide value as a physical X receiver who can get off the line of scrimmage and win in contested-catch situations.
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