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.”
“I didn’t understand how to read defenses until halfway through last year. I understood coverages, but how to be able to pick up little tendencies defenses do, stuff that Brady and them have done? I was just playing,” Mahomes said. “This year I could recognize more and more stuff. I think the more experience and the more I learn, I’ll be able to go out there and call plays and do that different stuff because I’ve seen it. I still think there’s a long way for me to go there. That’s where mentally I can get better. Physically, I think I’ve done a lot of stuff, worked on the fundamentals, but I think mentally I can still take my game to a whole different level.”
INTRIGUE LEVEL: MILD
KANSAS CITY and HOUSTON: The reason they are in this category, rather than low intrigue, is that both teams have a star young QB who became eligible for a contract extension this year. The status of the new CBA will be one factor in the timeline for the negotiations, but it will be interesting to see how Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, the young star QBs picked two slots apart, play off each other as they work to reset the market at their position.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Cap space: $13.7 million | Ideal target: Prince Amukamara, cornerback
Considering where the Super Bowl champions are, cap-wise, even adding a 30-year-old street free agent like this may be unrealistic. But Amukamara has spent two weeks on the market and generated little buzz. Even with a Chris Jones franchise tag, the Chiefs will make other cost-cutting moves to create cap room. Amukamara played under Chiefs secondary coach David Merritt throughout his five-year Giants tenure and would cost mid-level money (at best) at this point. The recent Bears cut could be a solution for a Chiefs team that has corners Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland as free agents.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Bryce Hall CB
Kansas City won the Super Bowl but they still have some big needs. The offensive line and cornerback units should be addressed. Hall is the best available in the latter category.
D’Andre Swift - RB
School: Georgia | Year: Junior
I don’t even want to think about how good the Chiefs’ offense will be with Swift in the fold.
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Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have had one of the worst offensive lines in football for a few years, and trading Russell Okung on Wednesday didn’t help matters. With Okung dealing with injuries last year, Sam Tevi and backup Trent Scott allowed the second-most quarterback pressures of any tackle duo in the league, according to PFF. Los Angeles is in the market for a new quarterback after agreeing to part ways with Philip Rivers this offseason. The team is reportedly in the running for Tom Brady, but if it hopes to land him or any other top-tier signal-caller, they’ll need to fix the situation up front.
“There was a ton of different things that we said we wanted to be addressed,” said Fitzpatrick, a 15-year NFL veteran. “... The vast majority of those were hit and addressed in this CBA. I think the most important part of the CBA, though, comes down to revenue sharing. For us as players, revenue sharing, getting a larger percentage of the pie, is important, but also the overall growth of that pie is important. Those two things both happen if we sign this CBA.”
“I love being a Dallas Cowboy. I love everything about it. I think about it every day,” Cooper said. “Just the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy, you can’t beat it. I want to be a Cowboy for life.”
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A.J. Epenesa, EDGE
How he fits with the Chiefs: Epenesa is a large framed, long EDGE prospect who is a plus player on all three downs, offering pass-rushing potential both outside and inside. He is a near-perfect match for the physical attributes Steve Spagnuolo values in his defensive ends, only missing out on one secondary threshold: bench press. His power-centric pass rush plan — which set up by his length — fits in with the rest of the team’s defensive ends. Playing near 280 pounds gives Epenesa the ability to rush from the interior in sub-packages — another trait that Spagnuolo covets at the position.
A tweet to make you think
Mike Mayock's No. 1 ranked QB in 2015. Of course, Mariota will have other options and the Raiders will explore other QBs so no guarantee it comes together. But he's in the mix for sure. https://t.co/lSlxMLcT2z— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 6, 2020
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