T-1. Kansas City Chiefs (4.67)
Grades: QB: 5, OL: 4, Play-caller: 5, WR/TE: 5, RB: 4, Total 23
The league’s best quarterback. The league’s premier offensive mind. The deepest, fastest, most athletic group of pass-catchers in the NFL. An above-average offensive line with room to grow. An underrated all-purpose running back. The best offense in football.
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That gives them one of the fastest fleet of receivers in the NFL and one that perfectly complements Patrick Mahomes’ cannon of an arm.
1. Patrick Mahomes
The easiest player to rank on this list. It isn’t a problem that Mahomes may ask for $50 million per season because he’s worth it and all great quarterbacks remain underpaid relative to their value. Not since Dan Marino has a QB put together two consciousness-expanding seasons to start a career like this. There’s every reason to believe Mahomes can get better.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network said Friday that Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, who was given the franchise tag for the 2020 season, has had contract talks with the team but that no long-term offer has materialized yet.
The reason I think it was important for the Chiefs to keep the team close to the same, and that includes reworking Watkins’ deal, is the uncertainty of the offseason.
As of now, it appears the NFL offseason won’t happen because of the coronavirus pandemic. Without the offseason, teams that return coaching staffs, schemes, and players at the highest rate will succeed early in the season. They should not need as much time to prepare as teams with new players and coaching staffs.
The Chiefs are positioned like the 2011 Packers coming off the lockout. In 2011, the NFL offseason was shortened because players and owners were working through the labor issue, which wasn’t resolved until late July. The Packers were coming off a Super Bowl win, returned almost the whole team, and went 15-1 in 2011.
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If the Super Bowl gets pushed back a week to Feb. 11 that year as expected, then it will run into Mardi Gras. So the NFL, the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation have been working on contingency plans.
The most likely scenario is moving the New Orleans Super Bowl to a later year, though they have not yet ruled out trying to play the game on Feb. 4 that year.
”It was in the best interest of our team,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson. “DeAndre Hopkins was a great football player. We loved DeAndre Hopkins. He had three years left on his deal and he wanted a raise. David Johnson is going to be a great addition to our football team.”
“When it comes to our offense getting us up by 10, 20 points a game, it’s going to get ugly for these quarterbacks,” Wolfe said.
10. Miami acquires No. 1 overall pick from Cincinnati in exchange for the No. 5, 18 and 26th overall picks
With the fear of Tagovailoa possibly going to the Redskins with the No. 2 overall pick (as predicted by Will Brinson during the CBS Sports Mock Draft 2.0), the Dolphins decided not to risk losing Tua, the player many expected they were taking for during the first half of the 2019 season, at least in this scenario.
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But because Watkins achieved none of the following benchmarks in 2019, the rest of the incentives Garafalo laid out will be considered not-likely-to-be-earned (NLTBE) in 2020:
75% of regular-season playing time (or seven touchdowns): $1 million
8 touchdowns and team makes playoffs: $750,000
65 catches and playoffs: $750,000
800 yards receiving and playoffs: $750,000
Team wins AFC Championship (with 50% snaps in the game): $1.25 million
65 catches and AFC Championship: $1.25 million
800 yards and AFC Championship: $1.25 million
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