Chiefs Send QB Patrick Mahomes to Falcons
Atlanta Falcons receive: QB Patrick Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs receive: WR Julio Jones, 2021 first-round pick (No. 4), 2021 second-round pick (No. 35), 2022 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick, 2023 first-round pick
Patrick Mahomes is by far the most untradable star in the NFL right now.
The Kansas City Chiefs hit him with the biggest contract in NFL history (10 years, $450 million) last offseason. He’s just 25, yet he’s won an MVP, a Super Bowl and a Super Bowl MVP and played in two title games already. He’s thrown for 114 touchdowns against just 24 interceptions, meaning he has more 300-plus-yard performances (26) than interceptions over 46 regular-season games.
Yes, the Chiefs have a need at the defensive end position. Right now, they have a total of four players at the position under contract for 2021. Those players are Frank Clark, Mike Danna, Tim Ward and Austin Edwards. Kansas City could absolutely use help opposite Clark, and Watt could provide that, but how much help and at what cost?
Statistically speaking, Watt is coming off of the worst 16-game season of his professional career, amassing 52 combined tackles, five sacks, seven pass breakups, and an interception on the year. It’s one of just two seasons in the last five years where he’s played in all 16 games, as injuries have been an issue. His best season during that span came in 2018 when he had 16 sacks and 60 total pressures on the year. Entering his eleventh season, you can’t help but feel his best years are behind him.
I didn’t see much of that on tape, though. In fact, after reviewing the tape, I wouldn’t even say Mahomes played poorly. There were, of course, some bad plays — there always are — but I don’t believe that any of the popular criticisms we’ve heard this week are valid.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. In this post, we’re going to be looking at every incompletion, interception and sack. I’ll offer my opinion on why the play failed but you’re free to form your own.
31. Kansas City Chiefs – Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State (NR)
No, it’s not an overreaction to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs have four linemen who are eligible for free agency, and as they just saw in the playoffs, depth matters. Radunz excelled at the Senior Bowl despite the Bison playing just one game due to COVID-19.
After the Chiefs and Buccaneers games, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady took some time to talk to you after the game. Was there anything they said to you that you can carry forward?
Herbert: ”When I talked to Patrick after the Chiefs game, I took a few hits in that game and he said I had to be smarter — be better at sliding, taking hits, and going out of bounds. That’s something I had to learn this year.
“Brady said congrats on the incredible year and good luck moving forward. It was just an awesome opportunity to talk to those guys.”
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The sides could not get a long-term deal worked out as they negotiated into the season, but sources said the Bears are prepared to tag him in an effort to continue that process. He is a vital cog on an offense that remains under great duress with coaching and management jobs on the line. Even with a murky QB situation, securing their best weapon in the pass game is imperative.
“Chris Doyle came to us this evening to submit his resignation and we have accepted,” coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. “Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville. We are responsible for all aspects of our program and, in retrospect, should have given greater consideration to how his appointment may have affected all involved. We wish him the best as he moves forward in his career.”
Doyle’s hiring came into question due to the manner in which he parted ways with the Iowa Hawkeyes last June following a 20-year tenure under Kirk Ferentz. His departure came on the heels of numerous former players speaking out against the ex-strength and conditioning coach, alleging racism and bullying.
The Steelers should be considered the front-runner to land Watt this offseason. Both of Watt’s younger brothers — outside linebacker T.J. Watt and fullback Derek Watt — are already on the Steelers. Last season, the Watts became the second trio of brothers to play in the same NFL game. Each brother spoke about the significance of that game, which led to some fan speculation about the possibility of J.J. joining his brothers in Pittsburgh in the not-too-distant future.
Family situation aside, it would make tangible sense for the Steelers to sign Watt, especially if pass rusher Bud Dupree departs in free agency. Watt would give the Steelers another edge rusher to pair with T.J, who led the NFL with 15 sacks last season. It would also add depth to a defensive line that may be losing Tyson Alualu this offseason. Watt’s leadership would also be welcomed inside the Steelers’ facility, especially with the news of longtime captain Maurkice Pouncey’s retirement. The Steelers don’t have a ton of cap space, but the retirements of Pouncey and tight end Vance McDonald have left some wiggle room if Pittsburgh wanted to make this happen.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport spoke with Texans owner Cal McNair on Friday, who reiterated that Houston has no plans to part with Watson, calling the chatter “misinformation.”
“Really, the situations have nothing to do with each other except for the fact that they are on the same Houston Texans team,” Rapoport said on NFL Network’s NFL NOW. ”I did talk to Cal McNair, as I mentioned earlier, of course, I asked him about Deshaun Watson. He said, ‘that’s a different issue. That is not our focus.’ But McNair did add there’s a lot of misinformation out there. He said, ‘I’ll leave it at that. Deshaun is a member of the Texans. We expect him to remain him a member of the Texans, and we look forward to having him back.’ As you guys know, several teams have called the Texans. They have not gotten a response from Nick Caserio. Deshaun Watson remains dug in, so now we are basically where we’ve been.”
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31. Kansas City Chiefs - EDGE Jayson Oweh, Penn State
We gave the Chiefs offensive line help in rounds two and three, so let’s just get that out of the way right now. You can listen to the podcast to hear those.
Bet on dense, athletic pass rushers always. Oweh was a disruptor in the Big Ten despite not recording a sack. Make no mistake about it though — this isn’t just an athlete playing football. This is still a football player — and one who affected the quarterback despite not bringing him down much in 2020. You can’t find his athletic profile after the first round very often. He’s expected to post some absurd numbers when he tests. He’s got the raw materials to turn into a problem in the NFL. Brendan Daly would be thrilled to have this kind of player in his room.