“Mahomes, man. I’ve played with Peyton, I’ve played prime Brady. People would say those are the GOATs, right? From what I’m seeing, Mahomes is the best so far…He can throw off any angle, from rolling to the left to rolling to the right, sitting in the pocket he can make the throw. It doesn’t matter if it’s 70, 80 yards. He might be able to throw 100 yards, you never know. You got a guy that’s very elusive and can run and can also throw anywhere on the field off any angle.”
“It was very difficult,” said Montana, who played 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and two with the Kansas City Chiefs. “The first two or three years were very hard. You sit there are go, ‘Did I make the right decision?’ [You] question yourself because there’s no going back to it once you called it a day. It’s really hard to have someone else give that opportunity back again. When you look at those guys, there’s no pickup games to go to. Watching every Sunday is hard because you figure you should still be there. It was a tough transition the first couple of years.”
In the latest episode of Manning’s ESPN+ series “Detail,” Manning was taking a look at Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ play in the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills. As an aside, he mentioned that he had gone to the Chiefs game against the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Divisional Round the week before and noted that the twins were all decked out in Chiefs gear.
“I actually took my kids to the Chiefs-Browns game a couple weeks ago, sat up there with Eric Stonestreet, that’s Cam from ‘Modern Family,’ who basically looks like Andy Reid, I have to admit. My kids are decked out in Chiefs jerseys. They got Mahomes on, they got Tyreek Hill. (When) your kids are wearing Chiefs jerseys, you’ve just got to suck it up,” Manning said.
4) Eric Fisher or Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Kansas City Chiefs: Cutting either tackle seems crazy after the offensive line meltdown the Chiefs just had in the Super Bowl, not to mention Andy Reid’s typical loyalty. Schwartz, perhaps the best right tackle of the last decade, is only listed if his back injury threatens to jeopardize his career. Otherwise, he’s not going anywhere.
Fisher is a more complicated case, with the Chiefs currently projected to be more than $20 million over the cap. Fisher’s cap hit is $15.2 million and the team could save nearly $12 million in cap space by cutting him. He’s been a good, not great, blind-side protector throughout his career. Some action here wouldn’t shock me, but it’s more likely Kansas City moves some money around in both players’ contracts rather than releasing them.
1. Patrick Mahomes
2. Kyler Murray
3. Josh Allen
4. Russell Wilson
5. Aaron Rodgers
6. Lamar Jackson
7. Dak Prescott
8. Jalen Hurts
9. DeShaun Watson
10. Taysom Hill
11. Justin Herbert
12. Tom Brady
The one constant for all of us is Mahomes at No. 1. Even though he wasn’t the top quarterback in 2020, he’s still been amazing over the past three years and should again be one of the best players at his position in 2021.
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4 - Denver Broncos
AFC West · 5-11
The Chiefs, who have defeated Denver 11 straight times, remain the biggest hurdle to AFC West contention for the Broncos. Injuries to key players (like Courtland Sutton and Jurrell Casey) and erratic quarterback play by second-year pro Drew Lock helped push Denver’s playoff drought to five seasons, which is tied for the franchise’s longest such dry spell since the 1970s.
New general manager George Paton must rectify some of the mistakes made by John Elway, starting with the quarterback position. Lock is an interesting player who occasionally provided strong play, but he’s not consistent enough to allow this otherwise-solid roster — including a capable defense that ranked 16th against the pass even without Von Miller, whose future is up in the air, and an offense featuring talented young pieces like Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay — to shine. If Paton can solve the QB issue, Denver could surprise some folks in 2021.
Why the Eagles are winners
They found a trade partner. That’s really the biggest element of all this. When the team committed to Jalen Hurts at quarterback there was a dire need to move Wentz and get his contract off the books, and the longer this process dragged on, the lower the price would have been become.
Making a trade in February sets the team up better for the future. Now Philly can look ahead to the draft. Should Wentz be revitalized it will also give the team a future first round pick to support Hurts more, and continue building their team.
There’s undoubtably a little disappointment from the front office they couldn’t get more in a trade. There were reports they wanted “considerable compensation” in return for the former No. 2 overall pick, and getting a third and a conditional second is definitely not that. However, getting Wentz off the books was critical — and that alone means they won this deal too.
Despite getting up in age, Jones can still be a field-stretching weapon in the right scheme.
“I think there’s variables, obviously,” Jones said of his free-agent options. “I know if there’s certain teams that come knocking on my door, we’ll get something to work for both sides. But at the same time I am 31, I am going on my 10th season, but I’m still running past people and I’m doing the things that I’ve always done. So I have no signs of slowing down at all. And I think what I get will reflect that.”
Jones generated 978 yards on 76 receptions with nine TDs, and 12.9 yards per reception, in 2020. With Kenny Golladay injured most of the season, Jones represented the Lions’ top target.
Even if the Packers weren’t over the projected cap, both players would have been strong candidates for release considering their uneven performances last season. Wagner also informed the team that he is strongly considering retirement, sources said.
The moves created $10.25 million in salary-cap space for a team that was about $23 million over the projected cap for 2020, which will be no lower than $180 million plus the $3.7 million in unused cap space they carried over from last season.
1. WR Chris Godwin (Buccaneers)
The surest thing set to hit free agency in his age group, Godwin can be one of the NFL’s best all-around wideouts when healthy. The former third-rounder was quiet in Super Bowl LV, but he’s been a big-play threat for his entire career, averaging 14.5 yards per catch since 2017 and scoring at least seven touchdowns in three straight seasons. Capable of running every route and playing inside and outside, he should draw a ton of interest — and then break the bank — if the Bucs can’t lock him up before free agency begins.
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Who stands to benefit from that more than the Chiefs?
First of all, they aren’t in as negative a cap situation as it seems right now. Our John Dixon broke down ways the Chiefs could get back into the positive and have room to work with, but it won’t be enough to compete for players like Robinson, Davis, or other big names at their maximum value.
However, what if a player like Robinson — who has caught most of his career passes from quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Mitch Trubisky — wants to wait one more offseason to sign long-term and takes a one-year contract in Kansas City to boost his production playing with Patrick Mahomes?
It is an incredibly packed class of wide receivers to sign in free agency. Robinson is the best of the bunch for my money, but a number of them could have a similar thought process. Wide receivers’ value is as high as it has ever been; teams will pay for big-talent — they just may not be able to this offseason.
A tweet to make you think
“I’ll guarantee you the Denver Broncos will not get Deshaun Watson from Texans,” John McClain of Houston Chronicle, one of nation’s most respected NFL reporters and my friend forever, told KOA radio.— Woody Paige (@woodypaige) February 19, 2021
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