On Friday, Mahomes joined The Exchange on CNBC to discuss “The Museum of Mahomes” and the future of sports memorabilia.
From the #NFL to NFTs: superstar quarterback @PatrickMahomes is launching "The Museum of Mahomes" on March 17. Six art pieces are up for auction and part of the proceeds will go to his foundation called 15 and the Mahomies & the Boys & Girls Clubs in Missouri. pic.twitter.com/nCPI7J8woa— The Exchange (@CNBCTheExchange) March 12, 2021
“I’m looking to break boundaries and make history on and off the field,” Mahomes said on CNBC. “That’s the great thing about being an athlete these days, you have so many outlets and opportunities to expand your brand and make an impact.”
Yannick Ngakoue, edge
If the Chiefs were reactionary, we’d see them signing every offensive lineman available, especially after releasing Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher on Thursday. Though, I wonder whether a relative lack of pass rush concerns them more as they head into next season. The Chiefs were sixth in bringing “pressure” in 2020 but 20th in expected points added per pressure situation.
Chiefs counter offer: Round 1, Pick 31 + DT Khalen Saunders + Round 4, Pick 144 for LT Terron Armstead and a future fifth-round pick
In this offer, I sought to make the case that Khalen Saunders would be a good replacement for recently-released DT Malcolm Brown. A former third-round draft pick, Saunders has been buried on the depth chart in Kansas City. While New Orleans was intrigued by Saunders, they were intent on getting a cornerback in the trade after releasing Janoris Jenkins. They also weren’t too thrilled that I took Hardman out of the picture on this deal. It looked more and more that I had to be willing to give up multiple players in this trade.
Round 2 - Pick 31 (63)
Dillon Radunz OL
Radunz gives the Chiefs a future at the left tackle position given his length and supreme athletic traits.
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New England ensures it stays flexible at quarterback
The Patriots retaining Newton for one more year does not mean he will automatically become the starting quarterback again; New England is still expected to make further moves at the most important position on the field in the coming days and weeks. However, the team will at least have a fall-back option in the fold depending on which players will be brought along as well — one that already has experience in the system.
The rest of this year’s crop of free agent quarterbacks would not have been able to offer that. While players such as Jacoby Brissett or Ryan Fitzpatrick might have had some appeal, all things considered Newton gives the Patriots the most flexibility at a reasonable cost.
Newton is a veteran leader in the quarterback room...
All season long, the Patriots’ coaches and players praised Newton for his work ethic and leadership during what was a difficult season not just for him but the entire team. The team captain returning does therefore also ensure that the quarterback room — one that could see the addition of a young quarterback to be groomed into the next starter — will keep a major leadership voice.
While the Bucs did not reveal any details, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that it is a four-year contract extension that voids to a one-year extension. The deal ties Brady to Tampa through the 2022 season, sources said.
The move saves the Buccaneers $19 million against the salary cap this year, sources said. The additional voidable years are there to defray the cost. It was another effort from Brady to keep as much of the team together as possible.
Headliner: Trent Williams
It is rare that left tackles this good reach free agency. Williams sat out all of 2019 after a nasty medical dispute with Washington, and he ultimately forced a trade to San Francisco for 2020. As part of that fiasco, he negotiated a contract with a clause that he could not be given the franchise tag, meaning he would be able to reach free agency this offseason. Now one of the league’s best left tackles can go wherever he wants. Williams turns 33 in July, but this caliber of player does not usually become available, and he hits the market at a time when teams are desperate for tackle depth. Half of the league needs his services, and he could parlay that into the biggest annual income ever for an offensive lineman, breaking the $23 million annual mark that Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari got last year.
In a February letter to President Joe Biden, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement to the federal government that the league’s 30 stadiums would be made available as coronavirus vaccination sites.
So far, 15 are up and running with Green Bay’s Lambeau Field and Tennessee’s Nissan Stadium set to follow suit on Wednesday and Saturday, March 20, respectively.
Recently, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has served as a vaccination site since January, expanded to become a high-volume site.
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Left tackle - Free Agent Trent Williams
The Chiefs make their one big spend of the offseason on a top-shelf offensive tackle to ensure that Patrick Mahomes’ blind side is protected. This may be a Brett Veach overcorrection, considering the offensive line depletion is what led to their demise in the Super Bowl, but a protected Mahomes should keep you within one score at a minimum — the first time he lost a game by more than one score was Super Bowl LV.
Left guard - Lucas Niang
In this scenario, Niang loses out on the competition at right tackle (more on that in a second) and the Chiefs move him inside to play guard. Niang is very likely to be one of the “best five” players up front next year — it’s just a matter of where they align the rookie. He’s got legitimate top-50ish talent, has had more time to overcome injury. I expect good things from him wherever he plays.
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