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Chiefs headlines for Thursday, March 18

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Rumor: Chiefs ‘Would Welcome’ Broncos RFA Phillip Lindsay ‘With Open Arms’ | Mile High Huddle

The restricted free-agent running back could sign elsewhere in the ensuing days following Denver’s stunning low-round tender offer, potentially delivering Lindsay into the Kansas City Chiefs’ waiting and “open arms,” according to Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan.

“I talk to enough people around the NFL to know that Phillip Lindsay is going to get plenty of attention now that he’s tendered original round RFA,” Lammey tweeted Tuesday. “One person today told me #Chiefs would ‘welcome Lindsay with open arms’ and ‘know what to do w/him.’”

2021 NFL free agency: Wednesday’s winners and losers | NFL.com

The Chiefs’ big offensive line hopes: NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the Chiefs were runners up in the Trent Williams sweepstakes. Williams would have been an incredible pickup after the Chiefs cut their two starting tackles last week and they freed up the cap room to make a run at the No. 1 overall free agent.

Kansas City fans were also clamoring for the return of former Chief Rodney Hudson, who wound up being traded from the Raiders to the Cardinals on Wednesday. Pairing either Hudson or Williams with guard Joe Thuney, who agreed to a deal with the Chiefs on Monday, would have made Patrick Mahomes feel a lot better about the offensive line. And while I like the risk-reward of signing former Bears guard Kyle Long, he has to prove he can stay healthy after a year out of the league. The Chiefs were clearly hoping to do bigger business and still have a major problem at tackle to solve.

2021 NFL free agency grades: Buccaneers, Chiefs, Jets leading the way with smart signings | CBS Sports

Grade: C+

Kansas City Chiefs

Notable moves:

Signed Patriots OG Joe Thuney (5 years, $80M)

Re-signed DE Taco Charlton

Released RB Damien Williams

The Chiefs knocked it out of the park as soon as they agreed to terms with Thuney, who isn’t necessarily a world-beater up front but can play literally every spot and do it well. Protecting Patrick Mahomes is key, and he will do that.

Three-round NFL mock draft: Unable to get Russell Wilson, Bears bet on Mac Jones | Fox Sports

31. Kansas City Chiefs – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, Southern California

Even with the surprise addition of guard Joe Thuney, the Chiefs have big concerns up front given the release of tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. Athletic, strong and highly versatile, Vera-Tucker could be an ideal addition.

The best bargain signings of the NFL free agency era | YardBarker

28. Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs; 2016

The Chiefs ended their five-year partnership with Schwartz last week, making their right tackle a cap casualty. But he solidified himself as one of the NFL’s best tackles while in Missouri. The Chiefs signed the ex-Browns iron man to a $6.6M-per-year contract — a strangely middle-class pact for the younger Schwartz — and he predictably outplayed it. Schwartz earned first- or second-team All-Pro acclaim (right tackles are usually excluded from Pro Bowls) in his four healthy Chiefs seasons and provided Patrick Mahomes vital protection — noticeably absent sans Schwartz in Tampa — en route to his MVP and Super Bowl MVP honors.

Around the NFL

Instead of releasing him, the Raiders traded Rodney Hudson to the Cardinals

Las Vegas Raiders reach one-year deal with receiver John Brown, source says | ESPN

The deal is worth $3.75 million and could be worth up to $5.5 million if incentives are met, the source said.

Brown’s choice came down to the Raiders and Houston Texans, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Brown joins a Raiders wide receivers corps led by 2020 first-round pick Henry Ruggs III and Hunter Renfrow. Las Vegas released veteran wide receiver Tyrell Williams earlier this offseason.

CB Patrick Peterson moving on from Cardinals to Vikings on one-year, $10M deal | NFL.com

A standout and mainstay in the desert for a decade, Peterson was also one of the game’s top corners, as evidenced by his eight-straight Pro Bowls to begin his career — an accomplishment only Peterson has pulled off, per NFL Research.

He’s clearly lost a step though, as he’s heading into his age-31 after turning in a 53.1 coverage grade via Pro Football Focus that was his worst since his rookie year.

Nonetheless, Peterson will look to bring some experience to the Vikings and improve a defense that struggled mightily in 2020. Other than 2019, when he was suspended for violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, Peterson has started every game possible since he was selected in the 2011 draft. Thus, while his better seasons might be behind him, his dependability is still top-class.

Bears tried to trade for Russell Wilson before signing Andy Dalton and here’s what they offered | CBS Sports

The Chicago Bears were aggressive in pursuit of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson before relenting and reportedly agreeing to terms on a contract with free agent Andy Dalton on Tuesday. According to Dan Patrick on “The Dan Patrick Show”, Chicago offered Seattle a trade package that included three first-round picks, one third-round pick and two starters. Patrick added that the offer interested Seattle but it was ultimately head coach Pete Carroll’s decision and Carroll declined. The names of the two starters were not specifically mentioned, but speculation immediately went to edge rusher Khalil Mack because of the Seahawks’ need for pass rushers. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora has since confirmed the report, adding that Seattle was presented with several players from which to choose one or possibly more. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and Mack were included in that group.

Texans’ Deshaun Watson accused of indecent conduct in civil lawsuit; QB denies wrongdoing | NFL.com

The complaint alleges that Watson contacted the plaintiff on Instagram inquiring about a massage and the two eventually scheduled an appointment at the plaintiff’s home. Per the complaint, Watson informed the plaintiff prior to meeting that he wanted a “massage for relaxation” as opposed to a sports massage.

The complaint alleges that during the massage Watson said that he wanted the focus to be on “his groin area.” Watson later allegedly exposed himself from under his massage towel, and then touched the plaintiff’s hand with his genitals after moving his body to further expose himself. The plaintiff then ended the massage and asked Watson to leave.

After news of the lawsuit broke Tuesday night, Watson released the following statement on social media:

“As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiff’s lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me. I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect. The plaintiff’s lawyer claims that this isn’t about money, but before filing suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected. Unlike him, this isn’t about money for me — it’s about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that.”

The Texans said in a statement Wednesday that they became aware of the civil lawsuit on social media Tuesday night.

“This is the first time we have heard of the matter, and we hope to learn more soon,” the team said, per NFL Network’s James Palmer. “We take accusations of this nature that involve anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. We will await further information before making any additional statements on this incident.”

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

What the Chiefs should do at tight end

Evan Baylis and Sean Culkin

Both players were signed to reserve/future deals following the 2020 season. Since entering the league undrafted in 2017, Baylis has played 11 total games with three different teams; he’s seen 71 offensive snaps with no statistics recorded. He earned his first career start for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12 of 2020.

Culkin was also signed after going undrafted in the 2017 draft. He’s played 19 career games, recording two catches for 38 yards on three targets. He last played in Week 4 of 2019 for the Los Angeles Chargers. In that game, he recorded a 12-yard catch and played a career-high 58% of the offensive snaps — but unfortunately, he tore his Achilles later in the game.

These two will be fighting for that third-string tight end job unless the Chiefs continue to be okay with mediocre play from their second tight end.

My opinion: Add a more capable player than these two.

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