Aaron Banks OL
Banks is the best guard in the draft class and would keep the Chiefs offense rolling as they retool the offensive line.
Alabama · C/OG · Senior (RS)
Absolute dirt dog with center/guard starting potential whose infectious attitude and toughness would be a welcome addition, but his injury history is a concern.
Kansas City Chiefs
14-2 · Total picks: 8
Round 1: No. 31 overall
Round 2: No. 63
Round 3: No. 94
Round 4: Nos. 136, 144
Round 5: Nos. 175, 181
The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback reportedly sold “$3.4 million worth of NFTs on Wednesday, just days after tight end Rob Gronkowski sold nearly $2 million worth of his own,” per Darren Rovell of the Action Network.
And he wasn’t done there:
After selling $3.4 million worth of NFT's on Wednesday night, @PatrickMahomes 1/1 NFT was sold tonight for $246,619.98.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 20, 2021
In the original sale, Rovell reported that Mahomes “put six different works of art up for sale on digital art site MakersPlace. Four of them were open editions, ranging in price from $2,500 to $10,000. Mahomes sold as many that could be purchased in 15 minutes. In that time frame, 451 were bought and $2 million was grossed.”
Chiefs looking to keep Breeland and Sorensen in secondary
Breeland, a seven-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl champion, was a fourth-round draft pick by Washington in 2014. In the past three seasons, Breeland allowed a completion percentage of just 50 percent and a passer rating of only 72.3 when the ball was thrown in his direction.
Sorensen signed a four-year contract extension worth $16 million with the Chiefs back in 2017 and is the longest-tenured defender on the Chiefs’ roster. Since putting pen to paper on the extension, he’s hauled in seven interceptions, defended eight passes, forced two fumbles, had a fumble recovery, and made1.5 sacks. You can say he’s been worth the money thrown his way.
If the Chiefs are able to keep both Breeland and Sorenson, they’ll be able to maintain a balance of youth and veteran leadership in a system that has proven to work well the past two years.
KC • WR • 14
The former No. 4 overall pick was a key role player during the Chiefs’ recent run of success. In 86 games, the 27-year-old wide out has caught 321 passes for 4,665 yards and 33 touchdowns while averaging 14.5 yards per catch. The Dolphins, Bears and Ravens are among the teams that are in need of a veteran receiver.
Around the NFL
Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, who is representing all seven of the women who have filed suits against Watson, held a news conference Friday in which he told reporters he expects to file five additional lawsuits against Watson similar in nature to the seven previous ones. Buzbee also said he has spoken 10 other women about Watson’s conduct.
Buzbee also said that one of the women accusing Watson of misconduct was put in touch with the quarterback by a member of the Texans.
Winner: Justin Simmons
Instead of playing under the tag in 2021, Simmons and the Broncos were able to come to terms on a four-year, $61 million deal that includes $35 million guaranteed. The 98th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Simmons has blossomed into one of the NFL’s top free safeties. In 2020, Simmons earned his first Pro Bowl selection after recording 96 tackles, five interceptions and nine passes defensed.
Jackson has watched Buffalo’s Josh Allen get Emmanuel Sanders to go along with Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley. He has seen Arizona’s Kyler Murray get A.J. Green a year after adding DeAndre Hopkins.
Baltimore hasn’t been active in the free-agent market for wide receivers for the past two years, signing Seth Roberts in 2019 and Bryant last year. It has been a similar approach so far this year.
The Ravens have waited patiently as more than 20 free-agent wide receivers have signed elsewhere. The deals for Will Fuller (one year, $10 million), Marvin Jones (two years, $12.5 million) and Green (one year, $6 million) have been reasonable and seemed like ones that Baltimore would’ve been able to match if interested.
But Amazon’s huge deal — by far the biggest move by a tech company into live sports — also illustrates how closely intertwined big-time sports is with traditional TV.
That’s because the rest of the deals the NFL formally announced today look a whole lot like the deals the NFL has done for years: The vast majority of its games will run on the traditional TV networks owned by Fox, Disney, ViacomCBS, and NBCUniversal. That is: While we’ve been watching viewing habits change over the years — quite slowly at first and then very quickly, as traditional TV ratings have plummeted — both the NFL and the big TV networks want to continue business as usual.
And there are good reasons for that stasis — or symbiosis. TV viewing has been declining for years, but NFL games remain the most popular programming on TV, by a long shot. Seven of the top 10 shows on TV in 2020 were NFL games. If the TV networks don’t have pro football, their decline gets very steep, very quickly.
OverTheCap.com listed the Seahawks with less than $500,000 in cap space before Carson’s deal was reported. It’s likely that Seattle will have to free up room with moves such as restructures, extensions or possibly a salary-shedding trade.
Carson, 26, is coming off a season in which he totaled 968 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns, but an early career trend continued as he missed four games with a foot injury.
Carson has been one of the league’s most productive running backs when healthy, but he has missed 19 of a possible 64 regular-season games since entering the league as a seventh-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State in 2017.
The former Pro Bowl running back is signing a one-year deal with the Texans that’s worth $3.25 million with $500,000 in incentives, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The change of scenery is particularly noteworthy with Lindsay, who was born, grew up, attended high school and college, and spent his first four NFL seasons in the state of Colorado.
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While this reserve safety only saw 9% of the regular-season defensive snaps, Watts led the team in special-teams snaps — playing nearly 81% of them. He tied a career high with 17 total tackles and one pass defended in the regular season — and accounted for a tackle in the Super Bowl.
2021 will be Watts’ fourth year in the NFL — the last on his rookie deal. When he was drafted out of Texas A&M, there was promise that Watts could become a playmaker. But now, he’s buried on the depth chart; he hasn’t given the team a reason to play him over the other guys they’ve had.
Right now, he’s the third safety on a team that likes to use three on the field at the same time. By the time the season begins, he shouldn’t be in that position.
My opinion: Add a more capable safety through free agency or the draft.
With stilll-#Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster staying home and making $8M, PIT will either cut or trade CB Steven Nelson, source said. He’s due $8.25M this season, but is headed elsewhere.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2021
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