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Don’t care if this throw is against air, Zach Wilson is the next Patrick Mahomes confirmed | Golf Digest

Hell, the same could be said for Rodgers and Hill. These are one-of-a-kind players, and comparing any college kid to them is A. putting unnecessary pressure on them, and B. more-than-likely inaccurate.

But screw that. We live in a hot takes world, and today’s hot take of the day is ... Zach Wilson is the next Patrick Mahomes, confirmed:

Patrick Mahomes, George Kittle have fun Twitter chat after 49ers trade | Yahoo Sports

George Kittle just works there.

That’s what the 49ers tight end told Patrick Mahomes when the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback quote-tweeted Kittle’s response to the trade that his team made with the Miami Dolphins on Friday, acquiring the No. 3 overall draft pick for a package including the No. 12 pick and several future first-round selections.

Alex Smith with the Broncos would be awkward for KC Chiefs fans | FanSided

One team that Smith has been linked to is the Denver Broncos and this is something Chiefs fans would rather not see happen.

John Clayton, formerly of ESPN, wrote an article about how Denver could be the best landing spot for Smith.

He’s also considered one of the best teammates to be in the quarterback room with. In San Francisco, he helped teach Colin Kaepernick the ins and outs of being an NFL quarterback. He did the same thing in Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes. He would be a very good teacher for Lock.

Free-Agent LT Eric Fisher Tapped as ‘Best Fit’ for Colts | SI Colts

Obviously, the Chiefs weren’t certain of that or else Fisher wouldn’t have been cut. But he’s out there now languishing on the open free-agent market and The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia tapped the ninth-year veteran as the best fit for none other than the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts need help at wide receiver, left tackle and defensive end. You could certainly give them someone like T.Y. Hilton or Justin Houston here. But is Indianapolis really going to go through all that trouble of trading for Carson Wentz without making sure it has an answer at left tackle? Unlikely. Fisher has 113 career starts and is a two-time Pro Bowler, but he tore his Achilles in January. The Colts signed Sam Tevi, who can be a backup or a bridge until Fisher is healthy. As a point of reference, Eagles guard Brandon Brooks tore his Achilles in January 2019 and started all 16 games the next season. So Fisher being healthy by Week 1 is not out of the question.

Four-round 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: 49ers pounce on Trey Lance at No. 3 | NFL.com

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Andy Reid was apparently so affected by what happened during the Super Bowl that he wanted to start over at tackle, releasing veterans Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher, whose absence due to injury hamstrung Patrick Mahomes and the offense. Reid also saw first-hand how the Buccaneers benefitted from trading up in last year’s draft to grab rookie starter Tristan Wirfs. Getting a tackle is of paramount importance for the team to return to the title game, whether it’s Jenkins (who has played left and right tackle) or someone else.

2021 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers, Dolphins and Eagles make big trades to shake up the top 10 order | CBS Sports

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Kansas City has upgraded the middle of its offensive line but the edge is still a vulnerability. Jalen Mayfield is capable of playing right tackle but he is not going to be Mitchell Schwartz in his first season.

Mark Schofield’s mock draft 3.0: Thanks a lot Kyle Shanahan! | Touchdown Wire

Kansas City Chiefs: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

The Kansas City Chiefs have a number of areas to address in this draft. Given the changes up front — and how Super Bowl LV unfolded — you could probably pencil in an offensive lineman in this spot and consider yourself safe. They might also look to add to the offensive skill groups, even with a wide receiver.

But they could also address the defense, whether the edge or the second level. In Tulsa’s Zaven Collins they can do both. Collins is another hybrid type of defender, who can be used all over the field at the next level. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has shown a willingness to carve out different roles for different players and use them all over the field, as he has done with Tyrann Mathieu in the secondary, and he can do that up front with Collins. Kansas City could use him off the edge to attack passers, in space to handle both man and zone coverage responsibilities, and for a team that likes to blitz — something the Chiefs did on 35.7% of their snaps last year — Collins could be a force.

Around the NFL

49ers, Dolphins, Eagles trades winners and losers: Zach Wilson a top 3 lock, bad news for Jimmy Garoppolo | CBS Sports

Loser: Jimmy Garoppolo

As we mentioned, it appears the 49ers are all-in on selecting a quarterback at No. 3 overall. That obviously is not good news for San Francisco’s current quarterback, Garoppolo. A ”49ers source” told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday, “Jimmy is here to stay. He’s our guy this year.” I know I’m not alone in saying that I don’t believe that statement.

While general manager John Lynch has said that he has no doubt Garoppolo will be with the 49ers in 2021, we have heard plenty of general managers say the same thing only to trade away their starter a month later. Could the 49ers draft someone like Justin Fields out of Ohio State or Trey Lance out of North Dakota State and have them sit under Garoppolo? Sure, that’s possible. Even in that hypothetical, however, the pressure on Garoppolo would reach unprecedented levels. But hey, maybe Friday could actually mean something good for Garoppolo. Is it possible he could be playing football in New England in 2021?

Dolphins acquire No. 6 pick in 2021 draft from Eagles for No. 12 pick, 2022 first-rounder | NFL.com

Trading all the way down the No. 12 would have taken Miami out of the running for one of the elite players, so jumping back up to No. 6 is a good use of assets by Grier. It’s also possible Miami isn’t done wheeling and dealing with 34 days left until Draft Day.

For the Eagles, the trade gives GM Howie Roseman additional chips to play with this season and, perhaps more importantly, next year, when Philly could have three first-rounders — the Carson Wentz trade included a conditional first-rounder based on playing time. It’s also possible that Roseman is stockpiling for another big move.

Chargers Reportedly Sign Veteran QB Chase Daniel | SI Chargers

The 34-year-old quarterback has given the Chargers headaches in the past. In 2013, they were one victory away from making the playoffs, and the Kansas City Chiefs stood in their way. Andy Reid decided to sit then quarterback Alex Smith and start Daniel.

The Chiefs had them on the ropes all game and were a 41-yard field goal miss by Ryan Succop away from eliminating the Bolts. Daniel went 21/30 for 200 yards and one touchdown.

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Kyle Long’s signing is looking better and better for the Chiefs

Whether Long’s deal is a better bargain than those given to Harris and Rhoades is open to argument. But Seifert correctly identified Long’s signing as a very low-cost deal with a large potential upside.

This wasn’t immediately apparent at his signing. At the time, the one-year contract was announced as being worth up to $5 million — which is agent-speak for, “This contract is actually worth much less than that.”

In fact, per Spotrac, Long’s salary is only $1.1 million in 2021. He received a $350,000 signing bonus and also has a $50,000 workout bonus — so his cap hit this season is just $1.5 million. Even if he earns the incentives to push his compensation to $5 million, they are categorized as not-likely-to-be-earned (NLTBE) — which means that if he makes the benchmarks in 2021, the extra pay will be charged against the cap in 2022.

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