Chiefs: Their secondary, like that of the Bucs, isn’t screaming for help. But with Bashaud Breeland headed for free agency, they have an opening on the outside. Their money is tight, but you don’t think Peterson might help out for a chance to play in Kansas City?
Another backup role, this one brings back a ton of nostalgia as Smith served as Kansas City’s quarterback from 2013-18, leading the Chiefs to the postseason in four of his five seasons with the team. He ultimately moved on Washington after Patrick Mahomes took over the starting role.
Head coach Andy Reid is a massive fan on Smith’s, and this reunion would allow Smith to ring chase during the final acts of his career. He would be backing up Mahomes but has proven to be a winner, both this past season and during his tenure with Kansas City.
“There’s nobody better than Alex Smith, man. I’ll tell you, just one of my favorite guys,” Reid said. “All you had to do was watch that special (Project 11 documentary) on him and you fall in love with the guy. I had the chance to coach him so I kinda knew the man behind all that. If I had to predict how he’d attack an injury, that would be how he would do it. That’s his core right there.
Could Tyrann Mathieu, whose contract has only one year left on his deal, be next?
“We’ll certainly go to work with him and his agents and see what we can get done,” said Chiefs general manager Brett Veach. “Enough can’t be said about Tyrann and his importance to this team both on the field and in the locker room.”
Mathieu is the team’s defensive leader and is so respected that he — not Mahomes — was voted as the Derrick Thomas Most Valuable Player, an award named after the deceased Hall of Famer, by his teammates after their Super Bowl-winning season.
Last year he welcomed the younger defensive backs over to his home to help mentor them.
“There’s a lot of things that T5 does that go unnoticed: little things like talking to teammates, helping teammates out,” defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. “When the best player in the group is your hardest worker, that group tends to do really well.”
Kansas City: Was the Super Bowl a blip, or a sign of a deeper issue?
Patrick Mahomes’ worst game came behind an offensive line missing both starting tackles, against a defense peaking at the right time. Kansas City will presumably have Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz back and fully healthy for 2021, but will the Chiefs go for some extra offensive line depth, anyway? If they don’t, and instead try to grab another wide receiver, it might be a sign that the Super Bowl was a perfect storm, where everything that could go wrong did. If for some reason the offensive line issues are more than just a byproduct of injuries, Kansas City must address them in the draft.
“I know there have been people who came through these doors and didn’t make it through the other side,” Vanover told the Tallahassee Democrat. “The staff here did a wonderful job treating me, letting me know what was going on. I was just trying to be confident in a situation that could be difficult.”
When Vanover first felt sick, he went to a satellite medical office where he received multiple COVID-19 tests with conflicting results according to the report. But it was an “abnormal” chest X-Ray that led to his hospitalization per the Democrat.
The former Chiefs wideout thought he’d protected himself against the virus, wearing a mask, washing his hands and taking other measures. He still doesn’t know where or how he contracted COVID-19.
“What concerned me is you can do everything possible to try to prevent it – and you can still catch it,” Vanover explained.
Greg Newsome II DB
Newsome hasn’t gotten as much buzz as other CBs in this class but he may end up being one of the best in this group. He’s smooth in coverage, has long arms and can lock down receivers.
Around the NFL
Dallas announced Monday the franchise has agreed to terms on a new contract with franchise quarterback Dak Prescott. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Prescott signed a four-year, $160 million deal to stay in Dallas.
The deal has a maximum value of $164 million, including $126 million in guaranteed money, and includes two key details: A no-trade clause, and a no-tag provision. Prescott’s deal averages to $42 million a year over the first three seasons with $75 million in the first season and a $66 million signing bonus.
The Cincinnati Bengals will be changing their primary uniforms this season, the team’s first uniform change in 17 years. While Cincinnati won’t be changing its iconic helmet and the current logo will remain the same, the new jerseys may have been leaked on social media.
The third major change in the Bengals’ uniform history apparently has a much simpler design, one that resembles the team’s uniforms from 1981 through 2003, with a more modern twist. Cincinnati is undergoing one major change with the uniforms, as orange will be the team’s primary home uniform with the traditional black jerseys becoming the alternate.
Here’s a leaked image of what appears to be the upcoming changes to the Bengals uniforms. Keep in mind these aren’t official, as the team has yet to announce the new uniforms (which will come shortly before the 2021 NFL Draft):
Unfortunately they look very much official. The font is great but yikes the stripes will not look good on fans. Might look better on the players. #Bengals @UniWatch @sportslogosnet @PhilHecken pic.twitter.com/MFB8bBCMnS— Jase Greenberg (@JGreenberg11) March 7, 2021
WR | 26 years old
There are a lot of headliners at receiver — Allen Robinson, Chris Godwin, Kenny Golladay, Will Fuller and JuJu Smith-Schuster, among others — though that group figures to get thinned out via potential tags for Robinson, Godwin and/or Golladay. A less-heralded name to watch is Davis, the No. 5 overall draft pick in 2017 whose strong fourth season (65 catches for 984 yards and five TDs in 14 games) puts him in position to cash in on the Titans’ decision to decline his fifth-year option.
Hurts is currently the only quarterback under contract in Philadelphia. More quarterbacks will be added, but Lurie wants his staff to build around Hurts and determine whether he is the answer moving forward, the sources said.
Appearing on the Adam Schefter Podcast, Hurts said he views the Eagles’ decision to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts this offseason as a vote of confidence in him moving forward.
“I think it was just an opportunity for me,” Hurts said in his first public comments since the trade, when asked whether he was surprised when he heard the Wentz news. “I think it shows the trust and what they think I can be as a player, so I wanna prove them right.”
Ertz, 30, is coming off a down year with 36 receptions for 335 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. Those are season-lows in all three categories for the three-time Pro Bowler, but this move wouldn’t be solely because of Ertz’s recent lack of production.
While this upcoming year’s salary cap yet to be fully determined, the Eagles are projected to be well over the maximum number ($34,146,468 in the red, per Over the Cap) and trading Ertz away would give them some much-needed financial relief. Ertz is set to earn a base salary of $8.25 million in 2021 while carrying a cap hit of $12.5 million and a dead cap value of $7.8 million.
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Baltimore, Philadelphia or Tennessee
No team has voiced their discontent for the London games quite like the Ravens. Following their 44-7 drubbing at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2016, John Harbaugh admitted that he “doesn’t plan on going over there any time soon to play again” and that “somebody else can have that job.”
He was emphatic.
This might sound like lazy analysis, but the presence of Andy Reid will be the main reason for Philadelphia not giving up the Chiefs game. Yes, Big Red may have already had his homecoming back in 2013, but regardless, it will still be a special event any time he returns to the city where he made his name. This time around, I doubt we’ll be seeing a Gatorade shower.
The Titans, at this stage, are likely a team that feels they can hang with the Chiefs. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that the two teams met each other in the AFC championship game. With that in mind, the Titans would want to keep that game in-house and hope that they can recreate the events of the last time these two clubs met in Nashville.
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