According to OverTheCap’s Nick Korte, the Chiefs have lost two qualifying free agents in Sammy Watkins ($5 million) and Tanoh Kpassagnon ($2.3 million). Meanwhile, the team only gained a single qualifying free agent in Joe Thuney. Right now, Kpassagnon’s contract is the one projected to net Kansas City a seventh-round pick in 2022.
The Chiefs signed other players like Blake Bell, Kyle Long and Austin Blythe, but their contracts weren’t large enough to qualify for a compensatory pick. Recently signed DT Jarran Reed doesn’t count toward the compensatory pick formula because he was released by the Seahawks.
Nineteen of the Chiefs’ 22 starters on the opening drive of Super Bowl LIV were on the roster for at least some part of the ensuing season.
Although the Chiefs fell short of their ultimate goal, that continuity helped them earn the NFL’s best record in the regular season and a return trip to the Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers, the team that defeated the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, have similarly made continuity their main objective.
In fact, they one-upped them.
After unrestricted free agent Leonard Fournette re-signed with the Buccaneers on a one-year, deal worth up to $4 million, they become the first team in the salary cap era (since 1994) to return all 22 starters from their Super Bowl title team.
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Notre Dame · OT · Senior (RS)
I really like the idea of your crew going after Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore in this spot. That would be a fun move. Even though you’ve already added some new pieces to the offensive line this offseason, you should go after the rock-solid Eichenberg, who can immediately start at right tackle for you.
Zaven Collins LB
Kansas City adds more competition at the linebacker position. Zaven Collins and Willie Gay Jr. give the Chiefs two young, promising talents at the position.
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Biggest needs: OL, EDGE, CB, WR, TE
Unless they’d like to relive the nightmares of Super Bowl LV, coach Andy Reid and GM Brett Veach must find some suitable offensive tackles to protect Patrick Mahomes. Moving from the first need on the list to the last, a complementary tight end with the ability to block and make catches would be a luxurious add behind Travis Kelce.
The Chiefs have long supported their neighbors and that remains true to this day. They posted a good luck message to the Royals on social media. They also have a few members of the team taking in opening day together.
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The Atlanta Falcons announced on Thursday plans to serve as the home team for an October game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
As the world continues to navigate its way through the pandemic, details regarding the game’s exact date and Atlanta’s non-divisional opponent will be announced when the NFL releases its 2021 schedule in May. Factors such as the status of the COVID-19 virus, travel restrictions and game-attendance allowances will then determine whether or not the game can be played when the time comes.
In addition to meetings with their NFC South rivals, the Falcons’ home opponents for 2021 include the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Football Team.
He did not, however, provide a timetable on his recovery.
“I talked to him last week,” Licht said. “I know things are going well. I don’t want to put an exact timeline on it right now because I don’t want to set expectations one way or the other, but I know that things are going very well.”
We don’t know how the wear and tear will effect players.
On a base level, yes, players are theoretically competing in the same amount of games. But, as we all know, by the time you hit the fourth game of preseason you’re lucky to see starters play a single quarter, if at all.
Now we’re asking players, who have already talked about how grueling the season is (especially with Thursday night to Sunday turnarounds) to play another game at the highest level. Last season was already injury-filled, and this just increases the likelihood players will get hurt and make the playoffs less compelling as a result.
“I wanted to stay here no matter what the cost was. I gave up a lot of money to stay here and that’s what I wanted to do,” he told reporters.
Hilton signed a one-year, $8 million contract to return to Indianapolis. He is guaranteed $8 million and can earn up to $10 million if he reaches incentives.
Hilton confirmed he turned down a multiyear offer from the Baltimore Ravens but said it was fun to get recruited by other teams. He said he relied heavily on the advice of former Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Lawrence gets the nod as the best quarterback prospect of the past 40 years for a few reasons, and I’ll mostly compare him to Luck, his closest competitor.
Lawrence, arguably the most hyped high school recruit in history, played at Clemson as an 18-year-old true freshman, and just turned 19 when he assumed full-time starter duties for the Tigers. Luck redshirted as a freshman and took the reins of Stanford’s offense as a 20-year-old quarterback in 2009.
While in completely different style offenses,, Luck completed 56.3% of his throws at 8.9 yards per attempt with 13 touchdowns and four picks that season. In Lawrence’s true freshman season, he connected on 65.2% of his tosses at 8.3 yards per attempt with 30 touchdowns to just four picks, the gold-standard for a debut college seasons that culminated with a national title game demolition of an Alabama defense that was essentially an NFL’s scout team.
He simply looked the part earlier than Luck, or any of the other legendary prospects on this list.
Beyond that, Lawrence brings it as a pure passer with ball placement, pocket poise, and arm talent in every imaginable way — strikes to his second read without pressure to perfectly lofted long balls while on the run near the sideline.
The final element that pushes Lawrence over the top — his athleticism. While Luck quietly had a combine that closely compared to Cam Newton’s the year before, Lawrence is a twitchier, more sudden runner with straight-line speed more impressive than what Luck offered nearly a decade ago. He’s more apt to break off a 50-yard run than Luck was.
Time will tell how Lawrence fares in the NFL, but he genuinely is the best quarterback prospect we’ve ever seen.
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Strengths: Eichenberg is an incredibly pro-ready tackle prospect who has advanced technique and IQ. As a run blocker, he does a good job utilizing his length and footwork to take good angles and connect to a lot of blocks. He does a great job using leverage to attack down blocks to open up running lanes. He does a great job working down and then climbing up to the second level quickly to cut off second-level defenders. Eichenberg stays balanced in almost all aspects of his game, but it’s especially noticeable in his pass sets. He comes off the line of scrimmage with good pacing and does a great job of not opening his hips up when his outside shoulder is being pressured. He does a good job timing his two-hand punch and landing it within the frame of the edge rusher, allowing him to keep them in his frame.
Weaknesses: Eichenberg’s greatest weakness is a lack of a specific trait to hang his hat on. As a run blocker, powerful defensive ends can control him at the point of attack and elusive linebackers can slip around him at the second level. He’s a technique-centric run blocker; sometimes top-end athletes on the defensive line can take advantage of him. In pass protection, Eichenberg’s biggest flaw is his reliance on the two-hand punch. In the NFL, pass rushers specialize in the cross chop and the ghost technique, which eats up two-hand punching tackles. He’s also an average athlete in terms of play speed, which means explosive edge rushers really threaten his edge and put him into recovery early on.
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