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John Harbaugh says Chiefs made best offer for Orlando Brown Jr | Ravens wire

“Orlando will always be a Raven. His dad was a Raven. Three great years here with him and I love him. He’s a football player and he played left tackle for us when Ronnie (Stanley) got hurt. He’s a great guy, he’s a hard worker and he feels like he has something to prove. For us, we knew he was going to be a left tackle. We had re-signed Ronnie a year before, Ronnie was a year or two ahead of him in terms of contract pecking order. I think he understood that there wasn’t going to be a long-term left tackle opportunity here. Then when he got a chance to play, I think people saw it. It wasn’t something we were thinking about doing necessarily. It got teams interested and we waited to hear. Kansas City was the one with the best offer and it made sense. We got a lot we’ll be able to use moving forward that are assets that are great for us. I feel like we have to find a way to replace Orlando this year and hopefully that’s a place he can do well long-term for his career, and unfortunately we’ll have to play against him but you have to play everyone in the NFL.”

Two-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Trades galore make for a fascinating top half of Round 1 | CBS Sports

58. Chiefs (via BAL) - Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky

59. Browns - Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington

60. Saints - Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

61. Bills - Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh

62. Packers - Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

63. Chiefs - Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

Kansas City Chiefs star Clyde Edwards-Helaire opens up on the heartbreak of losing his first Super Bowl, the ‘shock’ at being taken so early in the 2020 NFL Draft and who he would select from this year’s rookies | Daily Mail

Asked how he will remember his rookie season, Edwards-Helaire replied: ‘It’s a bad way to think about it, but losing the Super Bowl.

‘That’s my last memory and you can think about the highs and the lows, but for me that was like the ultimate gut-punch.

‘You feel like you’re doing everything right. I was thinking my season was over with, then I did everything I could to get back on the field, be out there and win a Super Bowl.

‘I was fortunate enough to be out on the field, but we couldn’t get the job done. So for me, my rookie season is in my mind as like a fire-starter.

‘It’s something that’s already given me a bit of edge, so I’m ready to compete.’

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes falls to No. 2 in NFL merchandise sales for 2020 | Chiefs Wire

The NFLPA records merchandise sales for a full NFL calendar year from March 1, 2020, through Feb. 28, 2021. This includes all officially licensed NFL player products such as jerseys, apparel, posters, bobbleheads and more items that are sold in online and traditional retail outlets.

Mahomes previously held the top spot in 2019, dethroning Tom Brady, who had reigned over the No. 1 spot in the three seasons prior. Brady’s move to the Buccaneers really helped him ascend to the top of the rankings again. According to the NFLPA, Brady broke Fanatics’ record for the most jerseys sold in a single season. He also accounted for 19% of all Buccaneers’ sales after Super Bowl LV.

At the top of the rankings, it has really been only a two-way race between Brady and Mahomes lately. The NFLPA says that one of the two quarterbacks has led their quarterly rankings 11 consecutive times dating back to October of 2018.

Chiefs to Host Exclusive Season Ticket Member Draft Fest Presented by Park University | The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs will bring the annual Season Ticket Member Draft Fest presented by Park University back to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium for the third time on Saturday, May 1. The event is available exclusively to Season Ticket Members and will include a variety of family-friendly activities, on-stage programming, a DJ and will have the television broadcast of the NFL Draft on the ArrowVision boards. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at approximately 2 p.m.

Voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus will lead the day’s entertainment, beginning with a panel that includes Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Following the panel, Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt will announce the 2021 Chiefs Hall of Fame inductee and Holthus will interview Hunt and the inductee.

Around the NFL

Seahawks say they’re in ‘fantastic place’ with Russell Wilson, didn’t actively engage in trade talks | ESPN

“There was some stuff that was said that had to be dealt with, and it has been,” Carroll said. “So Russ is in a great place right now, and he’s been in a great place throughout the offseason. We have communicated throughout all of the things just like I always have.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in March that the Chicago Bears made a “very aggressive pursuit” of Wilson but were told the Seahawks weren’t trading him at that time. Asked about the Bears’ pursuit of Wilson, Schneider declined to specify which teams inquired about his availability.

“There was a number of teams that called after that media blitz that happened,” Schneider said. “But no, I never actively negotiated with anybody and with any team. Did people call? Absolutely.”

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: ‘Felt good’ throwing from ‘my own two feet’ again |

Prescott — just shy of two months after signing a long-awaited blockbuster deal — is now upon the road back, having begun to drop back and throw the ball again. It’s a welcomed return thus far for Prescott.

“That’s a feeling that’s tough to put in words,” Prescott told the NFL Network’s MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Willie McGinest on Wednesday’s NFL Total Access. “Six months ago, being carted off the field and knowing your season’s done. Just spending the last few months throwing the ball from a chair, to actually be out there using my own two feet and slinging it around felt good. But that was two weeks ago and I’m well further than that, so that’s the exciting part.”

Daniel Jeremiah 2021 NFL mock draft 4.0: Broncos, Patriots trade up for QBs |

31 - Baltimore Ravens

Liam Eichenberg

Notre Dame · OT

The Ravens need a right tackle to replace Orlando Brown. Eichenberg pairs with Ronnie Stanley to give Baltimore a pair of Notre Dame bookends.

Bank of America Stadium transitioning to artificial turf before Carolina Panthers’ 2021 season | ESPN

The decision to switch to FieldTurf was made to guarantee a consistent surface for not only the Panthers but also other events. Those events include the Charlotte Football Club of Major League Soccer, which will begin playing at BOA in 2022, college football games and concerts.

There could be up to 30 professional sports events alone played at the stadium every year.

Tepper Sports & Entertainment vice president and chief operating officer Mark Hart said it would be a “heavy lift’’ to have continued with natural grass, which the stadium has used since the Panthers played their first game there in 1996.

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The AP Draft Show gives its final two-round mock draft for 2021

58. Kansas City Chiefs - WR Terrace Marshall, LSU

Rumors of medical and character concerns could push Marshall down the board. There are some legitimate question marks about him — and with the Chiefs not having a pick before 58, a risky swing is a great idea. if there is talent on the board — whether it’s Marshall, Dickerson or Rousseau — they should scoop it up.

Marshall has the big body profile to win above the rim and down the field; he would be an intriguing asset in the Chiefs offense. There are effort concerns on tape — like, “How much does he want to do the little things required to be a great receiver?” The talent is there — but with these question marks, he could slide. If he does, the Chiefs should take advantage. We’re not Marshall’s biggest fans, but the potential is undeniable.

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