Mahomes added to his trophy collection last week at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Seville, Spain. He won the World Breakthrough of the Year award.
“Mahomes was a leader as NFL athletes joined the Black Lives Matter movement, advocating for change within their sport,,” Laureus wrote on its website. “And ahead of the US Election, he focused on voter registration, both locally and nationally. Mahomes teamed up with fellow Laureus Nominee LeBron James by joining James’ More Than A Vote organization. ‘Change isn’t made by watching from the sidelines,’ posted Mahomes at the time.”
“I always think that there are two types of people in the world:those who want to make a difference and those who don’t,” Rudd said. “And, you know, Patrick, you’ve always put your voice out there, you’ve put yourself on the line when trying to speak out about causes that are important to you, and human rights, and I couldn’t be prouder of the fact that I’m your fan and friend, and I admire, not just what you do on the field, but what you do off the field too. Patrick, you rule.”
The 2021 NFL All-Paid Team is a collection of the highest-paid players in the league at each position. It’s essentially an All-Pro team, but the pocketbook supersedes pedigree and production for the day.
QB - Patrick Mahomes - Kansas City Chiefs - 25 years old
AVERAGE PER YEAR: $45 million
Full contract: 10 years, $450 million extension (Signed: 2020)
Guaranteed at signing: $63.1 million (14 percent of contract)
2021 cash: $22.8 million
2021 cap hit: $7.4 million (4.1 percent of 2021 salary cap)
Mahomes’ $450 million contract tripled the previous NFL record for total value (Matt Ryan’s $150 million deal from 2018) and increased the high-water mark for average per year by almost 30 percent (from Russell Wilson’s $35 million APY). It might be a while before we see a contract like Mahomes’ again, though the specifics of the deal — in terms of guaranteed money, specifically — left some to be desired.
LG - Joe Thuney - Kansas City Chiefs - 28 years old
AVERAGE PER YEAR: $16.0 million
Full contract: Five years, $80 million (Signed: 2021)
Guaranteed at signing: $31.9 million (39.9 percent of contract)
2021 cash: $18.1 million
2021 cap hit: $4.5 million (2.5 percent of 2021 salary cap)
Injuries along the offensive line and the Buccaneers’ pressure on Patrick Mahomes spoiled the Chiefs’ bid for back-to-back Super Bowl championships. Kansas City has remade its offensive line this offseason, and Thuney gives the Chiefs a two-time Super Bowl champion who’s never missed a start in his career and allowed just three sacks over the last three seasons, per Pro Football Focus.
He played in nine of 10 games and made 51 tackles last season, ranking sixth on the team in that statistic.
On his Instagram account, Duvernay-Tardif said it was time for him to “transition back into football,” thanking those he worked with during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This experience changed me in a way that I never thought would be possible,” he wrote. “I met extraordinary people that made so many sacrifices and took care of our vulnerable ones with so much passion and dedication.”
In July 2020, Duvernay-Tardif became the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season to work as an orderly at a long-term care facility in Canada.
“Those nurses, orderlies and doctors made me realize the difference between treating and caring for patients,” Duvernay-Tardif said in his post.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Chiefs select Chris Olave — WR — Ohio State — JR — 6’1” / 188 LBS
The Chiefs drafted Cornell Powell a few weeks ago, but Olave fits the speed/explosiveness mold Kansas City likes.
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The 33-year-old hasn’t played in the regular season in nine years and hasn’t been in a football training camp since his Philly stint in 2015. To say it’s a long shot for Tebow to make the roster is an understatement.
Still, to paraphrase Lloyd Christmas, we’re saying there’s a chance.
The Jaguars tight end’s room is woefully thin. Blocking TE Chris Manhertz sits atop the depth chart, and rookie fifth-rounder Luke Farrell could be in line for a sizable role. James O’Shaughnessy, Tyler Davis, and Ben Ellefson fill out the TE room. Into that void, Tebow will attempt to reconjure his NFL career.
Per Wake County sheriff’s office spokesperson Eric Curry, Cohen died from electrocution while trying to climb power equipment at an electrical substation. Cohen was reported missing by his brother over the weekend, with Tarik sending out a tweet asking if anyone had seen him in the Raleigh/Durham area — explaining he’s “possibly injured.” Cohen has since deleted the tweet.
“I defend my guys on everything, man,” Adams told Cowherd. “We all know it’s a pretty dense business. There’s a lot that happens, a lot that goes on here. Just like any other job you want to be happy. Once you have gained that respect, you want to be treated with that type of respect. There are certain things that I can’t speak on specifics, but there are certain things that he wants and maybe the club wasn’t so excited about living up to right away.
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That raw talent will likely slot him in as the fourth or fifth defensive end off the bench. Defensive ends Frank Clark, Mike Danna and Taco Charlton should all see the field before he does, plus there is talk that defensive tackle Chris Jones could play on the edge more. Even third-year, former undrafted free agent Tim Ward — who made multiple big plays in Week 17 last season — has reason to play before Kaindoh.
If Kaindoh is to make an impact his rookie season, it will be as an edge pass-rusher in seldom situations — and that’s only if he can learn some counter pass-rush moves. As it stands now, it’s hard to see him on the field in any significant situation. He might have a similar year as Tim Ward’s 2020: a member of the 53-man roster that isn’t active for most games.
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We usually have to wait until week 1 to see what fancy “college scheme” Andy Reid whips out but the OL signings signals what he’s going to lean towards.— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) May 10, 2021
Adding plays like G-T counter will help KC vary up their run game from all of their spread looks they like to be in.
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