Kansas City Chiefs: Sign Edge Melvin Ingram III
Melvin Ingram III already visited the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason and left without a deal, as the Kansas City Star’s Herbie Teope reported.
A visit indicates interest by both parties. A visit that doesn’t end in a deal, particularly later in the free-agency process, usually indicates the two sides are far apart on financials. As training camp nears and even begins, the free agent will be more motivated to sign.
The Chiefs aren’t up against the salary cap. They don’t have the room to overpay, either. Still, Ingram’s potential addition could have a drastic effect with 43 sacks in the previous five campaigns before last season’s knee injury.
Aside from Frank Clark, who faces a felony charge for illegal possession of a firearm, no other Chiefs edge-defender managed more than three sacks last season.
1. CHIEFS STING LIKE WASP IN SUPER BOWL
Feb. 2, 2020
The Chiefs’ magical playoff run looked doomed in Super Bowl LIV. They trailed the San Francisco 49ers 20-10 when they took possession with less than nine minutes remaining in Miami. A 44-yard completion from Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill — on a play called “Jet Chip Wasp” — set up the first of three Kansas City touchdowns in just 5 minutes, 5 seconds, and the rest is KC sports (and NFL) history. The Chiefs’ amazing playoff run to the championship included three games in which the Chiefs had trailed by double-digit points, yet somehow found ways to win. Best Kansas City game ever? This is it.
2. Reid vs. John Harbaugh (Week 2: Chiefs at Ravens)
You could make the argument that this matchup should be at the top of the list, but we’re not going to put it there until John Harbaugh can figure out how to beat Andy Reid. The Ravens and Chiefs have met a total of four times since Reid was hired by the Chiefs in 2013 and Harbaugh has come out on the losing end in each of those games. Having Lamar Jackson as his quarterback hasn’t even helped Harbaugh, who’s 0-3 against the Chiefs WITH Jackson. Harbaugh is absolutely one of the best coaches in the league, but Baltimore is going to have a tough time getting back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2012 if Harbaugh can’t figure out a way to beat the Chiefs. This matchup is especially juicy because Harbaugh actually coached for nine years under Reid. During Reid’s time in Philadelphia, Harbaugh served as the special teams coordinator from 1999 until 2007. Harbaugh finally left in 2008 when he was hired to become coach of the Ravens.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M
Finding Travis Kelce’s long-term replacement could be on the agenda at some point for the Chiefs, and the team has already talked about using two tight ends more often after drafting Noah Gray this year. Wydermyer has been highly productive as a receiver in two seasons for the Aggies, totals 78 catches for 953 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Over the weekend, Tyreek Hill made a move off the field, setting up what appeared to be a photoshoot for his girlfriend Keeta Vaccaro before proposing to her in front of a giant lighted “Will you marry me?” sign and fireworks display.
Vaccaro went public with a video of the moment to her more than 87,000 TikTok followers on Monday, July 5, captioned, “My baby! @tyreekhill #soulmate I love you forever.”
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Rodgers, who is approaching his 17th year with the Packers, said he has focused on how to take care of his spiritual and mental states.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work on my mental health,” Rodgers said. “I haven’t dealt with bouts of depression or anything, that I think for whatever reason, are OK to talk about if you’re talking about mental health. I’ve just really been trying to think about what puts me in the best frame of mind. What habits can I form that allow me to feel most in my body, most present, happiest? And that’s what I’ve been doing.”
8. Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers
Highest ranking: 2 | Lowest ranking: Unranked
Age: 25 | Last year’s ranking: 3
The torn ACL in Week 2 last season caused Bosa’s inevitable drop from No. 3 last year, but voters are still high on his elite ability in the long term.
Bosa won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 with nine sacks, 25 quarterback hits and 16 tackles for loss. He didn’t have enough time to put up numbers but still posted an impressive 84.9 Pro Football Focus rating in limited 2020 action.
“Instincts and technique — excellent with his hands and counters and plays with power,” an NFC scout said. “Really no ‘wow’ physical trait but knows how to play the game. Can play the run and pass with no real weakness there.”
1. Odell Beckham Jr.
CLE • WR • 13
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick, signed his rookie deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday morning. It’s a four-year, $36.8 million deal with a $24.1 million signing bonus, Pelissero reported.
The deal, like all first-round rookie contracts, includes a fifth-year option and, per Pelissero, unprecedented language and payment structure.
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The Chiefs have declared independence from subpar offensive line play. In the course of a season that ended badly, it becomes necessary to dissolve the contractual bands that connect a team with the bulk of their linemen and assume the powers of a new starting five. It started with adding a Patriot (Joe Thuney), then building a more perfect union up front to take this team in a new direction — a direction that includes more power and the ability to impose their own will on defenses.
We hold this truth to be self-evident that not all quarterbacks are created equal. Patrick Mahomes was endowed by his Creator with certain God-given talents that could make him the greatest of all time. To secure his rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of Lombardi trophies, the Chiefs have continued to build around Mahomes, providing new Guards for his future security. The Chiefs know their championship window is open with Mahomes, Kelce, Hill, Clyde and others, and they appear determined not to waste it.
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10. Myles Garrett, CLE— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 4, 2021
9. Zack Martin, DAL
8. Matt Ryan, ATL
7. Von Miller, DEN
6. Derrick Henry, TEN
5. Big Ben, PIT
4. Russell Wilson, SEA
3. Aaron Rodgers, GB
2. Aaron Donald, LAR
1. Patrick Mahomes, KC
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