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1 Player Each NFL Team Can Least Afford to Lose Next Offseason | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs: Orlando Brown Jr.

The Kansas City Chiefs recently surrendered the equivalent of a second-round draft pick in exchange for new right tackle Orlando Brown, but Brown is another one of those pesky 2018 Day 2 picks who is slated to hit free agency at the conclusion of his rookie deal next offseason.

Considering the importance of superstar Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and what happened to Mahomes and that offense when the offensive line was in shambles in last season’s Super Bowl, it’s imperative that the two-time Pro Bowler spends more than just one season in K.C.

The NFL’s top 15 outside receivers | Yahoo! Sports

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

We know that “speed kills” in the NFL, and that mantra has propelled Tyreek Hill to the top of most rankings of wide receivers. Hill’s ability to stress defenses to all levels with elite speed is chief among the reasons he is the kind of weapon that keeps opposing defensive coordinators up at night. 2020 was a huge year for him, as he posted career high marks in receptions (111), yards (1,631) and touchdowns (15).

Of course, Hill benefits from playing with Patrick Mahomes. But this is a mutually-beneficial relationship, and the QB benefits perhaps as much — if not more — than the WR.

NFL Teams That May Want To Swing A Trade For Patriots WR N’Keal Harry | CBS Boston

Kansas City Chiefs

Sammy Watkins is no longer in Patrick Mahomes’ arsenal, so maybe the defending AFC Champs would welcome a low-cost, high-upside option like Harry.

2022 NFL Mock Draft: A Debate Over the Best Defensive End | Sports Illustrated

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jadon Haselwood, WR, Oklahoma

If Haselwood improves on his freshman campaign, there is a chance he gets drafted much higher than this. Haselwood has swift feet and can beat press coverage with ease. His speed is there and he has excellent hands. Haselwood has flashed a tremendous amount of potential when on the field, and with Oklahoma’s offense, he should have much success. The Chiefs don’t have much outside of Tyreek Hill at the receiver position, so Haselwood could be that player alongside him. He is an upside pick as Haselwood has the chance to be one of the best receivers in the NFL.

5 reasons why the Kansas City Chiefs are well on their way to building a dynasty | sportskeeda

#4 - Andy Reid isn’t going anywhere

Andy Reid is the only person in the Chiefs’ organization with more clout than Patrick Mahomes. He has been the architect behind the Chiefs’ rise over the last decade. At 63 years old and still winning, Reid isn’t walking away anytime soon. Reid’s current contract runs through 2025, according to Yahoo Sports.

#5 - Young offensive pieces in their core

Patrick Mahomes is only 25 years old. Tyreek Hill is 27. Mecole Hardman is only 23. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is 22. Bigger picture: the Kansas City Chiefs are a very young team in all the most important spots in their scheme. There’s immense potential in those spots, and everyone’s sold on the project.

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Aaron Rodgers on if he’ll return to Packers: ‘We’ll see’ |

During live coverage of Tuesday’s The Match 4 in Montana, TNT’s Brian Anderson — following, naturally, a live shot of a bear near the golf course — asked Rodgers who would be quarterbacking the Packers against the Chicago Bears.

Rodgers’ response was simple, if hardly informative.

“I don’t know, B.A., we’ll see,” Rodgers said. “We’ll see, won’t we?”

Anderson then asked about Sept. 12, to which Rodgers replied, “What’s that one?”

When Anderson clarified he was asking about the Packers’ season opener against the Saints, Rodgers once again said, “I don’t know, B.A., we’ll see.”

Kyle Shanahan Talks 49ers’ Pursuit Of Matthew Stafford Trade Before Rams Deal | Bleacher Report

On The Ringer’s Flying Coach podcast with Rams head coach Sean McVay and NFL Network’s Peter Schrager (h/t’s Kevin Patra), Shanahan recalled watching tape on Stafford in anticipation of a trade:

“You don’t want to get me started, dude. That was frustrating. I was in Cabo. I was watching it all. ... I remember looking through it cuz everyone was telling me it was a possibility. Stafford’s the man. I studied him hard coming out of college, and you always play against him, so you know how good he is. But to know he might be available and to spend two weeks really watching him, Sean, yeah, he’s better than I had realized. He was the man. And he’s actually underrated to me. So, I know how good of a guy you got. I know how good he is at play action. I know how smart he is. Not only does he just have a big arm, but he’s got touch, and he knows where to go with the ball. So, I was trying to get involved in it.”

Secretary of Defense, Navy allowing CB Cameron Kinley to play for Tampa Bay Buccaneers | ESPN

Rookie cornerback Cameron Kinley has been granted his request to play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced Tuesday.

Austin announced in a statement that he approved a plan by the Department of the Navy to enlist Kinley in the Inactive Ready Reserve “for the duration of his football career.” The news comes after Kinley’s request to delay his Navy commission to play in the NFL had initially been denied.

“Upon completion of his playing time, we look forward to welcoming him back inside the ranks as a naval officer,” Austin said in the statement. “In the meantime, we know Cameron will take every opportunity on and off the field to ably represent the Navy and the military to the American people.”

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Patriots wideout N’Keal Harry requests trade; could Chiefs be interested?

Harry — who is 6 feet 4 and 225 pounds — certainly fits the physical mold Kansas City has sought in a wide receiver after Sammy Watkins departed in free agency. As a former first-round pick who hasn’t stuck with his first team — over two seasons in New England, he’s had just 45 receptions for 414 yards and four touchdowns (one of them against the Chiefs) — his circumstances are also similar to other players Kansas City general manager Brett Veach has pursued.

But would the Chiefs be willing to pay what the Patriots might want in exchange for Harry, whose contract will leave $4.1 million in dead money for them to absorb? That remains to be seen.

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