That started to change in recent years. In 2019, the company signed a partnership deal with quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“GEHA, the partnership I’ve had with them has been special,” Mahomes said in a 50-yard-line interview conducted by Chiefs radio play-by-play broadcaster Mitch Holthus. “For them to now be a part of this stadium and it be GEHA Field, it’s just the start of a special relationship they’ll have with the Kansas City community.”
Besides the partnership with Mahomes, GEHA became the presenting sponsor of the Chiefs’ digital show “The Franchise,” and the stadium’s Drum Deck. A naming rights arrangement was reported as a possibility in 2020.
Keeping “Arrowhead” in the stadium name was important, Hunt said.
“One of the important elements is we’ve retrained Arrowhead in the name,” Hunt said. “For many generations of fans the stadium will always be Arrowhead.
Kansas City Chiefs: Week 10 at Raiders
The Chiefs enter the season as the Super Bowl favorites and are favored in all 17 games. Still, they’ve had some regular season slip-ups in surprising fashion during the Andy Reid/Patrick Mahomes era, such as a shocking loss to the Raiders early last season. Las Vegas came on a miracle Mahomes game-winning drive away from defeating the Chiefs twice last year, and have the offensive weapons to keep up with KC on a good day. That good day could come again in mid-November at home.
How much does Everson Griffen have left in a 33-year-old tank, and will there be any visible rust from spending an offseason as a free agent? After splitting 2020 between the Cowboys and Lions, he’s back with the Vikings upon agreeing to a deal this week with the club that sent him to four Pro Bowls. Coach Mike Zimmer said the pass rusher will be a situational player. ... The Chiefs’ defensive line is looking scary good. Even without Frank Clark, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, the starting unit maintained tight-fisted control of the line of scrimmage last week in a first half of action. Chris Jones logged a sack, as did free-agent signee Jarran Reed. The Vikings’ starting offensive line, which also played the first half a week ago, will have its collective hands full if starters on both sides start again.
“I would love to go contrarian and give you somebody other than the Kansas City Chiefs, but I just can’t do that,” CBS Denver sports anchor Michael Spencer said. “I think that they are clearly the team to beat, not only in the AFC West, but in the AFC. They’ve won the division five straight times. Anytime Patrick Mahomes is your starting quarterback, your team is going to be in a really good spot, not only to win the division, but to compete for Super Bowls. So the Chiefs are the class of this division. They have been ever since Peyton Manning retired, following the 2015 season, and I don’t see that changing heading into 2021.”
Browns at Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs -6
The Cleveland Browns are a team that could very well take a leap in 2021. After making the playoffs last season and advancing to the Divisional Round, the team went out this offseason and added a number of players that should only improve the club as a whole. Also, Year 2 under head coach Kevin Stefanski should bring even more stability to the organization. That said, it’s tough to look away from the Chiefs here. They are looking to rebound from a loss in Super Bowl LV and will do so with an entirely revamped offensive line. If that new collection of linemen — headlined by guard Joe Thuney and tackle Orlando Brown — can keep Patrick Mahomes upright, they should be able to keep a touchdown distance over the Browns.
K.C. is another club that routinely begins the year off strong. Not only are they 4-0 ATS in their last four Week 1 contests, but they are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games in September.
Projected score: Chiefs 28, Browns 21
The pick: Chiefs -6
Wisniewski stuck around in Philadelphia until 2019, making a move to the Chiefs in October of that year and proving his utility by appearing in 11 games and starting two regular-season contests. Wisniewski filled a first-team role through Kansas City’s postseason run to a win over San Francisco in Super Bowl LIV, securing his second Super Bowl ring in three seasons.
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Tannehill, who is vaccinated, will miss five to 10 days depending on how quickly he can produce two negative tests over a 48-hour period. The Titans host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 on Sept. 12.
“Ryan is feeling fine, feeling OK,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said Thursday. “He’ll be engaged in the meetings. He’ll ready to go. He’s a pro and has played in the league for a long time. We have the utmost confidence in him and his ability to prepare.”
Tannehill said he was “in the process of getting vaccinated” when training camp started. He said at the time that he wouldn’t have gotten the vaccine but that the NFL is “forcing players’ hands” by instituting protocols.
Bill Belichick is wheeling and dealing with the preseason drawing to a close. A day after trading running back Sony Michel to the Rams in exchange for multiple draft picks, the Patriots are making a trade with the Ravens that sends rookie cornerback Shaun Wade to New England, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. In the deal that has since been confirmed by Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the Ravens will receive a 2022 seventh-round pick and a 2023 fifth-round pick from New England.
A fifth-round pick out of Ohio State, Wade has enjoyed a solid preseason with the Ravens. His interception off of Saints rookie quarterback Ian Book sealed Baltimore’s 17-14 win in its preseason opener. Through two preseason games, Wade had the second-highest grade versus single coverage among rookie defensive backs, according to Pro Football Reference.
4 - Eric Fisher
Indianapolis Colts · OT
Signed for: $8.38 million. Rank in annual average among OTs: 28th.
It was surprising to see Fisher released by the same team that made him the NFL’s No. 1 overall draft pick in 2013. Fisher, who since signed with the Colts, is coming off a torn Achilles suffered in the AFC title game. But once he returns, it shouldn’t take long for him to prove he’s still one of the league’s best left tackles on a team that could really use the help.
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On Tuesday, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo made it clear that his players need to be tackling well by Week 1. Without preseason last year, the defense had 14 missed tackles in their season opener against the Houston Texans. Spagnuolo said that number was too high for a single game.
But he also pointed out that in the preseason, the team has improved game-to-game. According to PFF, the team missed eight tackles in Week 1 — then just four in Week 2. Only one player has had multiple missed tackles: undrafted rookie linebacker Riley Cole — who was waived following the first game. Another missed tackle that stood out happened to be on the defense’s first snap of the preseason, when safety Dan Sorensen whiffed on a receiver after he caught a pass in the flat.
Against Arizona, the defensive backs’ tackling stood out in a good way. Our Bryan Stewart broke that down in his film review article.
The Vikings run a similar style of offense as the Cleveland Browns — another thought that Spagnuolo shared in his press conference. Even if it’s against backups, the Chiefs’ front-seven players will get a good look at multiple-tight end formations and inside runs similar to what they’ll see in the season opener.