#3 - Mahomes uses his connections in the NFL and NBA
Patrick Mahomes isn’t just a popular name in the NFL, but a popular one in all of sports.
As a top NFL star, he has rubbed elbows with some of the most iconic names in the NBA, including LeBron James, Donovan Mitchell, Luka Doncic and Stephen Curry. Curry and James are among the most popular in the league and could put in a good word for him with Adam Silver.
In the NFL, Patrick Mahomes has many connections with players, advertisers and businesses. He can basically cover every ABCD. He’s essentially the reason why Kansas City has built such a huge fanbase of late.
He could put up a large chunk of the $3 billion by himself. The community fully supports him and Mayor Quinton Lucas was already advocating to host the Toronto Raptors last season. Mahomes has already stated that the T-Mobile Center would make a great venue. It has 19,000 seats and Kansas University tends to sell the venue out with their basketball games.
1 - Patrick Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs · QB
The Chiefs’ QB1 might be the only quarterback capable of challenging Tom Brady’s status as the G.O.A.T. The former NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP has already made a pair of Super Bowl appearances, with one ring on the mantel. The most gifted playmaker at the position, Mahomes is a magician with the ball in his hands. Whether he’s executing sleight of hand maneuvers, delivering no-look passes or dropping dimes on improbable throws, the one-time All-Pro is raising the artistic bar for quarterbacks. With Mahomes also putting up ridiculous numbers (307.7 passing yards per game with a 114:24 TD-to-INT ratio over 46 career starts) and victories (38-8 career record) while providing spectacular entertainment for the football world, the Pro Football Hall of Fame should basically just go ahead and reserve a spot for No. 15.
While speaking to Jimmy Trania on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, Eagle was asked about the Kelce name kerfuffle.
“In Travis Kelce’s case, it may be Kels at some point, but it’s accepted as Kelce,” Eagle said. “I think what I’m gonna do this year, Jimmy, I’m not joking, if he drops a pass, I’ll call him Kels. And if he catches a pass, he’s Kelce, so I’m going to go with that.”
So when Eagle is doing games, expect to hear Kelce called more often than Kels.
Eagle also talked about previous meetings with Kelce, and his cameo on the comedy “Moonbase 8.”
“First of all, I find him to be hilarious,” Eagle said. “He is tremendous in our production meetings. He’s always good. He never disappoints. He’s ridiculously likable. There was a show on Showtime, it didn’t last very long. It’s with John C. Reilly. And he’s in the first episode, and I don’t want to give anything away, again, it didn’t really hit. It’s about space travel. They only made seven episodes. I did watch it. (Kelce) kills it. He is absolutely phenomenal in it. So if you want to go search it out on Showtime, give it a shot. ...
This offseason, upgrading the offensive line topped Kansas City’s to-do list. Brown ranked among the key acquisitions and could prove to be one of the most pivotal moves of this NFL calendar year
“It meant a lot,” Brown said. “They’re going to get everything I’ve got each and every day, and especially on Sundays. I’m really looking forward to being able to keep (Mahomes) clean and be able to help build a culture up front and shift things and be a part of a group of guys that are known as dogs; a physical, imposing offensive line.”
5. Kansas City Chiefs – +500 (bet $10 to win $60 total)
It’s really hard to get to the Super Bowl. Ask Dan Marino, who went to one. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been back since 2011.
The Chiefs have gone to two straight. One team (Patriots) in the last 25 years has been to three straight.
Yes, they have the best QB, a fleet of skill players and a fantastic coach, but history is not on their side.
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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen awoke at 3:45 a.m. Friday to a call from his agent, telling him a contract extension that would make him one of the highest-paid players in NFL history was basically done.
Allen’s representatives, as well as Bills GM Brandon Beane and his front office, had been working on the final terms of the deal since 10 p.m. and had finally come close enough to officially loop Allen in on the progress.
Even with practice at 10 a.m. Friday, Allen shared the news with his girlfriend, brother and parents — going back to bed could wait.
“As you can imagine, it was pretty hard to sleep after that,” he said.
Allen and the Bills agreed to a six-year contract extension, the team announced Friday. The deal tops out at $258 million, with $150 million of that guaranteed, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
As far as franchise value goes, no team had a bigger jump in value than Brady’s Bucs. After adding Brady — and then winning the Super Bowl — the Buccaneers jumped from being the 29th most valuable team in the NFL in 2020 ($2.28 billion) to being the 21st most valuable team in 2021 ($2.94 billion). That 29% increase led the NFL.
“The salary cap dropped by 20% and the new media deals were announced the day AFTER 2021 salary cap was set,” Brady wrote in an Instagram story. “NFL players better wake up @NFLPA. NFL players are IGNORANT.”
Basically, Brady seems to be lashing out at both NFL players and the NFLPA. It’s possible that Brady wanted to see the NFLPA negotiate a better collective bargaining agreement that would have allowed the players to cash in as soon as the NFL signed its new TV deal.
Jefferson, a second-year pro, suffered a sprained AC joint, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Rapoport reported Friday night that Jefferson underwent testing that “came out as good as possible” and is considered day-to-day.
Jefferson was lined up on the right side of the formation, drew a short pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins, and was tackled by cornerback Bashaud Breeland when he was injured, per KARE 11 News. He was in obvious pain, but the diagnosis allayed fears of a more serious injury.
Still, it remains to be seen how long Jefferson will need to return to the field. The Vikings host the Denver Broncos on Aug. 14 for their preseason opener.
Whether San Francisco 49ers rookie Trey Lance takes over as the starting quarterback this year is still to be determined. Regardless, he’s going to be on the field in some capacity.
If that hadn’t already been made clear by the number of Lance-specific run plays the Niners have installed in the first week-plus of training camp, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan removed all doubt with his comments after Friday’s practice.
“Trey is going to play for us this year,” Shanahan said. “I know you guys are all running to Twitter with that. But situationally, he’s going to get plays. That doesn’t mean he’s going to be the starter or anything. He’s going to get plays. You have got to prepare him for that in every way possible.”
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“It’s been a long time,” said Toub with a smile.
Toub is excellent with the press, always providing nuggets when it comes to the roster’s bubble. At this time of year, if a player is going to make it in one of the final spots, he will have to make an impact on special teams. Tight end hopeful Jody Fortson, who has impressed on offense at camp, fits that mold.
“Jody has really stepped up,” said Toub. “He put on like 20 pounds of muscle, and you can see it in his play. He’s playing a lot bigger, he’s playing with a lot more confidence, and the same thing is going on special teams. He’s holding up guys stronger. He doesn’t look like a wide receiver anymore; he looks like a tight end. So, he’s really stepped it up, and he’s definitely one of the guys that I’m looking forward to seeing.”
So too is undrafted safety Devon Key, who has impressed on the other side of the football.
“Devon Key is another one,” added Toub. “Obviously, being a young guy, it’s going to be important he goes in there and makes plays on special teams because he’s really not in a battle for maybe a one or two spot, but maybe a third spot, and it’s going to come down to special teams and what he can do there. He’s definitely that guy.”
A tweet to make you think
Today is officially the first day that Patrick Mahomes' contract looks like a bargain.— Tom Childs (@tomchilds56) August 6, 2021