In 1995, Irvin signed what was then a gigantic NFL contract, five years totaling $15 million. The now-56-year-old remembers Drew Pearson, a Cowboys wideout from 1973 through 1983, exclaiming how much money it was, and responding that “I’m going to be saying that about other guys as we move forward and this league continues to grow.”
Irvin marveled how Adams and Hill had potential opportunities to take big-money deals in Green Bay and Kansas City but opted to go elsewhere, leaving behind “those quarterbacks.”
“You left Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes — I don’t know if I could’ve ever left Troy Aikman,” Irvin said — and you could hear him shaking his head through the phone. “I don’t think I could’ve done that.”
When asked whether or not the dynamics of living in Las Vegas or Miami may have factored into the receivers’ decisions, Irvin didn’t believe that should be a logical factor.
“You can still go live there in your house in the offseason, but I’m not leaving those quarterbacks,” he said. “Let’s see how this plays out. You’re making $30 million and you can have houses in two places. I think the most important thing is taking care of what’s on the football field.
Miller: Will general manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid use picks Nos. 29 and 30 or is a trade possible?
A trade does seem more likely than not. The Chiefs also have two picks in each of the second, third and fourth rounds. They can easily move for a player or players they like and Veach likes to deal. He traded the Chiefs’ first-round pick in two of the past three years and has traded up in the second round a couple of times since his first draft as GM in 2018. — Adam Teicher
29 - Kansas City Chiefs
Western Michigan · WR · Junior
Oh my gosh, you guys lost a great receiver: Byron Pringle. Tyreek Hill is also gone, so you need to draft some wideouts for sure. Yes, I know you got JuJu Smith-Schuster, but you still need some more folks. I’m a huge fan of Moore. Our own Lance Zierlein compared him to Keyshawn Johnson. Wait, that’s KeeSean Johnson. Come on, Lance. He’s kind of a Golden Tate-like receiver. The Chiefs should totally get in on this.
Kansas City Chiefs
Needs: cornerback, wide receiver, edge rusher
The Chiefs are still among the best teams in football, but are now glaringly thin at a few critical positions. Their personnel team has done a remarkable job of patching up their offensive line on short notice and are now unfairly expected to do the same at both the cornerback and edge spots. One still has to wonder why Tyrann Mathieu was let go, given how much he can offer the cornerback and linebacker positions as well as the safety spot. The Chiefs find themselves in an interesting spot at the edge position. It’s curious that they haven’t translated to more of a simulated pressure type of defense in order to maximize the interior rushing they do have, versus blitzing at least once a series. Either way, edge rusher remains an elusive unicorn for the Chiefs, who are not going to draft high enough any time soon to secure one we’ll write fawningly over on draft weekend.
Cowherd went on to say that the Bills quarterback is the most talented quarterback in the NFL, not the 2018 AP Offensive Player of the Year:
“I think Josh Allen’s the most talented quarterback in football, not Patrick Mahomes. But his edges have been jagged. I thought this year, take out the nor’easter game, maybe a Jags game. I thought he softened his edges. So, I kind of feel like I know what he’s getting. And he’s probably my favorite bet.”
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The Cardinals have yet to make a contract offer to Murray, whose agent, Erik Burkhardt, informed the team weeks ago he was pulling his opening proposal off the table, Pelissero added.
It’s been a drama-filled offseason for Murray and the Cards, beginning after the Pro Bowl when Murray scrubbed his social media of Cardinals photos. The team replied in kind before the sides later reconciled, hoping to move forward. Murray noted last month he wasn’t worried about his future as a Cardinal.
Since, however, there have apparently been no strides made toward a new deal, with Murray set to make around $5.5 million in the fourth year of his rookie contract.
The 24-year-old two-time Pro Bowler got off to a hot start in 2021, looking like an MVP candidate before injuries struck, forcing the QB to miss three games. Murray and the Cards struggled down the stretch, backing into the postseason and getting blown out in the Super Wild Card Round by the eventual Super Bowl champion L.A. Rams.
Due to the unique nature of Brady’s decision to return 40 days after he first announced his retirement in late January — and less than 24 hours after the auction closed, no less — no money was exchanged, so the agreement was simply nullified, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
“We wanted to do the right thing here,” said Mike Heffner, president and partner at Lelands, adding that while the original buyer has pulled out, the ball’s consigner still plans to sell it privately through Lelands.
“It’s the most unique situation that we’ll probably ever encounter in our lifetimes — at least when it comes to sports memorabilia. We’re still not to the end of the book yet; we’ve written a chapter.”
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When you think of an edge defender that fits the typical criteria for Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, you think of length and a big, strong frame — capable of holding his own on the edge of a run play from a three-point stance.
That doesn’t mean every player they add to the defensive-end group will fit that mold. Edge rusher Melvin Ingram broke it as a starter last season, looking like their best edge player at times; Mike Danna has given the defense quality play with a more stout, compact physique through his first two NFL seasons.
So be cautious cornering the Chiefs into taking what we envision to be their prototype at this position. One possibility early in the draft that goes against that status quo is Penn State’s Arnold Ebiketie.
Ebiketie initially committed to Temple University as a three-star recruit from Maryland — although he was born in Yaounde, Cameroon, moving to the United States just before high school. After playing soccer his whole life, Ebiketie gave football a try for the first time as a sophomore at Albert Einstein High.
Across his second and third years with the Owls, he totaled six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss — including three forced fumbles in the six-game season of 2020. At Penn State, his production only grew: he racked up 18 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles while playing more snaps than any other edge defender in this class during the 2021 season.
At the Combine, Ebiketie was measured at 6 feet 2 and 250 pounds — showing off a wingspan in the 71st-percentile for edge defenders historically and a 78th-percentile hand size. He recorded a 38-inch vertical leap and a 128-inch broad jump; those results were in the 91st and 96th percentile, respectively.