Anne Scharf, Chiefs vice president of civic affairs, spoke at the hearing to express support for legalizing sports betting. After that, the conversation shifted.
“So, if we helped you make this money, we’d be guaranteed you won’t leave us?” Sen. Barbara Anne Washington, (D-Jackson County) asked.
“Yeah, I’ve thanked Mr. Donovan for his timely remarks to the New York Times last week. He’ll be here next time,” Scharf replied. “So, I will start by saying that nothing that was shared last week at an NFL meeting that was covered by national news outlets had not been shared repeatedly with local news outlets over the past year,” she continued.
Washington then pressed for answers from the Chiefs representative.
“We just want some commitment to Jackson County that we can keep you around. We’ve invested a lot in the Chiefs,” Washington said.
“Right now, what we’re doing actually is spending a considerable amount of money, the club is covering the cost, to do an extensive survey to figure out what’s viable to renovate Arrowhead and that’s really the first step,” Scharf replied.
Running back Derrick Gore has been working out with quarterback Patrick Mahomes and he’s now set to continue doing so once the Chiefs offseason program gets underway later this month.
According to multiple reports, Gore has signed his exclusive rights free agent tender with the team. The decision is not a surprise since Gore was barred from negotiating with other teams once the Chiefs tendered him.
Gore spent time with Washington and the Chargers in 2019 and 2020, but did not appear in any games. He signed with the Chiefs last year and ran 51 times for 256 yards and two touchdowns in 11 regular season games. He also ran three times for three yards in the postseason.
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Connecticut · DT · Senior
Jones had a breakout performance at the Senior Bowl and backed it up with an impressive showing at the combine. Connecticut has produced some quality NFL players in recent years, with a couple earning lucrative second contracts (Byron Jones, Foley Fatukasi). I like this fit for Steve Spagnuolo’s D.
Jahan Dotson WR
The Chiefs are in danger of missing out on top wide receivers unless they trade up. Dotson is a fast wide receiver that, although historically undersized, has done a good job of working to all three levels. He has some of the best hands in the entire draft class. Andy Reid will have an easy time finding ways to use him in that offense.
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Adam Teicher’s offer: The Chiefs would trade 2022 first- and third-round picks (Nos. 30 and 103).
Inside the offer: After trading Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs no longer have a No. 1 wide receiver. They do have two picks in each of the first four rounds in this draft, though, and could afford to part with these selections.
Still, it makes no sense to trade Hill for a huge package of picks because he wants a massive contract extension and then turn around and give away most of those picks for another receiver who wants an extension. In that case, the Chiefs should have just kept Hill and given him the extension he wanted. They could be in the Metcalf sweepstakes because he would make them better, yet there’s only so far they would go.
Kansas City’s top four wide receivers would be Metcalf and then, in some order, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman. Those wideouts would flourish with the addition of Metcalf, and the team would have much more depth than it had last season.
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Original No. 11 pick: Dontari Poe
Again, putting Cox here does not mean I think he’s the 11th best player in this draft. This would be a really good fit (I think) for the Chiefs, who drafted Poe to fill this spot that season. Cox played in the 4-3 defense in Philly but would be perfect to fill the middle in Kansas City.
Around the NFL
The Houston Texans have agreed to terms on a two-year extension with Cooks through the 2024 season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. Cooks, who was approaching the final year of his deal, will make just less than $20 million per season for 2023-24, per Rapoport.
Drafted 20th overall in 2014 by the New Orleans Saints, Cooks has played for the Saints, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and Texans, and been traded three times in his career. For now at least, Cooks is not being traded for a fourth time despite the Texans receiving interest for him.
It’s a substantial signing for the Texans as the 28-year-old is the most notable name and easily one of the best players on a talent-starved Houston roster.
Head coach Mike Vrabel isn’t having any of the latter.
“Not as long as I’m the head coach,” Vrabel said when asked on the Rich Eisen Show if Brown was on the trade block. “I love A.J. professionally, personally. I’ve gotten to know him well as his coach and enjoy seeing him as much as I possibly can. Saw him here working out here earlier, said hi. As long as I’m the coach here, I would want to have A.J. Brown on my football team.”
In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride
Here’s what to know about the newest Chiefs’ defensive lineman:
Stallworth played his college years at South Carolina, totaling 87 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one sack and five passes defended in four seasons.
At the 2018 NFL Combine, Stallworth weighed in at 6 feet 2 and 312 pounds — with 73rd-percentile hand size but only 25th percentile in arm length and wingspan. None of his testing numbers registered as a percentile higher than the 28th and likely led to him going undrafted.
In his first three seasons, Stallworth averaged only 250 snaps — and only totaled 10 pressures in all. In 2021, he stepped up in 331 total snaps to record 22 pressures and three sacks. His playing time increased as the season progressed, indicating Stallworth was earning more and more snaps.