1. Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
2021 record: 12-5 | Passing stats: 4,839 YDS, 66.3%, 37 TD, 13 INT
Cowherd’s thoughts: ”They’re 20-3 against the AFC West since they conjoined, and the Chiefs have the best record in the NFL in the Mahomes-Andy Reid era. They’re 50-15. You can’t deny it. [Mahomes has] had some mini-slumps, he did last year, but as long as they’re together with a good GM to get them weapons, they’re No. 1.”
While Tucker admitted he didn’t like the trade for the Kansas City Chiefs in the short-term, he did like it as a long-term play for the organization.
Tucker explained that quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ contract is more “affordable” than most realize and that tight end Travis Kelce is actually “very underpaid” at this point. He then discussed how the Hill situation was different:
I think the Chiefs kind of thought that Tyreek Hill would go along with it, right? Mahomes didn’t get every penny he could have. Kelce didn’t get every penny he could have. Tyreek Hill didn’t get the memo. Tyreek Hill didn’t care. He absolutely went for the most money in going to South Florida, and more power to him. That’s his prerogative.
Ross Tucker on Tyreek Hill
The team will likely be worse in 2021 without Hill unless the Chiefs catch lightning in a bottle with a first-round WR, ala Justin Jefferson or Ja’Marr Chase. However, not locking themselves into a full- or above-market value long-term contract for Hill is the cost of trying to build a dynasty, not just trying to win next year.
14 - Kansas City Chiefs
Alabama · WR · Junior
PROJECTED TRADE WITH BALTIMORE RAVENS
The Chiefs package the 29th and 30th overall selections and send them to the Ravens for the right to draft Williams. (They also receive one of Baltimore’s five fourth-rounders in the trade.) The Alabama receiver would likely have been a top-10 pick if healthy and, when back at 100 percent, will be a terror catching passes from Patrick Mahomes.
Jalen Tolbert, Kansas City Chiefs
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 194
College: South Alabama
Where the Chiefs can get Tolbert: Round 2 (No. 62)
Why he fits: With Tyreek Hill now in Miami, the Chiefs have JuJu Smith-Schuster as a physical slot presence and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to stretch the field. Now, let’s give Patrick Mahomes another target with Tolbert, an easy mover with clean route-running traits. He’s smooth, fluid and has the sudden ability to set up defensive backs. Down the field or underneath, Tolbert can uncover and produce.
He could be the outside Z receiver in Kansas City, where coach Andy Reid could use his play speed out of trips sets to run away from coverage on the classic Chiefs’ deep over routes. Tolbert filled up the stat sheet against Tennessee and Coastal Carolina last season, and I see pro-ready tools on the tape. He can put up numbers as a rookie with Mahomes.
Jahan Dotson WR
While he is not Tyreek Hill, Dotson is an excellent deep threat that should pair well with what the Chiefs do on offense. He doesn’t have top-end speed but changes direction quickly without losing his top speed. I think he has a chance to be a Pro Bowler out of the slot.
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Walton, with a net worth of nearly $70 billion, would presumably be able to purchase the team without any other partners, but would also be subject to the standard vetting process prospective NFL owners undergo. If accepted, the $4 billion price tag would easily be the record price for the sale an American professional sports franchise. David Tepper paid $2.2 billion for the Carolina Panthers in 2018, then Joe Tsai paid $2.3 billion for the Brooklyn Nets in 2019.
The Post additionally reported that the Broncos are only accepting offers of $4 billion or more, noting that insiders project a final sale price between $4.5 billion and $5.5 billion. Apollo Global Management founder Josh Harris, who also owns the Philadelphia 76ers, is expected to submit a bid as well, per The Post.
CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reported in late February that the NFL had strong interest in courting Robert F. Smith, the CEO of Vista Equity Partners and the richest Black man in America, as a potential buyer, but that Smith appeared uninterested in submitting a bid. (The Post reported that he would not want to submit a bid while raising capital for his fund.) La Canfora also noted the groundswell of rumors around Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen, but indicated that he did not expect an Allen-led bid to prevail. With the league not having any Black majority owners, bids from Smith and/or Allen would likely be given strong consideration.
Allen, 27, hasn’t played football since 2016 when he was with the Ducks. He put his football career on hold to pursue track and field and has done quite well in that pursuit, finishing fifth and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in the past two Olympics.
Allen caught the attention of scouts at Oregon’s pro day earlier this month when he ran an unofficial 4.35-second 40-yard dash. That led to a visit with the Eagles and then eventually a three-year deal, which is a standard contract for undrafted free agents.
Devon Allen had 54 receptions for 919 yards and eight touchdowns in 29 games for the Oregon Ducks. Joe Robbins/Getty Images
He suffered a pair of knee injuries at Oregon and appeared in a total of nine games over his final two seasons. His first year at Oregon was his best, as he had 41 receptions for 684 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 16.7 yards per catch.
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On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs signed defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth to a one-year contract. On Friday, Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson reported the details of that contract for the former Indianapolis Colts player — and it’s another good deal for Kansas City.
Taylor Stallworth (Chiefs) one year, $1.187M, $300K gtd, salary $1.035M ($300K fully guaranteed for skill, injury, salary cap), plus $152,500 active-inactive any one game roster bonus— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 8, 2022
Just as we expected, this is another standard veteran salary benefit (VSB) contract. Under the league’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, these contracts allow a team to sign a player with at least four accrued seasons (the number Stallworth accumulated with the Colts) to a one-year deal at their NFL minimum base salary (in 2022, that’s always at least $1.035 million) and pay them up to $152,500 in other compensation (such as a signing or roster bonus).
But in a VSB contract, the cap hit for the player’s base salary is the same as a player with just two accrued seasons — which in 2022 is only $895,000. So assuming that Stallworth is active for at least one game in 2022, he’ll be paid $1.188 million — but it will count just $1.048 million ($895,000 plus $152,500) against the cap.
A tweet to make you think
"Bro, I was depressed. Heartbroken.”— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) April 8, 2022
Tyrann Mathieu met me at a New Orleans cafe, where he says he would’ve signed Justin Reid's deal had the Chiefs offered it.
We talked football, life, social media, chasing happiness and the human side of NFL business:https://t.co/touAwZotL9