Cap savings if released: $2.7M pre-June 1 and post-June 1
Potential rookie replacement: Felix Anudike-Uzomah
The Chiefs have now spent back-to-back first-round picks at the edge-rusher position — George Karlaftis and Felix Anudike-Uzomah. Of course, given their clear win-now status, Kansas City is much more likely to keep veteran pieces than let them go, and Danna has been a good soldier on outstanding Chiefs teams.
But clearing close to $3M could be enticing for GM Brett Veach, and we can’t forget Kansas acquired Charles Omenihu this offseason. He’s an inside-out defensive lineman who’ll add more depth in the trenches. Despite Danna giving the Chiefs sound ROI on a fifth-round pick from 2020, the club has since added higher picks and spent at the defensive end spot in hopes of giving Chris Jones more help up front.
11.6 - Kansas City Chiefs
AFC WEST CHAMPIONS
It’s no secret that Andy Reid has had a ton of success coming off bye weeks during his career, but he’ll really have his hands full this season, as the Chiefs host the Eagles in a Super Bowl LVII rematch. Fortunately for the Chiefs, their bye comes in Week 10, which corresponds to one of the best weeks to recharge. Kansas City has several other tests scattered throughout the calendar, including the Jags (Week 2), Jets (Week 4), Dolphins (Week 9), Bills (Week 14), Bengals (Week 17) and, of course, home-and-away matchups within the AFC West. It’s worth noting, though, that Kansas City currently doesn’t have any back-to-back games in which their win percentage projection is lower than 53.5%. A 55% win projection now is akin to 60% in August.
Eric Moody, fantasy and betting analyst: Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets, Week 4. Patrick Mahomes is coming off an impressive season, earning his second MVP award and a second Super Bowl ring. He’s clearly establishing himself as one of the all-time greats at the quarterback position. Meanwhile, the Jets have high hopes with Aaron Rodgers under center and fancy themselves as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. What’s more intriguing? These two quarterbacks have never before faced off against each other.
4. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Biggest strength in 2023: Patrick Mahomes
No matter who Mahomes has as pass-catching options, he always seems to make it work. This was no truer than in 2022. Despite losing top receiver Tyreek Hill in a trade with the Dolphins, Mahomes still put up an MVP season and won his second Super Bowl.
Biggest weakness in 2023: Wide Receiver
The Chiefs were already thin at wide receiver heading into the offseason, and now they’ve lost JuJu Smith-Schuster in free agency. For now, their top receiver is Marquez Valdes-Scantling. However, they do have several potential breakout candidates, such as Skyy Moore and Justyn Ross.
3. Dolphins at* Chiefs
Week 9, 9:30 am, NFL Network (*Germany)
This game should be No. 1 on this list but the NFL got greedy and put Tyreek Hill’s clearly overstated revenge game in Germany. He appeared on Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City and said he was prepped to drop the ✌️ on Arrowhead when he returned. So the NFL sent this game to ... Germany?!?! It’s a smart tactical move because tons of eyeballs from America will be on it and the NFL will goose an emerging market by putting an elite game in place here. I get all the reasons but this game should be in Arrowhead.
Pretty much anyone with an understanding of how NFL teams are mapped out could tell you Seattle travels a ton every season. The Seahawks essentially have a corner of the United States entirely to themselves in the Pacific Northwest; Seattle’s closest road game next season will take place in San Francisco, which is about 800 miles south.
By contrast, the farthest distance any AFC North team travels is when Cincinnati and Baltimore take the 500-mile hike between their respective cities.
It’s even more amusing to consider the Jacksonville Jaguars will travel across an ocean to an entirely different country twice and won’t come close to scratching the surface of the Seahawks’ travel time.
Equally of little surprise are the San Francisco 49ers and two Los Angeles teams being among the most-traveled. The Miami Dolphins’ placement on the list is thanks in large part to their sojourn all the way to Germany to play the Kansas City Chiefs.
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“I’m happy that Pat McAfee and I have settled this litigation,” Favre tweeted. “Like Pat said, he was attempting to be funny and not commenting based on any personal knowledge. We’d both much rather talk about football.”
McAfee said on “The Pat McAfee Show” that Favre is withdrawing the suit against him.
“As I have previously stated, I respect the hell out of Brett Favre the football player and his Hall of Fame career on the field, and I have no personal knowledge about any case involving Brett in Mississippi,” McAfee said. “I am pleased to report that based solely on me again clarifying these points now, with no settlement paid, Brett is withdrawing his suit against me.”
A spokesperson for Favre declined to comment further.
Favre sued McAfee in February over comments he made about Favre’s involvement in a sprawling welfare case in Mississippi over millions of dollars in government money that were diverted to the rich and powerful. According to the suit, McAfee called Favre a “thief” who was “stealing from poor people in Mississippi” on “The Pat McAfee Show.” The suit also accused McAfee of making similar remarks on Twitter. (McAfee also works for ESPN.)
The 2023 NFL schedule has officially been released in its entirety, meaning players, coaches and fans alike can now break out the sharpies and mark their calendars accordingly.
Below is a compilation of the many creative ways teams participated in Thursday’s unveiling.
In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride
The Super Bowl Champion Chiefs will open the season on Thursday, September 7, against the Detroit Lions. Coming off of a 9-8 season, Detroit was a surprise showcase opponent for “Banner Night.” Reid does not take them lightly — particularly after pass rushers Aiden Hutchinson and James Houston combined for 17.5 sacks as rookies.
Kansas City’s head coach knows it will be a solid early season test for an offensive line with new starters at both tackle positions.
“Their offense is real good too,” Reid observed of the initial opponent. “I don’t want to slight that part of it. But their defense — they’re gritty and fast. We’ll have to be on our ‘A game.’ We signed a couple of tackles that we think are real good. That’ll be a good test for them.”
A marquee home matchup against the Miami Dolphins was shockingly chosen for Kansas City’s first game in Germany in Week 9. Though former Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will not have a much-anticipated return to Arrowhead Stadium, Reid is excited to see his former player on foreign soil.
“He’s a heck of a football player,” Reid said of Hill. “They’re well coached and we’ll have to really play well. We’re looking forward to going to Germany.”