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After 2021, Ward will have earned his four accrued seasons needed to become an unrestricted free agent. This means only a new contract or franchise tag will guarantee Ward stays in Kansas City. What would that new long-term contract look like?
A complete comparison to Ward is a bit hard to find because Ward was an undrafted free agent and his contract is still two offseasons away. Even with imperfect comparisons, we can look at two cornerback signings from offseason: James Bradberry and Bradley Roby.
Bradberry signed a contract for three years and $43.5 million in total money, with $31.9 million guaranteed.
The monument will honor former Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe Delaney. It will be unveiled on June 27, at 1:00 pm Saturday, at Chennault Park, located at 8475 Milhaven Road.
Delaney died on June 29, 1983, at the age of 24, trying to rescue kids screaming for help in the middle of a pond at Chennault Park. The City says Delaney and two of the children drowned that day, one survived. Delaney put his life on the line to save the children, even though he could not swim.
He was from Haughton, Louisiana, and attended Northwestern State University, where he was a track star and two-time All-American football player. He also earned NFL Rookie of the Year and Pro-Bowl honors during his career.
Patrick Mahomes Opposing QBs
2020 NFL Season
Per NFL Research)
Pro Bowlers 8
First-Team All Pro 4
NFL MVPs 3
Super Bowl Winners 2
CFP National Champions 2
Heisman Trophy Winners 2
The Texas Tech product could face two national champions in Watson and perhaps Tua Tagovailoa with the Dolphins — it’s in Week 14, so it’s late enough in the season that it’s most certainly feasible.
Kansas City Chiefs: Using a 1st-Round Pick on a RB
Former LSU standout running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire could prove to be a tremendous addition to the Kansas City Chiefs. He is an explosive and versatile player and a potentially dangerous new weapon for Andy Reid’s offense.
However, taking a running back in the first round could still be a regrettable decision, as Pro Football Focus’ Mike Renner pointed out after the draft:
“Having a first-round running back on the roster can lead to sub-optimal decision making — whether consciously or subconsciously. For Andy Reid, that’s calling more runs to justify taking a running back in the first round. For Patrick Mahomes, that’s looking to check down a little sooner because he knows Edwards-Helaire could make something happen.”
The Chiefs should not focus on taking the ball out of Mahomes’ hands more, and they already had a Super Bowl-winning backfield with Damien Williams and Darrel Williams in the fold. Adding Edwards-Helaire was purely a luxury move and one that the Chiefs could eventually regret.
It would have made more sense for Kansas City to address, say, its 26th-ranked run defense in Round 1 while adding to its backfield later in the draft.
“It starts with the head coach, Andy Reid,” Casserly said Thursday on the NFL Network. “You’ve got a businesslike approach, steady, never gets too high or too low, and that’s important when you’re coming off a championship to have that kind of leadership, because that sets the tone for the team.
“Then normally you spend a lot of time celebrating. Players are going to banquets, they’re getting rewarded. Hey, none of that could have happened in this offseason. By the time you get back to football, you’re ready to go, celebration time is over, so I think that helps them keep the right attitude.
“But also team leadership. Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu, hey, these guys are great work-ethic guys, they set the examples there, great passion for the game and they hold the players accountable.
Here’s a look at the players that made the list for the Chiefs:
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A San Francisco 49ers player who was working out with teammates in Nashville has tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday.
The entire group, which includes all of the 49ers quarterbacks and other skill players, got tested Friday and are awaiting the results, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Pelissero noted those in Nashville are grounded until further notice. Some players are trying to figure out how and when they can travel, while others will remain in Nashville, Garafolo added.
Other teams contacted by the AP said they had not arrived at a similar policy, with some noting that the timeline and path of the disease is unpredictable. Many extended their payment deadlines because of the economic fallout of the pandemic; the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs say on their website that they “would be happy to assist you and discuss arrangements for your season tickets” if fans are having trouble paying for them because of COVID-19.
But even teams that have struggled to fill their stadiums might not be as worried as usual about selling tickets in 2020. Most sports that have returned to play in the U.S. and elsewhere have done so without fans or with restricted capacity, including NASCAR and the PGA Tour.
The NHL and NBA are making plans to sequester their teams in a “bubble” or limited number of hubs and play in empty arenas to minimize the chance of an infection seeping into their leagues. Major League Baseball, which was in the middle of spring training but had not begun its regular season when the country went into isolation in March, is mired in a labor battle over the conditions — and finances — of a return.
“Josh had a lapse because of his brother’s death. That set him back. But since that time, he has realized how important it is for him to take the right steps, do what’s proper, and understand how to manage these issues. He’s installed the right team around him to make sure he’s on the right path. He understands he’s been given every chance. He looks forward to making the most of this,” Kenner said in a separate statement to NFL Network.
That said, while there is still optimism there will be “definitely” be a season this year, challenges are abound that could derail several random teams’ bid for an appearance in Super Bowl LV. One of the biggest would be how to handle players who test positive in-season, and the inevitability of it creating a competitive disadvantage. The longstanding timeframe for a person mandated to coronavirus quarantine is 14 days, which could equate to upwards of two games in the NFL.
Should that land on the back end of the season, teams could be without their best player(s) as they scratch and claw for either a playoff seat or seeding therein. And if it were to occur in the playoffs, their season could end prematurely at the hands of a backup(s). By the way, I have a myriad of possible troubling scenarios I could list here to truly paint this picture, but I’ll refrain from naming specific players in hypotheticals, because superstition.
Los Angeles Chargers · Age: 28
Big receivers typically lack the shake-and-bake to become Grade A route runners, but the Chargers’ WR1 is an exception to the rule. Allen is a creative route runner with an assortment of sandlot moves off the line that leave defenders begging for help. The 6-foot-2, 211-pounder has skipped and scooted to three straight 1,000-yard seasons, topping the 100-catch mark twice in that span. As the Chargers enter the post-Philip Rivers era, the passing game should remain in good shape with Allen entrenched as the No. 1 option.
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It’s also important to remember that Adams’ list of destination teams isn’t a compilation of the only teams where he would be willing to play. Instead, it is (apparently) a list of teams where he would consider playing without first renegotiating his rookie contract.
Unsurprisingly, all of the teams he mentioned are ones that could be Super Bowl contenders during the next couple of seasons. If the Jets do indeed seek a trade for Adams, he could easily end up going to some other team — one that it willing to give him a fat long term contract now.
But for the moment, let’s put all that aside. Assuming that the Chiefs believe Adams would fit in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense, were willing to give up the draft capital to acquire his rights and could get him to play under his existing contract — which are three big ifs — he is due to be paid $3.8 million in 2020 and $9.9 million in 2021. That’s chump change for a player of Adams’ caliber.
But whether the Chiefs could afford that contract in the coming season is another matter. Lots of people are doing the math on the Chiefs’ “official” NFLPA cap space of $6.2 million — which does not yet include the contracts of any of the team’s drafted rookies — and concluding a trade for Adams is doable.
A tweet to make you think
If Patrick Mahomes retired TODAY, would you vote him into the Hall of Fame?
• 2018 NFL MVP
• Super Bowl LIV champion
• Super Bowl LIV MVP
• 28-8 record (incl. playoffs)
• 89-20 TD/INT (incl. playoffs)
• 108.9 QB rating (highest in NFL history, min. 1,000 att.) pic.twitter.com/3vch3NKMWq
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) June 18, 2020
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