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Chiefs headlines for Saturday, February 29
“You look for size and length,” Veach said. “If you want to press, you better be a bigger guy, have the size and playing weight in your favor. But I think we always look for guys that are versatile, too. Guys that go inside, guys that can safety.”
1. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: Four years, $16.4 million (expires in 2021) — This will likely change very soon, but for now Mahomes is a comical steal. He’s the best player in the game by a wide margin, but 31 quarterbacks including Andy Dalton, Chase Daniel, Mitchell Trubisky, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Joe Flacco had higher cap hits than the 24-year-old in 2019.
“I’m like, ‘What is he doing? What is he doing?! He’s not even running the offense,’” said the kid’s coach, Kliff Kingsbury. “But then he puts it in the end zone. And you just high-five him, and I’m apologizing to our head coach—‘Coach, I don’t know what he’s doing out there.’ But he’s scoring every time. After that game, I’m like, ‘Alright, there’s going to be some ups and downs, but if you have a kid who has this type of ability, you gotta relinquish the reins.’”
Kingsbury then smiles and says, “And let him do his deal.”
You might think this is the former Texas Tech coach recalling the best of Patrick Mahomes from their three years together in Lubbock. But this comes from a time before Kingsbury had even met Mahomes—he only had a rough idea who he was at that point—and before he took the job his alma mater.
Round 1 – Pick 32
Bryce Hall CB
Kansas City could go in a number of directions, with the offensive line and cornerback weighing most heavily. Center Tyler Biadasz or Hall could make for a nice addition to the squad.
It began during a weigh-in with Jericho and Jon Moxley. Jericho casually told the crowd: “Shut your ass!”
Fans responded by doing the “The Chop” and TNT cameras spotted some fans in Chiefs jerseys.
After a few seconds, Jericho grabbed the microphone and butchered Mahomes name and calling him a NSFW word:
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Romo retired after a 14-season run with the Dallas Cowboys in April 2017, then joined CBS as its lead NFL analyst for the following season. He quickly wowed audiences with his analysis, knack for predicting offensive plays pre-snap and on-air partnership with lead CBS play-by-play man Jim Nantz.
That made Romo the hottest commodity in sports media this NFL offseason. But before he officially became a free agent next month, he struck the deal to remain at CBS.
According to Spotrac.com, Romo made $127.4 million in total during his NFL career. In just three of his 14 seasons, he made more than $17 million — $17.5 million in 2007, $25.5 million in ‘13 and $17 million in ‘15.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Friday that the NFL and NFLPA are projecting a salary cap of roughly $200 million per team in 2020, per sources. Pelissero added negotiations are ongoing.
If players ratify the CBA, revenue would increase with expanded playoffs, which could cause the figure to rise, depending on whether additional revenue is counted toward salary cap or benefits. Bigger jumps would be expected in 2021 and beyond under the proposed new CBA.
The former Iowa offensive tackle recorded a 40-yard dash of 4.85 seconds, the best time of any offensive lineman this year. Prior to his run, he posted a 36.5-inch vertical jump, which is a modern record among O-linemen. To top it all off, he recorded a 10-foot-1 broad jump, which ties Kolton Miller’s combine record for an O-lineman.
That’s an amazing showing for a player who checked in at 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds earlier this week.
Tuesday, Feb. 25: “We’ll see how that goes,” Jon Robinson said, via Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com. “His contract is up. We’ll have those contract negotiations with a lot of our players. Like I said, I’d like to keep as many of those guys on the team as possible.”
”But the 2020 Titans, they’re going to look different than the 2019 Titans. That’s the way it is. The 2019 Titans looked different than the 2018 Titans. There’s rookies that come in. There’s trades, free agency, there’s waiver claims. And we told our team that. They understand that. They’re professionals.”
The move is a condition of the Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, being awarded the Super Bowl in 2023.
“Two years ago when the NFL awarded Super Bowl LVII to Arizona and State Farm Stadium, we understood the requirement of hosting an international game before 2023,” Cardinals chairman and president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “We are thrilled to learn that this game will take place at Estadio Azteca where we received such an enthusiastic reception in 2005. We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from fans in Mexico and look forward to an incredible experience.”
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32. Kansas City Chiefs – CB Cameron Dantzler
There are some concerns about Dantzler’s frame, but everything else about seems like a great fit for the Chiefs. While a little slight, Dantzler is a physical, competitive corner in the run and pass game. He has good feet and long speed to pair with excellent length. Some may see this as a reach, but we don’t.
Linebacker Damien Wilson
2020 cap number: $5.4 million
Cap savings if cut or traded: $4.5 million
In his first year with the Chiefs, Wilson stepped into an unfamiliar role in Steve Spagnuolo’s defensive scheme. After a career spent as a SAM linebacker, he became a WILL linebacker out of necessity — and did do well in run support. But ideally, that position requires a more rangy, athletic player who has more coverage ability. While he could transition back to his more-familiar SAM role, I could see the team recognizing the cap savings and stocking the linebacker group with drafted players the defensive staff could develop.
A tweet to make you think
Tony Romo will make 3.25 times more as a broadcaster than Patrick Mahomes will make on the field this season ($17M, per @AndrewMarchand)
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 29, 2020
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