Chiefs news 5/21: Defensive battle looms as rookies gamble on their claims


Chiefs death cap: 4 players are worth nearly $8 million | Chiefs Line

Gone are the days of paying for past contract sins for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Currently, the Chiefs sit near the top of the NFL in effective salary cap space with $14,755,982 in available dollars Every time the limit is exceededOne of the reasons their cap space is in such a good position is because they don’t pay a ton of dead money for players who are no longer on the team.For example, Kansas City Stop paying Eric Berry’s contract last season.

The Chiefs are actually seventh in the NFL with just over $7.9 million in dead space According to Over The Cap. Only six NFL teams have fewer dead caps than Kansas City. They’re only paying dead money on four contracts right now, though, and that number will likely increase as we get closer to the season.

Newcomer to KC Chiefs defense will fight for jobs: More early roster predictions | KC Stars

Defensive lineup (13): Chris Jones, Frank Clark, Derek Nady, George Kraftis, Mike Danner, Joshua Caindo, Tyler Stowers, Harlan Sanders, Teshaun Wharton, Austin Edwards, Cortez Broughton, Malik Herring, Kehinde Okinee Hassan

The Chiefs’ defensive lineup on the 53 active roster fluctuated between 9-10 last year, so there isn’t much room for error among the 13 forwards on the team’s current offseason roster.

That said, the Chiefs used Karaftis with a first-round pick who would serve as an immediate complement to Clark in the team’s 4-3 base defense. While the Chiefs could still add a seasoned pass rusher through free agency before training camp, they have rotation options in Dana and Kaido, both of whom are expected to contribute more this season. Wharton also has the versatility to study both inside and out.

The Chiefs have identified improving their defensive line as a priority this offseason. But after not playing during free agency in March, the question remains: Are there enough pass rushers on the current roster to help the Chiefs defense overcome last year’s deficiencies?

They had hoped to bring back Melvin Ingram, who recently dolphin instead. Any veteran defensive end the team signs at this point should be seen as a stopgap.

On the defensive tackle side, Jones and Nady serve as starters, while Sanders and free agent Stowers provide depth.

WILDCARD: The Herring left Georgia as an undrafted free agent to join the Chiefs in 2021, but spent the regular season on the non-football injury (NFI) list. He’s healthy right now and could be a surprise defensively, making a case for a regular-season lineup.

Contract-year Chiefs: 9 players who could pay off in 2022 | The Athletic

Write Merkel Hardman

Hardman, a four-year veteran entering the final year of his rookie contract, is a prime candidate to boost the stock.Hardman’s role in Chiefs offense increased in GM Brett Veitch trade Terrek Mountain arrive Miami Dolphins A package of five picks. Hardman is known as a speed runner, and his receiving yards have improved each season. For Hardman, a successful season that will include over 1,000 receiving yards will show him continuing to capitalize on his potential while taking advantage of increased touches by superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes .

“A once-in-a-lifetime player has left the team, so someone has to step up and fill that role,” Hardman said of Hill’s departure last month. “I just want to get better as a receiver as a whole and build my reputation further. The chances are bigger. I’m going to be ready for that.”

Veteran Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Rookie Skye Moore Is the only standout receiver the Chiefs have promised beyond 2022, so a productive season could land Hardman a lucrative extension. Or Hardman could sign a free agent contract worth about $16 million per season.

Former Chiefs QB coach Mike Kafka details his exit from Kansas City | Chiefs line

Kafka offered some details about his departure from Kansas City in an interview with the New York media during the Giants offseason practice. He was asked if it was a tough decision to leave the Chiefs after leaving the team for the past five seasons.

“Yes, (the Chiefs) are a great team,” Kafka said. “It was a great experience. But this opportunity is special for me and my family. It’s not just something I do on a whim. I’m not just going to any team. It has to be in the right way with people, The Mara family, (Brian Dabor), Joe (Schoen), and the guys we have here built together. So that’s what it’s all about. But of course, I have a lot of great relationships and great people in the Chiefs organization. , I respect them and I have a lot of respect for the coaching staff and the people there.”

The Chiefs will have the second-best offense in the AFC West Yahoo!, NFL web analytics experts say!sporty

Here’s part of what Freylund wrote: “The Chiefs’ reception team looked very different, their schedule changed from a punish a group of opponents. Kansas City used action in an NFL-high 808 snaps last season, suggesting there are plenty of wrinkles in their playbook, so it may take some time for the overhauled WR team to catch up.

On the plus side, KC still has the same superstar at quarterback. Patrick Mahomes ranks second in passing scoring on quick passes (115.8 in 2.5 seconds) and leads the league in completion percentage with 73.8. Computer vision showed that 5 of Mahomes’ 9 short pass interceptions (0-9 yards) were unlucky. (He only has four such picks in his career before 2021. )”

this charger It trails the Bills at No. 2 overall, and Frelund’s calculations are largely based on the NFL draft.

“In the draft, Los Angeles immediately lifted the offensive line with plug-and-play starter Zion Johnson in the first round, then acquired another versatile player in the sixth round, Jamaree Salyer, who could see Some early action,” she wrote. “Bolts also grabbed RB Isaiah Spiller in the fourth round. With increased O-line potential and increased RB depth, Keenan Allen(Mike) Williams and (Austin) Ekeler are projected to be in a better position — a terrible idea for opponents, given their respective productivity. “

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Green Bay WR coach Jason Vrable: Sammy Watkins “in a good place” with Packers |

Sammy Watkins‘ The most recent stop put him in a new place, but in familiar company.

Watkins’ position coach, Jason Vrable, will also serve as Green Bay’s passing coordinator in 2022. He brings some familiar terms from the days they spent together in Buffalo and believes the wide receiver’s move to Green Bay will make him a success — and that’s not even mentioning who’s going to pass the ball to Watt Kings.

“I talked to Sammy about it the other day. The way he ran some of the lines and caught the ball reminded me of the first time he walked the court (in Buffalo),” Flabl via Thursday The official website of the team“If you look closely, the biggest thing is the injury. But he knows he’s going to work as hard as he can. He’s doing all his training here now. He feels good where his body is.

“One of the things you’ll see in him is that he swipes the ball differently. His hands allow you to hear the strumming and passing of the ball, and the power of his playing. We picked him so high There’s a reason, and he’s had a lot of successful years in his career.

Exclusive American Football – Former NFL Quarterback Vic Retires | Yahoo!sporty

Michael Vick, the once-vibrant NFL quarterback whose involvement in the dogfighting ring put an end to his phenomenal career, has agreed to retire to join the Startup League for fans to take control of football, a source told Reuters on Friday.

Vick, the former No. 1 overall pick who last played in the 2015 NFL game, will make his debut on May 28 on the last day of the regular season and is expected to make his debut next week, sources said. Make an official announcement.

Vic, 41, has yet to be assigned to the team.

Vick is the latest high-profile player to sign with Fan Controlled Football, joining a group that includes Pro Football Hall of Famers Terrell Owens and Johnny Manziel, whose much-hyped NFL careers ended in failure after two seasons.

Vic agreed to return after seeing the success of pal Owens since he signed with the league this year, sources said.

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Report: Chiefs’ L’Jarius Sneed’s car ‘fires’ in Louisiana; cornerback not charged with wrongdoing by police

kansas city chiefs Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed’s car ‘hit’ in his hometown of Minden, Louisiana as first reported TMZ Sports. The report states that Sneed no Was in the car at the time. The cornerback has not been charged with any wrongdoing, police said.

TMZ: According to a department spokesperson, Sneed’s Ford Bronco — the 25-year-old football player was not a passenger at the time — was hit by a bullet… Sneed was later on scene to check on the situation.

We were told that Sneed and others were detained at the scene and questioned by the police, but in the end, Sneed was not arrested or charged with a crime… but was released.

Sources close to Sneed said two of his friends were driving the car at the time…and believe the shooting was random.

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