Mahomes to Texas Tech grads: 'Win your own Super Bowl'
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes addressed graduates of his alma mater, Texas Tech, on Saturday, encouraging them to "go out and win your own Super Bowl.""I know this isn't the graduation ceremony that you and your families had envisioned, but that doesn't change the outcome or all the hard work, long hours and sacrifices that you made to achieve this milestone," the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback said in his address that aired during the school's virtual commencement. "I know this is sure not how you imagined spending your last days as a student."The ceremony was held online because of the coronavirus pandemic.Mahomes continued in his statement, which lasted about 75 seconds, saying:"But the world is in a different place today than it was just a few weeks ago. And as Red Raiders, we're built to persevere in difficult times. We've all had to take a moment and learn to adjust to these new challenges. And when the odds are stacked against us, we make a play -- and I can tell you this is going to make us all more competitive and hungrier than ever.
Kansas City Chiefs 2020 schedule snapshot
Kansas City Chiefs 2020 scheduleSept. 10 vs. Houston Texans, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)Sept. 20 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. ETSept. 28 at Baltimore Ravens, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)Oct. 4 vs. New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m. ETOct. 11 vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m. ETOct. 15 at Buffalo Bills, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX)Oct. 25 at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ETNov. 1 vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. ETNov. 8 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ETNov. 22 at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)Nov. 29 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m. ETDec. 6 vs. Denver Broncos, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)Dec. 13 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. ETDec. 20 at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET
Chiefs sign Michigan QB Patterson
Undrafted Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.His agent, Bryan Ehrlich of Priority Athletes, confirmed the signing on Twitter on Sunday.The 6-foot-2 Patterson spent two seasons in Ann Arbor after transferring from Ole Miss amid allegations of NCAA violations there. With the Wolverines, he played in 26 games, completing 60.1 percent of his pass attempts for 5,661 yards, 45 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Report: Chiefs to sign DE Charlton
The Kansas City Chiefs and defensive end Taco Charlton have agreed to a one-year deal, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.Financial terms were not disclosed.This will be the third team for the 25-year-old Charlton, who was the No. 28 overall draft pick by Dallas in 2017. The Cowboys released Charlton after two seasons, and the Miami Dolphins claimed him off of waivers.
Chiefs QB Mahomes confident payday is coming
Patrick Mahomes' confidence seems founded considering he could become the highest-paid player in NFL history before the calendar flips to 2021.The 2018 NFL MVP and reigning Super Bowl MVP has two seasons left on his rookie contract, which might go down as one of the biggest bargains since Russell Wilson spent three years under the million-dollar mark with the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million extension last July.But Mahomes, the 10th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, doesn't sound like he's in any rush to catch up with Wilson, currently the league's highest-paid passer."I want to be a Chief for a long time," Mahomes said Friday. "I want to have a contract that says that and then I can go out there and know I have that security and everything like that. I understand and trust the Chiefs' organization and everybody in it will handle it the right way. I trust my representation that they're going to ease my mind and let me go out there and just love the game that I've loved playing."Whenever it happens, it happens."Team chairman Clark Hunt said in January, as the Chiefs were preparing for the Super Bowl, that a long-term extension might not happen for "three months, six months."
Chiefs pick up Mahomes' fifth-year option
The Kansas City Chiefs picked up the fifth-year option for quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Thursday, keeping him under contract through 2021.The move was a formality for the Chiefs, who have said they intend to lock up the 2018 Most Valuable Player with a long-term contract.Mahomes will be playing in 2020 on the final year of a four-year, $16.4 million deal he signed after the Chiefs made him the No. 10 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He is due to make $24.8 million in 2021, according to Spotrac, but is predicted to become the NFL's highest-paid player with his next contract."Pat wants to certainly create his own legacy and he wants to do that in Kansas City and we want to establish a long line of winning Super Bowls here," general manager Brett Veach told reporters earlier this month. "I think at the end of the day, we all understand the dynamics that go into making that happen, both individually and as a team.
Chiefs' Breeland arrested on alcohol, marijuana charges
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland was arrested in South Carolina on Tuesday on five charges, including three related to alcohol or marijuana.The York County Sherriff's Office lists the charges against Breeland as resisting arrest, alcohol in a motor vehicle with the seal broken, an open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle, possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams or less of hash, and driving without a license.Breeland, 28, was booked at 1:26 p.m. ET on Tuesday.A native of Allendale, S.C., Breeland played in college at Clemson.
Chiefs' Duvernay-Tardif working in healthcare amid pandemic
Offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif went from aiding the Kansas City Chiefs in their run to the Super Bowl to assisting at a long-term care facility near Montreal in a little over 2 1/2 months.Duvernay-Tardif, who holds a doctorate in medicine, shared his experience for Sports Illustrated -- including an assignment last week while the world continues its battle with the coronavirus pandemic. It marked a vastly different scene for Duvernay-Tardif, who cut short his vacation of sailing around the Caribbean."I had only wanted to get away, and then I wished I had never left. Soon into the crisis I started to ask how I could help," Duvernay-Tardif said.Duvernay-Tardif said he received no resistance from the Chiefs after telling them of his intentions to help. He then went on a crash course to prepare for his next assignment."My first day back in the hospital was (Friday)," Duvernay-Tardif said. "I felt nervous the night before, but a good nervous, like before a game, and I packed everything neatly: scrubs, white coat, extra pens, even a second pair of shoes that I could leave in my locker, knowing they were clean."Duvernay-Tardif said his current job is "more of a nursing role" as he relieves tired workers. He noted that there has been one positive test for the coronavirus at the facility.
Chiefs release longtime P Colquitt
Veteran punter Dustin Colquitt won't return to the Kansas City Chiefs, he confirmed on his Instagram account.Colquitt, who spent 15 seasons in Kansas City, is being released. He had one year remaining on a three-year, $7.5 million deal signed in 2018. The team will take a dead cap hit of $650,000."I have enjoyed my time in Chiefs Kingdom, all things come to an end, sometimes sooner than you hoped, prayed & pleaded for them to," he wrote, in part, on Instagram. "Holding this post for 15 years has been an honor that I never took for granted. Thank you KC."The Chiefs selected Colquitt, now 37, in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played in all 16 games in 14 of his 15 seasons and was selected to two Pro Bowls.
Kansas City Chiefs 2020 NFL Draft review
1 (32). Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB5-7, 207, LSU2 (63). Willie Gay, Jr., LB6-1, 243, Mississippi State3 (96). Lucas Niang, OT6-6, 315, TCU4 (138). L'Jarius Sneed, CB/S6-4, 254, Louisiana Tech5 (177). Michael Danna, DE6-2, 261, Michigan7 (237). Thakarius Keyes, CB
GM Veach: Chiefs working on extension for DT Jones
The Kansas City Chiefs are working to retain franchise-tagged defensive tackle Chris Jones on a long-term deal."We know how talented Chris is, and I think the franchise tag speaks for it," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a pre-draft conference call Thursday. "We also have a lot of time. I mean, I think the deadline to get a deal done is July 15, so there's a lot of time to continue the dialogue and to work on something with Chris. We certainly are going to work to maintain him, not just for next year, but for the future."Jones, 25, was tagged before he could hit free agency in March, after totaling 26.5 sacks and 49 quarterback hits across 29 games the last two seasons. He is set to make $16.1 million on the franchise tag in 2020, unless the sides can agree to a long-term extension before July 15.Last season, the Chiefs franchise-tagged defensive end Dee Ford before trading him to the San Francisco 49ers for a second-round pick. Some have wondered if they could follow a similar path with Jones, given their lack of cap space (less than $1.7 million, per the NFLPA's latest report).Jones said in February he had "a mix of emotions" about the expectation he would be tagged."It's a little hard," Jones said. "It's like, 'What else y'all want me to do? I've got to go ahead and get 30 sacks -- 35 sacks -- to show y'all I can?'
2020 NFL Draft: Kansas City Chiefs preview
Kansas City Chiefs 2020 NFL Draft Capsule--TEAM DRAFT NEEDSCornerbackBashaud Breeland re-signed, but only for one year, and the group of Charvarius Ward, Rashad Fenton and Keith Reaser isn't inspiring. Kansas City should upgrade by the end of Round 2, with Clemson's A.J. Terrell, Alabama's Trevon Diggs or LSU's Kristian Fulton all options at No. 32 overall.Interior offensive lineRight guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has had injury issues, while left guard Andrew Wylie was hurt and then lost his job to Stefen Wisniewski last year. Center Austin Reiter is entering the final year of his contract, meaning at least one addition is needed inside. Andy Reid can find bargains up front, though, so an early pick might not be necessary.Defensive tackleThe Chiefs want to keep Chris Jones, but he's going to be awfully expensive after receiving the franchise tag. It's possible he gets traded or plays 2020 on the tag and hits free agency again next spring. Even if Jones signs a long-term deal, Kansas City could use another interior lineman with pass-rush upside.LinebackerReggie Ragland left for Detroit, Darron Lee remains a free agent, and Dorian O'Daniel lost his defensive role completely. The Chiefs were exploited often by running backs in the passing game and sorely need a better coverage option. LSU's Patrick Queen would fit perfectly at No. 32.Running backDamien Williams is entering a contract year, and Darwin Thompson (2019 sixth-rounder) did little as a rookie. Even if the Chiefs extend Williams, they could use another backfield member, perhaps one with some physicality.Tight endTravis Kelce is locked in, but there is little behind him, and Reid likes to mix multiple TEs into his offense.--FIVE-YEAR DRAFT HISTORY
Report: Chiefs add ex-Raiders RB Washington
The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a one-year deal with free agent running back DeAndre Washington, Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday.Washington, 27, played the first four years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, battling the Chiefs in the AFC West.He had career highs of 108 carries, three rushing touchdowns, 36 catches and 292 receiving yards last season, although his rushing-yardage total (387) was hindered by a 3.6 yards-per-carry average.
Report: Chiefs to re-sign CB Breeland
The Kansas City Chiefs will re-sign cornerback Bashaud Breeland to a one-year contract worth up to $4.5 million, ESPN reported Thursday.Breeland, 28, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Washington Redskins (2014-17). He played with the Green Bay Packers in 2018 before joining the Chiefs last season.
Report: TE Seals-Jones agrees to deal with Chiefs
Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, Yahoo Sports reported Friday night.Financial terms were not disclosed for Seals-Jones, who likely will provide depth behind five-time Pro Bowl selection Travis Kelce.Seals-Jones, 25, recorded 14 receptions for 229 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in 14 games (three starts) with the Cleveland Browns last season.Seals-Jones has 60 catches for 773 yards and eight touchdowns in 39 career games (nine starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2017-18) and Browns.
Chiefs WR Watkins restructures deal to stay in KC
Sammy Watkins restructured his contract to receive $7 million of the $16 million he's owed from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020 as incentives.According to multiple reports, Watkins helped create $5 million in salary-cap space for the Chiefs, who had $171 left under the cap before the move."I'm back KC LETS GET IT ..! #RUNITBACKTOUR" Watkins wrote via Twitter.The deal also adds a no-trade clause, according to ESPN.Watkins, 26, signed with the Chiefs in free agency in March 2018 with a $21 million signing bonus as part of a three-year, $48 million contract.
Reports: WR Robinson to re-sign with Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson is signing a one-year contract to remain with the team, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Robinson will receive $2.3 million fully guaranteed.Robinson's production has steadily increased during his three seasons with the Chiefs. His catches (32) and receiving yards (449) in 2019 served as career highs, while his four touchdown receptions matched his total in 2018.
Mahomes early betting favorite to win second MVP
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has put the NFL on its ear since he became a full-time starter with the Kansas City Chiefs.So perhaps it should come as no surprise that he is listed as the odds-on favorite to win his second NFL Most Valuable Player award during the 2020 season.Mahomes, who led the Chiefs to the franchise's first Super Bowl in 50 years with a 31-20 victory over San Francisco last month, opened as plus-350 to win the award, according to William Hill Sports Book.The 24-year-old Mahomes threw for 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. It was a statistical drop from his 2018 MVP season in which he threw for 5,097 yards and 50 TDs.Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson of Baltimore (plus-600) is coming off a historic season in which he threw for 3,127 yards, a league-high 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions while also breaking Michael Vick's single-season rushing record for a quarterback. Jackson piled up 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, averaging a league-best 6.9 yards per carry.Seattle's Russell Wilson (plus-800), Houston's Deshaun Watson (plus-1400) and new Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (plus-1600) round out the top five.
Chiefs agree to deal with former XFL QB Ta'amu
The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms Monday with quarterback Jordan Ta'amu, who led the XFL with 12 touchdown passes.Ta'amu's agent told media outlets that the undrafted player turned prolific quarterback of the St. Louis Battlehawks will join the Super Bowl champions.The Battlehawks also announced the deal on their Twitter account, writing: "The Throwin' Samoan will forever be a BattleHawk. The Chiefs just signed an absolute STUD! Best of luck in your next chapter, @JTaamu10!"Ta'amu finished the XFL's truncated season with 1,050 passing yards, good for third in the league, while throwing two interceptions. He also rushed for 217 yards, tops among XFL quarterbacks.
Chiefs place franchise tag on DT Jones
The Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on defensive tackle Chris Jones on Monday and exercised the 2020 contract options on running back Damien Williams and linebacker Damien Wilson.Jones, 25, will earn approximately $16.1 million under the tag in 2020.A second-round pick in 2016, Jones notched a career-high 15.5 sacks in 2018 and helped the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl in 50 years last season.Through 61 career games (41 starts), the 2019 Pro Bowl selection has 136 tackles, 33 sacks, 20 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions.Williams, 27, will earn a base salary of $1.85 million and count $2.83 million against the 2020 salary cap.He rushed 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 29 yards and a score in the Chiefs' 31-20 victory against San Francisco in Super Bowl LIV.