Report: Jones, Chiefs begin contract talks
The Kansas City Chiefs and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones reportedly have begun contract discussions.ESPN's Jeremy Fowler said Saturday that the two sides have "begun talking" ahead of Wednesday's contract deadline. If Jones and the Chiefs can't come to terms, he could play in 2020 under the franchise tag, which would pay him $16.1 million."I'm told the Chiefs and Jones have begun talking, which is a big victory because it's been quiet for months on that front," Fowler said on ESPN's SportsCenter. "They've really had no communication. They've at least started negotiating."Jones, 26, has yet to sign the franchise tag and indicated earlier this month he could sit out the season.On July 1, NFL Network reported it's unlikely Jones will receive the $20 million-per-year deal he seeks this offseason. He replied to a video the network posted, hinting that holding out into the regular season might be an option."Or I won't play. @LeVeonBell told me about this," Jones wrote.
Ravens, Chiefs announce plans to limit attendance
The Baltimore Ravens informed their fans Wednesday that they are limiting attendance to fewer than 14,000 people to enable social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.M&T Bank Stadium has a capacity of just over 71,000 fans."To offer a proper level of safety for fans who want to attend games, a reduction in capacity is necessary," Ravens president Dick Cass said in a statement. "We are disappointed that this will be a disruption for many ticket buyers, but we have an obligation to our fans and our community to keep M&T Bank Stadium as safe as possible."The Ravens also informed season ticket holders that their seats will not be available this year.The team said season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already paid for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request.Also Wednesday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced they will move forward with a "reduced-capacity plan" for at least the "first few games" of the upcoming season.
Blockbuster deal gives Mahomes security, Chiefs flexibility
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has every reason to smile after signing the richest contract in North American sports history.While Mahomes now has security for his family -- and generations down the road -- after agreeing to a 12-year contract worth a possible $503 million, the 24-year-old also feels strongly that the Chiefs have enough flexibility to solidify a potential NFL dynasty."We can be a great team moving forward and I can have the security I want," Mahomes said Tuesday in a virtual news conference. "I can't wait to build this legacy not only on the field but off it."Mahomes will average a staggering $45 million per year, shattering the $35 million annual average of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson."We were able to get this contract done in the right way that not only gives me the security that I've always wanted but also allows opportunities for the team to be great around me the entire duration of my entire career," the former NFL MVP said."And I have trust that things will get handled the right way as we go throughout this career and we will be in position to win a lot of football games and hopefully win a lot more championships as my career goes on."Winning championships is the name of the game in the eyes of Chiefs general manager Brett Veach."He wanted to win and wanted to establish a dynasty," Veach said. "He's still growing and learning. He's hungry. He's special. At such a young age, he understands big-picture thinking."
Mahomes, Chiefs agree to 10-year extension
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a 10-year contract extension through 2031, ESPN reported Monday.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Mahomes, 24, was the NFL Most Valuable Player in 2018 and guided the Chiefs to a Super Bowl championship last season.He's entering the final year of his rookie deal with a fifth-year option -- at $24.87 million -- available for 2021. The Chiefs are adding 10 years to his contract for a total of 12 seasons remaining in Kansas City.
Chiefs DL Jones hints at holdout
Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones could sit until the team addresses his contract status.Jones, 25, was assigned the franchise designation in March before he was eligible to reach free agency. If Jones plays on the one-year tag, the tender would pay him $16.1 million for the 2020 season.Jones replied to a video discussing his situation on NFL Network hinting that holding out into the regular season might be an option."Or I won't play. @LeVeonBell told me about this," Jones wrote.Bell sat out the 2018 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers because he was resistant to the team applying the franchise tag for a second straight season. In March 2019, Bell signed with the New York Jets upon reaching free agency for the first time in his career.
Chiefs' Delaney honored on anniversary of sacrifice
Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe Delaney was memorialized this weekend at the Louisiana park where he gave his life trying to save three children from drowning in 1983.Monday marks the 37th anniversary of the death of Delaney, who wore No. 37 during his two seasons with the Chiefs in 1981 and 1982. He died on June 29, 1983.Although he didn't know how to swim, the 24-year-old Delaney jumped into a pond at Chennault Park in Monroe, La., in an attempt to rescue the children. Delaney and two of the kids drowned."He didn't worry about himself, he just worried about making the people around him happy. That's just the type of person Joe was," his wife, Carolyn Delaney, told KARD-TV on Saturday at a monument dedication ceremony in the park."Right now, I am just so overwhelmed," she said. "I mean it just makes me feel so proud of Joe and the person he was. I just can't explain how happy I am today."
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