It’s very possible Hill could wind up setting a new standard for wide receiver contracts, surpassing the five-year, $90 million deal signed by Odell Beckham of the New York Giants in 2018. The Chiefs are undoubtedly expecting the final amount to fall in that range and are preparing to pay it, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on January 20.
Mahomes is the latest beneficiary of Holland’s magnanimity — “He’s also using my Dallas Mavericks tickets,’’ Holland tells me, “so you’ll see him at the AAC, too’’ — and we can assume that Treyarch, the Santa Monica video games developer that hosted his SoCal visit, gifted him with goodies to bring back to the Holland house.
Kansas City Chiefs
Replace or bring back Dee Ford
Repeat with Orlando Scandrick
Move or restructure Eric Berry and Justin Houston
Schwartz tweeted Wednesday: “Best offseason workout that I never knew about? Shoveling your driveway. It is no joke.”
2) Dee Ford, OLB/DE, free agent
Ford’s versatility allows him to succeed as both an outside linebacker and defensive end. Healthy in 2018, Ford racked up a career-high 13 sacks and forced seven fumbles. He and Justin Houston were the most effective edge-rushing duo in the NFL with 118 pressures, according to Next Gen Stats. Ford has improved off the edge in terms of using his lean and leverage. The 27-year-old could continue being a premier pass rusher with full health, one that the Chiefs have strongly indicated they’d like to keep on their roster.
The Tigers have produced some elite wide receiver talent- Sammy Watkins, DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins, Mike Williams, Artavis Scott and many others- over the past few years and have plenty more well on their way to the NFL.
Here’s our preview of the Tigers’ at wide-out heading into the spring.
What to watch for:
The biggest question about wide receivers coming into this spring is if the Tigers can find a way to replace Hunter Renfrow’s consistency and productivity from the slot and underneath.
Around the league
New York Giants: Re-sign Landon Collins, safety
The Giants house a top-heavy roster flush with a handful of stars and plenty of needs. Instead of creating another hole, why not re-sign the finest available safety not named Earl Thomas? General manager Dave Gettleman was averse to handing out big-money deals to defensive backs in Carolina, but a new approach is needed in New York.
Jaylon Ferguson is headed to the NFL’s combine next week after all.
The NFL’s change of heart — and tweaked policy — also clears the way for previously banned Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons and Colorado State receiver Preston Williams to attend the combine that begins Tuesday in Indianapolis.
So if we concede that Brown will play for a different organization next season, the question becomes which NFL teams should pursue him. The answer is simple: all of them. There are a few trade partners who we can obviously take off the table. The Steelers have made it known that they won’t deal Brown inside the AFC North or to the Patriots. There are also a handful of teams whose financial restrictions would likely preclude a deal, namely the Jaguars, Eagles, Vikings, Saints, and Bears. Beyond that, though, every other team in the league should at least make a phone call to Colbert to inquire. This is Antonio Brown we’re talking about.
Peko, 34, becomes a free agent next month, his two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Broncos having expired.
Less than a year after signing a three-year deal worth $16.5 million, Coleman was released by the Saints, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, via a source informed of the situation. Garafolo adds the team will leave the door open for Coleman, who was due a total of $5.5 million of compensation in 2019.
The move comes after a series of failed attempts to put together the final piece in Taylor’s coaching staff. Taylor was not officially hired until Feb. 4 due to a rule that coaches with teams still in the playoffs cannot officially be hired. Taylor was previously quarterbacks coach for the Rams, who made it to Super Bowl LIII, where they lost to the Patriots, 13-3.
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Right about the same time, the Raiders and the city of Oakland were apparently getting back to the negotiating table. On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the two sides have solved “all the major issues,” and are finalizing an agreement where the Raiders will lease the Coliseum for $7.5 million in 2019, and $10.5 million in 2020 if the stadium in Las Vegas isn’t completed on time.
SPAGNUOLO: “I think there’s enough pieces there that we can mold something together. Look. I think people get a little too wrapped up in the 4-3s and the 3-4s. Really the three things that are vital to defensive football—that’s being able to defeat blocks, great effort and being able to tackle. Now that has nothing to do with the 4-3 or 3-4. So the emphasis on fundamentals, and just building a rock-solid foundation will be the main focus, and then from there, we’ll decide 4-3s, 3-4s, 5-6s, whatever it’s going to be. 5-6 adds up to 11, right? We can do that.”
Installing a new scheme in year one is typically a tough ask. It’s hard to overhaul personnel to get players that fit the roles that you want. It’s even harder to construct a scheme around a group of existing players, unless you’re willing to be extremely flexible — which it sounds like Spagnuolo will be in 2019.
While the Patriots 2017 and 2018 run defenses weren’t as successful as they were in 2016 and 2015 — falling more in the middle to upper-middle tier in overall rankings — one thing that remained consistent across all four seasons is the number of rushing touchdowns conceded. New England never allowed more than eight and even ranked first (2016) and second (2017 and 2018) in three of the four seasons.
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