Report: Chiefs to sign ex-Packers CB Breeland
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to sign cornerback Bashaud Breeland to a three-year contract, ESPN reported on Monday.The 27-year-old Breeland played seven games with the Green Bay Packers last season, starting five, after originally agreeing to a three-year, $24 million free-agent deal with the Carolina Panthers last March. That agreement was nixed because of a failed physical (foot).A former fourth-round pick of the Washington Redskins, Breeland has played in 67 career games (63 starts), collecting 10 interceptions and 64 passes defensed while forcing seven fumbles in five NFL seasons.
Reports: Chiefs WR Hill under investigation for battery on juvenile
Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for an alleged battery incident involving a juvenile, according to multiple published reports.The Kansas City Star reported that Hill's 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm in the incident.Police responded to a home in Overland Park, Kan., according to a police report by the Overland Park (Kan.) Police Department.The report is dated March 14. It is unclear if the incident occurred that day.The Chiefs know about a situation involving Hill."The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill," the Chiefs said in a statement to The Kansas City Star. "We're in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We'll have no further comment at this time."KCTV said it contacted Hill's agent, who "would also not comment on the matter and hung up the phone on KCTV5's investigative reporters."Overland Park police also responded to the same address on March 5 to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect. Hill's name is listed on the report.Hill's fiance, Crystal Espinal, is listed on the March 14 report under others involved. The Star reports that Espinal is pregnant with twins. Espinal is the mother of the 3-year-old son whose arm was broken.Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal when she was pregnant in December 2014. Hill was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team.
Reports: Chiefs agree to deal with DE Okafor
The Kansas City Chiefs continued to rework their defense as they agreed Thursday to a three-year, $24 million deal with defensive end Alex Okafor, according to multiple reports.A six-year veteran who played the last two seasons in New Orleans, Okafor arrives on the heels of the Chiefs also adding safety Tyrann Mathieu, whose deal was officially signed Thursday.Kansas City opened up cap space recently with the release of linebacker Justin Houston and defensive back Eric Berry. The Chiefs also traded franchise-tagged pass rusher Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, citing a poor fit in new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 defense.
Chiefs release S Berry, saving $9.55 million
The Kansas City Chiefs announced the release of longtime safety Eric Berry on Wednesday, shortly after the new league year opened at 4 p.m. ET.According to Pro Football Talk, the release comes with a post-June 1 designation, which means the Chiefs will save $9.55 million of Berry's $16.5 million cap figure in 2019, pushing an additional $8 million of dead money into 2020. Without that designation, Kansas City would have absorbed all of the $14.95 million in dead money in 2019.Berry, 30, signed a record-setting six-year, $78 million extension for a safety in February of 2017, but he has played in just two regular-season games since then. He tore his Achilles in the 2017 season opener and then missed all but two games last season while battling lingering heel pain.Drafted fifth overall in 2010, Berry has spent nine seasons with the Chiefs, earning five Pro Bowl nods and three first-team All-Pro selections. His 2014 season was ended prematurely after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, but he beat the disease and returned in 2015 to author back-to-back All-Pro seasons.
Reports: Chiefs trading LB Ford to 49ers
The Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday agreed to trade pass-rushing linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2020 second-round pick, according to multiple reports.Just last week, the Chiefs put a franchise tag on Ford, though reports indicated a deal was in the works.A source told ESPN that Ford is expected to receive a multiyear deal in the range of five years, $87.5 million from the 49ers. The deal will become official on Wednesday, when the new league year begins.Moving Ford seemed inevitable after the Chiefs decided to switch from a 3-4 base defense to a 4-3 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. An undersized defensive end didn't exactly seem to be the right fit."Still kind of assessing that," Spagnuolo said in February when asked about Ford. "The one thing he can do, and we all know this, he is an explosive football player that makes a lot of plays. He's had some production and if he is here with us, I'll be excited to have him and be excited to work with him."
Reports: Chiefs to sign Mathieu for 3 years, $42M
Safety Tyrann Mathieu intends to sign a three-year, $42 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple reports Monday.Mathieu, 26, started all 16 games during his only season with the Houston Texans in 2018 and registered 89 tackles and two interceptions.Mathieu spent his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro first-team honors in 2015.He signed a one-year deal with the Texans for $7 million in March 2018.Mathieu has appeared in 82 games (73 starts) and tallied 394 tackles, 49 passes defensed, 13 interceptions and seven sacks.
Chiefs release OLB Houston
The Kansas City Chiefs released outside linebacker Justin Houston on Sunday, saving $14 million in salary cap space.Multiple outlets reported the Chiefs tried to trade Houston, but no team was willing to take on his $15.5 million salary for 2019. Houston was set to count $21.1 million against the cap, which will be reduced to a dead-money hit of $7.1 million."Justin has made a lasting impact on this franchise and I can't thank him enough for his contributions over the years," general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. "These decisions are never easy. I have a great deal of respect for Justin as a player and person and I wish him and his family the best moving forward."Houston, 30, missed four games to injury in 2018 but still managed nine sacks and 12 quarterback hits, after posting 9.5 and 20, respectively, in 15 games in 2017. However, he has missed 21 games to injury over the last four seasons and hasn't made the Pro Bowl since 2015.A third-round pick out of Georgia in 2011, Houston made four straight Pro Bowls from 2012-15, earning first-team All-Pro honors by notching 22 sacks -- a half-sack shy of the NFL single-season record -- in 2014. His 78.5 career sacks rank fourth all-time in Chiefs history since the statistic became official in 1982.
Chiefs sign RB Hyde to one-year deal
Running back Carlos Hyde signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced Saturday.The deal is worth $2.8 million with $1.6 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.Hyde, 28, was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday. He split last season with the Cleveland Browns and Jaguars and rushed for a combined 571 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games.
Report: Packers, 49ers interested in Chiefs' Ford
Two prospective suitors have cropped up in the days since the Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on outside linebacker Dee Ford with a potential eye toward making a trade.Ford was one of several top pass rushers who were tagged Monday, including the Dallas Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence, the Houston Texans' Jadeveon Clowney, the Atlanta Falcons' Grady Jarrett and the Seattle Seahawks' Frank Clark.Both NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Chiefs are looking to deal the pass-rushing specialist.Now, Rapoport reports that the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers have expressed interest in dealing for Ford.Ford, 27, earned about $8.7 million in 2018 after the fifth-year option of his contract was exercised. The one-year franchise tag for linebackers is worth $15.44 million in 2019.
Chiefs put franchise tag on pass rusher Ford
The Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on outside linebacker Dee Ford on Monday with a potential eye toward making a trade.Both NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Chiefs are looking to deal the pass-rushing specialist.The Chiefs are switching from a 3-4 base defense to a 4-3 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, with Ford likely moving to defensive end if he stays with Kansas City.Ford has 30.5 career sacks in five seasons, all with the Chiefs, including a personal-best 13 in 2018, when he attained career firsts by starting all 16 regular-season games and being selected to the Pro Bowl. He also forced a league-high seven fumbles.
Reports: Chiefs still shopping OLB Houston
Not so fast on the idea that the Kansas City Chiefs have released Justin Houston. Multiple reports indicated Monday that the outside linebacker remains on the team, which is still exploring its options.The Chiefs continue to look for a trade partner for Houston, according to the NFL Network.With notable pass rushers getting hit with franchise tags Monday -- the Houston Texans' Jadeveon Clowney, the Dallas Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence, the Seattle Seahawks' Frank Clark -- the market for Houston could be on the rise, at least for the time being.
Report: Chiefs to tag LB Ford, listen to offers
The Kansas City Chiefs are planning to place their franchise tag on outside linebacker Dee Ford and envision keeping him in the lineup, but they still could trade the 2018 Pro Bowl selection, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.The Chiefs' decision to switch their base defensive scheme to a 4-3 this season under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would affect where Ford plays, with a probable move to defensive end in 2019 if the Chiefs keep him. Ford, who has spent five seasons with the Chiefs, played the position at Auburn and has the ability to be an edge rusher in a 4-3.He has 30.5 career sacks with the Chiefs, including a personal-best 13 in 2018, when he attained career firsts by starting all 16 regular-season games and being selected to the Pro Bowl.Ford earned approximately $8.7 million in 2018 after the fifth-year option of his contract was exercised. The one-year franchise tender is expected to be around $15.8 million for linebackers, and Ford said late last season that signing it would be a "no brainer."
Chiefs, Reid want guaranteed possession for both teams in OT
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is developing a proposal that would guarantee both teams having a chance to get the ball in overtime games next season.Chiefs general manager Brett Veach announced the development on Pro Football Talk Live on Friday.Guaranteeing each team an offensive possession in overtime would prevent outcomes like in January's AFC Championship Game, when the Chiefs lost 37-31 to the New England Patriots, who won the coin toss, then scored a touchdown on the opening possession of the extra period to end the game."I think everybody wants a chance for guys to do what they do," Veach told Pro Football Talk. "I don't really see the downside of having that. Especially when you have a player like (Chiefs quarterback) Pat Mahomes. It would have been a lot of fun. I think people, if they weren't already tuned in for a great game, would have turned on that overtime."
Chiefs TE Kelce to be ready for camp after ankle surgery
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce underwent recent ankle surgery, but is expected to be healthy for the start of the season, NFL Network reported Saturday.Kelce's 103 receptions and 1,336 yards receiving were both 10th in the NFL this past season, while his 10 touchdown catches were tied for sixth best.Kelce briefly held the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season after picking up 62 yards during a Week 17 victory over the Oakland Raiders, but later that day his record was topped by George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers.
Chiefs add ex-Raiders, Bills QB Manuel
The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signings of former first-round quarterback EJ Manuel and three other free agents on Friday.The team also added two wide receivers, Sammie Coates and Davon Grayson, as well as defensive back Dontae Johnson.Manuel, who turns 29 next month, last was active in the league in 2017, when he played in two games, with one start, for the Oakland Raiders. The team released the veteran during the 2018 preseason. Manuel joins Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne and Chase Litton as quarterbacks on the Chiefs' roster.Originally chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the first round (No. 16 overall pick) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Manuel went 6-11 as a starter in four seasons with Buffalo.For his career, Manuel has completed 58.1 percent of his passes with 20 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions for a 77.1 passer rating.
Reports: Chiefs LB Ford to get franchise tag
The Kansas City Chiefs are likely to apply the franchise tag to linebacker Dee Ford, according to multiple reports.The franchise tag period opened Tuesday and will run until March 5. The linebacker tag for 2019 is expected to be $15.78 million, according to ProFootballTalk.Kansas City selected Ford with the No. 23 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. In the 2018 regular season, he played in 16 games and recorded career highs in sacks (13), tackles (55), tackles for loss (13) and QB hits (29).Ford, 27, told WFNZ in Charlotte on Monday that he wouldn't object to playing under the franchise tag while a longer deal is worked out between the two sides.
Chiefs secondary coach Thomas retires
Kansas City Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas, who also enjoyed a Hall of Fame playing career with the team, retired Tuesday after 51 years of involvement in the NFL.Thomas, 75, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1986."On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I want to congratulate Emmitt on his remarkable 51 years in the National Football League," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "Over the course of a career that spans two leagues and most of the modern era of the NFL, Emmitt was a Hall of Fame player and one of the most respected coaches in the league. Emmitt will always be a part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him the best in retirement."Thomas played cornerback for 13 seasons with the Chiefs (1966-78) and finished with a franchise-record 58 interceptions. He played for both of Kansas City's Super Bowl teams (including the Super Bowl IV champions), and earned two Super Bowl rings as a member of Joe Gibbs' staff with the Washington Redskins, where he was an assistant coach from 1986-94."I have been blessed and honored to be a part of the NFL for the last 51 years," Thomas said. "My journey started in Kansas City, and by the grace of God I am able to end my NFL career here as well.
Chiefs GM Veach 'excited' to keep LB Ford
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford is approaching free agency for the first time in his career, but general manager Brett Veach indicated the team fully expects to keep him."Obviously, Dee's a player that had done so much for us, in particular, last year, that we're excited about bringing him back," Veach told reporters Thursday.Veach added that new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is in the process of studying the roster and how it fits to his 4-3 scheme -- in which Ford will play defensive end more than linebacker -- but all indications are that Ford will be retained.The window to use the franchise tag opens Feb. 19, and the Chiefs have until March 5 to decide if they want to use it on Ford. Free agency officially opens on March 13, with the legal tampering window beginning March 11. Ford's value on the tag would likely exceed $15 million, and the sides would have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term contract.Ford, who turns 28 in March, is coming off a career season in which he had 13 sacks and 29 quarterback hits, earning his first Pro Bowl appearance and bringing his career totals to 30.5 and 69, respectively. He missed 10 games in 2017, primarily due to a back injury, but has missed just two games in his other four NFL seasons.The low moment in Ford's season came in the AFC Championship Game when he lined up offside and the ensuing penalty wiped out an interception with 54 seconds left. The Chiefs led by four points at the time but the New England Patriots eventually won the game in overtime.Keeping Ford could be particularly important to Kansas City with the future of Justin Houston unclear. The 30-year-old Houston hasn't topped 10 sacks in a season since his 22-sack campaign in 2014, and his cap number rises to $21.1 million this year. The Chiefs could save $14 million of that by releasing him.Meanwhile, Veach also spoke to the contract statuses of wideout Tyreek Hill and defensive tackle Chris Jones, who have starred through three NFL seasons and will be entering the final years of their respective rookie contracts.
Chiefs block Mahomes' basketball pursuits
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes will have to limit his no-look passes to the football field.The Chiefs star won't be playing in any more pickup basketball games, with Kansas City general manager Brett Veach emphatically rejecting that extracurricular activity."We spoke to Pat Mahomes' agent and said Chiefs Kingdom can be assured there will be no more basketball for Pat," Veach told Sports Radio 810 WHB. "We were able to nip that in the bud."
Chiefs, Patriots early Super Bowl LIV betting favorites
Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are the betting favorite to win the Super Bowl next season, according to one Las Vegas sportsbook.The Chiefs are 6-1 at Westgate SuperBook, jumping ahead of the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots. Those three teams are 8-1.At 14-1 are the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers.