Report: Chiefs add S Will Parks on one-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs signed safety Will Parks to a one-year contract, ESPN reported Wednesday.The deal is worth up to $1.13 million, according to the report.Parks has played five NFL seasons between the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles. Denver selected Parks out of Arizona in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft.After four seasons with the Broncos, Parks signed with his hometown Eagles in 2020 but started the regular season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. He returned to play six games for Philadelphia, but he was waived and claimed by Denver in December.
Chiefs sign RB Jerick McKinnon
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent running back Jerick McKinnon on Friday.McKinnon played for the San Francisco 49ers last season and rushed for 319 yards and five touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 253 yards and one score in 16 games (four starts).McKinnon tore the ACL in his right knee shortly before the 2018 season and missed that campaign as well as the 2019 season.
Chiefs' Sean Culkin plans to convert entire salary to Bitcoin
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean Culkin plans to be the first NFL player to convert his entire salary to Bitcoin.Culkin, 27, signed a reserve/future contract in February and will receive $920,000 if he makes the roster. He is vying to become the primary backup to six-time Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce."I fully believe Bitcoin is the future of finance and I wanted to prove that I have real skin in the game -- not just trying to make a quick buck. I will be converting my entire 2021 NFL salary to #Bitcoin," Culkin wrote Monday on Twitter.Former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung converted half of his $13 million salary from 2020 into Bitcoin.Per Forbes, Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that you can buy, sell and exchange directly without an intermediary like a bank. It was publicly launched in 2009.
Reports: Chiefs acquire Pro Bowl LT Orlando Brown from Ravens
The Kansas City Chiefs took a significant step forward in protecting star quarterback Patrick Mahomes' blindside by acquiring Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown from the Baltimore Ravens, multiple media outlets reported Friday.Per reports, the Chiefs traded their 2021 picks in the first round (No. 31 overall), third round (94) and fourth round (136) as well as a 2022 fifth-round selection in exchange for Brown and a 2021 second-round pick (No. 58) and a 2022 sixth-round selection.Brown, 24, will fill a major void along the offensive line for the Chiefs, who parted ways with offensive tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher in the offseason.Brown reportedly requested a trade from Baltimore this offseason after expressing his desire to remain as a left tackle.In late January, Brown tweeted, "I'm a LEFT Tackle."
Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes ahead of schedule after toe surgery
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Monday he is ahead of schedule in his rehab after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a turf toe injury.Mahomes had the procedure days after guiding the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, in which they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."Obviously, we're trying to be cautious and not push me out there too soon, but I'm doing what I can," Mahomes said. "I've gotten out of the boot finally. It took forever. Now I'm trying to get back on the field and get that stuff working."I'm sure they'll keep me along that same pathway and that hopefully I can do some stuff by the end of the offseason."Mahomes played through the injury, sustained in the playoffs during Kansas City's victory over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round in January.Mahomes, 25, was the league's Most Valuable Player in 2018 before his consecutive Super Bowl seasons, including a win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Even so, he believes he can get better as he gets healthier.
Chiefs legend Fred Arbanas dies at 82
Kansas City Chiefs legendary tight end Fred Arbanas has died. He was 82.The death of Arbanas, who spent more than 40 years as a politician, was announced on Twitter by the Jackson County (Mo.) Democratic Party. The entity said Arbanas died Saturday. No cause of death was provided.Arbanas was a member of two Kansas City Super Bowl teams -- including a winning effort in Super Bowl IV -- during his nine seasons (1962-70) with the franchise. He also was a member of the 1962 AFL champion Dallas Texans before the team moved to Kansas City.Arbanas was an All-AFL selection in each of his first six seasons. He caught 198 passes for 3,101 yards and 34 touchdowns in an era in which tight ends were primarily blockers.Still, he set career bests of 686 yards and eight touchdowns while matching his career high of 34 catches in 1964. He averaged a stunning 20.2 yards per catch that season.Arbanas played his final six seasons after being declared legally blind in his left eye.
Ex-Chiefs assistant Britt Reid charged with felony DWI
Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was charged Monday with felony DWI for the February accident that left a 5-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries.If convicted of the Class D felony, Reid could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.Reid, 35, is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. He was expected to turn himself in and be booked later Monday. Prosecutors have requested $100,000 bond and GPS and alcohol monitoring of Reid.Kansas City prosecutors say Reid had a blood alcohol concentration of .113 from a sample taken two hours after he barreled into a disabled vehicle on I-435. Reid was driving 83.9 miles per hour -- in a posted 65 -- 1.9 seconds before slamming into the vehicle, per the probable cause statement form.Reid "operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed," Jackson County (Missouri) prosecutors said in the filing.Ariel Young, 5, was critically injured in the Feb. 4 wreck."The Kansas City Chiefs organization remains steadfast in our concern for all who have been impacted by this tragic accident," the Chiefs said in a statement Monday. "Our prayers are focused on Ariel's continued healing and recovery. The Chiefs are regularly in contact with the family's designated representative during this challenging time."
Chiefs get free agent C Austin Blythe on 1-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with free agent center Austin Blythe on a one-year deal, NFL Network and The Athletic reported Tuesday.Blythe, 28, spent the past four seasons in Los Angeles, starting 48 games for the Rams and missing just one game the past three seasons. Blythe graded out as the eighth-best center in run-blocking this past season, according to Pro Football Focus.The Chiefs ostensibly are moving on from Austin Reiter, their starting center the past two seasons.
Chiefs sign DT Jarran Reed to 1-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs reached a one-year deal with defensive tackle Jarran Reed, two days after he was released by Seattle.Reed can earn up to $7 million in the deal, ESPN reported Sunday. The Seahawks saved $9 million against their salary cap by releasing the 28-year-old on Friday.Reed had been a full-time starter since 2017, one year after the Seahawks selected him in the second round of the draft.
Reports: WR Robinson returns to Chiefs on one-year deal
The Kansas City have retained receiver Demarcus Robinson on a one-year deal, multiple outlets reported Thursday.The Houston Chronicle reported the deal is worth $1.137 million.The 26-year-old Robinson caught 45 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (nine starts) last season, his fifth with the Chiefs.
Chiefs re-sign RT Mike Remmers to one-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed right tackle Mike Remmers to a contract Thursday, agent Brett Tessler confirmed on social media.NFL Network said the one-year deal includes $3.5 million guaranteed with a maximum value of $7 million.Remmers, who turns 32 next month, played in 13 games (10 starts) in the regular season and started all three playoff games for the AFC champions last season.
Chiefs sign OG Joe Thuney, reel in Kyle Long out of retirement
Offensive guard Joe Thuney and retired lineman Kyle Long signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday.Thuney's deal is reportedly worth $80 million over five years.Thuney was considered the top offensive guard on the market and played under the franchise tag with the New England Patriots last season.Long played guard and tackle with the Chicago Bears but retired after the 2019 season. His career has been dented by injuries, including hip and knee injuries. Long can earn $5 million on a one-year deal, per reports.
Reports: Chiefs release RB Damien Williams
The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Damien Williams, who played a key role in their Super Bowl LIV title before opting out last season due to COVID-19 concerns, on Tuesday, according to numerous reports.The Chiefs save $2.2 million against the salary cap by cutting Williams, who rushed for 104 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in Super Bowl LIV, according to reports.Williams became expendable with the emergence of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who led the team in rushing with 803 yards and four touchdowns on 181 carries after the Chiefs took him in the first round of last year's draft. Edwards-Helaire also played in just 13 regular-season games due to injury.The Chiefs also signed second-string running back Darrel Williams to a one-year contract worth up to $2.13 million with $930,000 guaranteed on Tuesday, according to The Kansas City Star.Darrel Williams, who signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of LSU in 2018, rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries last year. He also had 18 receptions for 116 yards.
Reports: G Joe Thuney agrees to $80M deal with Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs and free agent guard Joe Thuney have agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal, according to multiple reports on Monday.The 28-year-old Thuney started 80 consecutive games for the New England Patriots over the past five seasons. He also started 10 playoff games, including three straight Super Bowls.Thuney earned nearly $14.8 million last season after the Patriots placed the franchise tag on him.The signing of Thuney will help the Chiefs better protect star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was repeatedly harassed during last month's Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Report: Chiefs hope to restructure Patrick Mahomes' contract
The Kansas City Chiefs apparently hope to become the latest NFL team to restructure the contract of a high-priced quarterback to save salary-cap space.ESPN reported Friday that the Chiefs hope to change Mahomes' $21.7 million roster bonus to a signing bonus, a maneuver that would result in $17 million of cap savings for the 2021 season.The accounting shift would allow the team to spread out the cap cost of the bonus money over multiple years.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quarterback Tom Brady similarly agreed to a contract extension Friday that provides the club with additional salary-cap flexibility.The Chiefs' tight salary-cap situation was highlighted earlier this week when the team parted ways with starting tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher on the same day.
Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy lived in hotel all season to protect son
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy lived in a hotel for more than six months to protect his vulnerable son from the potential risks of COVID-19, the coach told Sports Illustrated.In an article published Thursday, Bieniemy told SI that he slept in a hotel six nights a week from July 23, 2020, until after the Super Bowl to shield his 26-year-old son, Eric III, who suffers from cerebral palsy and respiratory issues.The revelation was part of a Sports Illustrated article on how the NFL functioned during the past 12 months amid the pandemic.
Block aid: Chiefs release starting OTs, save $18M
Starting offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz were released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.The move will save the Chiefs more than $18 million against the 2021 salary cap, including the $12 million recaptured by releasing Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013."I have a tremendous amount of respect for both Eric and Mitchell," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement."With Eric, obviously he was the very first player that we drafted when we got to Kansas City, and we were able to watch him grow into a solid tackle for us for many years."With Mitchell, his durability and toughness is remarkable and he certainly left his mark on our team. These decisions are never easy, especially with guys like these, but both of these players will forever be a part of our history."
Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman retires from NFL
Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman announced Thursday that he is retiring from the NFL.Sherman, 32, played eight years with the Chiefs primarily as a blocker and a member of the special teams unit.Although he rushed for just 73 yards and one touchdown, Sherman caught 66 passes for 552 yards and four touchdowns across his 10 NFL seasons.
Attorney: Girl injured in Britt Reid crash awake, not talking
The attorney for the family of a girl severely injured in the accident involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid said Tuesday the 5-year-old likely has permanent brain damage and is not walking or talking.During an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" program, lawyer Tom Porto said Ariel Young is awake but not speaking nearly a month after the "serious life-altering event." She suffered life-threatening injuries and continues to fight for her life, Porto said."She's awake, which is a huge development," Porto said on the morning show. "She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life. She's not walking -- it's a sad, sad, sad story."Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, told police he had two to three drinks prior to the crash on Feb. 4, three days before the team played in the Super Bowl in Tampa.Reid acknowledged to police he was driving the Dodge Ram truck that struck a Chevrolet Traverse that had arrived to assist the driver of a Chevrolet Impala that had run out of gas. Reid's vehicle struck the Impala first before striking the Traverse, injuring Ariel and a 4-year-old, both of whom were in the backseat of the Traverse.Britt Reid's eyes were bloodshot and the officer smelled "a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages," according to a police officer statement.
Chiefs hopeful Patrick Mahomes (toe) is ready by June
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on track to return from toe surgery in time to participate in the Chiefs' minicamp in June, general manager Brett Veach said Monday.Mahomes, 25, underwent surgery for turf toe on Feb. 10."It's a three-month recovery, so we're hopeful (he returns) somewhere around that mandatory minicamp, if we have it," Veach said. "We certainly think by training camp he'll be ready to go and we'll be smart with him."Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of Kansas City's 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.He had one of the worst games of his NFL career in the 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, completing 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed five times for 33 yards and was sacked three times.