NFL Free Agency: Best, worst signings for each team since 2018 | ESPN
Best Signing: Tyrant Mathieu, S, 2019
Mathieu was a key player for the Chiefs as they went to back-to-back Super Bowls in his first two seasons with the team. In 2019, he helped lead a refurbished defense with several new starters, a new coordinator, and new staff. Towards the end of that Super Bowl season, the Chiefs had one of the best defenses in the league.
Worst Signing: Anthony Hitchens, LB, 2018
He wasn’t a bust, but Hitchens rarely had the impact the Chiefs hoped for in his four seasons with them after signing a five-year, $45 million contract. He often came out with third downs. The Chiefs’ linebacker game increased dramatically after they invested draft picks in Willie Gay in 2020 and Nick Bolton a year later. – Adam Teicher
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Kansas City bosses: Edge Jadeveon Clowney
The Kansas City Chiefs have demonstrated the ideal approach to building rosters while paying a star quarterback what they’re worth.
They paid Patrick Mahomes, identified the few stars they felt were worth the money, designed well, and populated the list with functional pieces at bargain prices. So free agency at this point isn’t about extravagant expenses for them, it’s about finding a few missing pieces that could make the difference.
Building pass rush depth is definitely an area where a free agent could add value. Chris Jones is leading the pass rush, and George Karlaftis was second on the team in sacks this year with six. Frank Clark was next at five, but he could be a cap victim as the Chiefs are just above cap heading into the offseason.
Clowney never quite lived up to his potential as a No. 1 pick, but he’s an excellent run defender on the edge and generally prolific as a pass rusher. He only had two sacks in his final season with Cleveland Brown, but in 2021 he had nine.
Things didn’t end well in 2022. The Browns sent the defensive end home after he criticized how they were using him. A Redemption tour with the Chiefs could result in a ring and a more positive image heading into 2024.
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31. CHIEFS OF KANSAS CITY: ED FELIX ANUDIKE-UZOMAH, State of Kansas
PFF Big Board Rank: 33
Conclusion in the 2023 NFL Draft Guide by PFF: Anudike-Uzomah has a really simple tape to take to the next level. He is one of the higher floor pass rushers in the class.
“Not only does he have a good tape, a good production, but also what he said on the podium [at the combine] shows intelligence and a plan. He understands what he’s doing – he has a game plan and an approach to rush the passer by.” – Sam Monson
Taylor Lewan tweets about Chiefs, causing a stir among KC fans | The Kansas City Star
NFL free agency begins in a week, and if Brown signs elsewhere, the Chiefs may be looking for a new left tackle.
Could former Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan be the answer?
Lewan, released by the Titans in February, is a left tackle who has undergone two ACL surgeries in the past three seasons, ESPN noted. Lewan, who turns 32 in July, only played two games last season and has made 20 appearances since the start of the 2020 season.
On Wednesday, Lewan caught the attention of Chiefs fans with this tweet:
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OT Age: 27
Boom: Brown played on the franchise tag in 2022, helping the Chiefs return to Super Bowl glory. Now, the top offensive tackle available in free agency earns the highest dollar, and when placed on an offense similar to Kansas City’s — one that relies on the rout and leverages game action from it — it will definitely worth the money spent on Brown.
Bust: Brown took a beating as a pass guard in Kansas City. That’s not to say that this giant bookend just can’t get the job done, but its new passer needs to be able to move around in the pocket. (No sitting ducks, please!) Brown’s inconsistencies could be further amplified if he lands in an offense that’s primarily a dropback pass operation.
2023 NFL Free Agency: One player on each team must sign | ESPN
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EN Marcus Davenport
Frank Clark is a strong cut candidate and Carlos Dunlap is a free agent, meaning the Chiefs need a new edge rusher to play George Karlaftis. Why not make a splash with Davenport, Free Agency’s top young edge rusher?
Who wouldn’t want to play for the defending Super Bowl champion and have another run with Patrick Mahomes? The only problem is keeping the 26-year-old Davenport healthy, having never played more than 13 games in a season. But ignore his tiny 0.5 sack total in 2022; SIS charts have Davenport with just a little less rush (25-22) and the same number of hits (22) he had in two other games in 2021. Those numbers strongly suggest Davenport will bounce back in the sack department in 2023.
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Calvin Ridley says gambling originated in the fight against depression | United States today
As well as taking responsibility for his actions, Ridley, 28, revealed he battled depression after his home was broken into and that he played the 2020 season, which saw him rushing for 1,374 yards, with a broken foot. Rushing back from surgery, he survived the first part of the 2021 season on painkillers until exhausted and forced to take a break from football. During that time, he bet on the Falcons.
“In a dark moment, I made a stupid mistake. I wasn’t trying to cheat the game. That’s what I want to make clear,” he wrote in the essay, which was published Wednesday. “By that point, I was completely away from the team for about a month. I was still so depressed and angry and the days were so long. I was looking for something to distract myself and make the day go by faster.”
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Chiefs publish Frank Clark: Memoirs of his time in Kansas City
“The Shark” cemented his legacy here in Chiefs Kingdom with his gameplay and personality,” said General Manager Brett Veach wrote in a statementreleased along with a 78-second tribute video.
Move leaves Kansas City with $7.67 million in dead cap funds accordingly Spotrac — but frees up almost $21 million in space in 2023.
“These decisions are never easy, but we wish him the best in his future career,” Veach wrote of the 29-year-old passrusher, who is attracting a lot of attention in the open market.
“We appreciate the work he put in to help us get there,” added head coach Andy Reid.
Over four seasons, Clark helped put Kansas City over the hilltop twice as he amassed 34 total sacks and three Pro Bowl appearances en route to two Lombardi trophies.
“He will always be a part of our history here,” Reid finished.
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