Chiefs news for 17 April 2019
The Kansas City Chiefs signed their remaining unsigned exclusive rights and restricted free agents at the start of the offseason program.
Jordan Lucas, Justin Hamilton and Harrison Butker all signed one-year tenders on Monday as expected, per the NFL’s transaction report.
Butker is the most significant of these three signings. He’s been the starting kicker for the Chiefs during the past two seasons. As a former exclusive rights free agent, Butker is set to earn a salary of $645,000 in 2019, though he could still be signed to a long-term contract before mid-July.
To audition, potential members will first need to fill out the application that can be found by clicking here. Those that are interested will be asked to list their experience, their reasons for wanting to join the team and their connection to the Chiefs. Qualified candidates will then have a shot to show off their skills as part of a live audition.
“They’re going to come in and perform for us. First, they’ll have a one-on-one audition with one of the directors, where they can tell us a little bit more about themselves and show their playing skills,” said Matt Arnet, the Rumble’s Director. “They’ll also spend a little bit of time with the full drumline together to see how they interact with others and what their energy is like.”
Even though Mahomes and Robinson didn’t connect too many times in 2018, they made their share of big plays when they did. Two of note were Mahomes’s no-look pass against the Baltimore Ravens and an 89-yard bomb to Robinson in the regular season finale against the Raiders — a pass that put Mahomes at 50 touchdowns and over 5,000 yards for the season. Those plays, Reid says, are part of a chemistry between Robinson and Mahomes that formed at some point over the past season.
“I can’t tell you exactly how it came about, but it came about,” Reid said. “The one thing I can tell you – D-Rob will continue the play. There’s no pulling up on a play. So sometimes guys will take a breather on the back end or if a play’s going over here, D-Rob’s a hundred miles an hour getting over there. You think about how many plays he made this past year by just that sheer hustle on every play. Our quarterback knows if he gets into trouble, somewhere D-Rob’s going to show up. He’s going to be there. It’s developed a little bit of that trust and chemistry I think.”
That’s great news for quarterbacks on the high end of the spectrum like Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, as Wilson’s megadeal makes the possibility of Mahomes being the first NFL player to crack $200 million a near lock for one simple reason:
If Wilson, who is generally slotted anywhere from being the league’s fifth- to eighth-best quarterback, is worth $140 million total, what’s Mahomes, the reigning league MVP (who is seven years younger than Wilson) worth?
Forty million per season? Forty-two million? All guaranteed? Maybe.
The Chiefs can’t do a new deal with Mahomes until after the 2019 regular season, but there should be motivation on both sides to get it done, for three main reasons.
Forty-two of Kansas City’s 54 fourth-round picks since 1967 went on to suit up for the Chiefs, playing in a combined 1,502 games.
The Chiefs selected defensive end Jared Allen in the fourth round of the 2004 Draft, who blossomed into one of the league’s top pass-rushers almost right away. In his four years with Kansas City from 2004-07, Allen led the NFL in tackles for loss (56), ranked second in sacks (43.0), fifth in quarterback hits (39) and sixth in forced fumbles (13). Allen was traded to the Minnesota Vikings ahead of the 2008 season, providing Kansas City with the selection that was used on tailback Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs’ all-time leading rusher.
The Kansas City Chiefs 2019 single-game and group ticket sales will begin Thursday. Season ticket members will have a presale beginning at 8 a.m. The club will notify them via email with instructions on how to participate.
Jackson County residents will have a special ticket allotment to purchase single-game tickets for the season beginning at 8 a.m. as well. This extended period to purchase tickets from the allotment will last through 5 p.m. on April 26. They must come to the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office during normal business hours and have one form of identification that includes a photo of the purchaser and a personal 2018 Jackson County property tax receipt.
Tickets may be purchased on the Chiefs website by the public beginning at 10 a.m.
1. Los Angeles Chargers – Putting the Chargers first is due in part to the likelihood of the Mexico City game being in prime time. Two of the three Mexico City games over the past three years have been originally scheduled for Monday night, with the third (Patriots-Raiders) a 4:25 game. Even if the Mexico City game isn’t in prime time, the game between these two teams in Kansas City would once again be a great late-season candidate, just as it has been the past two years. With both the Chargers and Chiefs near the top of the list of AFC title contenders, it’s hard to imagine one of their matchups won’t be in prime time.
Kansas City Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu joins Doug Gottlieb on The Doug Gottlieb Show to talk about his disappointing playoff loss last season when he was with the Texans. He talks about getting past the haters and giving players the benefit of the doubt in the upcoming draft based on his own experiences coming out of college. And he weighs in on Russell Wilson’s record setting contract.
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