Morning Huddle – The Chiefs acquire a much-needed speedy linebacker in Darron Lee

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The Chiefs have helped bolster their LB corps by adding Darron Lee from the Jets for a 2020 6th round pick.

Chiefs news for 16 May 2019

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With another offseason trade, the Chiefs acquire a much-needed speedy linebacker in Darron Lee | The Athletic

Spagnuolo could use Lee as a blitzer or as a defender who can be trusted with pass coverage. Last season, Lee received an impressive 84.4 grade in coverage from Pro Football Focus. That score ranked him fourth in the league among linebackers. He recorded five pass breakups and collected three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown in a victory over the Detroit Lions. The Chiefs’ main four linebackers from last season — Ford, Hitchens, Justin Houston and Reggie Ragland — combined for just two interceptions.

Perhaps the trait the Chiefs coveted the most from Lee was his speed. With the quickness to run the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, Lee often chased offensive skill players on the perimeter for open-field tackles, a skill the Chiefs’ defense struggled to show for much of last season.

Jets trade Darron Lee, 2016 first-round pick, to Chiefs for sixth-round pick, per reports | USA Today

The Jets have agreed to trade linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for the 2020 sixth-round draft pick, according to multiple reports. Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the transaction.

The move goes down just hours after the Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and 
named head coach Adam Gase as interim GM. Gase is entering his first season as Jets coach, while Maccagnan had been with the team for four years.

Now, the team is jettisoning one of Maccagnan’s draft picks. In three seasons with the Jets, Lee hadn’t lived up to the expectations that come with being the No. 20 overall selection of a draft.

The big picture: Reviewing Chiefs GM Brett Veach’s offseason moves thus far | The Athletic

Note: This was published before the Darron Lee trade was announced

Veach outbidding other teams for rookie free agents, which is ultimately quite cheap in the grand scheme of things, is reflective that he understands the team needs to compensate for losing draft picks to trades.

Each move in the offseason must be considered in conjunction with every other move. Does a plan emerge out of the chaos? In the case of this offseason, the answer for Veach and the Chiefs is an unqualified “yes.” In a single offseason, he has managed to: almost completely revamp the Chiefs’ defense while actually improving the talent level, address an unexpected potential need at wide receiver and solve the problem, or at least attempt to, of needing inexpensive contracts to fill out the roster despite having fewer draft picks.

Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce vouched for Kareem Hunt to Baker Mayfield | Clutch Points

The addition of Hunt has come with its obvious share of unwanted attention to Cleveland after he was suspended after a video surfaced of him kicking a woman. According to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, Mayfield says quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce spoke glowingly about their former teammate:

Browns QB Baker Mayfield says he spoke to both Pat Mahomes, Travis Kelce abt Kareem Hunt – and both vouched for the person he is. Says, “What your boys say about you in the locker room says more about you than anything you can do on the field.”

How Kansas City Chiefs Have Improved This Offseason | Sportsnaut

Realistically, the Chiefs probably still need a cornerback. They’ve got Kendall Fuller, who was solid in his first season in Kansas City, and they’ve got Breeland, who’s more of a gamble than a sure-thing. Charvarius Ward seems to be up-and-coming, but the Chiefs would be better suited with an established corner. Someone like Marcus Peters would fit really well, if only the Chiefs hadn’t traded him for relatively nothing.

Staying in the secondary, the Chiefs could use another safety to work opposite Mathieu. A trade for Patrick Peterson, 
as suggested by John Breech of CBS Sports, would be costly but would secure the Chiefs as the best team in the AFC.

Kansas City Chiefs sign Juan Thornhill to rookie contract | Arrowhead Addict

Thornhill’s deal is expected to be around $4.6 million over the next four years, including a cap hit this year of $837K.

Thornhill entered the NFL Draft as one of the most heralded all-around safeties in the class. Virginia had played him all over the secondary, and he came with starting experience as a cornerback on the outside and the slot as well as both safety positions. However, he’s a natural fit at free safety, which is what makes him such an ideal fit alongside new free agent signing Tyrann Mathieu.

‘Patrick, you’re weird.’ Mahomes and Kelce had too much fun at teammate’s wedding | The Kansas City Star

Chiefs wide receiver Gehrig Dieter tied the knot over the weekend, and some of his teammates were there to witness the blessed event.

That includes quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce, who appeared to be having a good time at the reception following the wedding.

While Dieter and his new bride were having their first dance, someone noted that Mahomes and Kelce were in the background, swaying to the music in, well, unusual fashion.

Someone called out: “Patrick, you’re weird.”

Carlos Hyde’s biggest challenge in making the Chiefs’ 53-man roster | Chiefs Wire

When Hyde entered the NFL out of Ohio State, he was coming off a strong season as a pass catcher. He caught 16 passes for nearly 150 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. It was that type of production that led teams to believe that he could fill the receiving role well in the NFL. Five seasons into his NFL career, and catching the ball simply hasn’t been his strength.

The big concern here for Hyde has to be his competition. Darrel Williams had a 100 percent catch rate in 2018 in a limited role on just three targets. Sixth-round pick Darwin Thompson caught 23 passes and turned it into over 300 yards and two touchdowns in the 2018 at Utah State. Undrafted free agent James Williams was PFF’s highest-rated receiving back in college football for three seasons running.

Rookie expectations for Khalen Saunders | KC Kingdom

While you certainly want to see third rounders start as rookies, Saunders probably isn’t a starter come opening kickoff for 2019. He should, however, receive plenty of playing time because of his size and his wrecking ball ability. There’s no rush to force him into a starting role, unless of course an injury occurs or he outperforms his expectations.

Saunders accounted for 25 and a half tackles for loss and 14 sacks over two years at Western Illinois, so he can get after the ball carrier and make plays. That’s what the Chiefs were lacking in 2018 (well, at least when it came to stopping the run) and Saunders should hopefully make a difference.

Chiefs’ 2019 rookie draft class contract overview | Chiefs Wire

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed most of their rookie draft class already.

signed four players ahead of their rookie minicamp, including top draft pick Mecole Hardman. They signed safety Juan Thornhill today, and the only player left unsigned is third-round defensive tackle Khalen Saunders.

With several of their draft picks already under contract, we’ve got
four-year contract figures courtesy of Spotrac. Here’s a quick overview of what those contracts look like. Keep in mind once you get past a certain point in the draft, contracts are mostly uniform with yearly increases in base salary and cap hit.

Tyrann Mathieu returns to New Orleans for charity, hoping to inspire |

Mathieu has had his share of troubles, some he is sure of which the kids are aware. That is OK, too. He got through those troubles to the other side, where he ultimately wanted to be.

“I’m just here to remind them that a lot of things are going to happen in your life, it’s just important to keep your mindset on what you want to be at the end of the day,” Mathieu said. “If I can reach one kid or two kids, and maybe those kids can reach some more kids.

“That’s the message I preach: Support your friends, support the kids next to you. Just believe in people.”

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Dwayne Bowe retiring a Chief. Anyone else craving some Sonic all of a sudden? I wonder if its open.


You say suspension, I hear DISCOUNT!!
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often chased offensive skill players on the perimeter for open field tackles


What’s going on with the CJ extension? Haven’t heard a peep about anything there for ages.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

Been wondering the same thing

Team Player
Team Player

Is it just me or does Ian Rapoport look an awful lot like Urban Meyer?

Team Player
Team Player

Heresy around here I know, but I was a fan of the Madden-led Raiders. He had a way with misfits.
And that got me thinking about Andy. When he’s done coaching, he NEEDS to be on MNF. Can you imagine a booth with Kevin Harlan and Andy Reid?


I can see it now.
Harland: “and down to the forty!”
Reid: “excellent play. They pulled the left guard and” *trails off inaudibly*
Harland: “uh, Andy?”
Reid: “times yours.”



Anthony Stratton

Super Bowl or bust

Team Player
Team Player

Nothing wrong with a nice bust

Anthony Stratton

Veach will trade for all of them


Even my furry low B-cup



Team Player
Team Player

If canning Maccagnan was about the FA contract amounts, isn’t it like closing the gate after the horses got out?

Anthony Stratton

I read there was a rift between he and Gase….wtf has Gase done to earn that kind of clout?

Team Player
Team Player

You’re the guy in a green shirt. You tell me

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

More years left on Gase’s contract, plus you are can’t fire a coach in mid-May. You can fire a GM almost any time of year.

Daniel Harms

What has their GM done? Have a terrible franchise for the last 7-8 years


Yeah I agree, but at the same time what did Gase do in Miami?

That Franchise is a train wreck. I bet Lee was super glad to get out of there.

Anthony Stratton

And what changed? You’d think he woulda been fired before the draft/FA etc etc.

Kinda like the Dorsey firing, something is weird when a GM is let go right after the draft/FA


I think it’s typical to let a lame duck GM/scouting staff finish up the draft and FA period that they’ve been working on. Teams figure it’s better than putting together a new scouting staff and have them just try to wing it on a few weeks notice.

Anthony Stratton

Nah, teams usually fire coaches and GM’s right at the end of the season.


Then, too. But I distinctly remember stories about a scouting staff – possibly not including the GM – being kept on by a new regime until shortly after the draft, with the justification being as I described.

Anthony Stratton

Yeah scouting department…but not GM.


Is it really such a stretch to consider a GM as part of the scouting staff, on some teams? For example, well, our own GM?

Anyway, I don’t see any more sensible explanations presenting themselves, namely from your direction…..

TV’s explanation has been that the owner had some idealistic notion that he could get his new HC and his old GM to work together, so they tried that for a while, and then finally had the decisive falling-out over the Le’Veon Bell deal.

Clark’s explanation about the timing of Dorsey’s firing, if I remember correctly, was simply that it coincided with the regularly scheduled timing of their performance review process.

^ Either of those explanations make enough sense to me to possibly be true. Along with the explanation of keeping a scouting staff intact through the draft (which by the way I didn’t just make up myself, heard Louis Riddick say something similar). So, you got any ideas of your own, besides “something is weird?”


I think it’s more about Macc was the guy who drafted HACKENBERG…..and after this trade has one player left from his ’15 and ’16 classes on the roster.

Story is, Gase got sick of his indecisiveness and not collaborating, & told Chris Johnson he couldn’t work in that environment. Presto….accidental (?) coup