Morning Huddle – The Chiefs’ Trade For Former First-Round Pick Darron Lee Is A Shrewd Move

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The Chiefs dodged a bullet by not trading for Patrick Peterson prior to his PED suspension. However, the Darron Lee trade seems to be a good one.

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Chiefs waive WR Jamire Jordan from IR with injury settlement | Chiefs Wire

The Kansas City Chiefs waived Jamire Jordan with an injury designation following their rookie minicamp.

He cleared waivers which had him revert back to the Chiefs’ injured reserve list. On the surface it looked like the Chiefs might have been
making a play to stash a talented receiver on injured reserve, but now we know that’s not the case.

On Thursday, the Chiefs waived Jordan after agreeing to an injury settlement according to the NFL’s transaction report. This was always a possibility with Jordan. It happens quite frequently in the NFL with players that are waived with an injury designation. Teams don’t always intend on keeping around. The injury settlement allows them to be released from their contract obligations and pursue other opportunities

Missouri now has an official NFL team. In case you didn’t already know | Columbia Missourian

On the second to last day of the legislative year, the House made the Chiefs the official NFL team of the state of Missouri.

The bill is only missing a signature from the governor to become a reality.
It didn’t happen without a little pushback from a longtime rival, though.

Rep. Jonathan Patterson, R-Lee’s Summit, brought the resolution to the House, saying that the Kansas City Chiefs have been wonderful partners with the city and the state. He said that since 1985, the Chiefs have donated about $13 million to charity.

“The state of Missouri has had many sports franchises, and I feel it is appropriate to recognize the one professional football team in the state of Missouri,” Patterson said.

Dwayne Bowe signs one-day deal to retire with Kansas City Chiefs | Clutch Points

Bowe’s tenure with the Chiefs came to an end after the 2014 season, when the team released him. The Cleveland Browns signed him to a two-year deal the following offseason, but Bowe played just one season with the team before being waived, as his commitment to football again came into question. He hasn’t played in the NFL since, and officially ends his career on Thursday as Kansas City’s third all-time leading receiver.

The Chiefs’ Trade For Former First-Round Pick Darron Lee Is A Shrewd Move | Forbes

Because he was suspended the last four games of the 2018 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Lee’s 2019 base salary of $1.84 million is not guaranteed, and his deal expires after the season.

As they try to revamp a defense that finished next to last in total yardage and passing yards in 2018, the Chiefs took advantage of a chaotic Jets organization. In what many have labeled as a bizarre power struggle, head coach Adam Gase has taken over as interim general manager for recently-fired Mike Maccagnan, the man who hired him in January.

Five Things to Know About New Chiefs’ LB Darron Lee | The Mothership

Fans of the annual NFL Scouting Combine may remember Lee’s strong showing four years ago. He topped all linebackers that year in the 40-yard dash (4.47 seconds) and broad jump (133.0 inches) while ranking fifth in the vertical jump (35.5 inches).

His 40-yard dash time was tied for the fastest by a linebacker since 2007 and was reported by some to be as low as 4.43. The guy can move.

Rookie expectations for Rashad Fenton | KC Kingdom

That’s not to say Fenton can’t be an effective player moving forward, but he could have been picked up as a UDFA at the very least. The hope is that Fenton comes in, wows the pants off of us, and ends up being a pleasant surprise in the Chiefs secondary.

The realistic expectations, however, is that he contributes on special teams as a rookie and occasionally can come in and make a stand in the secondary. He’s not going to be a starter, unless Breeland, 
Kendall Fuller, and Charvarius Ward (even Tremon Smith) go down with an injury or don’t live up to THEIR expectations.

Where does Darron Lee fit among Chiefs’ linebackers? | Chiefs Wire

Lee will likely play weakside in the Chiefs’ 4-3 base scheme. He could probably play in the middle in a pinch and strongside on occasion, but at 230 pounds he might struggle to hold up and disengage from blockers. He needs to be in the role which will best utilize his 4.4 speed, which is the seek-and-destroy position on the weak side. He could also have an impact when the Chiefs go into different sub-package groupings.

The Chiefs would have you believe that Lee is set to compete with Anthony Hitchens, who they’ve stated would play on the weak side in their new scheme. I am under the impression that Hitchens is penciled into the middle. Lee will come in and compete directly against second-year player Dorian O’Daniel, undrafted free agent Gary Johnson and practice squad LB Raymond Davison. Keep in mind that O’Daniel struggled to pick up Bob Sutton’s scheme in 2018 and is coming off calf and ankle injuries.

Immediate and long-term ramifications of Patrick Peterson’s six-game suspension | The Athletic

Even if Arizona is willing to listen to trade offers for Peterson following his suspension, what value could it get in return? Peterson will have played in one, maybe two games prior to the trade deadline. Would a team be willing to give up a first-round pick midway through the season for a player coming off a six-week suspension, even a player as talented as Peterson?

More likely, teams would try to acquire Peterson for a third- or fourth-round draft pick. It’s hard to imagine the Cardinals trading Peterson for pennies on the dollar – unless the relationship between the two sides is forever fractured.

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Brylowman
Brylowman

I enjoyed this quote from the Official Missouri Team article:

Rep. Dean Plocher, R-St. Louis, said that if St. Louis gets another NFL team, “it might feel inferior to the Kansas City Chiefs.”

Berserker
Berserker

Self affirmation, St. Louis style.

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

I just noticed Jim Caldwell is the QB coach for the Miami Dolphins. Sorry about your luck, Josh Rosen.
That only leaves 1 AFC team in Florida that could possibly make the playoffs.

KCChef
KCChef

The Descriptor of the Lee Trade as ” Shrewd ” , Reminded me of this Limerick :

” There once was a Girl from Bermuda …
Who went on a Date with a a Buddha …
She Thought she was Shrewd , As she Danced in the Nude …
But the Buddha was Shrewdah & Screwedah ! … ” : )

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
d-block
d-block

Just came here to complain about this exact BS article.

Slayer0810
Slayer0810

“We gathered the information on Kareem Hunt, and we made a decision. And we go through the same process. It’s a process that’s important to our culture. It’s important to our organization. It’s important to being a member of this community.” -Mark Donovan

But in today’s “woke” culture, it’s much easier to jump to conclusions and assume guilt. Who needs evidence anyway?

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

I love how they give a data base of all the players that have been arrested. Roughly half are for assault, domestic abuse or disorderly conduct (which are drunken bar fights, generally). The list is hella long. Maybe it’s not just KC having this problem? I’d be interested to know the general percentages of assault/domestic assault in the general public vs the NFL. I’d imagine it’s higher. But I remember when they went in the whole “CTE=suicide,”even though NFL players have a lower incidence of suicide than the general public.

Anthony Stratton

LJ agrees

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

We’re dinging them over stadium employees now?

On Thursday, Chiefs president Mark Donovan met with domestic violence groups, including the parents of Jamie Kimble, who was fatally shot in 2012 by her ex-boyfriend, a Chiefs stadium operations employee who then shot himself. In her memory, her parents started a foundation that promotes building domestic violence policies in the workplace, among other endeavors.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

Why not? Maybe some guy that once went to a Chiefs preseason game, in Oakland, as a Raiders fan, committed a crime once. Those damn Chiefs brass need to get their poop in a group!!

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

Mark Donovan made the smart move. It’s better to sacrifice an hour to meet with those people than to wake up and see a story in the Kansas City Star about how the Chiefs don’t give a s*** about their employees.

Sudden
Sudden

That author is the same slimy fuck who earlier this week wrote what is essentially apologetics for Robert Kraft’s frequenting a sex slave mill:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2019/03/15/robert-kraft-love-and-loss-marked-eccentric-life-before-spa-scandal/3150945002/

If you wonder why the double standard, reading the article on how he describes Kraft should illuminate it.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

Poor poor Robert Kraft. Rudderless without his wife can’t make moral decisions anymore.

Evil evil Kareem Hunt. I wonder why he can’t make moral decisions. (Oh maybe it’s because his male role models were gang banging drug dealers?)

Tarkus

Sex slave mill?

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Come again?

Keep in mind that O’Daniel struggled to pick up Bob Sutton’s scheme in 2018 and is coming off calf and ankle injuries.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

Yea didnt he grade out pretty good? I think it was Hitchens who couldn’t pick up the scheme, oh and Ragland. Or there is still the possibility a wizard cast a concrete cleats spell on them.

NHChiefsfan
NHChiefsfan

I think it was pretty much everyone that was having a problem picking up Sutton’s scheme including Sutton himself.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

I think it is assumed that he had a hard time picking it up, because Bob Sutton didn’t play him. I guess they didn’t pay attention that Bob didn’t play any young guys and relied on the crusty veterans like Zombo, Parker, and Scandrick.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

That standard applies to everyone currently listed as a starter…well, minus the specific injuries.

Anthony Stratton

Happy Friday AG!

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

Veach showed a little bit of wisdom this off-season. Sometimes the best move is to not make one.

Tyrone
Tyrone

PP said he knew for a long time, “months”, that the suspension was coming, so the Cardinals would have also known. They wouldn’t be able to trade him without at least telling the other team about the positive test, if at all.

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

I have no proof at all, but I was wondering if Patrick Peterson got suspended on purpose to stick it to the Cardinals for not trading him. I mean you look at the time he has spent there in Arizona, and they have hit the reset button on their offense over and over and over. Perhaps when they decided to get rid of Josh Rosen, Patrick Peterson said man F this I don’t want do this anymore? “I see where we stand!”. Cornerbacks don’t last very long in the NFL. The Cardinals are wasting his best years. And PP decided to take the suspension, save his body some damage, make it clear to the team he wants out but not publicly look like an asshole by holding out and refusing to play.

And if this conspiracy theory holds no true resemblance to what actually happened, please feel free to use the idea for yourself on any NFL TV show script or movie script you might be in the process of writing.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

The only person he’d be sticking it to in that scenario is himself. Plunging his own market value.

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

Yeah I could see how a suspension might lower his next deal. Do we know if the suspension voids his guaranteed money? I know he loses the money for those six games.

Team Player
Team Player

More likely he was upset because he didn’t feel the Cardinals backed him up during his appeal

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

Why would the Cardinals consciously choose not to back up a star player’s appeal? That’s a poor business move.

Team Player
Team Player

The Bidwills are notoriously more NFL-before-team than even Clark

Anthony Stratton

By all accounts the chiefs have not shown any interest in PP and haven’t contacted the cards about him. I don’t see how this says anything about Veach

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

Hater 😁

Anthony Stratton

Darn tootin!

zulu trader
zulu trader

^^ THIS ^^

Fire_FG_the_moron
Fire_FG_the_moron

Some might say that Veach didnt take a chance to add another piece to a SB run. Why? Because its impossible to please everyone.