Chiefs news for 17 May 2019
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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