Morning Huddle – Schwartz, Butker Contract Details Released

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Schwartz and Butker’s contract details are released. Plus, Mahomes throws a football over them mountains.

Chiefs news for 13 July 2019

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Look. I’ll just say it. I won’t be linking articles to the KC Star until such time that they can actually admit they have crossed a line (or the offending reporters leave) and they should be held accountable. They aren’t giving you news, they’re giving you their agenda. That is unfair to us, the readers, and certainly those that are involved in the stories being covered. This isn’t me screaming “Free Tyreek!” because even after 610 released the audio, WE have no idea what is truth and what isn’t. But to frame things to paint a certain picture in your mind is disrespectful. To double or triple down on your initial statements and even insult the intelligence of your readers is appalling.

I mentioned in a Huddle the past few weeks that the only paywall I subscribe to is The Athletic. Hear me out, this isn’t me pushing you to sign up for it – if you don’t want to pay for it, that’s fine. I’ll still include snippets from their articles here when they drop. But I mention it because of the quality reporters that they have. Each week, they will do a Q&A with fans and this week I decided to ask a question about if Hill was feeling ran out of town by the media. I could’ve never expected the response that I received from Nate Taylor. By all accounts, Nate is the absolute last person that needs to be apologizing for the way the media has been acting. He has been genuine and fair in his reporting. But to top things off, he even tweeted out my question to be held accountable by the Twitter masses:

This is the type of reporters that we deserve and we are lucky to have Nate covering the Chiefs. I hope that the situation can come to some kind of resolution and we can get back to focusing on football. But you guys know me, I like to be upfront and honest with you so I felt that I needed to share this decision with you. As always, I welcome any feedback and will always strive to make your Morning Huddle the best possible place for you to get your Chiefs news.

If The Star breaks your trust, Kansas City must break with The Star | Medium

The question to answer: is the Kansas City Star showing agenda and bias in their coverage of Tyreek Hill and his legal situation? Furthermore, if they are, how should they be held accountable?

In essentially every article published by The Star on this situation this year, 
Hill is painted as a monster. At every opportune moment, The Star makes sure to ‘namedrop’ his 2014 incident, describing it in graphic detail, seemingly reminding any forgetful readers that a man who had said incident expunged from his record and lived a relatively incident-free life since could strike again at any moment.

‘I wish I could see him play running back again’: Before Chiefs, DT Khalen Saunders was a dual-threat phenomenon | The Athletic

In their first chat this spring, Saunders asked [Jack] Fox [Punter, Rice] to do him a favor. He wanted Fox to help tell the Chiefs’ coaching staff that he can still run the ball.

Fox did his best during the team’s offseason practices this summer, even though the specialists usually do their work on a separate field from the rest of the team. Fox explained to Dave Toub, the Chiefs’ special-teams guru, that Saunders could be a surprise option on a fake punt or fake field goal. Fox also shared stories of Saunders’ legendary exploits in high school — the moments when he stiff-armed a defender, hurdled another defender and then ran over another defender in the same play — with kicker Harrison Butker, long-snapper James Winchester and punter Dustin Colquitt.

Contract details for Chiefs RT Mitchell Schwartz | Chiefs Wire

This extension saves the Chiefs just under $2 million in cap space in 2019 and essentially pushes it down the road into 2020. The Chiefs can still get out of the contract with Schwartz in 2021 if his play declines. I wouldn’t expect that to happen, because the guy has been consistent and an iron man throughout his career. The Chiefs would save $6.25 million with a trade or release in 2021 and only lose the $3.75 signing bonus to dead cap.

Schwartz is still outside of the top 10 in terms of contract value at the right tackle position. The Chiefs managed to reward one of their most solid contributors on offense without breaking the bank to do so. In fact, they managed to save a little cap money right now, which could help them front load a contract extension for Tyreek Hill, Chris Jones, Kendall Fuller or another player on an expiring deal.

Lamar Hunt: How the Kansas City Chiefs founder changed football in 1959 | Pro Football Network

Still not wanting to give up, Hunt joined up with a few of the other interested investors and made an offer to the NFL. They wanted to start an expansion franchise. The league turned them down, and Hunt’s continued efforts to own an NFL team came up fruitless once again.

After the last attempt, he sat onboard a flight back to Dallas, feeling disappointed and discouraged. He asked the flight attendant for some stationary. On that piece of paper, yes the one that caught my attention, he wrote down a business plan. The plan was to start a league of his own.

Hall of Famer Will Shields shares stories about playing alongside Joe Montana, Marcus Allen | Chiefs Wire

All of the star power on the Chiefs really influenced and taught Shields how to be great. Just like Patrick Mahomes learned all these skills about being a professional and preparing from Alex Smith, Shields did the same from the great players he was surrounded with.

“It really helped out to say that you had those great guys behind you,” Shields said. “But what was even better was what they taught you off the field. They taught you how to study the game, look at film. So Marcus would sit down with us and go through game film. And he would ask you, ‘What can you do with that guy? What can you do with this guy?’ So he could actually see what you saw. That’s why we used to call him ‘Cutty.’ He knew his cuts before he got there because he’d already discussed it with you. He already set a game plan. And so he taught you those things, and so then you’d learn how to play the game from internal and external just by what they did.”

Video: Watch Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes Launch Football Out of Arrowhead Stadium | Bleacher Report

If there weren’t video evidence of the football on the ground, it could be easily believed that Patrick Mahomes’ latest throw was still traveling along Interstate 70.

Kansas City’s 41 Action News shared video Friday of the third-year 
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback zipping a football from the field at Arrowhead Stadium over the upper deck and onto a concourse.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes snubbed of 99 overall rating in ‘Madden NFL 20’ | Chiefs Wire

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes may be the cover athlete for “Madden NFL 20,” but he isn’t joining the club reserved for players with a flawless 99 overall rating.

The four players in this seasons “99 club” are Rams DT Aaron Donald, Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner, Bears DE Khalil Mack and Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins — three defenders from the NFC and one offensive player from the AFC.

2019 Chiefs fantasy team preview: Juggernaut offense remains full of draft goodies | Yahoo! Sports

Showered with praise and labeled a “full-time starter” by Andy Reid, running back Damien Williams (26.7 ADP, RB13) is about to hop on an ADP rocket ship. Should prospective investors BELIEVE or DON’T BELIEVE the hype?

Andy: Oh, hell yeah. BELIEVE. Very, very BELIEVE. The believest. It’s almost too bad KC coaches had to come right out and declare him the top option in the backfield because he might have otherwise been a terrific fantasy bargain. Williams led me (and thousands of you) to multiple fantasy titles last season. He was a monster. The dude scored six touchdowns over the season’s final four weeks, then another four in a pair of playoff games. He was the waiver add of the year, without question.

Reid’s history strongly suggests his team will feature a dominant runner, and Williams has given him no reason to look elsewhere. The Chiefs’ non-pursuit of a serious challenger during the offseason tells you everything you need to know. Even if you’re not a complete believer in Williams’ talents (despite the 5.1 YPC), you should desperately want shares of KC’s offense. Williams is a solid second-round fantasy asset.

Contract details for Chiefs K Harrison Butker | Chiefs Wire

The structure of this deal works out nicely for the Chiefs. Each consecutive season sees the dead cap number go down, with 2024 culminating in a season where the Chiefs can get out of the contract. In  2024 there is no dead money attached to the deal and the Chiefs can walk away with $3.84 million in cap savings. If Butker’s play starts to decline at any point 2021, the Chiefs could move on from Butker with minimal dead money.

Butker’s deal has the top dollar amount in the NFL over the course of the contract, but he doesn’t enter the top 10 in the league in terms of cap dollars 
until the 2021 season. Overall this contract is rewarding for Butker and affordable for the Chiefs with several out points throughout the course of the deal.

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ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

SHORT VERSION….

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ChiefDog
ChiefDog

This gif is so wrong, but I up’d it anyways.

Mitko
Mitko

Tyreek’s Twitter now says father of 5 beautiful kids…. ?

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

I saw that too. I thought he had three childrens. Am I missing something here?
Is ANY of this real? What IS the universe??

Tony Sommer

Apparently two of those are his cats.

ChiefDog
ChiefDog

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Mitko
Mitko

I messed this comment up

Sudden
Sudden

At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if a certain bigger named Pete ended up the editor of the KC star sports section.

They deserve each other

Mitko
Mitko

But would I take the job?

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Wasnt he let go from the chiefs?

TNCHIEFS
TNCHIEFS

Nate
Terez
Seth
Tony
FTW!!
These four have tried to be honest, fair and circumspect in their reporting of a very convoluted story.

I’m with you. In fact, I had already dropped the KC Star off my reading list because of the Hill situation. Just because someone is famous doesn’t give the media the right to destroy them. Even if they have that right it’s just wrong.

KCChef
KCChef

Circumspect ? … I didn’t even know they were Jewish ! … : )

Berserker
Berserker

Don’t like how Nate talked about a “relationship with the fanbase” when the question was clearly about Hill’s relationship with the media. The media tries to hide behind “the people” way too often when they behave like assholes.

Don’t like how Terez stated that KCTV5 released “most of” the airport recording. That’s damned close to a straight-up lie, which I really did not expect from Terez.

But it can be tough to break ranks. Nate and Terez seem like they want to be genuine. I hope they do good.

Stuckinpackland
Stuckinpackland

I do love me some morning huddle, although for some reason it always smells like poop when reading it…

Dave B.
Dave B.

I like to throw up the deuces while I’m reading as well…
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zulu trader
zulu trader

LOL

KCChef
KCChef

Acouple of Things :

1 ) I support your / Our Boycott of the Star … Their Arrogance in maintaining g their Bias is unconscionable …

B ) I think it’s Great that we all ( See Cheapskates ) have access to The Athletics’s Writing Staff & Material ( Just Be Sure to Credit Them )

And Lastly ) It appears Veach Continues to craft Positive Contracts for The Chiefs ( Game, Set, Match Vs Dorsey IMHO )

Panzer85
Panzer85

Try that one on for size, ODELL…

StramtoReid
StramtoReid

I need to get my priorities straight, I have to remember kiss my wife first thing in the morning, instead of reading morning huddle first.

I believe the AG is putting together a blog that is different from any other Chiefs blog or any Chiefs media. It’s really cool how there are articles on different perspective.

Bill O Riley used to have a show the no spin zone, it was really a Republican based agenda show, the AG is a real no spin zone, Thank You for offering a service that nobody else offers.

Dave B.
Dave B.

It’s more of a community than a fan site… that’s what makes it unique.

zulu trader
zulu trader

It is, and I feel so comfortable with all you great guys and gals. It seems like I can let it all out and be my true self, here…. and you let me stay!

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

Well it’s no any fun without a couple crazies 😉

zulu trader
zulu trader

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Mitko
Mitko

Ashy-slashy!

Sudden
Sudden

There’s an old saying that all great achievements of man were inspired by women.

Arrowhead guys exists because of Yuri Kwon.

Berserker
Berserker

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tecmo_sb35
tecmo_sb35

Another great huddle, good work. As others have said below it is good to have a news source that isnt driven by sensational reporting.

Mahomes launching one out of Arrowhead is great. Wiki lists Arrowhead as 260 feet tall or 86 yards. The endzone looks a bit lower but still…

Lastly on Hill and the fan base. Adrian Peterson was quick to blame the fans in his troubles but he already had his money and was not on great terms with the team. I think Hill is in a better place with the Chiefs.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

That 260 feet is probably misleading. For one that is to the very top and he threw it over a lower area. To counter that though he was was not just throwing up he was throwing out too. My guess is it is actually over the 86 yards due to the distance out he was throwing it. That was one helluva heave.

Beachbeard
Beachbeard

It is a very similar story to what happened with our local paper after it was purchased by Gannett. As for the Star, I already avoided their articles due to the lack of quality. They will not be missed in the Huddle. Keep up the good work.

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

Once Terez split, the only one left that was ‘must see’ was mellinger. Glad to see him taking the L, and indicating that he’ll do better in the future (I have said the same).

The rest of them, pfffft. Who cares. On to Cincinnati.

stjoechief
stjoechief

Great Huddle this morning! With the crap piece they ran up the flagpole yesterday the Star has lost any confidence I had in their sports reporting. Even Mellinger has been halfhearted in walking back his tasks

Mrs. Vrabel is no one to mess around with! ✂️

TX_CHIEFSfan
TX_CHIEFSfan

Yes it was.
Particularly loved the piece written by Clay Wendler. (Never thought I’d say that) guess I haven’t stayed up to date with his work in quite some time.

Clay
Clay

When legendary shitlords are also well-trained former media members, the magic happens.

Had to come out of retirement and do my part in the revolution against more despots.

Tyrone
Tyrone

Clay
Clay

NO!!! WRONG REFERENCE!!!! HE GETS KICKED OFF THE BUILDING BY THE GOOD GUY!!!

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

I don’t think Mellinger’s article was half-hearted. He’s said what a lot of us have said….Crazy shit happened, we can’t call anyone blameless, and many people rushed to judge (him included) based on factually inaccurate, doctored intel.

Those are exactly the words I’ve said, myself, about this whole deal.

He apologized, said he should’ve done better, and will in the future. Honestly (especially given the editorial perspective of his employer, who pays the benefits for his family) what else can you expect him to say?

zulu trader
zulu trader

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go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

@ Zulu, gif me “cute brunette looking petulant yet sassy”

…hot damn, how did you know my order before I even pulled up to the drive thru? lol

ALSO – this @ Zulu, gif me _____ needs to be an AG thing

zulu trader
zulu trader

I have so much fun — I’m all in!
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@ Zulu, gif me “cute brunette looking petulant yet sassy” . . . does this work?

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

it does. I approve.

Let’s see what else this can do…

@ zulu, gif me Mitko’s 2nd worst nightmare

zulu trader
zulu trader

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stjoechief
stjoechief

His spin on the “Did I punch you?” “Where did the bruises come from?” “Did I punch you?” “We’re not thinking about that now.” exchange was that Tyreek didn’t have a good answer for her and completely ignores that she is playing the old Answer A Question With A Question game. Which I suppose is one way to interpret it but he doesn’t point out that she never answers his question either.

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

Valid, but I still don’t think that lacks sincerity. It’s just another way of viewing the back and forth.

BleedingRedAndGold

Something else to consider in the now is that his apology was a little lukewarm at the time, but in light of the editorial board going all-in with the Hill hate, he may have felt that caution was necessary, to keep from going afoul with said board.

stjoechief
stjoechief

True and in retrospect a fair point. That editorial hadn’t come out yet when his piece was published.

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat

That Vrabel family, wow!

stjoechief
stjoechief

Taeks. Stupid autocorrect.

Daniel Harms

Thanks for all the work you do Tyler, I know some people don’t read the Huddle, and I am guilty of it sometimes as well but I am going to do my best to read them from now on. Also I am so happy to be back on the site, looking forward to getting back to it!

zulu trader
zulu trader

didn’t know you left?!? Glad you’re back

Daniel Harms

Just a little vacation

zulu trader
zulu trader

go anywhere special?

Warpath
Warpath

If you miss the huddle you won’t know the play.

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

Khalen Saunders should be in the backfield on 2 point conversions after every single Touchdown until someone stops it. Getting a mobile 324 pounder 6 feet should be easy.

Chiefs were 80% on 4th Down and 50% on 2 point conversions last year.

Daniel Harms

Put me down for hell yes!

Dave B.
Dave B.

If he scores I’m expecting a back flip.

zulu trader
zulu trader

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boy can move

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

Gawd, look at him move.

Ant Knee keeps saying Saunders is an example of Veach “burying his pick” (meaning Nnadi). I fully disagree….I think Veach drafted Jones insurance for our under tackles. This kid moves too damn well to be a 0 or 1 tech his entire life, he just needs high level DL coaching. Well….guess what he’s set to receive here? lol

Tyrone
Tyrone

Contract details for Chiefs RT Mitchell Schwartz | The Kansas City Star

I was very confused here, but I reluctantly clicked to see…it’s not really the 🌟

ReverendKingdom
ReverendKingdom

Kudos for the opening statement in this edition of the Huddle. My stand is very clear and I’m proud of AG taking a stand. Responsible reporting is super important and the Star broke this trust. Again, as always, RK says, y’all rock.

Daniel Harms

You are a true AG warrior. I am proud to be a part of this site and love having readers and followers as dedicated as you are. We thank you

Tyrone
Tyrone

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Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

Kitizen Cane: “You expect me to clap?”
Auric Goldfinger:: “No, Mr. Cane, I expect you to die…”