Chiefs news for 22 May 2020
Mahomes is set to make $5,316,443 this year and $24,837,000 in 2021 after the Chiefs picked up his fifth-year option, so a huge payday is on the way. CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reported back in January that Kansas City is planning to offer Mahomes a record-setting contract that would pay him at least $40 million a season, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. Russell Wilson is currently the highest-paid player in the league in terms of average annual salary, earning $35 million per season with the Seattle Seahawks.
Breeland was arrested at gunpoint on May 1. Watkins is still earning nearly $9 million with the chance to earn $6 million more in incentives in 2020, which is a lot for a player who had been ordinary during his first two seasons in Kansas City before breaking out during the postseason. The team also didn’t resolve Jones’ future with a trade or a long-term contract, meaning it’s likely to end up getting one more year out of him before losing him as a free agent in 2021.
PFT has learned, via a league source, that support is growing from a proposal that would allow teams to try a 4th-and-15 play in lieu of an onside kick. Rule changes that bar players on the kicking team from taking a running start limited the effectiveness of onside kicks last season and that limited the chances for teams to come from behind late in games.
The rule proposal, which will be voted on by NFL owners, is envisioned primarily as an opportunity for teams to get the ball back after scoring. That’s what the onside kick has always been for, but in recent years kickoff rule changes have made onside kicks harder for the kicking team to recover, so this alternative has been proposed.
“The kid’s got a lot of talent,” Toub said of Townsend during Tuesday’s media availability. “We really liked him coming out. I had him rated as the best punter coming out this year and he was available for us, and those guys got it done to get him. So that was a pretty good deal.”
“I think Taylor will start at least eight games this season,” writes Popper, “both because the Chargers are preaching patience above all else with Herbert, the No. 6 overall pick in last month’s draft, and because Herbert won’t get enough practice time before the regular season.”