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Chiefs news for 2 February 2019

Kansas City Chiefs sign Aaron Ripkowski to reserve/futures contract | Arrowhead Addict

Ripkowski entered the National Football Leagues as the sixth round selection of the Packers back in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in every single game for Green Bay over the last three seasons except for one and replaced popular fullback John Kuhn, not an easy task.

Chiefs legend Tony Gonzalez awaits Hall of Fame call Saturday, and it’s likely coming | KC Star

Gonzalez is one of 15 modern-era finalists for selection, and he will learn his fate Saturday night, less than 24 hours before the Super Bowl. He is on the ballot for the first time. No tight end has ever been elected on his first try. It’s widely believed that Gonzalez will be the first. The career milestones suggest he should be the first.

Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes goes inside his ridiculous no-look passes and how he’s able to make them look so effortless | CBSSports

Mahomes, in his first full season as a starter, added some flair to the quarterback position, doing something dazzling seemingly every week for the Chiefs, who ended with the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Patrick Mahomes talks about a tough end to an MVP season | Yahoo

VIDEO – Terez Paylor caught up with Patrick Mahomes during Super Bowl week to talk about an incredible season.

FOCO unveils Texas Tech-era Patrick Mahomes bobblehead | CBS19 Tyler, TX

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled the first bobblehead of Whitehouse native, turned NFL star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes in his Texas Tech jersey. The officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead features Mahomes on a football field base with his name and number on a plaque in the background.

Clark Hunt Shares a Story Detailing His Own Love of Ketchup, Thoughts on Patrick Mahomes’ Future, Key Offseason Moves and More | The Mothership

After numerous radio and television interviews, Hunt took a few minutes to speak with Chiefs.com on the phone about a number of topics—ranging from his thoughts on Patrick Mahomes’ MVP chances, Hunt’s own love of ketchup—continuing a viral storyline based on an interview Mahomes did with ESPN’s Seth Wickersham earlier this season, and also Hunt’s thoughts on how things are shaping up for the future of the franchise.

Anonymous no more, Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes causes stir at Friday’s NFL Experience | KC Star

Two years ago, Mahomes and his agents roamed the maze of radio row tables in Houston, begging outlets to put the young quarterback on their shows. Back then, Mahomes was an invisible second-round prospect from an underperforming college program in West Texas. Friday afternoon, though, he was the main attraction at the final day of radio row in Atlanta.

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upamtn
02/02/2019 12:19 pm

good stuff, dead … thank you

mitchinthekitch … tony be like ALL over that one

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  upamtn
02/02/2019 7:17 pm

Stay tuned…

Tony Sommer
02/02/2019 10:32 am

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  workingmansdead
02/02/2019 10:39 am

Only because you think of him on the Chiefs. Which was a pathetic end to his career.

But he was truly great with the Patriots

legal_kush
legal_kush
Reply to  workingmansdead
02/02/2019 12:18 pm

Not if being a pain in Peyton’s ass counts.

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/02/2019 10:38 am

Steve Atwater is probably the only Bronco I’ve ever had any kind of respect for.

ForeverRanger91
Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/02/2019 1:08 pm

Boselli needs to get in this year. WAY past due for him to get in.

Panzer85
Panzer85
02/02/2019 10:19 am

MAHOMES:

I wanted to win the AFC West, I wanted to win the AFC and I wanted to win the Super Bowl. We got close. Next year, I’ll be in the Super Bowl and you’ll be interviewing me on media night.

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How am I supposed to wait 7 freaking months?

EAFOX
02/02/2019 10:00 am

Bad sign for our free agents – Veach has shown that he will extend players out of the blue – Damian Williams and Cameron Erving. Given the fact that these free agents were never extended perhaps is a message that Veach feels they are easily replaceable. He does have the franchise tag available for Ford if he wants to keep him. Would be willing to bet that any we keep are more on our terms than theirs.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  EAFOX
02/02/2019 10:03 am

We have a lot of roster analysis planned for the next couple weeks. FA articles are already written and queued up.

backbone313
backbone313
Reply to  EAFOX
02/02/2019 10:10 am

Some of the free agents that have not signed are coming off their 1st contract and maybe their agent has their ear.

Agent market contract

Team market contract

Free Agent Market

Veach is saying nothing the other 31 GMs are saying

EAFOX
Reply to  backbone313
02/02/2019 10:15 am

It is early but have heard no noise about any urgency about resigning players. I think the Chiefs would be content moving on from most of them unless it is on a very friendly deal. Butker might be the only one the Chiefs would be willing to give a substantial pay raise to – Ford is another if we do indeed franchise tag him.

Mattl
Mattl
Reply to  EAFOX
02/02/2019 10:33 am

I keep hearing rumors about a tag/trade with Ford. I’d prefer to tag him and keep him this year and see how it plays out. And with tons of pass rushers in the draft this year, I can’t imagine we’d get a lot for him – teams could simply draft their own guy and pay him far less.

Tony Sommer
Reply to  Mattl
02/02/2019 10:48 am

Pass rush is so important, but I don’t trust Ford at all. He’s been off and on his whole career, then suddenly has a big season in his contract year? No thank you, I’d rather sign an average guy in free agency and use the rest of the money elsewhere.

Mattl
Mattl
Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/02/2019 10:53 am

That’s understandable. From my perspective, I feel like Ford has been above average when healthy (obviously health can be a concern). And because of the demand for pass rushers, an “average” guy will require a multi-year deal at a pretty substantial price; I don’t think we’re getting an average guy on a one-year, $5 million deal. I’d rather go with Ford for a year, and draft a guy this year (depending on how the draft plays out) or next year.

I really like Brian Burns (FSU) and Montaze Sweat (MSU) as potential replacements, but I doubt either will be available when we pick, plus we really need to target our secondary with a couple early picks.

Tony Sommer
Reply to  Mattl
02/02/2019 11:00 am

Yeah, average will be expensive, but Ford will be even more expensive.

Mattl
Mattl
Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/02/2019 11:17 am

Sure….but Ford is way better than average. Of course, this may come down to what we do with Houston and Berry as well. I’d be shocked if all three were gone in 2019, although I’d guess that we lose at least one of them, if not two.

The cap hits of Houston, Berry and Watkins are downright scary. I’d love if we could somehow convince them to take a pay cut. Even a couple million off their cap hit could do wonders for our cap situation.

Tony Sommer
Reply to  Mattl
02/02/2019 11:25 am

Ford was better than average last year, but he was very average before that.

Those 3 really aren’t a big problem. Houston and Watkins only have 2 more years (and Houston you could easily release in 2020 if you really wanted), and Berry is affordable after 2019. The problem really starts in 2022, when Mahomes becomes expensive and we’ll be paying all these guys. But by then those 3 guys won’t be an issue.

Mattl
Mattl
Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/02/2019 11:30 am

I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on Houston/Berry/Watkins. I love all three, but they account for roughly 30% of our salary cap next season. That’s huge and presents a real challenge.

Like you said, it won’t matter by the time we’ll need to extend Mahomes, but I think it’s an issue for 2019.

Tony Sommer
Reply to  Mattl
02/02/2019 11:35 am

Yeah, they take up a lot in 2019, but that’s not what really matters. Overall we have $28 million in space, which is about average. We have a couple starters who are FAs, but the only one who played at an above average level last year was Ford, and if we do re-sign him it’s easy to structure it to have a minimal hit in 2019.

Mattl
Mattl
Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/02/2019 11:36 am

I like you better when you’re talking about your dating experiences. 🙂

Leaf
Reply to  Mattl
02/02/2019 11:46 am

Damn Frodo. You gonna let him talk to you like that?

Tony Sommer
Reply to  Leaf
02/02/2019 11:53 am

I already took care of him.

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SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief
Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/02/2019 1:42 pm

I agree. Ford scares me. We don’t need another Berry situation.

Leaf
Reply to  EAFOX
02/02/2019 11:41 am

That’s because the only info any media asshat cares about right now is the SB. We haven’t heard anything out of 1 Arrowhead Dr since the very passive, “oh yeah, we hired a new DC.” It’s complete radio silence across the board. I think you are freaking out about nothing.

Tony Sommer
Reply to  EAFOX
02/02/2019 10:27 am

Nah, it’s just easier to sign guys who are on smaller contracts.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  workingmansdead
02/02/2019 10:36 am

Oh my…

Fire_FG_the_moron
Fire_FG_the_moron
Reply to  workingmansdead
02/02/2019 2:15 pm

TWSS, she wasn’t happy about it, but TWSS

EAFOX
02/02/2019 9:45 am

Maybe this is crazy but did Chiefs signing Ripkowski – not for replacing Sherman but as a possible third back to carry the ball. Ultimate power package of Sherman blocking for Ripkowski. He did carry the ball occasionally for the Packers.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  EAFOX
02/02/2019 9:46 am

Nah, he doesn’t have the carry stats to suggest that.

EAFOX
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
02/02/2019 9:49 am

I was thinking in the range of 3 to 5 carries a game, third and short, fourth down, or goal line packages.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  EAFOX
02/02/2019 9:58 am

I’d think if we needed more carries from the FB we’d just give them to Sherman.

EAFOX
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
02/02/2019 10:03 am

I could be talking out of my butt but do they envision a backfield of Williams, Williams, and Ripkowski with Sherman at FB?

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  EAFOX
02/02/2019 10:04 am

No.

EAFOX
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
02/02/2019 10:11 am

Not to belabor the point and I think that there is only a small chance that this is what they might be thinking but power football is more of a weakness for us right now. Rip could be the fourth quarter back who pounds at the line as we try and close games out. Can he pass block and catch the ball? Not sure as I watched a limited amount of Packers games this year. I prefer a home run threat as a third running back but see the logic in having a bigger back to pound it up the middle. Our third back would only have a limited role but evidence could suggest that Rip might feel that need.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  EAFOX
02/02/2019 10:22 am

And I believe it’s just a training camp body. Maybe an insurance policy. But with veterans minimums, if Sherman is cut to save money, I’d expect a rookie or second year player to get the spot.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic
02/02/2019 9:41 am

Mitch needs quit dickin around with the food bloggin and get his head in the playbook! Gersh dermmit!

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  QuackTastic
02/02/2019 9:43 am

He needs to do his food blogging here.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  Team Player
02/02/2019 9:47 am

Pfffft. Mitch is a Pellet Pooper Fan. Stick with us, we got you covered.

Speaking of which, back to BBQ video editing…

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
02/02/2019 9:59 am

I pffft your pffft. While I don’t doubt your superior skills, there are many pellet poppers here. And while your 3-4 (charcoal and chips) defense may be schematically superior, we have the personnel for a 4-3 (pellet) coach.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  Team Player
02/02/2019 10:05 am

Ok. That was a good one. I’ll give you that.

Anthony Stratton
Admin
02/02/2019 9:18 am

Happy MVP Day everyone!!!

Chiefsfan115
Chiefsfan115
02/02/2019 8:56 am

I’m still mad the Chiefs aren’t playing tomorrow. A better head coach would have them in Atlanta right now.

Sob Button
Sob Button
Reply to  Chiefsfan115
02/02/2019 1:02 pm

I assume you’re talking about Todd Haley? Or was it Romeo Crennel you were thinking of?

slackator
slackator
Reply to  Chiefsfan115
02/02/2019 1:14 pm

but theres only one Bill Belicheat and hes already on a team, so number two will have to do

upamtn
02/02/2019 8:44 am

ran across this and thought I’d leave it here … from 1963

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Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  upamtn
02/03/2019 2:13 am

Totally inappropriate in the enlightened America of today.

RDD India
RDD India
02/02/2019 8:42 am

You know whats most vexing and tiring? All the talking heads and peter griffins of NFL ‘showing’ chiefs D as an examples of how Rams should beat Patsys or how Patsys beat Rams. It’s real annoying and pisses me off to no end.

Team Player
Team Player
02/02/2019 6:00 am

Great collection, WMD!

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua
Reply to  workingmansdead
02/02/2019 7:16 am

Say, did I miss something — where’d sporting go off to?

Nice work, btw. Enjoying my morning coffee & Chiefs articles…

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  workingmansdead
02/02/2019 7:37 am

Rotten holiday, poor guy

Tyrone
02/02/2019 5:59 am

This FB Ripkowski signing is interesting. I know it’s just a futures contract, but he’s a veteran who’s played 3 full seasons for the Packers, played more on offense than Sherman does, but about 50% less on ST than sausage.

I wonder if this is a bit of a warning to sausage, ” don’t try to gouge us in contract negotiations”. He’s a 30 year old free agent FB, who has been very well paid and is replaceable.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Tyrone
02/02/2019 6:02 am

How many futures contracts have the Chiefs signed?
Why is this the only one we are highlighting?

Not complaining, just food for thought

Tyrone
Reply to  Team Player
02/02/2019 6:10 am

I think the only other new player signed was LB Martrell Spaight. All the other futures contracts were guys who were rollovers from the practice squad.

The difference, in my opinion between picking up a FB and a LB is we carry a bunch of LBs on the roster, we only carry 1 FB, so it’s much more of a direct competition type deal.

WTF_Chiefs
WTF_Chiefs
Reply to  Tyrone
02/02/2019 6:24 am

Had another fullback on 90 man roster last off season and several before that….Have to have someone to take reps or available in case of injury

Tyrone
Reply to  WTF_Chiefs
02/02/2019 6:26 am

True

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua
Reply to  Team Player
02/02/2019 7:26 am

SunDevil, we usually sign several futures contracts.

Here’s what we did in Jan 2018 for 2019, for example. (Unless you’re a Star subscriber, don’t forget to open that in Incognito mode btw).

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  go_saleaumua
02/02/2019 7:38 am

While the question was rhetorical I thank you.

legal_kush
legal_kush
Reply to  Team Player
02/03/2019 11:20 am

Like eleven, including Chase Litton, who survived a year on the practice squad without being poached. Is that a good thing?

NHChiefsfan
NHChiefsfan
02/02/2019 5:12 am

Stop trying to make female NFL players a thing. It’s ridiculous.

Tyrone
Reply to  NHChiefsfan
02/02/2019 5:33 am

Good luck to her with her aspirations, but it’s never going to happen.

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief
Reply to  workingmansdead
02/02/2019 7:49 am

I’m not looking forward to seeing women physically broken for sport.

Chiefsfan115
Chiefsfan115
Reply to  SuperMegaChief
02/02/2019 8:53 am

You mean the way we watched Junior Seau, Alex Smith, Earl Thomas, etc broken for sport?

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief
Reply to  Chiefsfan115
02/02/2019 9:31 am

You know those are men right?

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
Reply to  SuperMegaChief
02/02/2019 9:37 am

This begs the question… why are you ok with men being physically broken for sport?

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief
Reply to  NovaChiefs
02/02/2019 11:12 am

Let me simplify this. Men are better suited to absorb damage from other men in a physically demanding contact sport. It’s a shame when an injury happens but at least it’s done on a somewhat even playing field. In general, women are not as strong and as large as men so logically, they would be damaged far more frequently and severely in this sport. It’s not hard to comprehend. There are reasons there are weight classes in combat sports. It’s the same principal. You can’t have a 250 lb heavyweight fighting a 130 lb featherweight and call your sport fair.

Tony Sommer
Reply to  SuperMegaChief
02/02/2019 11:17 am

Weight classes have nothing to do with injuries. I wrestled in high school, and wasn’t all that good. The guy one weight class below me was one of the best on the team and made state every year. Yet I wrestled him once and beat him easily simply because I was bigger.

It’s not injury, it’s skill and athletic ability. If a woman is good enough to play at an NFL level, she should be allowed to play. It will never happen but if it does there’s no reason not to allow it.

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief
Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/02/2019 11:51 am

It has everything to do with fair competition and safety. If a woman can compete at the NFL level, then let her. But don’t cry when they carry her off the field into early retirement. I’m all for women’s sports and there are some impressively strong and tough women, I just acknowledge the realities of the different genders. I should have said that I don’t want to watch women being broken by larger, stronger men for sport.

Denmeister
Denmeister
Reply to  SuperMegaChief
02/02/2019 11:37 am

If the sport keeps going the way it is going and the quarterback gets even more ‘protection’, I could see a female becoming a quarterback in about 15-20 years from now. Although if a female hasn’t made it into the NFL as a punter or field goal kicker by now…nvm never gonna happen

Tony Sommer
Reply to  Denmeister
02/02/2019 11:46 am

I don’t think so either, even a noodle arm NFL QB has far more arm strength than your average man, so even the strongest armed women would have a hard time throwing it hard enough.

Height is another problem. Guys who are 6′ are considered too short, but very very few women would be that tall.

If you consider just those two factors, the total number of women in the whole world who would be able to do it would be maybe 100, and even that may be too many. Then you take those 100, get it down even further by looking at all the other traits needed for an NFL QB (including being in the US and playing football at a young age) and suddenly that number becomes a hard zero.

And even if you found a woman who did all that, they would be unlikely to be anything more than a below-average backup, since even the strongest armed woman would have Tyler Palko arm strength.

legal_kush
legal_kush
Reply to  SuperMegaChief
02/02/2019 12:24 pm

That’s just rules.
Seems the trend is less contact.

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