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Chiefs news for April 7, 2021

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Good Morning AG! Here’s what’s happening:

Andrew Wylie is Chiefs’ top earner in performance-based pay for 2020 season | yahoo.com

https://sports.yahoo.com/andrew-wylie-chiefs-top-earner-150910323.html

The NFLPA has announced 2020 performance-based pay distributions and third-year offensive lineman Andrew Wylie leads the way for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was also among the top earners in the league, receiving a total of $542,979 in performance-based pay for the 2020 NFL season. That number is in addition to the $750K base salary that Wylie already earned with the team last season.

Austin Blythe gives scouting report on new Chiefs teammate Jarran Reed | yahoo

https://sports.yahoo.com/austin-blythe-gives-scouting-report-165326294.html

Former Seattle Seahawks DT Jarran Reed and former Los Angeles Rams OL Austin Blythe ended up signing in Kansas City as free agents during the 2021 free agency. They’ve both battled on the gridiron during the course of their careers, facing off a total of six times since 2017. Their last meeting came during the wild card round of the playoffs.

New Chiefs FB Michael Burton explains why he chose Kansas City | usatoday

There were some questions regarding whether the Kansas City Chiefs would keep a traditional fullback on the roster in 2021 following the retirement of veteran Anthony Sherman. Those questions were answered when the Chiefs agreed to terms with former New Orleans Saints fullback Michael Burton.

Note this is from Forbes… You probably didn’t think that AG would visit that kind of place, but we leave no stone unturned!

Austin Blythe Provides The Kansas City Chiefs With Versatility At A Low Cost |forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jefffedotin/2021/04/06/austin-blythe-provides-the-kansas-city-chiefs-with-versatility-at-a-low-cost/?sh=515ab5536b81

The more, the merrier.

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to stockpile interior linemen. 

Uhh… Maybe because I was fired???

Ravens’ Sammy Watkins explains the decision to leave Chiefs despite Super Bowl success | cbssports

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/ravens-sammy-watkins-explains-the-decision-to-leave-chiefs-despite-super-bowl-success/

Sammy Watkins was a vital cog on the Kansas City Chiefs‘ Super Bowl championship roster, and was one of the top pass catchers for Patrick Mahomes during his three-year stay with the franchise. Watkins had excellent memories with Kansas City, but felt it was time to move on to the next chapter of his football career.

Does Arm Length Really Matter for NFL Offensive Tackles? | si.com

https://www.si.com/nfl/chiefs/podcasts/does-arm-length-really-matter-for-nfl-offensive-tackles

The Kansas City Chiefs find themselves in an interesting predicament when it comes to securing their future at offensive tackle. Does a shorter-armed prospect point toward lesser production at the NFL level?

Around the AFC West:

SHOCKER ALERT!!!!

DraftKings projects Broncos to have another losing season in 2021 | milehighreport

https://www.milehighreport.com/2021/4/6/22365049/broncos-predicted-losing-season

The first post free agency win projections are coming out and DraftKings has given an over/under for every NFL team based on their moves in free agency. The needle for the Denver Broncos moved very little from where it sat this time last year with a win total projection of 7.5

Broncos To Sign Shamar Stephen | profootballrumors

https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/broncos-to-sign-dt-shamar-stephen

The Broncos have already made several moves in the secondary this offseason, and now they’re addressing the defensive front. Denver has agreed to terms on a deal with defensive tackle Shamar Stephen, a source told Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post (Twitter link).

Is this another way of saying “desperate”?

K.J. Wright’s options are shrinking, could the Raiders be a landing spot? |silverandblackpride

https://www.silverandblackpride.com/2021/4/6/22370725/kj-wright-nfl-news-linebacker-raiders

Sports Illustrated reported that the Dallas Cowboys are not interested in the linebacker from Seattle. Wright had told Sports Illustrated that the Cowboys were a “dream” landing spot for him. It made sense because the new defensive coordinator in Dallas is Dan Quinn, who was formerly the defensive coordinator with the Seahawks where Wright developed into a standout player.

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probablyamistake
probablyamistake
04/07/2021 10:02 am

Really? This is how much emphasis we put on the Oline? Why should we expect anything out of a guy like this? Some here think that all we need is a LT now? We have an unknown at RT, a guy coming out of retirement at RG, an average center and LG, and no LT. We have the most explosive player in the league at QB, and I’m supposed to be content with the idea that all we need is a LT? Sorry, not comfortable with this lineup at all. But yeah, let’s draft a WR with our first pick. Brilliant.

That number is in addition to the $750K base salary that Wylie already earned with the team last season.

Slayer0810
Slayer0810
Reply to  probablyamistake
04/07/2021 11:29 am

I agree with your general sentiment, but I think it depends on who’s available at 31 though.

Hypothetically, say Devonta Smith or Rashod Bateman are still available but a run on OL and LB had already happened. You obviously wouldn’t reach for a Carman or Eichenberg pick at 31 if a top WR was still available just because you need OL. PON is a factor, but moving too far away from BPA is damaging to the overall talent level on the team.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  Slayer0810
04/07/2021 12:16 pm

Started my campaign yesterday for trading up. If there is any chance at all of a solid LT being not being available at 31, Veach should move up the board. I know some are worried about losing draft capital, I’m more worried about losing Patrick.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  probablyamistake
04/07/2021 12:29 pm

We actually have very few roster holes now, so trading up is a very likely scenario. It might be wishful thinking to get up to 16, but Arizona only has 5 picks this year. They may want to trade back and get a couple more.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  Slayer0810
04/07/2021 12:20 pm

I don’t think Eichenberg is a reach at 31. He can step in right away and start for the next decade.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  probablyamistake
04/07/2021 12:25 pm

I am confident in every position on the line but LT.

I know Niang is an unknown, but we have to be willing to play young talent at some point. We have been spoiled to have had Fisher and Schwartz for as long as we did.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  Severely Concussed
04/07/2021 12:57 pm

An unknown with a solid back up in Remmers

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
04/07/2021 7:44 am

National beer day, CHEERS…….

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  rip58lovealways
04/07/2021 7:55 am

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vvet818
Reply to  rip58lovealways
04/07/2021 9:55 am

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probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  rip58lovealways
04/07/2021 10:04 am

Good. After looking at our roster I could use a few pops.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  rip58lovealways
04/07/2021 11:37 am

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Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
04/07/2021 7:36 am

Great article link on arm length for offensive tackles.
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