Chiefs' Andy Reid on Le'Veon Bell: 'I wish him the best'
Chiefs coach Andy Reid took the high road Thursday when it came to former Kansas City running back Le'Veon Bell.Over the weekend, Bell took to social media to talk about Reid."I'll never play for Andy Reid again," Bell wrote. "I'd retire first."In follow-up comments on Twitter, Bell said he had a "personal problem" with Reid because of something the coach said to him without revealing what that was.Reid made a brief remark to reporters Thursday."I enjoyed my time with him. I'm pulling for him," the veteran coach said. "That's how I roll. I wish him the best."Bell joined the Chiefs last season on Oct. 17 -- three days after his release from the New York Jets.The 29-year-old rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Chiefs. He had two carries for 6 yards in the AFC Divisional playoff win over the Cleveland Browns before being inactive for the AFC Championship Game vs. the Buffalo Bills.
Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes share Madden '22 cover
After fighting it out in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are sharing the cover for Madden '22.The video game released in August is one of the most popular sports titles with a segment of fans who admittedly take a day off for the on-sale date."Whenever you first get on the cover, that's a special moment," Mahomes told ESPN. "So to be on it again, twice, with an all-time great like Tom Brady, it's a special moment that I'm glad that I'm able to do so soon after I had done it the first time."I'll be able to have it for the rest of my life and be able to show my kids and my kids' kids that I was on it two times."Brady and Mahomes are each on the cover for the second time, with Brady (then with the New England Patriots) gracing Madden '18 and Mahomes on Madden '20.Brady was MVP of Super Bowl LV as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in February. Mahomes led the Chiefs to a win in the NFL title game the previous season and won MVP honors.
Travis Kelce: Browns 'neck and neck' with Chiefs in AFC
Tight end Travis Kelce believes the Cleveland Browns are serious challengers to his Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC entering the 2021 season.Kelce, a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was at Browns receiver Jarvis Landry's celebrity softball game in a suburb of Cleveland. Kelce told the Akron Beacon Journal that he sees the Browns as "definitely a contender" coming off their first playoff appearance in nearly 20 years."It's definitely there," Kelce said. "Baker (Mayfield) and the gang have upped the ante, made this team an unbelievable team and a team you have to prepare for and take serious. I think that moving forward without a doubt, I can see a lot more playoff games between us, and I'll just take it one day at a time and hope for it."I think the Browns and Chiefs are definitely neck and neck," he added.Kelce's Chiefs defeated the Browns 22-17 in last season's AFC Divisional Round on their way to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.Despite that loss, 2020 was Cleveland's best season in recent memory after being bottom-feeders for years. The Browns finished 11-5, their best record since 1994, and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round for their first postseason win since that same season.
Report: Chiefs OL Kyle Long (leg) likely to miss training camp
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Kyle Long sustained a leg injury that could keep him off the field until just before the start of the regular season, NFL Network reported Thursday.The injury occurred this week at the Chiefs' voluntary OTAs, and the report said signs point toward a fractured kneecap. He likely will miss training camp.Long, 32, is making a comeback after sitting out the 2020 season after the Chicago Bears declined his option. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract in March.
Britt Reid pleads not guilty to DWI, is allowed to drive on bond
A judge ruled Monday that Britt Reid can drive -- with conditions -- on the day the former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a February accident that critically injured a young girl.Reid awaits trial on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated after he crashed into two cars on an entrance ramp along Interstate 435 in Kansas City on Feb. 4. The wreck left Ariel Young, 5, with a traumatic brain injury.Jackson County Judge Jessica Agnelly modified Reid's bond that will allow the son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid to drive with an interlock device, which has to be blown into before a car will start. If alcohol is detected, the car won't start. Agnelly said the no-driving condition was mistakenly added to the conditions of Reid's bond.Reid waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He was charged on April 12. If convicted of the Class D felony, Reid could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.Kansas City prosecutors say Reid had a blood alcohol concentration of .113 from a sample taken two hours after he barreled into a disabled vehicle on I-435. Reid was driving 83.9 miles per hour -- in a posted 65 -- 1.9 seconds before slamming into the vehicle, per the probable cause statement form.
Ex-49ers assistant Katie Sowers says she accepted role with Chiefs
Former San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers said on Wednesday that she has accepted a position with the Kansas City Chiefs.Sowers made the announcement on her Instagram account but didn't detail what her role would be for the Chiefs."Retired from coaching in the NFL? Nah. Kansas City. I'm home!" Sowers wrote. "Huge thanks to the @chiefs organization for believing in me and providing me another opportunity to grow my coaching experience while learning from the best in the game through the Bill Walsh Diversity fellowship. Let's keep growing the game. See you this summer, chiefs kingdom."
Reports: Patrick Mahomes expected to participate in OTAs
Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on track to participate in organized team activities, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.Mahomes has been working his way back from offseason surgery to repair a turf toe injury in February. The 25-year-old had the procedure days after guiding the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, in which they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Mahomes, who previously said he was ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation, is expected to take part in a limited capacity when the Chiefs begin OTAs on Tuesday. He reportedly will take on a larger role during the team's mandatory minicamp.Mahomes played through the turf toe injury, which was sustained in the playoffs during Kansas City's victory over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round in January.
Report: Chiefs trade for Vikings CB Mike Hughes
The Kansas City Chiefs acquired cornerback Mike Hughes and a 2022 seventh-round draft pick from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for their 2022 sixth-round pick, ESPN reported Thursday.The Vikings moved on from Hughes after just three seasons. Their first-round pick in 2018, Hughes only played 24 games for the Vikings in three years due to a variety of injuries.Minnesota declined to pick up Hughes' fifth-year option, making him a free agent following the 2021 season.
Chiefs cut TE who wanted salary converted to Bitcoin
The Kansas City Chiefs have cut tight end Sean Culkin, who made news last month when he announced he planned to be the first NFL player to convert his entire salary to Bitcoin.Culkin, 27, signed a reserve/future contract in February and would have received $920,000 if he made the roster as the primary backup to six-time Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce."I fully believe Bitcoin is the future of finance and I wanted to prove that I have real skin in the game -- not just trying to make a quick buck. I will be converting my entire 2021 NFL salary to #Bitcoin," Culkin tweeted on April 26.The recent additions of veteran Blake Bell in free agency and former Duke tight end Noah Gray in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft apparently made Culkin expendable.Kansas City also parted ways with offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann (released) and quarterback Jordan Ta'amu (waived).Former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung converted half of his $13 million salary from 2020 into Bitcoin. That $6.5 million investment was worth approximately $13.4 million as of Tuesday morning.
Report: Chiefs add S Will Parks on one-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs signed safety Will Parks to a one-year contract, ESPN reported Wednesday.The deal is worth up to $1.13 million, according to the report.Parks has played five NFL seasons between the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles. Denver selected Parks out of Arizona in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft.After four seasons with the Broncos, Parks signed with his hometown Eagles in 2020 but started the regular season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. He returned to play six games for Philadelphia, but he was waived and claimed by Denver in December.
Chiefs sign RB Jerick McKinnon
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent running back Jerick McKinnon on Friday.McKinnon played for the San Francisco 49ers last season and rushed for 319 yards and five touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 253 yards and one score in 16 games (four starts).McKinnon tore the ACL in his right knee shortly before the 2018 season and missed that campaign as well as the 2019 season.
Chiefs' Sean Culkin plans to convert entire salary to Bitcoin
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean Culkin plans to be the first NFL player to convert his entire salary to Bitcoin.Culkin, 27, signed a reserve/future contract in February and will receive $920,000 if he makes the roster. He is vying to become the primary backup to six-time Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce."I fully believe Bitcoin is the future of finance and I wanted to prove that I have real skin in the game -- not just trying to make a quick buck. I will be converting my entire 2021 NFL salary to #Bitcoin," Culkin wrote Monday on Twitter.Former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung converted half of his $13 million salary from 2020 into Bitcoin.Per Forbes, Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that you can buy, sell and exchange directly without an intermediary like a bank. It was publicly launched in 2009.
Reports: Chiefs acquire Pro Bowl LT Orlando Brown from Ravens
The Kansas City Chiefs took a significant step forward in protecting star quarterback Patrick Mahomes' blindside by acquiring Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown from the Baltimore Ravens, multiple media outlets reported Friday.Per reports, the Chiefs traded their 2021 picks in the first round (No. 31 overall), third round (94) and fourth round (136) as well as a 2022 fifth-round selection in exchange for Brown and a 2021 second-round pick (No. 58) and a 2022 sixth-round selection.Brown, 24, will fill a major void along the offensive line for the Chiefs, who parted ways with offensive tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher in the offseason.Brown reportedly requested a trade from Baltimore this offseason after expressing his desire to remain as a left tackle.In late January, Brown tweeted, "I'm a LEFT Tackle."
Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes ahead of schedule after toe surgery
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Monday he is ahead of schedule in his rehab after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a turf toe injury.Mahomes had the procedure days after guiding the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, in which they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."Obviously, we're trying to be cautious and not push me out there too soon, but I'm doing what I can," Mahomes said. "I've gotten out of the boot finally. It took forever. Now I'm trying to get back on the field and get that stuff working."I'm sure they'll keep me along that same pathway and that hopefully I can do some stuff by the end of the offseason."Mahomes played through the injury, sustained in the playoffs during Kansas City's victory over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round in January.Mahomes, 25, was the league's Most Valuable Player in 2018 before his consecutive Super Bowl seasons, including a win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Even so, he believes he can get better as he gets healthier.
Chiefs legend Fred Arbanas dies at 82
Kansas City Chiefs legendary tight end Fred Arbanas has died. He was 82.The death of Arbanas, who spent more than 40 years as a politician, was announced on Twitter by the Jackson County (Mo.) Democratic Party. The entity said Arbanas died Saturday. No cause of death was provided.Arbanas was a member of two Kansas City Super Bowl teams -- including a winning effort in Super Bowl IV -- during his nine seasons (1962-70) with the franchise. He also was a member of the 1962 AFL champion Dallas Texans before the team moved to Kansas City.Arbanas was an All-AFL selection in each of his first six seasons. He caught 198 passes for 3,101 yards and 34 touchdowns in an era in which tight ends were primarily blockers.Still, he set career bests of 686 yards and eight touchdowns while matching his career high of 34 catches in 1964. He averaged a stunning 20.2 yards per catch that season.Arbanas played his final six seasons after being declared legally blind in his left eye.
Ex-Chiefs assistant Britt Reid charged with felony DWI
Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was charged Monday with felony DWI for the February accident that left a 5-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries.If convicted of the Class D felony, Reid could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.Reid, 35, is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. He was expected to turn himself in and be booked later Monday. Prosecutors have requested $100,000 bond and GPS and alcohol monitoring of Reid.Kansas City prosecutors say Reid had a blood alcohol concentration of .113 from a sample taken two hours after he barreled into a disabled vehicle on I-435. Reid was driving 83.9 miles per hour -- in a posted 65 -- 1.9 seconds before slamming into the vehicle, per the probable cause statement form.Reid "operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed," Jackson County (Missouri) prosecutors said in the filing.Ariel Young, 5, was critically injured in the Feb. 4 wreck."The Kansas City Chiefs organization remains steadfast in our concern for all who have been impacted by this tragic accident," the Chiefs said in a statement Monday. "Our prayers are focused on Ariel's continued healing and recovery. The Chiefs are regularly in contact with the family's designated representative during this challenging time."
Chiefs get free agent C Austin Blythe on 1-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with free agent center Austin Blythe on a one-year deal, NFL Network and The Athletic reported Tuesday.Blythe, 28, spent the past four seasons in Los Angeles, starting 48 games for the Rams and missing just one game the past three seasons. Blythe graded out as the eighth-best center in run-blocking this past season, according to Pro Football Focus.The Chiefs ostensibly are moving on from Austin Reiter, their starting center the past two seasons.
Chiefs sign DT Jarran Reed to 1-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs reached a one-year deal with defensive tackle Jarran Reed, two days after he was released by Seattle.Reed can earn up to $7 million in the deal, ESPN reported Sunday. The Seahawks saved $9 million against their salary cap by releasing the 28-year-old on Friday.Reed had been a full-time starter since 2017, one year after the Seahawks selected him in the second round of the draft.
Reports: WR Robinson returns to Chiefs on one-year deal
The Kansas City have retained receiver Demarcus Robinson on a one-year deal, multiple outlets reported Thursday.The Houston Chronicle reported the deal is worth $1.137 million.The 26-year-old Robinson caught 45 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (nine starts) last season, his fifth with the Chiefs.
Chiefs re-sign RT Mike Remmers to one-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed right tackle Mike Remmers to a contract Thursday, agent Brett Tessler confirmed on social media.NFL Network said the one-year deal includes $3.5 million guaranteed with a maximum value of $7 million.Remmers, who turns 32 next month, played in 13 games (10 starts) in the regular season and started all three playoff games for the AFC champions last season.