Report: Chiefs re-signing veteran TE Blake Bell
March 23, 2023 2:00 pm
The Kansas City Chiefs are re-signing tight end Blake Bell to a one-year deal, NFL Network reported Friday.Bell, 31, missed most of last season following hip surgery and finished with two catches for 20 yards and one touchdown -- the first of his eight-year career -- in three games (one start).The two-time Super Bowl champion has played in 100 games (27 starts) since San Francisco selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft.
Agents: Chiefs re-sign DT Derrick Nnadi
March 20, 2023 2:00 pm
The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, his agency SportsTrust Advisors said Tuesday.Contract terms were not disclosed for the two-time Super Bowl champion.Nnadi, 26, started all 17 regular season games and all three playoff games last season.
Chiefs tackle top need, agree to terms with Jawaan Taylor
March 12, 2023 2:00 pm
Free agent right tackle Jawaan Taylor is changing teams and could be switching sides of the line with the Kansas City Chiefs.According to reports, the 25-year-old agreed to a four-year, $80 million contract to join the Chiefs on Monday.Exclusively a right tackle with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Taylor could get a chance on the left side in Kansas City as the blindside protector for quarterback Patrick Mahomes.Kansas City had two opportunities to closely study Taylor before and during games with the Jaguars on Nov. 13 and again Jan. 21.Reports from ESPN and the Houston Chronicle connected the Chiefs to trade discussions for left tackle Laremy Tunsil. Whether Tunsil or another option, the Chiefs are expected to add another offensive lineman.The Chiefs broke off contract talks with left tackle Orlando Brown last month. Brown had been mostly a right tackle with the Baltimore Ravens before the Chiefs traded multiple draft picks to bring him to Kansas City, where he played the premium left tackle position.
Chiefs' Chris Jones: 'I will not play for another franchise'
March 11, 2023 12:00 pm
Extending the contract of defensive tackle Chris Jones seemingly was on the to-do list for the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, at it appears they might be close.In response to a comment posted on his Twitter account on Sunday morning, Jones wrote this: "I'm a chief for life. I will not play for another franchise"Jones, 28, signed a four-year, $80 million contract extension in 2020, and he's due to become a free agent after the 2023 league year.His contract value has been eclipsed by one signed by Aaron Donald with the Los Angeles Rams -- three years for $95 million, all guaranteed.
Chiefs legend Otis Taylor dies at 80
March 9, 2023 12:00 pm
Legendary Kansas City Chiefs receiver Otis Taylor has died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and dementia. He was 80.The Chiefs said Taylor died on Thursday. He had been dealing with health issues for more than three decades.Taylor's 11-year career included a memorable touchdown reception in Super Bowl IV when the heavy underdog Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 on Jan. 11, 1970."The Kansas City Chiefs organization is saddened by the passing of Otis Taylor," Kansas City CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "My family and I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Otis' wife Regina, his sister Odell and the entire Taylor family as we mourn his passing."Otis was a Chief throughout his 11-year career, and he played an integral part in the early success of our franchise. He became a Kansas City icon with his signature touchdown in Super Bowl IV, as he helped the Chiefs bring home our first Lombardi Trophy. He was one of the most dynamic receivers of his era, and he helped revolutionize the position."Off-the-field, he was kind and dedicated to his community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Otis' legacy will live forever as a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame."Taylor's death comes just seven months after quarterback Len Dawson passed away at age 87. Dawson, a Hall of Famer, was Kansas City's quarterback throughout Taylor's career.Their most famous hook-up came in the Super Bowl IV win over the Vikings when Kansas City recorded a stunning upset.Dawson threw a short pass to Taylor, who caught it at the Minnesota 40-yard line. Taylor broke a tackle at the 40 and sidestepped another at the 15 en route to the 46-yard touchdown that made it 23-7 in the third quarter.
Reports: Chiefs expected to release DE Frank Clark
March 6, 2023 12:00 pm
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to release three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Frank Clark, who helped lead the team to two Super Bowl victories, ESPN and NFL Network reported Monday.The Chiefs were unable to agree on a reworked deal with Clark's agent during talks at the Scouting Combine, per the reports.So, the Chiefs will save $21 million against their cap by releasing Clark, the NFL's third all-time leading postseason sack leader. They'll incur a dead cap hit of $7.7 million.
Not it: Chiefs inform LT Orlando Brown Jr. no tag in 2023
March 5, 2023 12:00 pm
Seven days before the start of free agency, left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. was informed by the Kansas City Chiefs he won't receive the franchise tag.NFL Network and ESPN reported Monday that Brown received word from the Chiefs and that the two sides remain engaged in discussions geared toward a tag-free resolution.The deadline for NFL teams to use the franchise tag is Tuesday at 4 p.m., and the cost to keep Brown under terms of the repeat application of a franchise tag would've been nearly $20 million for 2023. He played on a one-year tender worth $16.7 million in 2022, and would have been assured a 20 percent increase if the Chiefs tagged him in back-to-back offseasons.Brown, a third-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2018, was acquired by the Chiefs in 2021. He played last season under the terms of the franchise tag after reportedly turning down a six-year extension worth up to $139 million.Those talks reportedly broke down over the amount of guaranteed money in the offer from Kansas City.Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said last week that Brown would be a priority."As always, it's more beneficial to us to get something done long-term," Veach said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "That's why this season is so important to us. Really, this is the start. We'll have a lot of dialogue, as you know. The combine is great to come in and check out the new college talent, but a lot of the time here is spent talking with the agents of our players to start exchanging information. Unlike last year, we at least have a runway to work with. We've gotten to know his team a little bit better, so we're excited to get that process started here and get something figured out."
Chiefs' Travis Kelce takes aim at brother, Patrick Mahomes on 'SNL'
March 4, 2023 12:00 pm
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had a little fun at the expense of his brother as well as teammate Patrick Mahomes during his opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live."The charismatic Kelce began his hosting gig by referencing his team's 38-35 victory over older brother Jason Kelce's Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Ariz."If you don't know, I just won my second Super Bowl, which was amazing. But to me, hosting SNL is that much better baby," Travis Kelce said before quickly reversing his field. "I'm lying to you all. I'm kidding. Winning the Super Bowl was way better."Travis Kelce, 33, then took aim at his quarterback -- well, more to the point -- Mahomes' raspy voice.He then focused on his brother Jason, who was seated in the front row alongside their parents, Ed and Donna."You know, people keep asking me what it was like to beat my brother in the Super Bowl, and it was pretty awkward," Travis said. "Especially because after the game, we had to ride home together. Our mom drove us there in her minivan, just like the good old days."Even though his team lost after being up 10 points at half, my brother is actually really happy for me."
Matt Nagy returns to role as Chiefs' OC
February 24, 2023 12:00 pm
Matt Nagy will return to his former role as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator, taking back the position after Eric Bieniemy left to take the same position with the Washington Commanders.Nagy was the Chiefs' OC for two seasons starting in 2016 before leaving to become the head coach of the Chicago Bears in 2018.After four seasons and a 34-31 regular-season record with the Bears, Nagy was fired and returned to the staff of head coach Andy Reid this past season to become the Chiefs' quarterbacks coach and senior offensive assistant.Kansas City won Super Bowl LVII earlier this month with a 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.With Alex Smith at quarterback in 2016, Nagy's offense with the Chiefs was 20th with 343.0 yards per game. One season later, the Chiefs were fifth with 375.4 yards per game.
Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman has groin surgery
February 20, 2023 12:00 pm
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman underwent successfully surgery to repair his groin Tuesday, NFL Network reported.Hardman posted a photo of himself earlier Tuesday, writing "Time for surgery."He had the surgery in Philadelphia, per the report.Hardman, 24, missed the final two months of the regular season with the injury. He returned to play in the AFC Championship Game but re-aggravated the injury and exited the game. He missed the Super Bowl.Hardman finished 2022 with 25 catches for 297 yards and four touchdowns.
Reports: Commanders hire Eric Bieniemy as OC, assistant head coach
February 17, 2023 12:00 pm
The Washington Commanders are finalizing a multiyear deal to hire Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to the same position, multiple reports said Friday evening.In addition to the coordinator role, Bieniemy will serve as Ron Rivera's assistant head coach, NFL Network reported.Bieniemy is coming off winning his second Super Bowl as the Chiefs' coordinator. He worked on Andy Reid's staff in Kansas City for 10 years, as running backs coach from 2013-17 before his promotion to offensive coordinator in 2018.Under Bieniemy, the Chiefs ranked first in both total offense and scoring offense in 2022. They were first in both categories in 2018 and never ranked lower than sixth in the league in either statistic in the past five years.Reid handled most of the play-calling duties for Kansas City, and the offense has flourished since Patrick Mahomes took over at quarterback. A day after the Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 to win Super Bowl LVII, Reid told reporters it was possible Bieniemy could leave the team to find a bigger role."Eric Bieniemy has been tremendous for us and I think he's tremendous for the National Football League," Reid said. "I'm hoping he has an opportunity to go somewhere and do his thing, where he can run the show and be Eric Bieniemy."
Chiefs' Travis Kelce lands gig as 'SNL' host
February 16, 2023 12:00 pm
While Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes got to say, "I'm going to Disneyland" after the Chiefs won the Super Bowl, teammate Travis Kelce earned another iconic media gig.The All-Pro tight end will host "Saturday Night Live" on March 4.The comedy sketch show tweeted about Kelce's appearance on Thursday, and Kelce confirmed it in an appearance on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon." The "SNL" musical guest on March 4 will be Kelsea Ballerini.Kelce told Fallon, a former "SNL" star, "I was a huge (Chris) Farley, (Will) Ferrell, Fallon kind of guy growing up,. And I used to watch 'Saturday Night Live' with my mother. It's an absolute honor and a privilege to be hosting 'SNL' March 4th. I am so nervous for that -- oh my gosh."Fallon replied that he told "SNL" showrunner Lorne Michaels regarding Kelce, "He's so charming and he can sing and he's fun."Kelce said, "You think that about me? Thanks, man. ... You're making me blush."Kelce, 33, won a Super Bowl showdown against his older brother, Jason Kelce, the Philadelphia Eagles' center.
Report: Commanders closing in on Eric Bieniemy as OC
February 16, 2023 12:00 pm
Eric Bieniemy was back at Commanders headquarters on Friday, discussing staffing and salary as Washington moves closer to naming him offensive coordinator, Sports Illustrated reported.The offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs since 2018, Bieniemy interviewed Thursday with Commanders coach Ron Rivera. If continued talks go well Friday, Bieniemy could be hired by day's end, per the report.The Commanders interviewed former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman for the job on Wednesday but had no other interviews set up, per NFL Network.Bieniemy, 53, is fresh off another Super Bowl title with the Chiefs, the team's second in four years.Bieniemy joined head coach Andy Reid's staff in Kansas City in 2013 as running backs coach. He held that role until he was promoted to offensive coordinator.
Kansas City SB parade message: ‘We ain’t done yet’
February 15, 2023 12:00 pm
If Patrick Mahomes has his way, the hundreds of thousands of fans who turned out Wednesday for the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl victory parade can book their parade day again this time next year.Toting his SB LVII MVP trophy in one hand and a beer in the other, Mahomes had repeat on his mind."I just want to let you all know that this is just the beginning," Mahomes told the crowd in front of Union Station in Kansas City. "We ain't done yet, so I'll make sure to hit y'all back next year and I hope the crowd's the same."We're back again. We're back again. Before we started this season, the AFC West said we were rebuilding. I'll be honest with you, I don't know what rebuilding means. In our rebuilding year, we're world champs."Said Chiefs general manager Brett Veach: "In Kansas City, this is what a rebuilding year looks like right here."Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, earning their second title in four years.All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce struck a similar tone."The haters were saying that the Chiefs would never make the playoffs. The haters were saying the Chiefs were done. Done," Kelce said. "... Everybody's asking: Is this a dynasty? It's been a dynasty."
No love: JuJu Smith-Schuster trolls James Bradberry; A.J. Brown claps back
February 14, 2023 12:00 pm
Love wasn't in the air on Tuesday when Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster sent a Valentine's Day card directed at Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry on Twitter.The card featured a picture of a smiling Bradberry with the words, "I'll hold you when it matters most."The Valentine's Day greeting comes two days after Bradberry's costly holding penalty on Smith-Schuster late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVII. The game-changing play helped the Chiefs record a 38-35 victory over the Eagles."Happy Valentine's Day, everybody," Smith-Schuster wrote.For his part, Bradberry owned up to his penalty after the game.
Nielsen: 113M watched Super Bowl, No. 3 TV broadcast of all time
February 13, 2023 12:00 pm
Super Bowl LVII earned an average TV audience of 113 million people, Nielsen reported Monday, making it the third most-watched Super Bowl on record and the third most-watched television broadcast of all time.The Kansas City Chiefs' 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles came up just shy of the record of 114.4 million viewers, on average, that watched the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in February 2015.Super Bowl LI, the Patriots' famed 34-28 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in February 2017, hit 113.7 million for Fox between network and streaming, making Chiefs-Eagles Fox Sports' second most-watched broadcast ever.About 106 million viewers watched Super Bowl LVII on Fox and Fox Deportes, and the other seven million utilized streaming platforms that factored into the total.It represents a modest bump over last year's Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals, which reported 112.3 million viewers on average.Rihanna's halftime show drew an average of 118.7 million viewers, Nielsen said, making it the second most-watched Super Bowl halftime performance on record.
Patrick Mahomes on ankle: I’ll be ready for OTAs
February 12, 2023 12:00 pm
Super Bowl LVII Most Valuable Player Patrick Mahomes said Monday that the only offseason event that'll take a hit because of his injured ankle is his golf game.Other than that, he said he'll be ready for offseason training activities.Mahomes made the comments at the annual press conference that comes for the MVP and winning coach the day after a Super Bowl."I'll for sure be ready for OTAs and everything like that," Mahomes said. "Obviously, we'll continue to rehab, continue the treatment that we were doing and just give it some rest. ... Just try to make sure when we get to OTAs, I'm ready to go."One thing that might take a hit is my golf game. So I'll take a few weeks off of that."Mahomes reaggravated the high ankle sprain late in the first half of Sunday's Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He first sustained the injury in the Chiefs' divisional playoff win over Jacksonville three weeks ago."The only time that it had the real hurt in the ankle was when I got tackled, it kind of rolled to the outside a little bit," Mahomes said. "Once you have that high ankle sprain, when any little tweak like that happens, that just magnifies it. Coming into the game, I felt way better than I did the Cincinnati game."Luckily we were able to get in at halftime, get some new tape on there and some movement to try to get some mobility back."
Chiefs backup QB Chad Henne retires after 15 seasons
February 12, 2023 12:00 pm
Chad Henne is going out on top.The Chiefs backup quarterback posted a picture to social media, celebratory beer in hand, after Kansas City's 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII and captioned it with a retirement announcement."Calling it a career," Henne, 37, wrote. "Capping it off with a Bud Light and another ring."In Kansas City, Henne won two Super Bowl rings -- the same as Hall of Fame members Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, John Elway, and Peyton Manning.The Dolphins selected Henne with the 57th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons in Miami, followed by six with the Jacksonville Jaguars and five backing up Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City.
Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes: 'It took everybody to win'
February 12, 2023 12:00 pm
It was hardly Patrick Mahomes' most sparkling night statistically.In fact, the opposing team's quarterback set a Super Bowl record and tied another.Yet faced with a 10-point halftime deficit, with a right ankle injury still lingering, Mahomes guided the Chiefs on a comeback to win Super Bowl LVII 38-35 over the Philadelphia Eagles and stamped his name into NFL lore as one of the all-time greats.In just his fifth season as a starter, Mahomes became the 13th starting quarterback to win multiple Super Bowls, and the 27-year-old megastar added his second Super Bowl MVP for his efforts.Mahomes became the first player to win an NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP in the same season since Kurt Warner in 1999.He finished the game 21-of-27 passing for 182 yards and three touchdowns. It marked the fewest passing yards for a quarterback who received Super Bowl MVP honors since Tom Brady threw just 145 in his Super Bowl debut in the 2001 season.But in that second-half rally -- shortly after he came up limping on the Chiefs' final offensive play of the first half -- Mahomes was surgical, completing 13 of 14 passes, the lone incompletion being a throw-away.Mahomes added six carries for 44 yards, including the 26-yard scramble up the middle with less than three minutes remaining that got the Chiefs to the Philadelphia 17 and helped set up Harrison Butker's game-winning field goal.Mahomes sustained a high ankle sprain against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their Jan. 21 AFC divisional round game and seemed to reinjure the ankle when tackled while scrambling with 1:33 remaining in the first half. He was seen limping when jogging off the field at halftime.The limp was gone during the second half, the injury barely a memory."I told y'all this week, there was nothing that was gonna keep me off that football field," Mahomes said upon accepting the award."I just want to shout out my teammates, man. We challenged each other. It took everybody to win this football game."Teammates like Nick Bolton, the middle linebacker who led Kansas City with nine tackles and scored on a 36-yard fumble return in the second quarter. Or Kadarius Toney, who not only caught a wide-open touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Chiefs their first lead, but then returned a punt a Super Bowl-record 65 yards to give Mahomes the shortest of short fields to work with on the next possession, just five yards.Had the game swung the Eagles' way, Jalen Hurts would have been the obvious pick for MVP. The do-everything quarterback ran in three TDs, tying Denver Broncos legend Terrell Davis for the Super Bowl record, and set a Super Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 70. He went 27-for-38 passing for 304 yards and a 45-yard touchdown bomb to A.J. Brown that multiple Chiefs defensive backs couldn't defend.
Super Bowl notebook: Andy Reid gets revenge vs. Eagles
February 12, 2023 12:00 pm
The Philadelphia Eagles fired coach Andy Reid one day after the conclusion of the 2012 season. Just over a decade later, it came back to bite them.Reid led the Chiefs against his former team in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, and Kansas City rallied for a 38-35 victory to claim its second title in the past four seasons.Things didn't look promising for the Chiefs by halftime, as they trailed 24-14 after Jake Elliott kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. But Kansas City was firing on all cylinders coming out of the locker room, scoring on all four of its second-half drives to clinch the win.Harrison Butker provided the game-winning points, making good on a 27-yard field goal with eight seconds left in regulation. Philadelphia got the ball back, but only had time for one play -- a deep incompletion down the middle that officially put an end to the 2022 season.--In a highly-anticipated matchup between star quarterbacks, Kansas City's Mahomes threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns on 21-for-27 passing, while the Eagles' Jalen Hurts completed 27 of 38 passes for 304 yards and a score. Hurts did most of his damage on the ground, rushing for 70 yards and three scores on 15 carries. He had the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in Super Bowl history."I'm not gonna say dynasty yet. We're not done," Mahomes said while hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. "So I'm not gonna say dynasty yet."--The Eagles' DeVonta Smith led all receivers with seven catches for 100 yards. Travis Kelce led Kansas City with six catches for 81 yards and a score. Kelce was playing against his brother, Jason, who is a center for Philadelphia."You joke around all the time and say that you want to beat your brother in the biggest stage ever, but it's a weird feeling," Travis Kelce said. "It came down to the end, and we got all the respect in the world for those Eagles, man. But there's nothing really I could say to (Jason) other than I love him and he played a hell of a year, a hell of a season."--Mahomes battled through an ankle injury, which he seemed to aggravate late in the second quarter. He had sustained a high ankle sprain against the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC Divisional game on Jan. 21, but was able to remain in Sunday's game against the Eagles.