Kansas City Chiefs Wiretap

Jeremy Maclin Played Through Last Season With Groin Injury

Jun 22, 2017 10:53 AM

Jeremy Maclin, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this offseason, says he played through last season with a groin injury.

Maclin told Adam Schefter on his Know Them From Adam podcast that he played most of 2016 with a torn groin.

"So I missed about four weeks there with the torn groin, and I came back and I was able to play, but I can't sit up here and tell you I was 100 percent," he said of his injury. "But I'm also not going to sit up here and make excuses, so at the end of the day, I didn't play as well as I could have last year. I think that's ultimately what happened."

Maclin finished last season with career worsts in receptions (44), yards (536) and touchdowns (2).

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Andy Reid Agrees To Extension With Chiefs

Jun 22, 2017 3:50 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to sign Andy Reid to a contract extension.

“My family and I have been very pleased by the success the franchise has sustained over the last four seasons under Coach Reid,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “He has already established himself as one of the best coaches in the league, and he is well on his way to solidifying a place among the all-time greats. We are proud to have him leading our football team, and I look forward to working with him to bring a championship to Chiefs Kingdom.”

Reid, entering his 19th season as an NFL head coach, owns a career regular season record of 173-114 (.602). He’s won 184 total games including the playoffs, the second-most victories among active NFL head coaches (Bill Belichick – 260), and is 10th all-time in wins among head coaches in NFL history.

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Former NFL Player Ryan O'Callaghan Comes Out As Gay

Jun 20, 2017 1:31 PM

Ryan O'Callaghan, former offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, has come out as gay.

O'Callaghan came out to himself in junior high school but he decided that he would never let anyone know.

“If you’re a gay kid and you hear someone you love say ‘fag,’ it makes you think that in their eyes you’re just a fag too,” O’Callaghan told Outsports on a recent visit to Los Angeles for his first-ever Pride celebration. “That got to me a lot.”

O'Callaghan had planned to commit suicide when his NFL career ended until a small group of people in the Chiefs' organization helped him.

No one is going to assume the big football player is gay,” he said. “It’s why a football team is such a good place to hide."

O’Callaghan can’t recall a single time during his six NFL seasons that he heard someone use a gay slur.

When injuries ended O'Callaghan's career, he began abusing painkillers.

“I started spending all my money to put myself in a position where it would be impossible, or at least extremely difficult, to back out of killing myself,” said O'Callaghan. 

While methodically sabotaging his own life, O’Callaghan was going to physical therapy at the Chiefs facility. David Price, Kansas City's head trainer, began noticing O'Callaghan was acting erratically. 

Price encouraged O’Callaghan to spend some time with Susan Wilson, a woman who worked with the Chiefs and the NFL counseling players on drug abuse.

“David saw the pain pills as the problem, and they were,” O’Callaghan explained. “But the real problem was why I was abusing them. And it wasn’t just the injuries.”

Wilson became the first to whom he confided he was gay. As O'Callaghan ended his drug abuse, he came out to Scott Pioli.

“People like me are supposed to react a certain way, I guess,” Pioli told Outsports. “I wasn’t minimizing what he was telling me, but I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. He built this up and built this up to the point where he said he was nearly suicidal. What Ryan didn’t know is how many gay people I’ve had in my life.”

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Jeremy Maclin Learned Of Release By Chiefs Via Voicemail

Jun 15, 2017 2:40 PM

Jeremy Maclin was upset and shocked to learn of his release from the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month via voicemail.

"Through a voicemail," Maclin said asked how he learned of the news. "[From G.M.] John Dorsey. I was upset, I was shocked. Apparently, they had been trying to trade me for two or three months. Which who knows if that’s true or not? I would just think that ... a guy who is going into his ninth year would know if he's being shopped or not. It is what it is. I still have respect for Big Red, still have respect for the organization. I'm not going to bad mouth anybody or talk any dirt on anybody. It was an unfortunate situation. They felt like they didn’t want me as a player anymore, so it is what it is. I'm happy with where I am right now, and I think that might be the last time I talk about what I call my former life. So I don't think I want to talk about that anymore."

Maclin added that the Chiefs never asked him to take a pay decrease to remain with the club.

"There was not a discussion with me or my team," he said. "I've heard a lot of rumors coming out of there. I've heard they thought I lost a step, my price tag was too high. Whatever the case may be, I'm ready to play some football. That flame that burns inside of a competitor, that thing got a lot brighter."

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Jeremy Maclin Agrees To Sign With Ravens

Jun 12, 2017 4:45 PM

Jeremy Maclin has agreed to sign with the Baltimore Ravens on a two-year deal.

Maclin was surprisingly cut by the Kansas City Chiefs on June 2nd. Maclin also visited the Buffalo Bulls.

Maclin also considered signing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The addition of Maclin gives Joe Flacco the best available wide receiver on the free-agent market and significantly improves a Baltimore passing attack that lost two of its top three targets.

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Chiefs Release Jeremy Maclin

Jun 2, 2017 7:37 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs have released Jeremy Maclin.

“I’d like to thank Jeremy for his effort and dedication the past two seasons,” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. “I have great respect for all players, which makes decisions like these very difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our club moving forward to part ways at this time. We wish Jeremy the best as he continues his career.”

“These decisions are never easy, especially with a player like Jeremy who I’ve grown close with on and off the football field over the years,” said Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. “I have a lot of respect for the way he goes about his business and how he handles himself as a professional. I wish him the best of luck moving forward.”

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Alex Smith Doesn't Think Chiefs Are Committed To Him Beyond 2017

May 18, 2017 8:55 AM

Alex Smith has acknowledged that his time as Kansas City's starting quarterback might soon be finished.

Smith made his first public comments since the Chiefs traded up in the first round to draft Patrick Mahomes II.

The Chiefs view the rookie as an eventual replacement for Smith, who has two seasons left on his contract.

"I think [the Chiefs are] committed to me [only] through this year," Smith said. "That's just the nature of it. If you don't go out there and perform, I mean, coach [Andy] Reid and [quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy] are very honest. You've got to go out there and do your deal. We all have to.

"Whether or not we drafted Patrick, it doesn't change that, right? If you're not good enough and didn't get it done, you're not going to be around long. That's just our culture. I know it. That's the nature of the position."

Smith likened it to when the San Francisco 49ers drafted Colin Kaepernick in 2011.

"There is a little similarity," said Smith, who turned 33 earlier this month. "I'm an older quarterback, and they drafted a kid that's coming in young and they're looking to develop."

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Patrick Mahomes Uninjured After Being Robbed

May 16, 2017 10:23 AM

Patrick Mahomes II was uninjured after being robbed Friday, according to the Smith County Sheriff's office in Texas.

"We believe this offense was a completely random act and the suspect had no idea who he was robbing," Sgt. Darrell Coslin said. "He wasn't being targeted or anything."

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Mahomes out of Texas Tech with the 10th pick in the NFL draft last month.

"[Mahomes] and some of his friends had been out to a baseball game earlier that evening here in Tyler [Texas]," Coslin said. "After the baseball game was over, he and his friends returned to one of the residences. They had pulled into the driveway and were exiting the vehicle when a suspect pulled in behind them and blocked them in. He exited his vehicle and approached them on foot, acting as if he was armed with a handgun.

"The suspect then demanded property from the four victims and after the robbery was complete he got in his vehicle and left the location. No one was injured. At that point in time we received a 911 call reporting the incident. We had a deputy respond to the location. After obtaining the suspect's vehicle information and the suspect's description, deputies were able to locate the suspect's vehicle a short distance away. The property from the victims was found in the suspect's vehicle so it was recovered."

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Patrick Mahomes On Playbook: 'A Lot Harder Than I Thought'

May 8, 2017 9:20 AM

Patrick Mahomes has spent just a few days with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he's already a little overwhelmed by the team's playbook.

"It's a lot more than I had at Texas Tech," Mahomes said. "Whenever I got up there and called it, then I had to look out there and see the guys and make sure everybody was in the right position. That was pretty much the process, and it was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be."

Alex Smith is expected to remain the starter for the Chiefs as Mahomes develops.

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Jamaal Charles To Meet With Broncos

May 1, 2017 8:15 PM

Jamaal Charles will meet with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday.

Charles is a free agent after spending his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Charles had arthroscopic surgery on both knees last season, which prompted the move to injured reserve. The Chiefs could have activated Charles and moved him to the active roster for their final regular-season game, but they chose not to.

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Giants Tried To Trade Up For Patrick Mahomes
Ben McAdoo reportedly loved what he saw from Pat Mahomes and was "very upset it didn't happen."

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Andy Reid: Patrick Mahomes Will 'Take Some Time'
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Chiefs Trade Up To No. 10 With Bills To Pick Patrick Mahomes
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Patriots To Host Chiefs For NFL's Opening Game Of 2017
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Chiefs-Patriots Expected To Open 2017 Season
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Andy Reid Vows To Get Tyreek Hill More Involved In Offense
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Chiefs Signing Bennie Logan To One-Year Deal
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Tony Romo Covets Texans, Chiefs, Broncos With 49ers, Rams Interested
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Jamaal Charles Released By Chiefs
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Eric Berry Agrees To Six-Year, $78M Deal With Chiefs
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Owner Endorses Alex Smith As Chiefs' Quarterback
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Eric Berry Isn't Optimistic About Long-Term Deal With Chiefs
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Chiefs Sign C.J. Spiller
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Chiefs, Texans Could Be Favorites For Tony Romo
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Chiefs 'Right Now' See Jamaal Charles Remaining With Team In 2017
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Eric Berry Says He Won't Play Under Franchise Tag In 2017
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Alex Smith Feels 'Sense Of Urgency' From Andy Reid
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