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Bears Won't Rule Out Pursuing Kareem Hunt

Jan 15, 2019 8:21 AM

The Chicago Bears have left open the possibility of pursuing Kareem Hunt in free agency.

Hunt is on the Commissioner Exempt List and would need to be reinstated before he could sign with any team.

The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt on Dec. 1 after video surfaced of the running back shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of his Cleveland residence.

Matt Nagy and Hunt have a relationship that dates back to Kansas City, where Nagy served as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator during Hunt's rookie year in 2017.

"I talked to Kareem, completely wanting to know how he's doing," Nagy said. "We had a good conversation. Here's a kid that I spent a year coaching on offense. It's a tough situation. I wanted to see ... making sure that he's OK but understanding, too, the situation that happened is unfortunate for everybody. He knows that.

"The only thing I cared about when I talked to him was literally his personal life, how he's doing. It was a good conversation. He sounded good. But that's it. The other stuff, that's not where it's at. There's more to it than the football, so we talked strictly on that."

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Chiefs, Rams, Saints, Patriots In Top-5 Offensive DVOA

Jan 14, 2019 10:16 AM

The NFL's Final Four for the 2018 season features four of the top-5 offenses in the league, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA.

The Kansas City Chiefs rank first, followed by the Los Angeles Rams at No. 2, the New Orleans Saints at No. 4 and the New England Patriots at No. 5.

The Patriots defeated the fourth ranked Los Angeles Chargers to reach the AFC Championship.

The combined over/under for both Championship Games is the highest in NFL history.

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Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2019 11:42 AM

The NFL has just two teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

The Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks, Rams, Packers, Falcons, Patriots and Saints also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Cowboys, Jaguars, Texans, Bears, Vikings, Broncos, Ravens and Bills are in the top-10 on defense.

The Chiefs rank first in the NFL in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

 

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Eric Bieniemy To Interview With Jets, Bucs, Dolphins, Bengals

Jan 2, 2019 10:10 AM

Eric Bieniemy will interview with the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, followed by the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, and the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday.

Bieniemy declined a request to interview with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bieniemy has been a coach with the Kansas City Chiefs since 2013 and became offensive coordinator in 2018.

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Chiefs Sign Damien Williams To Two-Year, $8.1M Extension

Dec 28, 2018 10:20 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Damien Williams to a two-year, $8.1 million extension. 

Williams, who began the season as a little-used, third-string running back, has emerged as an important player for the Chiefs in the past month since the release of Kareem Hunt.

Williams signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs during the offseason after playing four years as a backup for the Miami Dolphins.

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Patrick Mahomes Lands Endorsement Deal With Hunt's

Dec 20, 2018 8:31 AM

Patrick Mahomes, who famously expressed his love of ketchup earlier this season, has an endorsement deal for the product.

On Wednesday, Hunt's announced that Mahomes is a "brand ambassador'' for its ketchup.

"I've been a fan of ketchup for as long as I can remember, and the thick, rich flavor of Hunt's ketchup delivers every time," Mahomes said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to be joining the Hunt's team."

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Patrick Mahomes Was Lightly Recruited Coming Out Of High School

Dec 19, 2018 11:29 AM

Patrick Mahomes has become one of the NFL's best quarterbacks but he was lightly recruited in the high school class of 2014. Mahomes only received a handful of scholarship offers and eventually attended Texas Tech.

Houston and Rice were the only other FBS colleges believed to have extended scholarship offers. Oklahoma State was widely reported to be Mahomes' runner-up, but they never actually offered Mahomes.

Greg Powers, who at the time covered Texas football recruiting for Scout.com, remembers ranking Mahomes as a 4-star prospect who landed inside Scout's Top 300 prospects nationally. 

"Usually when the offer sheet doesn't match the talent you felt like you saw, you kind of have to convince yourself to stick to your guns," says Powers, who now works for Dave Campbell's Texas Football.

"What is everyone else seeing in this kid that I'm not?"

The easiest explanation could be that Mahomes' future in baseball could have scared off the football world.

Mahomes was also a three-sport athlete who was too busy with basketball and baseball to bother with retaining a private throwing coach or attending offseason showcases. 

"I think they missed because ... he never had the coaching all those other guys had," said his godfather LaTroy Hawkins. "He never went to those quarterback camps; he never did that."

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NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters

Dec 18, 2018 8:10 PM

The NFL has released its 2019 Pro Bowl rosters, headlined by Patrick Mahomes.

AFC Pro Bowl Roster By Position

OFFENSE

Wide receiver: DeAndre Hopkins*, Houston Texans; Tyreek Hill*, Kansas City Chiefs; Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers; Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Tackle: Taylor Lewan*, Tennessee Titans; Alejandro Villanueva*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs

Guard: David DeCastro*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Marshal Yanda*, Baltimore Ravens; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts

Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Mike Pouncey, Los Angeles Chargers

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Kansas City Chiefs; Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts

Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes*, Kansas City Chiefs; Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers; Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Running back: James Conner*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers; Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

Fullback: Anthony Sherman*, Kansas City Chiefs

DEFENSE

Defensive end: J.J. Watt*, Houston Texans; Myles Garrett*, Cleveland Browns; Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers

Interior lineman: Geno Atkins*, Cincinnati Bengals; Jurrell Casey*, Tennessee Titans; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Denver Broncos; Jadeveon Clowney*, Houston Texans; Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs

Inside linebacker: C.J. Mosley*, Baltimore Ravens; Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans

Cornerback: Xavien Howard*, Miami Dolphins; Jalen Ramsey*, Jacksonville Jaguars; Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots; Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns

Free safety: Derwin James*, Los Angeles Chargers; Eric Weddle, Baltimore Ravens

Strong safety: Jamal Adams*, New York Jets

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Jason Myers*, New York Jets

Long snapper: To be named by coach.

Punter: Brett Kern*, Tennessee Titans

Return specialist: Andre Roberts*, New York Jets

Special teamer: Adrian Phillips*, Los Angeles Chargers

NFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY POSITION

OFFENSE

Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Atlanta Falcons; Michael Thomas*, New Orleans Saints; Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings; Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Dallas Cowboys; Terron Armstead*, New Orleans Saints; Trent Williams, Washington Redskins

Guard: Zack Martin*, Dallas Cowboys; Brandon Brooks*, Philadelphia Eagles; Trai Turner, Carolina Panthers

Center: Alex Mack*, Atlanta Falcons; Max Unger, New Orleans Saints

Tight end: Zach Ertz*, Philadelphia Eagles; George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Quarterback: Drew Brees*, New Orleans Saints; Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Running back: Todd Gurley*, Los Angeles Rams; Saquon Barkley, New York Giants; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, San Francisco 49ers

DEFENSE

Defensive end: Cameron Jordan*, New Orleans Saints; DeMarcus Lawrence*, Dallas Cowboys; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

Interior lineman: Aaron Donald*, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox*, Philadelphia Eagles; Akiem Hicks, Chicago Bears

Outside linebacker: Khalil Mack*, Chicago Bears; Ryan Kerrigan*, Washington Redskins; Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings

Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly*, Carolina Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks

Cornerback: Kyle Fuller*, Chicago Bears; Patrick Peterson*, Arizona Cardinals; Darius Slay, Detroit Lions, Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys

Free safety: Eddie Jackson*, Chicago Bears; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Strong safety: Landon Collins*, New York Giants

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Aldrick Rosas*, New York Giants

Long snapper: To be named by coach

Punter: Michael Dickson*, Seattle Seahawks

Return specialist: Tarik Cohen*, Chicago Bears

Special teamer: Cory Littleton*, Los Angeles Rams

AFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY TEAM

Baltimore Ravens (3): ILB C.J. Mosley*, FS Eric Weddle, G Marshal Yanda*

Cincinnati Bengals (1): DT Geno Atkins*

Cleveland Browns (2): DE Myles Garrett*, CB Denzel Ward

Denver Broncos (2): RB Phillip Lindsay, OLB Von Miller*

Houston Texans (4): OLB Jadeveon Clowney*, WR DeAndre Hopkins*, ILB Benardrick McKinney, DE J.J. Watt*

Indianapolis Colts (2): TE Eric Ebron, G Quenton Nelson

Jacksonville Jaguars (1): CB Jalen Ramsey*

Kansas City Chiefs (6): OT Eric Fisher, OLB Dee Ford, WR Tyreek Hill*, TE Travis Kelce*, QB Patrick Mahomes*, FB Anthony Sherman*

Los Angeles Chargers (7): WR Keenan Allen, RB Melvin Gordon, DE Melvin Ingram, FS Derwin James*, ST Adrian Phillips*, C Mike Pouncey, QB Philip Rivers

Miami Dolphins (1): CB Xavien Howard*

New England Patriots (2): QB Tom Brady, CB Stephon Gilmore

New York Jets (3): SS Jamal Adams*, K Jason Myers*, RS Andre Roberts*

Pittsburgh Steelers (6): WR Antonio Brown, RB James Conner*, G David DeCastro*, DT Cameron Heyward, C Maurkice Pouncey*, OT Alejandro Villanueva*

Tennessee Titans (3): DT Jurrell Casey*, P Brett Kern*, OT Taylor Lewan*

NFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY TEAM

Arizona Cardinals (1): CB Patrick Peterson*

Atlanta Falcons (2): WR Julio Jones*, C Alex Mack*

Carolina Panthers (2): ILB Luke Kuechly*, G Trai Turner

Chicago Bears (5): RS Tarik Cohen*, CB Kyle Fuller*, DT Akiem Hicks, FS Eddie Jackson*, OLB Khalil Mack*

Dallas Cowboys (5): RB Ezekiel Elliott, CB Byron Jones, DE DeMarcus Lawrence*, G Zack Martin*, OT Tyron Smith*

Detroit Lions (1): CB Darius Slay

Green Bay Packers (2): WR Davante Adams, QB Aaron Rodgers

Los Angeles Rams (4): DT Aaron Donald*, QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley*, ST Cory Littleton*

Minnesota Vikings (4): OLB Anthony Barr, DE Danielle Hunter, FS Harrison Smith, WR Adam Thielen

New Orleans Saints (5): OT Terron Armstead*, QB Drew Brees*, DE Jordan Cameron*, WR Michael Thomas*, C Max Unger

New York Giants (3): RB Saquon Barkley, SS Landon Collins*, K Aldrick Rosas*

Philadelphia Eagles (3): G Brandon Brooks*, DT Fletcher Cox*, TE Zach Ertz*

San Francisco 49ers (2): FB Kyle Juszczyk*, TE George Kittle

Seattle Seahawks (2): P Michael Dickson*, ILB Bobby Wagner

Washington Redskins (2): OLB Ryan Kerrigan*, OT Trent Williams

* Indicates starter

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Chris Jones Ties Mark With 10-Game Sack Streak

Dec 14, 2018 8:32 AM

Chris Jones tied an NFL record with a sack in his 10th consecutive game Thursday night.

The Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman already holds the NFL's single-season record for consecutive games with a sack.

The two other players with a sack in 10 straight games -- DeMarcus Ware and Simon Fletcher -- did so across two seasons.

Jones, 24, has 14 total sacks this season.

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Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10

Dec 12, 2018 10:02 AM

Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection, followed by Rashan Gary of Michigan going to the San Francisco 49ers.

1. Arizona: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. San Francisco: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
3. Oakland: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. NY Jets: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Atlanta: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
6. Buffalo: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
7. Jacksonville: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
8. Tampa Bay: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
9. Detroit: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky
10. NY Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
11. Cincinnati: Devin White, LB, LSU
12. Cleveland: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
13. Washington: Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma
14. Carolina: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
15. Green Bay: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
16. Philadelphia: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
17. Miami: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
18. Denver: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
19. Indianapolis: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
20. Tennessee: Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
21. Baltimore: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
22. Minnesota: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
23. Pittsburgh: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
24. Seattle: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
25. Oakland (from Dallas): Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
26. Oakland (from Chicago): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
27. Houston: Michael Deiter, C/G, Wisconsin
28. LA Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
29. New England: Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
30. LA Rams: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

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Kareem Hunt Working With NFL On Treatment, Counseling Program
The NFL's investigation of Kareem Hunt is ongoing.

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Sammy Watkins Out 4-6 Weeks With Foot Injury
The Chiefs recently signed Kelvin Benjamin to give the team more depth at wide receiver.

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Todd Gurley Says He Wanted Rushing Title Last Season
Todd Gurley finished 22 yards behind Kareem Hunt for the NFL's rushing title last season, something he said didn't bother him at the time.

Los Angeles Times

Kelvin Benjamin Signing With Chiefs
The deal is for one year, which means Benjamin will be a free agent this offseason.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Kareem Hunt Clears Waivers, Becomes Free Agent
No team claimed Kareem Hunt on waivers, which made him a free agent on Monday afternoon.

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Executives Expect Kareem Hunt To Play In NFL Next Season
The investigation will take weeks to complete, according to league sources.

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Patrick Mahomes On Kareem Hunt: 'We Don't Do Those Things'
Patrick Mahomes and Kareem Hunt were part of the same draft class with the Chiefs, but the quarterback agreed with the franchise's decision to release Hunt.

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Chiefs Decide To Release Kareem Hunt
The Chiefs decision to release Kareem Hunt came after a video surfaced earlier Friday that showed him shoving and kicking a woman last February.

ESPN.com

Video Surfaces Of Kareem Hunt Pushing Woman
Kareem Hunt turns around the corner and runs into a man who collides with the woman, sending both to the floor.

New York Post

Chiefs Have Three Of ESPN's Top-5 Players Under 25
Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt are first, second and fifth on ESPN's list.

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Rams, Chiefs Put Up Record Numbers On MNF
The Rams and Chiefs set records in a wild 54-51 game on Monday night.

ESPN

Sean McVay Admits Rams Have 'Stolen' Plays From Chiefs
While discussing play-calling, Sean McVay admitted that the Rams have taken a few plays from the Chiefs.

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Patrick Mahomes Offered Free Ketchup If He Breaks TD Mark
Patrick Mahomes has been offered a lifetime supply of Heinz Ketchup if he breaks the single-season record with 57 touchdown passes this season.

ESPN

Rams Allot Thousands Of MNF Tickets For First Responders
The game, originally scheduled to be played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, will now be played at the L.A. Coliseum because Azteca's playing surface did not meet NFL standards.

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Stepfather Of Patrick Mahomes' Girlfriend Dies At Game
Patrick Mahomes skipped his postgame news conference on Sunday after his girlfriend's stepfather died while at the game between the Chiefs and Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium.

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NFL Set On Mexico City Game Despite Poor Field Conditions
The NFL is determined to play next week's Monday Night Football game between the Chiefs and Rams despite significant concerns about the poor playing surface, according to league sources.

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Chiefs-Rams Has Highest Over/Under Since 1986
A lot of points are expected when the Chiefs and Rams play in Mexico City next Monday night.

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Baker Mayfield: Browns Should Have Taken Patrick Mahomes First Overall
Ten teams passed on Patrick Mahomes, who is the early front-runner for MVP, in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Breeland Speaks Admits Letting Tom Brady Go Thinking He Threw Ball
Tom Brady scored on a four-yard scramble.

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NBC Replaces 49ers-Rams With Chiefs-Bengals In Week 7
The Chiefs are undefeated while the Bengals have a 4-1 record.

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