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Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports ex-Chiefs GM John Dorsey was "butting heads" with owner Clark Hunt.

Per Cole, that's what Dorsey "told a source within the past two months." No reason was given, but USA Today reported earlier Thursday the team believed Dorsey botched long-term negotiations with Justin Houston and Eric Berry. Dorsey has been an excellent drafter, though coach Andy Reid is an influence in every department of Chiefs personnel. A pair of Reid loyalists are amongst the in-house candidates expected to interview to replace Dorsey.
Jun 22 - 9:39 PM

Jets owner Woody Johnson's brother Christopher is expected to take over the day-to-day operations of the team if Woody is confirmed as Ambassador of the United States to the Court of St James's.

In the words of the team, Christopher will "directly oversee all day-to-day team operations." Things are a little acrimonious in the United States Senate right now — in case you hadn't heard — but Johnson will almost certainly be confirmed as ambassador. In theory, he should have the job until at least 2021, but ambassadors don't always remain the entire term. Former Steelers owner Dan Rooney spent only three years as Barack Obama's ambassador to Ireland. Johnson's absence should have little-to-zero effect on the team.
Jun 22 - 9:14 PM

Jets owner Woody Johnson has been officially nominated to be the United States' ambassador to the United Kingdom.

The move had been rumored since January. It had been delayed for reasons unknown by president Donald Trump. It isn't uncharted territory for a 21st century NFL owner, as Johnson will join the late, great Dan Rooney as a United States ambassador. Rooney was Barack Obama's ambassador to Ireland from 2009-12. It's unclear how the appointment will affect Johnson's football duties. Rooney remained involved with the Steelers during his time in Ireland. Ambassador of the United States to the Court of St James's is an important position. It's unclear what makes Johnson qualified.
Jun 22 - 7:28 PM

The Advocate reports recently released Rams DT Tyrunn Walker has been accused of rape.

Walker has been under investigation since an alleged February incident. The accusations were made by a pair of teenage women against Walker and another man. The women believe they were drugged. Walker's NFL career appears over.
Jun 22 - 6:05 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Chiefs have a "loose goal" of replacing ex-GM John Dorsey by training camp.

Per Mike Florio, Dorsey's replacement will report directly to owner Clark Hunt, as Dorsey supposedly did. "Supposedly" because it's unmistakable who calls the shots on the football side in Kansas City: Coach Andy Reid. ESPN reports in-house candidates to replace Dorsey are co-director of player personnel Brett Veach and pro personnel scout Mike Borgonzi.
Jun 22 - 5:45 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports one of the issues the Chiefs had with fired GM John Dorsey was his inability to get extensions with Justin Houston and Eric Berry done faster.

Per Pelissero, the Chiefs believed the slowness "cost them more later." It makes sense on the surface, but that's hardly a rarity with blue-chip players. The delay in Berry's case seemed more questionable than the delay in Houston's. The national media is reporting widespread shock at Dorsey's abrupt departure. The Chiefs are clearly comfortable with Andy Reid being the brains of the operation.
Jun 22 - 5:13 PM

Chiefs fired GM John Dorsey.

It's a stunning, baffling move. Like coach Andy Reid, Dorsey was heading into the final year of his contract. Owner Clark Hunt informed Dorsey he would not be receiving an extension, essentially firing him by way of forcing him out. Dorsey was hired to do Reid's bidding. There had been no indications of friction. Reid's already mammoth power in Kansas City now increases. It's hard to know how much of Reid's credit Dorsey deserved, but on the surface, he did an absolutely fantastic job during his four years with the Chiefs. It is worth noting the Chiefs are in salary cap shambles. Dorsey won't be on the open market for long. A Ted Thompson acolyte, Dorsey has been mentioned as a possible successor for Thompson in Green Bay.
Jun 22 - 4:13 PM

Saints signed first-round OT Ryan Ramczyk to a four-year contract.

The No. 32 overall pick of the draft was expected to compete with Zach Strief on the right side, but will instead have to man the blindside while Terron Armstead takes 4-6 months to recover from shoulder surgery. Standing in at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds, Ramczyk is a mauling run blocker, and has plus movement for his size. He could be the left tackle of the future in New Orleans. Ramczyk is in the final stages of his recovery from hip surgery.
Jun 22 - 4:02 PM

Rams released DT Tyrunn Walker.

Walker made it three months on the Rams' 90-man roster. He was making just $775,000. His release is an ominous sign after he was benched down the stretch for the Lions last season. Walker turned 27 in March.
Jun 22 - 3:58 PM

Chiefs signed coach Andy Reid to a contract extension.

Reid was entering the final season of his original five-year deal. The terms of the extension have yet to be made public — they often never are with coaches — but it's richly deserved. Reid is 43-21 (.672) as a Chief, making the playoffs 3-of-4 seasons. He has coached around major deficiencies on offense, and been completely reinvigorated on his stale final few years in Philadelphia. Reid turned 59 in March.
Jun 22 - 3:50 PM

AzCardinals.com projects first-round ILB Haason Reddick as a Week 1 starter.

Ace in-house reporter Darren Urban expects Deone Bucannon's (ankle surgery) recovery to drag into the season, giving No. 13 overall pick Reddick a chance to shine. Once Bucannon returns, the Cardinals will still find ways to get Reddick on the field. He can man the edge in sub-packages and drop into coverage.
Jun 22 - 2:57 PM

Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Giants co-owner John Mara said Eli Manning has "a lot of years left in him."

It's the exact opposite of what Mara and most Giants brass were saying earlier this offseason. In March, Mara said he was open to drafting Manning's successor. The G-Men ended up settling on third-round question mark Davis Webb. Headed into his age-36 campaign, Manning simply wasn't good enough in 2016. Coach Ben McAdoo said as much in March. The G-Men need a rebound.
Jun 22 - 1:14 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs thinks Markus Wheaton "has a better chance to start" than Victor Cruz or Kendall Wright.

Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are likely locked in atop the depth chart, but the No. 3 job is up for grabs. Wheaton was paid like a starter with $6 million guaranteed on his two-year deal, but he is coming off an injury-ruined season and has never been particularly consistent. Wright might be the best player of the three at this point, but he struggled to stay in the good graces of multiple coaching staffs in Tennessee and profiles more as a slot option, where Meredith excelled last season. Cruz may simply be done. No matter who wins the job in camp, this is not a spot to target in fantasy.
Jun 22 - 12:20 PM

Sammie Coates (groin surgery) said his health is "getting there."

Coates underwent groin surgery after the season. It sounds like he is not completely back to full health, but he was able to participate in the offseason program. "I'm starting to get back my speed," Coates said. "That's what this process is for, to get your body back so you can compete during camp." With Martavis Bryant back, Coates will need to show well in camp to even earn a roster spot. Being healthy would be a good start.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 12:12 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Derek Carr's five-year, $125 million extension contains $40 million fully guaranteed.

According to Pelissero, the deal includes $70 million in total guarantees. Those numbers put Carr below Andrew Luck, but he did edge out Luck in average annual value. More interestingly, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the deal "features a delayed cash flow" which will both help the Raiders re-sign players like Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper and allow Carr to earn more money after the Raiders move to Nevada, which has no state income tax.
Jun 22 - 11:48 AM



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