Player News - Chiefs

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Chris Conley ran as the Chiefs' first-team X receiver this spring.

Jeremy Maclin is Kansas City's Z receiver, with Albert Wilson moving inside to the slot to replace Jason Avant. Wilson may still start in two-receiver sets, but it was clear late last season that the Chiefs wanted Conley more involved. He scored a touchdown in the team's Wild Card win over Houston and caught five passes in Kansas City's Divisional Round loss to the Patriots. A SPARQ freak at 6-foot-2, 213, Conley has some appeal in best-ball fantasy leagues.
Jul 24 - 2:30 PM

The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor reports Chiefs WR/RB De'Anthony Thomas is on the roster bubble.

Paylor says the addition of fifth-rounder Tyreek Hill could put Thomas "in a tough spot." ESPN's Adam Teicher agrees, saying it is unlikely the Chiefs keep both Hill and Thomas. A gadget player at his best, Thomas has played in just 22 games through two NFL seasons. He needs to stay healthy in camp to have any shot at a roster spot.
Jul 23 - 12:26 PM

The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor reports Spencer Ware "caught lots of passes in OTAs."

This is potentially bad news for Charcandrick West, who seemed more likely than Ware to handle passing-down work when Jamaal Charles needs a breather. ESPN's Adam Teicher already labeled Ware the No. 2 behind Charles, and it looks like that could be the case in the passing game as well. Ware is a much better late-round flier than West.
Jul 23 - 12:20 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher considers Spencer Ware the team's No. 2 back behind Jamaal Charles.

Although Charcandrick West made flashier plays, Ware severely outperformed him last season and is a better stylistic complement to Charles as a between-the-tackles pounder. There is a conceivable scenario in which Ware could offer some standalone value this year, especially if he handles short-yardage and goal-line work. Ware is a better late-round dart throw than West in fantasy drafts.
Jul 19 - 12:42 PM

Albert Wilson got the majority of slot reps at OTAs.

Wilson was an outside-only receiver his first two years. The Chiefs are moving him inside, with second-year WR Chris Conley getting reps opposite Jeremy Maclin. Conley is the pre-camp favorite for Kansas City’s No. 2 role.
Jul 16 - 3:31 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey released a statement saying the team "look(s) forward to resuming" contract negotiations with SS Eric Berry after the season.

Kansas City and Berry were unable to hammer out a long-term deal before the franchise-tag deadline, but the Chiefs will retry after the season. With the two sides reportedly "miles apart," it is not a given they work something out before 2017 free agency. Berry will make $10.8 million on his one-year tag.
Jul 16 - 11:12 AM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin confirms the Chiefs and franchise player Eric Berry will not reach a long-term deal before Friday's deadline.

Getlin said the sides were "miles apart." Berry was reportedly seeking a deal similar to the five-year, $51.25 million pact signed by Vikings S Harrison Smith earlier this offseason. Apparently that wasn't in the Chiefs' budget. The 2015 Comeback Player of the Year and first-team All-Pro is now slated for free agency next winter. Berry will play under the $10.8 million franchise tag in 2016.
Jul 15 - 2:45 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Chiefs and franchise player Eric Berry are "highly unlikely" to agree to a deal before Friday afternoon's deadline.

It's similar to what NFL Network's Rand Getlin reported Thursday. There's still about four hours for the sides to close the gap, but it sounds like that gap is pretty wide. Berry is likely to play out 2016 on the $10.8 million tag.
Jul 15 - 12:16 PM

NFL.com's Rand Getlin reports the Chiefs and franchise player Eric Berry remain unlikely to agree on an extension before Friday's deadline.

Per Getlin, the sides made "very little" progress on Thursday. Berry is headed into his seventh NFL season, but is still only 27. He'll get paid if he hits the open market next spring.
Jul 14 - 11:48 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have not "ruled out" reaching a long-term agreement with franchise-tagged S Eric Berry before Friday's deadline.

Rand Getlin reported Wednesday a deal is unlikely, and Rapoport concedes the two sides are not close. Still, deadlines spur action, and it is possible the two sides get something done on Friday. Berry would earn $10.81 million this season under the terms of the tag.
Jul 14 - 11:37 AM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the Chiefs are unlikely to extend franchise-tagged S Eric Berry before the July 15 deadline.

The Chiefs haven't made much progress with Berry over the last week. It sounds like they're prepared to let him play out this year at his $10.81 million tender. Berry is seeking a deal in the range of Harrison Smith's five-year, $51.25M extension, but might have to wait until next offseason.
Jul 13 - 5:32 PM

MMQB's Emily Kaplan expects the Chiefs to work out a long-term deal with franchise-tagged S Eric Berry by the July 15 deadline.

Berry said he was surprised by the lack of progress last week, but these deals routinely go down to the wire. Kaplan thinks the Chiefs will take it to the last minute, but ultimately she expects a deal to get done. Harrison Smith's five-year, $51.25 million extension is likely the starting point for negotiations.
Source: MMQB
Jul 12 - 10:04 AM

Chiefs.com's B.J. Kissel said sophomore CB Steven Nelson has been "one of the standouts" during the offseason program.

"I thought he kind of took off the last quarter of the season. We were excited to see if he’d continue to grow at that inside position," coach Andy Reid said. "He has made some plays in the inside with the first group there." Expected to serve as the nickel corner, the Chiefs need Nelson to live up to his third-round pedigree in their suddenly thin corner group. Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines (ACL) are expected to start on the outside.
Jul 11 - 9:10 AM

Franchise-tagged S Eric Berry said he and the Chiefs have not made much progress in contract negotiations.

"I thought it would progress a little bit more," Berry said. "But it’s still been pretty much the same since the last time we talked." The All-Pro added, "A lot can change in a week," but these are not promising comments with just seven days until the deadline for a long-term deal. Berry is likely looking to land in the same range as Harrison Smith's five-year, $51.25 million extension.
Jul 9 - 9:13 AM

Chiefs LT Eric Fisher said his career is "on a steady incline."

"I’m looking to pick up where I left off (last year), continue to grow and stay on a steady rise throughout my career," he continued. Fisher showed well after switching back to left tackle midway through last year, but he is still an average-at-best NFL starter. Even after exercising his fifth-year option, the Chiefs could move on if Fisher does not show continued improvement this season.
Jul 4 - 8:59 AM


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