Player News - Chiefs

Date: Team: Pos:

Travis Kelce (shoulder surgery) has been medically cleared for Chiefs camp.

Kelce had the operation all the way back in February. The 27-year-old set career highs in targets (117), catches (85), and yards (1,125) in 2016 and should see another uptick in usage following Jeremy Maclin's release.
Jul 24 - 4:10 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') has been cleared for training camp.

He avoided the active/PUP list and should start practicing in full shortly. Johnson has torn each of his Achilles' tendons since the 2014 season and turns 35 in November, but the Chiefs are counting on him to be a 2017 starter.
Jul 24 - 4:08 PM

Chiefs DE Chris Jones underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on July 12.

The timing isn't ideal, but Jones' Week 1 availability shouldn't be in doubt. Players typically recover from knee scopes in 2-4 weeks. The 37th overall pick in last year's draft, Jones had a beastly rookie season. Pro Football Focus credited him with the NFL's third-most QB hurries (32) among 3-4 defensive ends despite the fact that Jones was a part-time player.
Jul 24 - 4:05 PM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali expressed frustration with his 2016 role.

Hali made multiple grievances on his status with the Chiefs in a Saturday tweetstorm. He questioned his late season workload, and is still disgruntled over his lack of playing time in Kansas City's Divisional Round loss. Hali was productive despite starting just two games last year, ranking as a top-15 outside linebacker at PFF. With Dee Ford on the rise, there's unlikely to be a major snaps increase in Hali's age-33 season.
Jul 22 - 4:30 PM

Chiefs signed first-round QB Patrick Mahomes to a four-year, $16.4 million contract.

With Mahomes' signing, only five first-rounders have yet to ink their contracts. The Chiefs' quarterback of the future, Mahomes is expected to begin the year on the sideline behind Alex Smith, but we would expect him to make rookie starts. The days of first-year first-rounders learning on the bench have gone the way of Brett Favre. A gunslinger who looks to create big plays, Mahomes could be too aggressive for his own good as a young player, but has monster upside for a team that's been saddled with arch-conservative quarterback play the past four seasons.
Jul 20 - 5:30 PM

Chiefs promoted co-director of player personnel Brett Veach to GM.

The move should give Kansas City stability atop the organization after John Dorsey's shocking firing. Veach has an extensive college scouting background and spent the last two seasons as the Chiefs' co-director of player personnel, working closely with Dorsey and Andy Reid. Veach followed Reid from Philadelphia to Kansas City. He was credited with playing a prominent role in drafting both DeSean Jackson and Fletcher Cox with the Eagles.
Jul 10 - 4:40 PM

Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star expects Brett Veach to land the Chiefs' GM job.

An ex-Eagles executive who drew interest from the Bills after they fired Doug Whaley, Veach was considered one of the top scouts in Philly's front office before climbing the ladder and eventually following Andy Reid to Kansas City. Veach currently holds the title of Chiefs co-director of player personnel.
Jul 10 - 4:30 PM

Chiefs re-signed ILB Josh Mauga and S Steven Terrell.

Mauga started 30 games between 2014-15, but missed all of 2016 with a torn labrum in his shoulder. He turned 30 last month. He's an experienced Chiefs hand who will have a legitimate shot at cracking the 53-man roster.
Jul 6 - 6:12 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports Chiefs coach Andy Reid has had "little to no role" in the interviewing process to replace fired GM John Dorsey.

We find this very hard to believe, but the Chiefs have proven quite sensitive to the perception that it was Reid who forced Dorsey out. The team has insisted Dorsey's replacement will report directly to owner Clark Hunt, as Dorsey supposedly did. The team has a "loose goal" of finding Dorsey's successor by training camp. The team seems poised to promote from within.
Jul 4 - 7:05 PM

The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor says there's a "growing belief" the Chiefs will promote from within the organization for their new GM.

Co-personnel directors Mike Borgonzi and Brett Veach would seem to be the most likely candidates. Veach was a candidate for the Bills' GM opening before it went to Brandon Beane. Kansas City is interviewing Seahawks executive Scott Fitterer for the gig on Wednesday and will be thorough in the search.
Jun 28 - 1:14 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms the Chiefs will interview Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer for their general manager vacancy.

The interview will take place either Tuesday evening or Wednesday. Ex-GM John Dorsey was fired five days ago. With player movement essentially finished for the offseason, the Chiefs have little reason to rush, though the sooner the better as Dorsey's replacement familiarizes himself with the roster.
Jun 27 - 7:09 PM

The Chiefs will interview Titans director of player personnel Ryan Cowden for their open GM job on Wednesday.

Kansas City also has an interview scheduled with current co-director of player personnel Brett Veach and has requested an interview with Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer. Veach is the early favorite for the job.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 11:59 AM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer and Titans director of player personnel Ryan Cowden are on the Chiefs' "radar" for their open GM position.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have requested interviews with both. Current Chiefs co-director of player personnel Brett Veach looks like the favorite for the job, but owner Clark Hunt wants to explore all options. Vikings assistant GM George Paton was also approached, but he turned down an interview request.
Jun 26 - 11:36 AM

Chiefs co-director of player personnel Brett Veach will interview for the team's vacant GM job.

Veach's name was thrown around during the Bills' search for a general manager, so it is not a surprise he is a candidate for promotion. In fact, he may be the favorite to land the job. The Chiefs also approached Vikings assistant GM George Paton, but he turned down an interview request.
Jun 26 - 10:48 AM

Appearing Friday on NFL Access, Charcandrick West said rookie QB Patrick Mahomes has a "cannon."

"Man, this kid can throw the football," said West. "I ran I think a slant route and I was like, woah. It was crazy." It's a reminder of why the Chiefs traded up 17 spots to draft Mahomes. The son of a former major league pitcher, the gun-slinging Mahomes is essentially Alex Smith's polar opposite. Smith is still expected to start this year, but calls for Mahomes will only grow louder if Smith scuffles early on.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 9:51 AM


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