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Report: Man wants to drop charges against Rashee Rice

Report: Man wants to drop charges against Rashee Rice

At least one of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice's legal problems might soon be behind him.

NFL Network reported Tuesday that the photographer Rice is accused of assaulting outside a Dallas nightclub earlier this month now wants the charges dropped.

A police report from the alleged May 5 incident said that Rice punched a man in the face, resulting in "visible swelling."

NFL Network said the man has since filed an affidavit to withdraw the complaint.

Rice, 24, is participating in the Chiefs' voluntary offseason activities this week as he continues to navigate legal issues from two separate incidents.

When the alleged nightclub assault took place, Rice already was in trouble in Dallas for his connection to a six-car crash on March 30. He turned himself in to police several days later and faces one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.

Seven people were left with injuries, including at least one woman who sustained "serious bodily injury" and another who was stranded on the highway with her 4-year-old son for about five hours after the crash.

The Chiefs are bracing for a multi-game suspension for Rice, ESPN previously reported. The team and the league are waiting for the legal process to play out on both incidents.

Rice was second only to Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in catches (79) and receiving yards (938) as a rookie in 2023. He led the Super Bowl champions with seven receiving touchdowns.

Report: Chiefs WR Rashee Rice participating in OTAs

Report: Chiefs WR Rashee Rice participating in OTAs

Kansas City Chiefs second-year wide receiver Rashee Rice, embroiled in legal issues stemming from two separate offseason incidents, will be a participant in all of the team's voluntary offseason activities, ESPN reported Monday.

Monday is the start of the Chiefs' Phase 3 of OTAs, bringing together rookies and veterans.

Rice, 24, is accused of assaulting a photographer at a Dallas nightclub earlier this month. The photog was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The wide receiver, who grew up in the Dallas area and played for SMU, was already in trouble in the city for his connection to a six-car crash on March 30. Rice turned himself in to police several days later and faces one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.

Seven people were left with injuries, including at least one woman who sustained "serious bodily injury" and another who was stranded on the highway with her 4-year-old son for about five hours after the crash.

The Chiefs are bracing for a multi-game suspension for Rice, ESPN previously reported. The team and the league are waiting for the legal process to play out on both incidents.

Rice was second only to Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in catches (79) and receiving yards (938) as a rookie in 2023. He led the Super Bowl champions with seven receiving touchdowns.

Chiefs to open 2024 season vs. Ravens

Chiefs to open 2024 season vs. Ravens

Game 1 of the 2024 NFL regular season features the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Sept. 5.

The Week 1 headliner was confirmed by the league as the build-up begins for a full schedule release on Wednesday night with select marquee games and dates made official by the NFL.

The Chiefs beat the Ravens, 17-10, in the AFC Championship game to reach the Super Bowl, where Kansas City topped the San Francisco 49ers.

This is the third time in five seasons the Chiefs and Ravens are scheduled to face off. The Thursday night primetime game has become a traditional spotlight game for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Last season, it became a springboard for the Lions when Detroit left Arrowhead Stadium with a 21-20 win.

Previously the NFL confirmed Game 2 of the NFL season would feature the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, Sept. 6, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It's the first time a regular-season game is being played in South America and the first game on a Friday of the NFL's opening week since 1970.

Reports: Chiefs' Rashee Rice suspect in alleged assault in Dallas

Reports: Chiefs' Rashee Rice suspect in alleged assault in Dallas

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice is connected to another police investigation in Dallas, this time an alleged assault, WFAA and the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.

Police view Rice as a suspect in an incident that took place outside a nightclub early Monday morning, according to the reports. A man allegedly hit a photographer, who was then taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Rice's attorney declined comment to the Morning News, and no charges were filed as of Tuesday evening.

The wide receiver, who grew up in the Dallas area and played for SMU, was already in trouble in the city for his connection to a six-car crash on March 30. Rice turned himself in to police several days later and faces one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.

An arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Morning News showed that Rice was driving 119 mph before the accident. A friend and former SMU teammate, Teddy Knox, was traveling 116 mph in a separate car, and he faces the same charges as Rice.

Seven people were left with injuries, including at least one woman who sustained "serious bodily injury" and another who was stranded on the highway with her 4-year-old son for about five hours after the crash.

On April 3, Rice said he took "full responsibility" for his actions related to the crash.

Reports: Chiefs decline WR Kadarius Toney's 2025 option

Reports: Chiefs decline WR Kadarius Toney's 2025 option

Kansas City wide receiver Kadarius Toney has one more season left on his rookie contract after the Chiefs declined the fifth-year 2025 option, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.

Toney, 25, signed his first NFL deal after the New York Giants made him the 20th overall pick in the 2021 draft. He played one full season with New York before being traded to Kansas City in October 2022.

In his first full season with the Chiefs in 2023, Toney battled injuries and had just 27 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown in 13 games (two starts). He also had six punt returns for 58 yards.

Toney was injured before the season started, tearing a meniscus at the first practice of the summer and missing the rest of training camp.

He played in the season opener after undergoing surgery but was bothered by injuries throughout the season. Including the postseason, he was on the Chiefs' injury report for 19 of their 21 games.

After Week 15, Toney didn't play another down the rest of the season and sat out the Chiefs' run to a second straight Super Bowl championship.

This season, Toney will have added competition as the Chiefs brought in free agent wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown and chose speedy wideout Xavier Worthy in the first round of last month's draft.

In three seasons with the Giants (2021-22) and Chiefs (2022-23), Toney has 82 catches for 760 yards and three touchdowns. He also has 17 punt returns for 119 yards.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce 'extremely grateful' for new deal

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce 'extremely grateful' for new deal

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce wanted more money but was not interested in executing a leverage play as a means to get it.

Kelce, as it turns out, got what he wanted as the Chiefs reworked his contract, pumping up his salary to $34.25 million over the next two seasons. The $17.125 million per year represents the highest average annual salary among all NFL tight ends.

"I'm not a guy that sits out," Kelce said on the "New Heights" podcast with his brother, Jason. "I'm not a guy that holds out. I'm a guy that loves coming into the building, and the Chiefs know that. So, for them to want to get this done for me knowing how much blood, sweat and tears that I put into this thing, I'm extremely grateful."

Kelce, 34, was in line to earn $12 million in 2024 and $16.25 million in 2025 prior to the deal.

"I'm so excited and so thankful to this organization for getting it done, making me feel appreciated and compensated the right way, and on top of that I got to move the needle for the tight end room," Kelce said. "It's everyone else's job to keep making that tight end AAV (average annual value) go up and up with every single contract that's better than mine in the future.

"I'm so fricking thankful to (general manager) Brett Veach, (president) Mark Donovan, Coach (Andy) Reid -- Big Red, I love you, big guy -- and obviously (team owner) Clark Hunt. The Hunt family has been unbelievable to not only myself and this Kansas City community, but they've just been so generous since I've been here in making it feel like home. For the past (11) years I've been able to make this place exactly that and I've loved every single second of it and I'm going to love the next two years playing here in Kansas City and we'll see what happens after that."

Kelce was set to become a free agent after the 2025 season as part of a four-year, $57.25 million deal he signed in August 2020.

The nine-time Pro Bowl selection was due to be fourth among NFL tight ends in annual salary in 2024, behind Darren Waller (New York Giants), T.J. Hockenson (Minnesota Vikings) and George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers).

Kelce led the Chiefs with 93 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns in 2023. Kelce sat out Week 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers, forgoing a chance to stretch his streak of consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to eight in order to enter the playoffs healthy.

Kelce has 907 receptions for 11,328 yards and 74 touchdowns in 159 regular-season games with the Chiefs since he was drafted in the third round in 2013.

Reports: Chiefs adjust Travis Kelce's contract; now highest-paid TE

Reports: Chiefs adjust Travis Kelce's contract; now highest-paid TE

Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a new two-year deal that makes the nine-time Pro Bowl selection the NFL's highest-paid tight end, according to multiple reports.

Kelce's deal was quickly celebrated by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

"I told yall I'll never let him leave!! Congrats my guy! @tkelce," Mahomes said via X.

The Chiefs signed head coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach to contract extensions prior to the draft. Mahomes signed a 10-year deal in 2020.

Kelce, 34, was set to become a free agent after the 2025 season. The new deal replaces the final two years on his existing contract, a four-year, $57.25 million deal he signed in August 2020.

Kelce led the Chiefs with 93 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns in 2023. Kelce sat out Week 17 against the Chargers, forgoing a chance to stretch his streak of consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to eight in order to enter the playoffs healthy.

He was due to be fourth in the NFL in annual salary behind Darren Waller (Giants), T.J. Hockenson (Vikings) and George Kittle (49ers) in 2024.

Kelce has 907 receptions for 11,328 yards and 74 touchdowns in 159 regular-season games with the Chiefs since he was drafted in the third round in 2013.

Chiefs: Speedster WR worthy of early draft pick

Chiefs: Speedster WR worthy of early draft pick

Xavier Worthy might not win a weigh-in, but the first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs was highly rated by the front office because of his playmaking skills, speed and production at Texas.

A wide receiver with the Longhorns, Worthy reeled in 26 receiving touchdowns in three seasons before blazing a 4.21-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

At 165 pounds, Worthy's weight isn't a worry to the Chiefs because of the toughness he showed on the field at Texas.

"You're asking the wrong guy about weight," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of the 28th overall pick in the draft. "I think he's fine where he's at. I don't think that's a problem. He's playing at a high level, and he's been doing this since he was a freshman. I'm not too worried about the weight."

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said Worthy, 20, still is growing and plans to connect with the team nutritionist to be in full alignment with Kansas City's plan to bulk him up, if only slightly.

"We'll have him with our dietitian and our weight staff. We're not going to make him 200 pounds," Veach joked, "but also keep him at the 175-180 mark I think will be a healthy weight for him. It will all make sense ... all these (draft picks) are going to have to get bigger and stronger just from the marathon of the season, just to survive more games."

Reid said Worthy would be used as a receiver and returner as a rookie. He'll join a WR corps that added Hollywood Brown and expects to have Rashee Rice back for a second season after he led the team in receptions as a rookie.

Brown and Worthy bring a skill the Chiefs didn't feature last season -- the pure speed to blow the top off of a zone defense. Reid said he saw glimpses of another relatively light but blazing fast -- and tough -- receiver he drafted with the Eagles, DeSean Jackson.

"The speed is real and will make a big-time difference in the NFL. And the thing about Xavier is he ran that time, but that's the way he practices every single day. Every rep is full speed," Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian said of Worthy on Thursday. "He has the ability to take the top off the defense, but he's much more than that. He has tremendous route running ability and is a tireless worker at that. He has a very high football IQ and is extremely competitive."

Worthy was on Reid's radar before he lit up the turf at the Scouting Combine.

"Sarkisian and I are close. He kept talking about how smart he was, he's got great football instincts, and he's a tremendous worker," Reid said. "In this offense, you've got to be able to do that and have those characteristics."

Chiefs extend deals of Andy Reid, GM, president

Chiefs extend deals of Andy Reid, GM, president

Back-to-back Super Bowl championships and three titles in a five-year span prompted the Kansas City Chiefs to reward their top brass with contract extensions on Monday.

Coach Andy Reid, general manager Brett Veach and club president Mark Donovan received what the club termed as long-term deals, though specifics weren't announced.

According to NFL.com, Reid got a new pact that runs through 2029 and makes him the league's highest-paid coach.

"Mark, Brett and Andy have achieved historic success together, and we are thrilled that they will continue in their roles for many years to come," Chiefs chairman/CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "Individually, Mark, Brett and Andy each represent the best in the National Football League at their respective positions, and together, they make up one of the finest leadership teams in all of professional sports.

"They have been tremendous leaders for this organization on and off the field, and we look forward to their continued success in the years ahead."

Reid, 66, has been on the job since 2013, compiling a 128-51 regular-season record and a 16-7 playoff mark in Kansas City. He has led the Chiefs to the playoffs in all but one of his 11 seasons.

Reid previously was the head coach in Philadelphia from 1999-2012, guiding the Eagles to the Super Bowl after the 2004 season and to four other appearances in the NFC Championship Game.

His overall regular-season record as a head coach is 258-144-1, and he is 26-16 in the postseason. Reid is the active NFL leader in coaching wins, ranking fourth all time behind Don Shula (328), George Halas (318) and Bill Belichick (302). Belichick leads the postseason coaching-wins list with 31, with Reid in second.

Veach, 46, took over as the Chiefs' GM in 2017 after four years in the team's front office. He previously was on the Eagles' staff from 2004-12.

Donovan, 58, also came to Kansas City after a stint in the Eagles' front office from 2003-09. He became the Chiefs' president in January 2011.

Andy Reid: Chiefs expect WR Rashee Rice to virtually attend meetings

Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice and head coach Andy Reid are in contact about offseason plans following Rice's arrest on charges stemming from a six-vehicle accident last month.

Reid said Monday that the first phase of the voluntary workout program would include Rice as a virtual attendee, but offered no details on their conversations or how the Chiefs would move forward depending on the legal matter in Texas.

"I'm leaving that, like we've done most of these, for the law enforcement part to take place and then we will go from there with that," Reid said.

Rice was driving 119 mph before causing a six-vehicle crash March 30 on a Dallas highway, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit. He was captured on video near the site of the crash with four others leaving the scene, police said.

Rice is working out with multiple teammates in Texas, Reid said. Among them is quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who said Monday they will "continue that work" as Rice's case moves through the legal system.

Rice faces charges of aggravated assault, collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.

He also faces civil lawsuits from those injured, including a $1 million suit filed Monday by two victims claiming damages that include "trauma to the brain, lacerations to the face, multiple contusions on the body, disfigurement, internal bleeding and other internal and external injuries."

Rice turned himself into police last week and said he would cooperate fully with police for his role in the accident.

Affidavit: Chiefs' Rashee Rice drove 119 mph before six-car crash

Kansas City Chiefs wideout Rashee Rice was driving 119 mph before causing a six-vehicle crash on March 30 on a Dallas highway, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News.

Rice's Lamborghini Urus reached 119 mph 4.5 seconds before the collision, according to the affidavit. A Chevrolet Corvette driven by SMU cornerback Teddy Knox was traveling 116 mph 7.5 seconds before the collision before slowing to 91 1.5 seconds before the crash.

The crash on the North Central Expressway (U.S. 75) left at least seven people with injuries.

The two cars "made multiple aggressive maneuvers to get through traffic," the affidavit said.

Rice and four other men were seen leaving the scene of the crash without seeing if any of the injured needed help.

Rice is facing one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury, according to police.

Rice turned himself into police on Thursday and was later released on bond. On April 3, he said he took "full responsibility" for his actions.

Knox has been suspended by the SMU football team. He turned himself in on Friday and faces the same charges as Rice, his former SMU teammate.

According to the affidavit, one woman who was injured in the crash sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. The woman told the Dallas Morning News that she was stranded on the highway with her 4-year-old son for about five hours after the crash.

Among the other injuries, the affidavit listed one person as having sustained "seriously bodily injury" to her face, head, torso and leg. The report said she also had post-concussion symptoms, including headaches, extreme light and sound sensitivity and brain fog.

She will be dealing with "a life of limited mobility and sight for an undetermined, extended period of time while she seeks treatment," the affidavit said.

Rice, who turns 24 on April 22, grew up in the North Texas suburb of North Richland Hills.

He recorded 79 catches and 938 yards with a team-leading seven touchdown receptions in 16 games (eight starts) after being selected by Kansas City in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He also had 26 catches for 262 yards and a score in four playoff games to help the Chiefs secure their second straight Super Bowl title.

Chiefs WR Rashee Rice surrenders to police

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice turned himself in to police on Thursday, a day after an arrest warrant was issued for charges stemming from a six-car collision in Dallas on March 30.

According to multiple media reports, Rice surrendered to Glenn Heights, Texas, police, then was booked into the regional jail in DeSoto, Texas. He subsequently was released on bond.

Police allege that Rice, driving a Lamborghini, and SMU cornerback Teddy Knox, driving a Corvette, were speeding on the North Central Expressway (U.S. 75) when they caused a chain-reaction wreck that left four people with minor injuries.

Rice and Knox each face one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.

Rice's lawyer, Royce West, said in a statement: "I want to re-emphasize Mr. Rice's continued cooperation with law enforcement. Mr. Rice acknowledges his actions and feels deeply for those injured as a result of this accident. Our legal team is now tasked with reviewing all legal documents."

Last week, Rice came forward to apologize to the injured parties and accept responsibility for the accidents.

He posted to his Instagram story on April 3, "Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday's accident. I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities. I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday's accident."

The occupants of the Lamborghini and a Corvette left the scene without checking to see if anyone needed medical attention or providing their information, according to police.

The Chiefs have not commented on Rice's status, but SMU suspended Knox from the team on Thursday.

Arrest warrant issued for Chiefs WR Rashee Rice

Arrest warrant issued for Chiefs WR Rashee Rice

Dallas police issued an arrest warrant for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice on Wednesday on eight charges stemming from a chain-reaction crash on March 30.

Four people sustained minor injuries in a incident that was created by two speeding cars, according to the police.

Rice and the man police say was driving the other speeding car, Theodore Knox, 21, each face one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.

Rice, who is not yet in custody, has one day to appear. Multiple outlets reported that he plans to turn himself in.

Last week, Rice came forward to apologize to the injured parties and accept responsibility for the accidents.

He posted to his Instagram story on April 3, "Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday's accident. I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities. I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday's accident."

A Lamborghini sport utility vehicle leased by Rice was one of two speeding sports cars that authorities say caused a chain-reaction crash on a downtown Dallas highway.

The occupants of the Lamborghini and a Corvette left the scene without checking to see if anyone needed medical attention or providing their information, according to police.

Attorney Royce West said on Thursday that Rice was cooperating with police "and will take all necessary steps to address this situation responsibly."

The Chiefs and the NFL are monitoring the developing situation.

Rice, who turns 24 on April 22, grew up in the North Texas suburb of North Richland Hills and attended college in Dallas at SMU.

He recorded 79 catches and 938 yards with a team-leading seven touchdown receptions in 16 games (eight starts) after being selected by Kansas City in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He also had 26 catches for 262 yards and a score in four playoff games to help the Chiefs secure their second straight Super Bowl title.

Report: Chiefs re-signing DE Mike Danna to 3-year, $24M contract

Report: Chiefs re-signing DE Mike Danna to 3-year, $24M contract

The Kansas City Chiefs are re-signing starting defensive end Mike Danna to a three-year contract worth $24 million with $13 million guaranteed, NFL Network reported Friday evening.

A first-time unrestricted free agent, Danna, 26, started 16 regular-season games and all four playoff games for the Super Bowl champions. He totaled career highs of 50 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hits in the regular season and added seven tackles in the postseason.

He set career highs in 2023 with 745 defensive snaps (74 percent of Chiefs' snaps) and 65 special teams snaps (16 percent).

Kansas City selected Danna in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He has totaled 128 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 39 QB hits and four forced fumbles in 59 games (23 starts) in the regular season along with two Super Bowl championships.

Lawyer: Chiefs WR Rashee Rice was driving Lamborghini in crash

Lawyer: Chiefs WR Rashee Rice was driving Lamborghini in crash

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice was driving the Lamborghini at the center of a six-car, hit-and-run crash in Dallas on Saturday, Rice's attorney said Thursday in a news conference.

Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries sustained in the chain-reaction collision that occurred after Rice's Lamborghini and a Corvette crashed while speeding, police said. Two others were treated for lesser injuries at the scene.

Royce West, Rice's attorney, said Rice "wants to make certain it's understood and appreciated that he's going to do everything in his power to bring their life back to as normal as possible."

West said Rice knows someone could have been seriously injured.

"He understands that, he appreciates that, that's why he wanted to come out and say he's going to be responsible for making certain that the victims are made whole as best as possible," the lawyer said.

Rice and the driver of the Corvette both fled the scene, according to police, and West said "that's still being investigated." He said Rice is cooperating with police.

On Wednesday, Rice met with police and apologized on social media for his role in the crash.

"Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday's accident. I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities," he posted to his Instagram story. "I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday's accident."

Rice, who turns 24 on April 22, grew up in the North Texas suburb of North Richland Hills and attended college in Dallas at SMU.

He recorded 79 catches and 938 yards with a team-leading seven touchdown receptions in 16 games (eight starts) last year after being selected by Kansas City in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He also had 26 catches for 262 yards and a score in four playoff games to help the Chiefs secure their second straight Super Bowl title.

Chiefs' Rashee Rice takes 'full responsibility' for crash

Chiefs' Rashee Rice takes 'full responsibility' for crash

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Rashee Rice met with Dallas police Wednesday and apologized on social media for his role in a weekend car accident that injured four people.

"Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday's accident. I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities," he posted to his Instagram story. "I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday's accident."

A Lamborghini sport utility vehicle leased by Rice was one of two speeding sports cars that authorities say caused a chain-reaction crash on a downtown Dallas highway on Saturday night.

The occupants of the Lamborghini and a Corvette left the scene without checking to see if anyone needed medical attention or providing their information, according to police.

Attorney Royce West said earlier this week that Rice is cooperating with police "and will take all necessary steps to address this situation responsibly."

The Chiefs and the NFL are monitoring the developing situation.

Rice, who turns 24 on April 22, grew up in the North Texas suburb of North Richland Hills and attended college in Dallas at SMU.

He recorded 79 catches and 938 yards with a team-leading seven touchdown receptions in 16 games (eight starts) after being selected by Kansas City in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He also had 26 catches for 262 yards and a score in four playoff games to help the Chiefs secure their second straight Super Bowl title.

Chiefs, Royals ponder future after voters reject stadium tax

Chiefs, Royals ponder future after voters reject stadium tax

The Chiefs and Royals are questioning their futures in Kansas City after voters rejected the extension of a sales tax that the teams said would have assured they remain in the area.

Voters in Jackson County, Mo., voted no Tuesday on the ballot measure that would have kept a three-eights-cent sales tax for stadium financing in place for the next 40 years. The measure failed 58.1 percent to 41.9 percent.

The two teams have played at the Truman Sports Complex for more than 50 years -- the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium since 1972 and the Royals at Kauffman Stadium since 1973. The Royals want to build a new downtown stadium, and the Chiefs want to make extensive renovations at Arrowhead.

"We respect the democratic process, we respect the voters of Jackson County and the results of the election," John Sherman, the Royals' owner, said Tuesday night. "We're deeply disappointed, as we are steadfast in our belief that Jackson County is far better off with the Chiefs and the Royals. This is a belief I both hold professionally and personally, as someone whose roots run deep in this town.

"We will take some time to reflect on and process the outcome and find a path forward that works for the Royals and our fans."

Approval of the sales tax extension would have helped fund both a new Royals stadium and the Arrowhead improvements.

Sherman has said ownership of the Royals would contribute at least $1 billion to replace Kauffman, the sixth-oldest stadium in baseball. Clark Hunt, owner of the Chiefs, pledged $300 million toward $800 million for upgrades at Arrowhead, the third-oldest in the NFL.

"We're disappointed," Chiefs team president Mark Donovan said. "We feel we put forth the best offer for Jackson County. We were ready to extend the longstanding partnership the teams have enjoyed with this county.

"We will do, and look to do, what is in the best interest of our fans and our organization as we move forward."

A variety of community groups in Kansas City had come out against the proposal, saying the burden was too high on taxpayers and ownership needed to do more.

"Two billion dollars in taxpayers money, man, could do a hell of a lot to develop our community," said Michael Savwoir, a leader of KC Tenants, speaking to local Fox4 on Tuesday night. "The billionaires don't finance my follies. Why should I finance theirs?"

Royals ownership previously said the team won't play at Kauffman Stadium past 2030. It is expected other communities will reach out to both clubs to discuss relocation. Kansas City, Kan., has been floated as a possibility for the Chiefs.

The mayor of Kansas City, Mo., Quinton Lucas, said he is ready to go back to the drawing board with the teams.

"The people of Kansas City and Jackson County love the Chiefs and the Royals," Lucas wrote on social media. "Today, they rejected plans and processes they found inadequate. Over the months ahead, I look forward to working with the Chiefs and Royals to build a stronger, more open, and collaborative process that will ensure the teams, their events and investments remain in Kansas City for generations to come."

One mayor already has reached out to the Chiefs via social media. That's Dallas mayor Eric L. Johnson, who reportedly has told local radio shows that he'd like another team to join the Cowboys in his city. The Chiefs played in Dallas before relocating.

"Welcome home, Dallas Texans! #CottonBowl," Johnson wrote.

Reports: Chiefs, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire agree to 1-year deal

Reports: Chiefs, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire agree to 1-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing back running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on a one-year contract, several reports said Tuesday.

Edwards-Helaire, who turns 25 April 11, was the Chiefs' first-round draft pick (No. 32 overall) in 2020 and spent his first four NFL seasons with the club. He lost his starting job to Isiah Pacheco during the 2022 campaign, and 2023 saw his lowest production yet.

In 15 games (three starts) last season, Edwards-Helaire had 70 carries for 223 rushing yards and one touchdown, along with 17 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown.

Over 48 career games (32 starts), Edwards-Helaire has amassed 1,845 rushing yards, caught 89 passes for 765 yards and totaled 19 touchdowns (12 rushing, seven receiving).

Reports earlier Tuesday said the Chiefs had brought in free agent running back J.K. Dobbins for a visit.

Report: RB JK Dobbins to visit Chiefs

Report: RB JK Dobbins to visit Chiefs

Free agent running back J.K. Dobbins is scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, ESPN reported.

Dobbins, who met with the Los Angeles Chargers last week, reportedly has been cleared for football activities after tearing his Achilles in Week 1 of last season.

Injuries have defined Dobbins' NFL career since he was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.

After rushing for 805 yards and nine touchdowns in his rookie season, Dobbins missed the entire 2021 campaign with a torn ACL. He missed another nine games in 2022 but averaged 5.7 yards per carry.

Dobbins, 25, has played just nine out of a possible 51 regular-season games over the past three seasons. He has rushed for 1,347 yards with 12 touchdowns in 24 career games.

Isiah Pacheco led the Chiefs in carries (205), rushing yards (935) and rushing touchdowns (seven) last season.

Reports: Chiefs add Carson Wentz as backup QB

Reports: Chiefs add Carson Wentz as backup QB

Carson Wentz is headed to his fifth team in as many years, as the veteran quarterback agreed to a one-year deal to back up Patrick Mahomes with the Kansas City Chiefs, multiple media outlets reported Monday night.

Wentz, 31, takes the spot previously occupied by Blaine Gabbert, who is currently a free agent.

Selected second overall by the Eagles in the 2016 draft out of North Dakota State, Wentz spent five years in Philadelphia. He made the Pro Bowl in 2017 but missed the postseason that year due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and the Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl with Nick Foles at quarterback.

After producing a 35-32-1 record as Philadelphia's starter, went on to one-year stints as a starter with the Indianapolis Colts in 2021 (9-8 record) and the Washington Commanders in 2022 (2-5 record).

Last year, he was unsigned until midseason before landing with the Los Angeles Rams. Wentz saw his only action of the year when he started the regular-season finale in place of Matthew Stafford as the Rams and the San Francisco 49ers rested players ahead of the postseason. Los Angeles emerged with a 21-20 win. Wentz threw for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and he was intercepted once.

In eight NFL seasons, Wentz owns a 47-45-1 mark as a starter. He has completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 22,292 yards and 153 TDs with 67 interceptions.

The Chiefs have two other quarterbacks under contract, both 26 years old: Chris Oladokun, who has yet to make his NFL debut; and Ian Book, whose lone NFL appearance was a start (and loss) for the New Orleans Saints in 2021.

Report: Police seeking Chiefs WR Rashee Rice over accident

Report: Police seeking Chiefs WR Rashee Rice over accident

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice is being sought by police in Dallas in their investigation of a major accident on Saturday, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The newspaper reported that a vehicle "believed to be registered or leased to Rice" was involved in a crash on North Central Expressway in Dallas at approximately 6:20 p.m. local time. Police have not disclosed details of the accident or if there were any injuries.

Rice, who turns 24 on April 22, grew up in North Richland Hills, Texas, and attended college at SMU.

He recorded 79 catches and 938 yards with a team-leading seven touchdown receptions in 16 games (eight starts) after being selected by Kansas City in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He also had 26 catches for 262 yards and a score in four playoff games to help the Chiefs secure their second straight Super Bowl title.

Reports: Chiefs reach deal with rugby player

Reports: Chiefs reach deal with rugby player

The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with former rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit, multiple media outlets reported.

Bleacher Report said the Chiefs have designs on having Rees-Zammit, a native of Wales, compete as both a running back and wide receiver. He also will be expected to participate on special teams, particularly on returns under the NFL's new kickoff format.

Rees-Zammit, 23, announced his desire to play in the NFL during a social media post in January. He ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash during his International Pathway Program pro day last week.

This season, NFL teams are allowed to promote an international practice squad player to the active roster a maximum of three times.

Reports: Titans acquire CB L'Jarius Sneed from Chiefs

Reports: Titans acquire CB L'Jarius Sneed from Chiefs

Cornerback L'Jarius Sneed, a starter on the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl-winning teams each of the past two seasons, is headed to the Tennessee Titans, ESPN and NFL.com reported Friday night.

The Titans reportedly are sending the Chiefs a 2025 third-round pick, and the clubs will swap seventh-round selections in 2024.

The deal came together after Kansas City placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Sneed this month, days after granting him permission to find another team willing to trade for his services.

Sneed will receive a new contract from Tennessee, per the two reports. According to ESPN, he will wind up with one of the richest contracts for a cornerback.

Sneed, 27, is set to become the second cornerback to join the Titans in the offseason, following former Cincinnati Bengal Chidobe Awuzie, who landed a three-year deal earlier this month.

The Chiefs drafted Sneed in the fourth round of the 2020 draft out of Louisiana Tech, and he wound up playing 57 regular-season games, including 54 starts, for Kansas City.

He also started all 13 of the team's postseason games during his tenure, including three Super Bowls.

In 2023, Sneed had 78 tackles, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed and one fumble recovery in 16 games, all starts. He added 17 tackles and three passes defensed in the playoffs, including three tackles and one pass defensed in Kansas City's 25-22 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl last month.

For his career, he has 303 tackles, 10 interceptions, 6.5 sacks, 40 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Reports: Chiefs adding speedy WR 'Hollywood' Brown

Reports: Chiefs adding speedy WR 'Hollywood' Brown

The Kansas City Chiefs are adding Marquise "Hollywood" Brown in their bid to upgrade their wide receiver corps, multiple reports indicated late Thursday night.

The one-year contract is worth up to $11 million.

The speedy Brown, a five-year NFL veteran who spent the last two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, had his best season in 2021, his third year with the Baltimore Ravens. As quarterback Lamar Jackson's top target, he had 91 catches for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns.

The Ravens traded him to Arizona in 2022. He caught 67 passes for 709 yards and three touchdowns that season.

Last season, he slipped to 51 receptions for a career-low 574 yards and four scores.

While the Chiefs are coming off back-to-back Super Bowl victories, the team has appeared to lack a deep threat receiver for quarterback Patrick Mahomes since Tyreek Hill was traded to the Miami Dolphins after the 2021 season.

In 72 games, with 65 starts, Brown has 313 catches for 3,644 yards and 28 touchdowns.

1587 Prime: Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce team on K.C. steakhouse

1587 Prime: Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce team on K.C. steakhouse

Kansas City Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce are continuing to build their partnership -- off the field.

The prolific quarterback-tight end combo, who together have won three Super Bowl championships, announced Thursday they are working with Las Vegas-based restaurant group Noble 33 to open 1587 Prime. The upscale steakhouse, which gets its name from the pair's jersey numbers, is set to open in the Loews Kansas City hotel downtown in early 2025.

"Travis and I have become frequent visitors of Noble 33 restaurants in other cities so it only made sense to bring something special to our own community in Kansas City," Mahomes said in a news release.

Noble 33 restaurants include Toca Madera in three western U.S. cities, Sparrow Italia in London and Meduza Mediterrania in New York.

Mahomes and Kelce have lent more than just their names to the project, said Tosh Berman, a Noble 33 partner.

"Noble 33 is leading the development of the design, experience, menu, and operation, but conceptually, Patrick and Travis' involvement and input has been instrumental," he said. "Both of them are longtime regulars of our other restaurants, so a great starting point was bringing elements they loved from those experiences and abstracting them in an original way for 1587 Prime."

Berman added that the concept could reach beyond Kansas City.

"We do intend on expanding the brand with Patrick and Travis starting with the other cities where we have a significant footprint," he said.

This isn't the first food collaboration between Mahomes, 28, and Kelce, 34. Last year, they joined the investment group of Chicken N Pickle, a growing restaurant and sports chains that highlights games including pickleball.

Reports: DT Chris Jones agrees to 5-year, $95 million deal with Chiefs

Reports: DT Chris Jones agrees to 5-year, $95 million deal with Chiefs

Defensive tackle Chris Jones agreed to a five-year, $95 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN and NFL Network reported Saturday night.

All the money in the first three years of the deal -- $95 million -- is guaranteed, per the reports. Once pen goes to paper, Jones will have the highest average annual salary for a defensive tackle in NFL history.

Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald held the previous record at $31.6 million per year.

Kansas City was able to lock Jones up just before he hit free agency. He is now set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2029.

After the reports of the deal surfaced, Jones took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share his excitement.

"Letssss gooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!" Jones said in a post, which was followed by another that said, "KC....5 more years of greatness! 3x"

Jones, 29, is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time Super Bowl champion. He appeared in 16 games (all starts) last season, recording 10.5 sacks, 30 tackles and 29 quarterback hits.

In 123 career games (102 starts) across eight seasons with the Chiefs, Jones has amassed 75.5 sacks, 273 tackles, 175 quarterback hits, 12 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one pick-6.

Reports: Chiefs re-signing LB Drue Tranquill to 3-year contract

Reports: Chiefs re-signing LB Drue Tranquill to 3-year contract

The Kansas City Chiefs are re-signing linebacker Drue Tranquill to a three-year, $19 million contract with $13 million guaranteed, according to multiple media reports on Thursday night.

Tranquill, 28, signed as a free agent with the Chiefs and played in 16 regular-season games with eight starts, and all four playoff games (one start) as Kansas City captured its second consecutive Super Bowl championship.

He made 78 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in the regular season.

The Los Angeles Chargers had selected him in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He started 27 of 47 regular-season games in four seasons with the Chargers, totaling 298 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and one interception.

Tranquill intercepted a pass in a 2022 wild-card playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He became a free agent in March 2023.

Chiefs place $19.8M franchise tag on CB L'Jarius Sneed

Chiefs place $19.8M franchise tag on CB L'Jarius Sneed

The Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on cornerback L'Jarius Sneed on Monday.

Provided he signs the tag, Sneed will earn $19.8 million in the 2024 season. The two sides can continue to negotiate a long-term deal until mid-July under league rules.

The Chiefs selected Sneed in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He played last season on the final year of a four-year, $3.93 million deal signed in July 2020.

Using the tag on the 27-year-old Sneed means it's no longer available for defensive lineman Chris Jones, who earned $19.5 million last season. The Chiefs reportedly are attempting to re-sign Jones, 29, but he could opt to test the free agent market when it opens next week.

The two-time All-Pro combined for 26 sacks the past two seasons.

Sneed started all 16 games he played last season and made 78 tackles, intercepted two passes, had 14 pass breakups and recovered a fumble.

In 57 career games (54 starts), Sneed has 303 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 10 interceptions, 40 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Prison sentence commuted for Britt Reid, former Chiefs assistant

Prison sentence commuted for Britt Reid, former Chiefs assistant

Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, convicted of a drunk-driving charge in a 2021 incident that severely injured a child, will spend the rest of his prison sentence under house arrest.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson of Friday commuted the prison sentences of or pardoned 39 people, Reid among them.

The son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, the younger Reid pleaded guilty to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury. He was sentenced to three years in state prison on Nov. 1, 2022.

Under the terms of the commutation, Reid, 38, will be placed under house arrest until Oct. 31, 2025, and must meet "strict conditions of probation, including weekly meetings with a parole officer, weekly behavioral counseling attendance, weekly meetings with a peer support sponsor, and stringent community service and employment requirements," USA Today reported.

"Mr. Reid has completed his alcohol abuse treatment program and has served more prison time than most individuals convicted of similar offenses," a spokesperson for Parson told USA Today in a statement.

Reid was driving his truck on Feb. 4, 2021, and was drunk and speeding, according to court documents, when the truck hit two cars parked on the shoulder of Interstate 435 in Kansas City.

Six people, two of them children, were injured. Ariel Young, then 5, sustained a serious brain injury and was hospitalized for more than two months.

In November 2021, the girl's family and the Chiefs reached an agreement to provide her with "world-class medical care and long-term financial stability" for the "rest of her life," according to a joint statement issued by the two sides at the time.

Reid, who had been the team's outside linebackers coach, admitted to having consumed alcohol at the team facility before driving that evening, days before the Chiefs lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl. His contract expired after the season and was not renewed.

Reports: Chiefs releasing WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Reports: Chiefs releasing WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

The Kansas City Chiefs are releasing wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling to save $12 million against the salary cap, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

The 29-year-old veteran won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Chiefs the past two seasons after spending his first four campaigns with the Green Bay Packers.

Valdes-Scantling caught 21 passes for 315 yards and a touchdown in 16 games (10 starts) in the regular season in 2023. He had a 16-yard TD grab in the 25-22 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.

A fifth-round pick by the Packers in 2018, Valdes-Scantling has 186 receptions for 3,155 yards and 16 touchdowns in 92 career games (60 starts).

Valdes-Scantling, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Kansas City in March 2022, would become an unrestricted free agent.

Chiefs turn page, tag in play for top free agents

Chiefs turn page, tag in play for top free agents

INDIANAPOLIS -- Winning the Super Bowl again put a strain on the Kansas City Chiefs' front office, but the extra five weeks of football made general manager Brett Veach easy to find.

"They've been locked in a room, grinding to get ready for this thing," head coach Andy Reid said of Veach and the scouting staff cramming for the NFL Scouting Combine, which takes place this week in and around Lucas Oil Stadium.

Reid and Veach opened their separate interview sessions at the event by expressing appreciation for the uniformed officers and public safety officials who sprang into action at the Lombardi Trophy parade in Kansas City three days after the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas.

The Chiefs quickly shifted from celebrating their Super Bowl LVIII win to keeping the team together.

"We're chasing that ever-elusive three-peat," Veach said of the front office focus on 2024.

Headlining free agents include defensive tackle Chris Jones and cornerback L'Jarius Sneed. Jones said during the victory parade that he intends to return.

"He's at the top of the list," Veach said of Jones and his scheduled visits with player agents in Indianapolis before prospect workouts begin.

The pecking order might leave the Chiefs shorter on cash to sign Sneed. The shutdown corner was described during Super Bowl media availability as "the reason we can do what we do on defense" by coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

With the salary cap rising to $255.4 million, there is concern for the Chiefs and other teams about players waiting for the "new market" to be set by contracts early in free agency.

"When you win this much, you're paying a lot of players a lot of money," Veach said. "We do have one tag. I anticipate probably using it to keep one of those guys."

Reid said he's not sweating the notion of complacency, the buzzword from Patrick Mahomes when the then-reigning MVP and Super Bowl MVP arrived at training camp last summer.

"The margin in this league," Reid said, closing his thumb to his pointer finger, "is this narrow."

'Punt God' Matt Araiza gets second chance from Chiefs

'Punt God' Matt Araiza gets second chance from Chiefs

Punter Matt Araiza is getting a second chance at an NFL career after the Kansas City Chiefs signed him to a contract on Thursday.

Araiza lost his gig with the Buffalo Bills shortly before the start of the 2022 season when the team released him two days after allegations emerged that he was involved in a sexual assault with a then-17-year-old girl at a party in San Diego in October 2021.

"I am proud and honored to sign a contract with the Chiefs," Ariaza said in a statement through JL Sports, his representation.

"I am thrilled to be able to continue my NFL career. I want to thank my family, who have been my rock and my many friends who have been unwavering in their support."

The district attorney's office in San Diego declined to press criminal charges in December 2022. Two months ago, Araiza was dropped from the girl's lawsuit.

Ariaza earned the nickname "Punt God" for his high, lengthy kicks at San Diego State and won the Ray Guy Award after setting an NCAA record with a 51.19 punting average.

He was a sixth-round pick by the Bills in the 2022 draft and greatly impressed with his booming boots during the preseason before the allegations came out.

Now the Chiefs, led by general manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid, are bringing him onboard shortly after winning their second straight Super Bowl.

"We are grateful to Brett Veach, coach Reid and the Chiefs organization for giving Matt this opportunity," Joe Linta of TL Sports wrote on social media.

Tommy Townsend, Kansas City's punter over the last four seasons, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next month. He was a Pro Bowl pick in 2022.

Chiefs DE Charles Omenihu undergoes surgery to repair ACL tear

Chiefs DE Charles Omenihu undergoes surgery to repair ACL tear

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Charles Omenihu underwent right knee surgery to repair the torn ACL he sustained in the AFC Championship Game victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 28.

Omenihu reportedly underwent the surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

"(Surgery) was a success," Omenihu said on social media. "I appreciate all the well wishes and prayers. I've been through the dark before and God has always guided me to the light, this will be no different."

Omenihu had a strip-sack of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in the second quarter of the AFC title game before getting hurt on a non-contact play later in the period. The injury caused him to miss the Super Bowl.

Omenihu, 26, had a career-best seven sacks in 11 games in his first season with Kansas City. He missed the first six games due to a suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy following an alleged domestic-violence incident in January 2023 when he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

Overall, Omenihu has 18.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and 95 tackles in 72 career games (11 starts) with the Houston Texans (2019-21), 49ers (2021-22) and Chiefs. He was a fifth-round pick by the Texans out of Texas in the 2019 draft.

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