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Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes share Madden '22 cover

Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes share Madden '22 cover

After fighting it out in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are sharing the cover for Madden '22.

The video game released in August is one of the most popular sports titles with a segment of fans who admittedly take a day off for the on-sale date.

"Whenever you first get on the cover, that's a special moment," Mahomes told ESPN. "So to be on it again, twice, with an all-time great like Tom Brady, it's a special moment that I'm glad that I'm able to do so soon after I had done it the first time.

"I'll be able to have it for the rest of my life and be able to show my kids and my kids' kids that I was on it two times."

Brady and Mahomes are each on the cover for the second time, with Brady (then with the New England Patriots) gracing Madden '18 and Mahomes on Madden '20.

Brady was MVP of Super Bowl LV as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in February. Mahomes led the Chiefs to a win in the NFL title game the previous season and won MVP honors.

The last time two players shared the cover was Madden '10 with Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

Brady debuted in Madden '01 with a player rating of 57, but not by name. He was listed as QB No. 12 and fourth-string with the Patriots.

Mahomes was a member of the "99 Club" last year, a nod to the near-perfect rating given to only a select class of NFL players. He has been the top-rated quarterback in Madden the past two years.

Travis Kelce: Browns 'neck and neck' with Chiefs in AFC

Travis Kelce: Browns 'neck and neck' with Chiefs in AFC

Tight end Travis Kelce believes the Cleveland Browns are serious challengers to his Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC entering the 2021 season.

Kelce, a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was at Browns receiver Jarvis Landry's celebrity softball game in a suburb of Cleveland. Kelce told the Akron Beacon Journal that he sees the Browns as "definitely a contender" coming off their first playoff appearance in nearly 20 years.

"It's definitely there," Kelce said. "Baker (Mayfield) and the gang have upped the ante, made this team an unbelievable team and a team you have to prepare for and take serious. I think that moving forward without a doubt, I can see a lot more playoff games between us, and I'll just take it one day at a time and hope for it.

"I think the Browns and Chiefs are definitely neck and neck," he added.

Kelce's Chiefs defeated the Browns 22-17 in last season's AFC Divisional Round on their way to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

Despite that loss, 2020 was Cleveland's best season in recent memory after being bottom-feeders for years. The Browns finished 11-5, their best record since 1994, and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round for their first postseason win since that same season.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, have built one of the league's best teams with former MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the center of it. Kansas City owns the winningest regular-season record in the NFL over the past five seasons, 60-20.

The Chiefs are scheduled to host the Browns at Arrowhead Stadium to open the 2021 season.

"It's impressive to see where they've come from and where they are now because it's a legit contender," Kelce said, "and every team's going to have to bring it."

Report: Chiefs OL Kyle Long (leg) likely to miss training camp

Report: Chiefs OL Kyle Long (leg) likely to miss training camp

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Kyle Long sustained a leg injury that could keep him off the field until just before the start of the regular season, NFL Network reported Thursday.

The injury occurred this week at the Chiefs' voluntary OTAs, and the report said signs point toward a fractured kneecap. He likely will miss training camp.

Long, 32, is making a comeback after sitting out the 2020 season after the Chicago Bears declined his option. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract in March.

Long missed 34 games over his final four seasons in Chicago due to injury, including the final 12 games of 2019 with a hip issue. Prior to that, the 2013 first-round pick reached the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons while missing just one of 48 games.

His father is Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, and his brother, defensive end Chris Long, played 11 seasons with three teams, winning two Super Bowls.

Britt Reid pleads not guilty to DWI, is allowed to drive on bond

Britt Reid pleads not guilty to DWI, is allowed to drive on bond

A judge ruled Monday that Britt Reid can drive -- with conditions -- on the day the former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a February accident that critically injured a young girl.

Reid awaits trial on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated after he crashed into two cars on an entrance ramp along Interstate 435 in Kansas City on Feb. 4. The wreck left Ariel Young, 5, with a traumatic brain injury.

Jackson County Judge Jessica Agnelly modified Reid's bond that will allow the son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid to drive with an interlock device, which has to be blown into before a car will start. If alcohol is detected, the car won't start. Agnelly said the no-driving condition was mistakenly added to the conditions of Reid's bond.

Reid waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He was charged on April 12. If convicted of the Class D felony, Reid could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.

Kansas City prosecutors say Reid had a blood alcohol concentration of .113 from a sample taken two hours after he barreled into a disabled vehicle on I-435. Reid was driving 83.9 miles per hour -- in a posted 65 -- 1.9 seconds before slamming into the vehicle, per the probable cause statement form.

Reid "operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed," Jackson County (Missouri) prosecutors said in the filing.

Reid suffered blunt force trauma to his groin in the accident which required emergency surgery, per the filing.

He was initially placed on administrative leave by the Chiefs before the organization decided against renewing his contract. He's no longer with the team.

Ex-49ers assistant Katie Sowers says she accepted role with Chiefs

Ex-49ers assistant Katie Sowers says she accepted role with Chiefs

Former San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers said on Wednesday that she has accepted a position with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sowers made the announcement on her Instagram account but didn't detail what her role would be for the Chiefs.

"Retired from coaching in the NFL? Nah. Kansas City. I'm home!" Sowers wrote. "Huge thanks to the @chiefs organization for believing in me and providing me another opportunity to grow my coaching experience while learning from the best in the game through the Bill Walsh Diversity fellowship. Let's keep growing the game. See you this summer, chiefs kingdom."

Sowers, who grew up in Hesston, Kan., made history when she became the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl when the 49ers lost to the Chiefs following the 2019 regular season. She is also the first openly gay coach in NFL history.

Sowers was a training camp assistant with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 and was with the 49ers the past four seasons, the last two as a staff offensive assistant. Her contract expired after last season.

Reports: Patrick Mahomes expected to participate in OTAs

Reports: Patrick Mahomes expected to participate in OTAs

Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on track to participate in organized team activities, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.

Mahomes has been working his way back from offseason surgery to repair a turf toe injury in February. The 25-year-old had the procedure days after guiding the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, in which they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mahomes, who previously said he was ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation, is expected to take part in a limited capacity when the Chiefs begin OTAs on Tuesday. He reportedly will take on a larger role during the team's mandatory minicamp.

Mahomes played through the turf toe injury, which was sustained in the playoffs during Kansas City's victory over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round in January.

Mahomes was the league's Most Valuable Player in 2018 before his consecutive Super Bowl seasons, including a win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

Mahomes has a 38-8 career regular-season record as a starter in four NFL seasons, all with the Chiefs. Last year, he completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdowns and six interceptions. For his career, he has a 66 percent completion rate with 14,152 passing yards, 114 TD passes and 24 interceptions.

Report: Chiefs trade for Vikings CB Mike Hughes

Report: Chiefs trade for Vikings CB Mike Hughes

The Kansas City Chiefs acquired cornerback Mike Hughes and a 2022 seventh-round draft pick from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for their 2022 sixth-round pick, ESPN reported Thursday.

The Vikings moved on from Hughes after just three seasons. Their first-round pick in 2018, Hughes only played 24 games for the Vikings in three years due to a variety of injuries.

Minnesota declined to pick up Hughes' fifth-year option, making him a free agent following the 2021 season.

Hughes was the most experienced corner on Minnesota's roster entering 2020, but a neck injury forced him onto injured reserve after just four games. He recorded 80 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in his time in Minnesota.

Hughes joins a Kansas City secondary that includes safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen and cornerback Charvarius Ward, who is entering his fourth pro season and started 29 of a possible 32 games the past two years.

Chiefs cut TE who wanted salary converted to Bitcoin

Chiefs cut TE who wanted salary converted to Bitcoin

The Kansas City Chiefs have cut tight end Sean Culkin, who made news last month when he announced he planned to be the first NFL player to convert his entire salary to Bitcoin.

Culkin, 27, signed a reserve/future contract in February and would have received $920,000 if he made the roster as the primary backup to six-time Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce.

"I fully believe Bitcoin is the future of finance and I wanted to prove that I have real skin in the game -- not just trying to make a quick buck. I will be converting my entire 2021 NFL salary to #Bitcoin," Culkin tweeted on April 26.

The recent additions of veteran Blake Bell in free agency and former Duke tight end Noah Gray in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft apparently made Culkin expendable.

Kansas City also parted ways with offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann (released) and quarterback Jordan Ta'amu (waived).

Former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung converted half of his $13 million salary from 2020 into Bitcoin. That $6.5 million investment was worth approximately $13.4 million as of Tuesday morning.

Per Forbes, Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that you can buy, sell and exchange directly without an intermediary like a bank. It was publicly launched in 2009.

Culkin has recorded two receptions for 36 yards in 19 career games (12 starts) with the Los Angeles Chargers (2017-19) and Baltimore Ravens (2020). He was an undrafted free agent out of Missouri in 2017.

According to the Kansas City Star, Culkin has a finance degree and is working on his MBA.

Report: Chiefs add S Will Parks on one-year deal

Report: Chiefs add S Will Parks on one-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs signed safety Will Parks to a one-year contract, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The deal is worth up to $1.13 million, according to the report.

Parks has played five NFL seasons between the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles. Denver selected Parks out of Arizona in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft.

After four seasons with the Broncos, Parks signed with his hometown Eagles in 2020 but started the regular season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. He returned to play six games for Philadelphia, but he was waived and claimed by Denver in December.

In 72 career games (18 starts), Parks has amassed 180 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four interceptions and two sacks.

Parks figures to serve as depth at the safety position for Kansas City behind ingrained starters Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen.

Chiefs sign RB Jerick McKinnon

Chiefs sign RB Jerick McKinnon

The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent running back Jerick McKinnon on Friday.

McKinnon played for the San Francisco 49ers last season and rushed for 319 yards and five touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 253 yards and one score in 16 games (four starts).

McKinnon tore the ACL in his right knee shortly before the 2018 season and missed that campaign as well as the 2019 season.

McKinnon, who turns 29 on Monday, spent his first four seasons (2014-17) with the Minnesota Vikings. He has rushed for 2,237 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 175 passes for 1,237 yards and six scores in 74 career games (18 starts).

Chiefs' Sean Culkin plans to convert entire salary to Bitcoin

Chiefs' Sean Culkin plans to convert entire salary to Bitcoin

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean Culkin plans to be the first NFL player to convert his entire salary to Bitcoin.

Culkin, 27, signed a reserve/future contract in February and will receive $920,000 if he makes the roster. He is vying to become the primary backup to six-time Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce.

"I fully believe Bitcoin is the future of finance and I wanted to prove that I have real skin in the game -- not just trying to make a quick buck. I will be converting my entire 2021 NFL salary to #Bitcoin," Culkin wrote Monday on Twitter.

Former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung converted half of his $13 million salary from 2020 into Bitcoin.

Per Forbes, Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that you can buy, sell and exchange directly without an intermediary like a bank. It was publicly launched in 2009.

"To be honest, I don't really view it as an extremely high-risk play," Culkin said, according to the Kansas City Star. "... I zoomed out to the bigger picture. You see an asset that grew to a trillion-dollar market cap in 12 years, which I don't think has been done in any other asset, the fact that it's had three, four, five corrections of 50-plus percent here, we are (near) all-time highs. When I started to break away from viewing volatility as risk, it didn't seem very risky to me."

Culkin has recorded two receptions for 36 yards in 19 career games (12 starts) with the Los Angeles Chargers (2017-19) and Baltimore Ravens (2020). He was an undrafted free agent out of Missouri in 2017.

According to the Kansas City Star, Culkin has a finance degree and is working on his MBA.

Reports: Chiefs acquire Pro Bowl LT Orlando Brown from Ravens

Reports: Chiefs acquire Pro Bowl LT Orlando Brown from Ravens

The Kansas City Chiefs took a significant step forward in protecting star quarterback Patrick Mahomes' blindside by acquiring Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown from the Baltimore Ravens, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Per reports, the Chiefs traded their 2021 picks in the first round (No. 31 overall), third round (94) and fourth round (136) as well as a 2022 fifth-round selection in exchange for Brown and a 2021 second-round pick (No. 58) and a 2022 sixth-round selection.

Brown, 24, will fill a major void along the offensive line for the Chiefs, who parted ways with offensive tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher in the offseason.

Brown reportedly requested a trade from Baltimore this offseason after expressing his desire to remain as a left tackle.

In late January, Brown tweeted, "I'm a LEFT Tackle."

Brown has started 42 games at both left and right tackle and has yet to miss a game since being selected out of Oklahoma by the Ravens in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He filled in for Ronnie Stanley at left tackle after the latter sustained a season-ending ankle injury in Week 8 in 2020. Brown had been the team's right tackle since coming into the NFL.

Brown was a Pro Bowl selection in 2019 and 2020.

Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes ahead of schedule after toe surgery

Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes ahead of schedule after toe surgery

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Monday he is ahead of schedule in his rehab after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a turf toe injury.

Mahomes had the procedure days after guiding the Chiefs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, in which they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Obviously, we're trying to be cautious and not push me out there too soon, but I'm doing what I can," Mahomes said. "I've gotten out of the boot finally. It took forever. Now I'm trying to get back on the field and get that stuff working.

"I'm sure they'll keep me along that same pathway and that hopefully I can do some stuff by the end of the offseason."

Mahomes played through the injury, sustained in the playoffs during Kansas City's victory over the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round in January.

Mahomes, 25, was the league's Most Valuable Player in 2018 before his consecutive Super Bowl seasons, including a win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Even so, he believes he can get better as he gets healthier.

"There are so many different things I can improve in my game," Mahomes said. "Being able to kind of restart and start from injury with the feet, I can really improve my footwork and try to make myself better.

"I've dealt with ankle injuries in my career and being able to teach myself how to hit the right spots in my feet, by teaching myself just how to get back from this injury I think will help me out in the long run and something that I can really focus on."

Chiefs coach Andy Reid added, "He's got great flexibility in that toe. He worked his tail off, not a real fun thing for him to do with that. It seems like a small thing, but that toe is rather large and stiff before the surgery and after the surgery. He's really worked hard to get that right."

Mahomes has a 38-8 career regular-season record as a starter in four NFL seasons, all with the Chiefs. Last year, he completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdowns and six interceptions. For his career, he has a 66 percent completion rate with 14,152 passing yards, 114 TD passes and 24 interceptions.

Chiefs legend Fred Arbanas dies at 82

Chiefs legend Fred Arbanas dies at 82

Kansas City Chiefs legendary tight end Fred Arbanas has died. He was 82.

The death of Arbanas, who spent more than 40 years as a politician, was announced on Twitter by the Jackson County (Mo.) Democratic Party. The entity said Arbanas died Saturday. No cause of death was provided.

Arbanas was a member of two Kansas City Super Bowl teams -- including a winning effort in Super Bowl IV -- during his nine seasons (1962-70) with the franchise. He also was a member of the 1962 AFL champion Dallas Texans before the team moved to Kansas City.

Arbanas was an All-AFL selection in each of his first six seasons. He caught 198 passes for 3,101 yards and 34 touchdowns in an era in which tight ends were primarily blockers.

Still, he set career bests of 686 yards and eight touchdowns while matching his career high of 34 catches in 1964. He averaged a stunning 20.2 yards per catch that season.

Arbanas played his final six seasons after being declared legally blind in his left eye.

According to the Kansas City Star, Arbanas and teammate Al Reynolds were approached on the street by a stranger in December 1964. Arbanas offered to shake hands and the stranger slugged Arbanas in his left eye and scurried away.

Arbanas underwent several surgeries and was left with partial vision in the eye.

Arbanas caught two passes for 30 yards when the Chiefs lost 35-10 to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I during the 1966 season. He started Super Bowl IV but had no receptions when Kansas City defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 during the 1969 campaign.

Arbanas was named to the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1973.

Ex-Chiefs assistant Britt Reid charged with felony DWI

Ex-Chiefs assistant Britt Reid charged with felony DWI

Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was charged Monday with felony DWI for the February accident that left a 5-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries.

If convicted of the Class D felony, Reid could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.

Reid, 35, is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. He was expected to turn himself in and be booked later Monday. Prosecutors have requested $100,000 bond and GPS and alcohol monitoring of Reid.

Kansas City prosecutors say Reid had a blood alcohol concentration of .113 from a sample taken two hours after he barreled into a disabled vehicle on I-435. Reid was driving 83.9 miles per hour -- in a posted 65 -- 1.9 seconds before slamming into the vehicle, per the probable cause statement form.

Reid "operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed," Jackson County (Missouri) prosecutors said in the filing.

Ariel Young, 5, was critically injured in the Feb. 4 wreck.

"The Kansas City Chiefs organization remains steadfast in our concern for all who have been impacted by this tragic accident," the Chiefs said in a statement Monday. "Our prayers are focused on Ariel's continued healing and recovery. The Chiefs are regularly in contact with the family's designated representative during this challenging time."

An attorney for the family of Young said the young girl was released from the hospital and went home on April 2.

"The charge is absolutely appropriate under the circumstances," attorney Tom Porto said in a statement. "Ariel will have to endure the consequences of this crash for the rest of her life. ... As of right now, she still cannot walk or talk and depends on a feeding tube for basic nutrition."

Reid suffered blunt force trauma to his groin in the accident which required emergency surgery, per the filing.

He was initially placed on administrative leave by the Chiefs before the organization decided against renewing his contract. He's no longer with the team.

Chiefs get free agent C Austin Blythe on 1-year deal

Chiefs get free agent C Austin Blythe on 1-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with free agent center Austin Blythe on a one-year deal, NFL Network and The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Blythe, 28, spent the past four seasons in Los Angeles, starting 48 games for the Rams and missing just one game the past three seasons. Blythe graded out as the eighth-best center in run-blocking this past season, according to Pro Football Focus.

The Chiefs ostensibly are moving on from Austin Reiter, their starting center the past two seasons.

Blythe was a seventh-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2016 draft. He was claimed off waivers by the Rams in May 2017.

Chiefs sign DT Jarran Reed to 1-year deal

Chiefs sign DT Jarran Reed to 1-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs reached a one-year deal with defensive tackle Jarran Reed, two days after he was released by Seattle.

Reed can earn up to $7 million in the deal, ESPN reported Sunday. The Seahawks saved $9 million against their salary cap by releasing the 28-year-old on Friday.

Reed had been a full-time starter since 2017, one year after the Seahawks selected him in the second round of the draft.

Reed recorded 6.5 sacks, 38 tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games last season.

Reed collected 22.0 sacks, 194 tackles and three forced fumbles in 72 career games (63 starts) with the Seahawks.

Reports: WR Robinson returns to Chiefs on one-year deal

Reports: WR Robinson returns to Chiefs on one-year deal

The Kansas City have retained receiver Demarcus Robinson on a one-year deal, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The Houston Chronicle reported the deal is worth $1.137 million.

The 26-year-old Robinson caught 45 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (nine starts) last season, his fifth with the Chiefs.

The receptions and yardage were a career best for Robinson, who has caught 120 passes for 1,415 yards and 11 touchdowns in 80 games (32 starts) for Kansas City.

Robinson was a fourth-round draft choice in 2016 out of Florida.

Chiefs re-sign RT Mike Remmers to one-year deal

Chiefs re-sign RT Mike Remmers to one-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed right tackle Mike Remmers to a contract Thursday, agent Brett Tessler confirmed on social media.

NFL Network said the one-year deal includes $3.5 million guaranteed with a maximum value of $7 million.

Remmers, who turns 32 next month, played in 13 games (10 starts) in the regular season and started all three playoff games for the AFC champions last season.

He has appeared in 92 games (88 starts) since 2013 with the then-San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Chiefs.

Chiefs sign OG Joe Thuney, reel in Kyle Long out of retirement

Chiefs sign OG Joe Thuney, reel in Kyle Long out of retirement

Offensive guard Joe Thuney and retired lineman Kyle Long signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday.

Thuney's deal is reportedly worth $80 million over five years.

Thuney was considered the top offensive guard on the market and played under the franchise tag with the New England Patriots last season.

Long played guard and tackle with the Chicago Bears but retired after the 2019 season. His career has been dented by injuries, including hip and knee injuries. Long can earn $5 million on a one-year deal, per reports.

The 28-year-old Thuney started 80 consecutive games for the Patriots over the past five seasons. He also started 10 playoff games, including three straight Super Bowls.

The Chiefs released their starting offensive tackles from 2020, Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, but have been focused on rebuilding an offensive line that let down quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl.

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