Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes ahead of schedule after toe surgery
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Reports: Chiefs release RB Damien Williams
The Chiefs save $2.2 million against the salary cap by cutting Williams, who rushed for 104 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in Super Bowl LIV, according to reports.
Williams became expendable with the emergence of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who led the team in rushing with 803 yards and four touchdowns on 181 carries after the Chiefs took him in the first round of last year's draft. Edwards-Helaire also played in just 13 regular-season games due to injury.
The Chiefs also signed second-string running back Darrel Williams to a one-year contract worth up to $2.13 million with $930,000 guaranteed on Tuesday, according to The Kansas City Star.
Darrel Williams, who signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of LSU in 2018, rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries last year. He also had 18 receptions for 116 yards.
Damien Williams, who turns 29 on April 3, led Kansas City in rushing in 2019, when he ran for 498 yards and five touchdowns on 111 carries, in addition to making 30 catches for 213 and two touchdowns.
Damien Williams wants to play in 2021, per his agent. He came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma in 2014 and spent his first four seasons with the Miami Dolphins before signing with the Chiefs in 2018. He has rushed for 754 yards and nine touchdowns, in addition to posting 53 catches for 373 receiving yards and four scores, in Kansas City.
For his career, Damien Williams has rushed for 1,231 yards with 12 scores, plus 138 receptions for 1,106 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns.
Reports: G Joe Thuney agrees to $80M deal with Chiefs
The 28-year-old Thuney started 80 consecutive games for the New England Patriots over the past five seasons. He also started 10 playoff games, including three straight Super Bowls.
Thuney earned nearly $14.8 million last season after the Patriots placed the franchise tag on him.
The signing of Thuney will help the Chiefs better protect star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was repeatedly harassed during last month's Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mahomes expressed his approval on Twitter with three emojis that depict a grinning face and smiling eyes.
Thuney was a third-round selection (78th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State.
Report: Chiefs hope to restructure Patrick Mahomes' contract
ESPN reported Friday that the Chiefs hope to change Mahomes' $21.7 million roster bonus to a signing bonus, a maneuver that would result in $17 million of cap savings for the 2021 season.
The accounting shift would allow the team to spread out the cap cost of the bonus money over multiple years.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quarterback Tom Brady similarly agreed to a contract extension Friday that provides the club with additional salary-cap flexibility.
The Chiefs' tight salary-cap situation was highlighted earlier this week when the team parted ways with starting tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher on the same day.
Mahomes is under contract with the Chiefs through 2031 on a 10-year, $450 million contract he agreed to last summer. He reportedly was guaranteed $103.5 million through this month, including a $63 million bonus paid when he signed. His total injury guarantee was $141 million.
Mahomes, 25, was the 2018 NFL Most Valuable Player, and he led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl championship after the 2019 season. Kansas City got back to the Super Bowl following the 2020 season but fell to Brady and the Buccaneers in the title game last month.
In 2020, Mahomes completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdown passes and just six interceptions. A three-time Pro Bowl honoree, Mahomes has a 38-8 career regular-season record as a starter, and he has completed 66 percent of his passes for 14,152 yards with 114 TD tosses and 24 interceptions.
Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy lived in hotel all season to protect son
In an article published Thursday, Bieniemy told SI that he slept in a hotel six nights a week from July 23, 2020, until after the Super Bowl to shield his 26-year-old son, Eric III, who suffers from cerebral palsy and respiratory issues.
The revelation was part of a Sports Illustrated article on how the NFL functioned during the past 12 months amid the pandemic.
"It's been this way for the past six months," Bieniemy told SI prior to Super Bowl LV. "It's been a challenge."
Bieniemy returned home only on Fridays, and then with double masks and sleeping in the basement. Bieniemy and his wife, Mia, have two sons together.
Block aid: Chiefs release starting OTs, save $18M
The move will save the Chiefs more than $18 million against the 2021 salary cap, including the $12 million recaptured by releasing Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for both Eric and Mitchell," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement.
"With Eric, obviously he was the very first player that we drafted when we got to Kansas City, and we were able to watch him grow into a solid tackle for us for many years.
"With Mitchell, his durability and toughness is remarkable and he certainly left his mark on our team. These decisions are never easy, especially with guys like these, but both of these players will forever be a part of our history."
Fisher, 30, spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Chiefs. He suffered a torn Achilles in the AFC Championship game and did not play in the Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Schwartz, 31, missed most of the 2020 season with a back injury. He started 70 games in five seasons with Kansas City.
Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman retires from NFL
Sherman, 32, played eight years with the Chiefs primarily as a blocker and a member of the special teams unit.
Although he rushed for just 73 yards and one touchdown, Sherman caught 66 passes for 552 yards and four touchdowns across his 10 NFL seasons.
Sherman played his first two years with the Arizona Cardinals before spending the rest of his career with the Chiefs, whom he thanked on Thursday in a video posted to his Twitter page.
"Kansas City, thanks for all the memories," he said. "It's been a great run: eight years, Super Bowls. But it's on to the next chapter."
Attorney: Girl injured in Britt Reid crash awake, not talking
During an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" program, lawyer Tom Porto said Ariel Young is awake but not speaking nearly a month after the "serious life-altering event." She suffered life-threatening injuries and continues to fight for her life, Porto said.
"She's awake, which is a huge development," Porto said on the morning show. "She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life. She's not walking -- it's a sad, sad, sad story."
Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, told police he had two to three drinks prior to the crash on Feb. 4, three days before the team played in the Super Bowl in Tampa.
Reid acknowledged to police he was driving the Dodge Ram truck that struck a Chevrolet Traverse that had arrived to assist the driver of a Chevrolet Impala that had run out of gas. Reid's vehicle struck the Impala first before striking the Traverse, injuring Ariel and a 4-year-old, both of whom were in the backseat of the Traverse.
Britt Reid's eyes were bloodshot and the officer smelled "a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages," according to a police officer statement.
In addition to the drinks, Reid reportedly told the police that he took prescription Adderall.
No charges have been filed against Britt Reid, who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of a controlled substance in 2008.
"We're going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive," Porto said on GMA. "We don't have the toxicology back, I don't know what it is going to be. What I do know are the statements that he made to police that night. If you have two or three drinks, and then you get behind the wheel of a car, you are likely over the legal limit."
Britt Reid is no longer employed by the Chiefs. He was the team's outside linebackers coach, but his contract was not renewed.
Chiefs hopeful Patrick Mahomes (toe) is ready by June
Mahomes, 25, underwent surgery for turf toe on Feb. 10.
"It's a three-month recovery, so we're hopeful (he returns) somewhere around that mandatory minicamp, if we have it," Veach said. "We certainly think by training camp he'll be ready to go and we'll be smart with him."
Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of Kansas City's 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.
He had one of the worst games of his NFL career in the 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, completing 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed five times for 33 yards and was sacked three times.
Also Monday, Veach said the Chiefs are hopeful starting tackles Mitchell Schwartz (back) and Eric Fischer (Achilles tendon) will be ready for training camp following offseason surgeries.
"I would probably say Pat's ahead of them just because of that type of injury and a quicker recovery," Veach said. "Hopefully we'll have all three ready to go by training camp."
Mahomes is 38-8 as a starter for the Chiefs, earning three Pro Bowl selections and the 2018 MVP award since he was drafted in the first round (10th overall) in 2017.
Chiefs RT Mitchell Schwartz undergoes back surgery
Schwartz posted pictures of himself in a hospital gown and face mask prior to the procedure on various social media accounts.
"Injury update: I'm getting surgery today," he wrote. "I was hoping to recover enough to get back for playoffs/Super Bowl but that didn't happen. It's time to address the issue. The recovery process isn't too long, which is nice. Looking forward to a healthy 2021!"
Schwartz, 31, had his streak of 134 consecutive regular-season starts end after leaving the Week 6 game against the Buffalo Bills with the back injury. It turned out to be season-ending even though Schwartz delayed surgery in case he could return for the postseason.
Schwartz played his first four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2012-15) before joining Kansas City as a free agent.
He earned first-team All-Pro honors with the Chiefs in 2018.
Kansas City lost 31-9 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl earlier this month. The Chiefs had trouble protecting quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the contest with left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) and Schwartz both sidelined.
Patrick Mahomes early favorite to win 2021 NFL MVP award
Despite seeing his Kansas City Chiefs come up short in the big game last week, Mahomes has been installed as the early favorite to win NFL Most Valuable Player honors for the 2021 season.
Mahomes, who won the award in 2018, is listed at +500 by DraftKings.
Mahomes, 25, is expected to be motivated after throwing for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns during the regular season before enduring one of the worst games of his NFL career in last Sunday's 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He completed 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Super Bowl LV.
Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers resides at +800 to capture his fourth such award.
Rodgers received 44 votes to earn his third career MVP award (2011, 2014) on Feb. 6. Rodgers led the league with 48 touchdown passes, a 70.7 percent completion rate and a 121.5 rating.
Fellow quarterbacks Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) are both listed at +1300 to win the 2021 NFL MVP.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is fifth on the list at +1500 following his trade from the Detroit Lions.
Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady of the Buccaneers sits at +1600 to win his fourth NFL MVP honor, while Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has the same odds to capture his second in three years.
The first non-quarterbacks on the list are Tennessee Titans bulldozer Derrick Henry and fellow running back Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. Both are at +3300.
Yahoo Sports NFL writer Terez Paylor dies at 37
"We are heartbroken to learn that our friend and teammate Terez Paylor has passed away," Yahoo Sports editor-in-chief Johnny Ludden said in a statement. "Terez was a dogged, thoughtful reporter to many who knew him in the NFL. To us, he was a friend who always had a warm smile and a kind word. He cared deeply about his family, was passionate about his work and remained intensely proud of his Detroit and Kansas City roots. Our sympathy is with Terez's family and everyone who knew and cared about him."
Paylor joined Yahoo Sports in 2018 after 12 years spent at the Kansas City Star. He covered the Kansas City Chiefs for five seasons.
"Hearing the news of Terez's passing is heart wrenching," the Chiefs communications team said in a statement. "He was so young and full of life, he always wanted to do right by people. ... He was a true professional and a great man with a bright future ahead of him."
Paylor graduated from Howard University in 2006. He was one of 48 voting members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"While we are shocked and saddened by Terez Paylor's sudden passing, we also celebrate his extraordinary life that touched so many," Ebony Reed, his fiancee, said in a statement. "Terez was an exceptional journalist whose passion for football made him a respected voice. His legacy will leave an enduring impact on sports journalism, the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs, and their fans.
"More important, Terez was a devoted son, grandson, brother, an adoring fiance, and a wonderful friend to so many. To know him was to love him. He will be dearly missed."
Chiefs assistant coach placed on administrative leave
Britt Reid, 35, was involved in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday on the side of a highway entrance ramp near the team's training complex next to Arrowhead Stadium.
Britt Reid, who has been on his father's staff since Andy Reid arrived ahead of the 2013 season, did not travel with the team to the Super Bowl in Tampa.
Britt Reid acknowledged to police he was driving his Dodge Ram truck that struck a Chevrolet Traverse that had arrived to assist a Chevrolet Impala that had run out of gas, according to reports.
Reid's vehicle struck the Impala first before striking the Traverse, injuring a 5-year-old, whom the Chiefs identified as Ariel Young, and a 4-year-old, both of whom were in the backseat of the Traverse. Young suffered life-threatening injuries and the 4-year-old did not, though both were transported to a local hospital.
"We remain in the process of gathering information on the incident, and we will continue to assist local authorities as requested," the Chiefs said in a statement Tuesday. "Our focus remains on Ariel Young and her family. We have reached out to the family to offer our support and resources to them during this difficult time, and we will continue to pray for her recovery."
Britt Reid's eyes were bloodshot and that the officer smelled "a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages," according to a police officer statement obtained by multiple media outlets.
According to the search warrant filed after the accident, Reid reportedly told the officer he had two to three drinks and that he also took prescription Adderall.
Andy Reid said Britt Reid, who was taken to the hospital with stomach pain after the crash, underwent surgery but declined to comment further.